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GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 12/4/02-Baghdad,al-Sojoud,Tikrit,al-Taji,Dhu-Alfhikar,Hakkari,Warba
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Posted on 12/03/2002 9:37:24 AM PST by Diogenesis

GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 12/4/02 - Baghdad, al-Sojoud, Tikrit, al-Taji, Dhu-Alfhikar, Hakkari, Warba

BREAKING: Baghdad - al-Sojoud presidential palace [ Iraqi delay AND < 2 hour visit ]
BREAKING: al-Taji, Iraq - Dhu-Alfhikar factory
BREAKING: WEAPONS HOT - northern Kuwaiti waters, near Warba island
TIKRIT PALACES
Hakkari, Kurdish run freed Iraq, near the Sumbul mountains


========= Baghdad =========

In Baghdad, Iraq, arms inspectors make visible their "secret" plan
go to the al-Sojoud presidential palace based upon their clipboard.
The Iraqis have monitors in all equipment, transport, and TVs, etc.
They know this. They know we know it. We know they know we know it.....


A tiny portion of the al-Sojoud presidential palace


BREAKING: Iraqi delay AND < 2 hour visit

In Baghdad, Iraq, arms inspectors arrive
at the al-Sojoud presidential palace - and after waiting for, and then receiving clearance, they enter.




Inside the al-Sojoud presidential palace, inspectors were monitored.


At the al-Sojoud presidential palace after the inspectors finished.
International reporters scurry to get a peek.


========= TIKRIT PALACES =========

This inspections are a joke. The Palace inspection took only < 2 hours.
Howver, the palaces are immense. For example:
THE TIKRIT PALACES [click for full pics]


========= al-Taji, Iraq =========

In al-Taji, Iraq, northwest of Baghdad, at the Dhu-Alfhikar factory.
tiny missiles are featured, as Iraqis successfully hide their real missiles and WMD.


========= Hakkari =========

In Hakkari, Kurdish run freed Iraq, near the Sumbul mountains.


========= Northern Kuwaiti waters =========

BREAKING: WEAPONS HOT

In northern Kuwaiti waters, near Warba island,
an Iraqi vessel opened fire on two Kuwaiti coast guard boats.


========= Pleiades Star Cluster =========

Pleiades Star Cluster - ~3000 stars, ~400 light years away, ~13 light years across.

(click for more info)



END OF TRANSMISSION 12/4/02 .......... K


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KEYWORDS: alsojoud; altaji; baghdad; dhualfhikar; hakkari; tikrit; warba
BUMP for the end of Kofi's Klowns and either
real inspections OR decision action.

Terrorists delenda est.

1 posted on 12/03/2002 9:37:24 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: <1/1,000,000th%; 11B3; 2111USMC; 2Jedismom; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; A Ruckus of Dogs; AdA$tra; ...
BUMP for the end of Kofi's Klowns and either real inspections OR decision action.

2 posted on 12/03/2002 9:38:46 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Diogenesis
The two Kuwaiti boats collided after the Iraqi boat fired on them. That must have been quite a sight!

The water appears barely knee-deep up in that area.

3 posted on 12/03/2002 9:46:37 AM PST by NautiNurse
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To: Diogenesis
Bump!! The Iraqis got caught with their hand in the cookie jar today (they were spotted moving serial-numbered rocket parts out the back door of a facility). So when are we going to hit these scumdogs?
4 posted on 12/03/2002 9:48:36 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Diogenesis
Pleiades Star Cluster - ~3000 stars, ~400 light years away, ~13 light years across.

In Japanese they're called "Subaru".

5 posted on 12/03/2002 9:53:47 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Diogenesis
BUMP for the end of Kofi's Klowns and either real inspections OR decision action.

BTTT

6 posted on 12/03/2002 9:53:55 AM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: Diogenesis
"Kofi's Klown's" I love it! So descriptive! Thanks, Dio!
7 posted on 12/03/2002 10:05:26 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Diogenesis
Baghdad is 66º today, so either the palace inspection was early in the morning or the inspectors carrying more bugs than usual.
8 posted on 12/03/2002 10:07:28 AM PST by Lady Jag
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To: Diogenesis
They know this. They know we know it. We know they know we know it.....

RFLMAO

9 posted on 12/03/2002 10:10:28 AM PST by x-navy seal
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To: Diogenesis
In the space of about 3 minutes this morning on NPR, I must have heard 5-6 times how the delay at the Palace was only minor. Not once did they say it was a 15 minute delay so you could decide for yourself whether it was "minor".
10 posted on 12/03/2002 10:23:41 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: Diogenesis
Mood music for the Occasion by Rusty Humphries.
12 posted on 12/03/2002 11:09:34 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Diogenesis
How I long for a B-52 carpet bombing of every one of those damned palaces!
That scumbag doesn't think much of himself, does he?
13 posted on 12/03/2002 11:10:52 AM PST by rockfish59
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To: Diogenesis
Thanks for the ping Dio - you've been a very busy FReeper here over the last week or so. Which kinda reminds me of some other times when you've been busy like this: During the runup to Afghanistan, or when the IDF rolled back into the Pali areas, well you know what I mean.

It's almost a benchmark. When Dio gets really busy, it means that big things are going to happen. Some keep an eye on pizza deliveries to the Pentagon, all we have to do is watch what you post and we can see it coming. It's about damned time for Saddam and some others to get their final awards for their actions over there - thanks for the wonderful photos and comments - but mostly thanks for letting us know that action is right around the corner. It was getting a little frustrating watching the UN fools.

Keep up the excellent job, Dio - you're a fixture here at FR that a lot of us depend on.
14 posted on 12/03/2002 11:21:51 AM PST by 11B3
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To: Diogenesis
I'll take decision action.
15 posted on 12/03/2002 11:28:47 AM PST by steveegg
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To: LindaSOG
LOL!
16 posted on 12/03/2002 11:39:42 AM PST by knighthawk
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To: Diogenesis
These inspections are a joke. HERE IS WHERE WE SHOULD BE LOOKING!!!!!!!


17 posted on 12/03/2002 11:57:15 AM PST by Reborn
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To: LindaSOG; Diogenesis
Daryl Cagle's site on Msn has a great collection of cartoonists.....just great..."Here ya go Bug-dud and Riyahd....Chew on this"!



18 posted on 12/03/2002 11:58:34 AM PST by Light Speed
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To: Diogenesis
This picture is hysterical!

Looks like some side street in the Bowery!

19 posted on 12/03/2002 12:14:54 PM PST by facedown
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To: Diogenesis
Yes, the "inspections" are a joke. A sick and sad one. The punchline, however, lies in W and the administration knowing more than we now know. They will share it--when the time is right and it is time to remove the vermin Saddam. Continuing heartfelt thanks for these wonderful photographic tours Diogenesis......
20 posted on 12/03/2002 12:37:05 PM PST by eureka!
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To: Diogenesis
HAKKARI IS IN TURKEY.


21 posted on 12/03/2002 1:07:48 PM PST by Turk2
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To: Diogenesis
TODAY'S LINKS OF INTEREST:
SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS: Click on any of the links of your choice and read all about it!

FOX NEWS.com: "'ECO-TERRORISTS' GO TO EXTREMES" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "As of February of this year, the FBI estimates that the ALF and ELF have committed more than 600 criminal acts in the U.S. since 1996, resulting in damages in excess of $43 million. The FBI said last year that eight of what the law enforcement group deemed "terrorist incidents" during 1999 were attributed to either ALF or ELF.) (ARTICLE NOTE: E.L.F. is the acronym for the Earth Liberation Front. A.L.F. is the acronym for the Animal Liberation Front.) (120302)

CNS NEWS.com: "VIRGINIA SUV ATTACKS NOT EARTH-FRIENDLY, DEALER SAYS" by Marc Morano (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A total of 25 SUVs recently were vandalized at Universal Ford in Richmond, Va., and police said evidence suggests the eco-terror group Earth Liberation Front (ELF)may be responsible. Local police and the FBI are currently investigating the crimes at Universal Ford and elsewhere in the area, which have occurred over the past few months.") (120202)

GOOGLE Search Term: "EARTH LIBERATION FRONT"

GOOGLE Search Term: "ANIMAL LIBERATION FRONT"


YAHOO! News (AP): "AMERICANS SHOULD BE CAREFUL, BUT U.S. EMBASSY SAYS RECENT INCIDENTS IN EGYPT NOT INDICATIVE OF ANTI-AMERICAN HOSTILITY" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "CAIRO, Egypt - Several incidents involving Americans in Egypt, including the firing of shots at a car that tried to cut in to the U.S. ambassador's motorcade, did not indicate "anti-American hostility," an embassy spokesman said Monday.") (December 2, 2002)

MEMRI.org - MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE Special Dispatch Series No.442: "EDITORS OF EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT PAPERS HAIL THE RECENT SUICIDE BOMBING IN A JERUSALEM NEIGHBORHOOD" (112402)


INSIGHT On The News online: "JIHADISTS CHANGE TERROR STEREOTYPE" by Scott Wheeler (ARTICLE SNIPPET: ""It's the Joseph coat of terrorism," one former terrorism investigator tells Insight, referring to the Old Testament account of Joseph's coat of many colors. "The next wave of terrorism could be carried out by people with fair skin, blond hair and blue eyes." More than 10 years ago, Iran and the al-Qaeda terrorist network began recruiting and training Bosnian Muslims for war against Orthodox Christian Serbs and Catholic Croats in order to expand the Muslim base in Eastern Europe. After an international peace agreement left a Muslim leader in a power-sharing role, mujahideen fighters no longer had a cause for martyrdom in the former Yugoslavia. But experts tell Insight that the sponsors of the Muslim campaigns in the Balkans have not decommissioned their jihadist forces in Bosnia, Albania and elsewhere in the region. Efforts by U.S. policymakers to save Muslim lives and autonomy in the Balkans by imposing peace plans that included Muslim power-sharing apparently were unappreciated, and dismantling the jihadists' training camps there was not a priority of the U.S. government.") (December 2, 2002)

***CNS NEWS.com: "TERRORISTS FEAR TO BE PLANNING SUB-SURFACE NAVAL ATTACKS" by Bob Newman (120302)

HUMAN EVENTS Online.com: "SUSPECT TERRORISTS GOT POST-9/11 VISAS" by David Freddoso (120202)

THE COURIER MAIL.news.com.au: "TERRORIST-LINKED GROUP TRAINS IN VICTORIAN FOREST" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The Courier-Mail's Insight team also has been told that senior UK-based Al-Qaeda operative Abu Qatada, accused of being a key influence in the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, attended the camp as a spiritual guest speaker.") (ARTICLE NOTE: Abu Qatada is also known as Omar Mohammed Othman.) (120302)

GOOGLE Search Term: "ABU QATADA"

GOOGLE Search Term: "OMAR MOHAMMED OTHMAN"

NEWS.com.au: "3,000 TRAINED FOR TERROR" by Martin Chulov (112702)


HAARETZ DAILY.com: "ALLEGED QAIDA STATEMENT CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR KENYA ATTACK" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A purported al Qaida statement posted on the Internet on Monday claimed that the Islamic group had carried out last Thursday's twin attacks on the Paradise hotel and Arkia airliner in Kenya. Internet analysts said that the statement includes phrases, terms and nicknames that have characterized other remarks made by the group. The statement surfaced on www.arabforum.net, and was signed by the "Political Office of Qaida al-Jihad."") (120302)

FOX NEWS.com: "MISSILE LAUNCHERS IN KENYA SUGGEST AL QAEDA LINK" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON - Two shoulder-fired missile launchers found outside the airport in Mombasa, Kenya, last week are from the same production batch as a launcher used to fire at a U.S. fighter jet in Saudi Arabia last May, Pentagon officials told Fox News on Monday.") (December 2, 2002)

***WASHINGTON TIMES.com: "AIRLINES WARNED OF MISSILE THREAT" by Bill Gertz (113002)

SEATTLE TIMES.com: "MISSILES SHOT AT JET ARE READILY AVAILABLE" by Jonathan S. Landay, Knight Ridder Newspapers (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "In May, the FBI warned U.S. law-enforcement agencies and airlines that intelligence reports indicated that Islamic extremists may have smuggled SA-7s and U.S.-made Stinger anti-aircraft missiles into the United States. The reports were based on monitors of Internet chat rooms that Islamic extremists use.") (113002)

stepping back in time...JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.com: "IRANIAN MULLAHS ARE SPONSORING A COURSE IN LEBANON FOR PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS ON HOW TO OPERATE SAM-7 SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES" by Richard Z. Chesnoff (February 20, 2002)

stepping back in time...JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.com: "AL-QAEDA'S IRANIAN ESCAPE HATCH" -Column by Richard Z. Chesnoff (COLUMN SNIPPET: "Senior counterterrorist agents in Europe have told me that, despite emphatic denials by the Iranian government, fugitive troops loyal to Osama Bin Laden continue to slip freely across Afghanistan's 600-mile border with Iran. From there, say the sources, they are being smuggled by members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard to a variety of countries in the Middle East, South America and possibly elsewhere.") (March 13, 2002)

***U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE: "PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: EAST AFRICA" (113002)

JERUSALEM POST.com (AP, Jerusalem Post): "THREE ISRAELIS AMONG EIGHT KILLED IN TWIN KENYA TERROR ATTACKS" (UPDATE: 13 people Dead, Over 80 Wounded, and 3 "suicide bombers" are dead in the bombing of this Kenya hotel -- Israel suspects that Al-Qaida may be behind the attack.) (112802)

GOOGLE Search Term: "AL-ITTIHAD AL-ISLAMI" (Note: Al-Ittihad al-Islami is also known as the Islamic Union)

stepping back in time...ONLINE.ie - News: "AL-QAIDA SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN KENYA" (February 18, 2002)

JERUSALEM POST.com (The Associated Press, London): "MUSLIM CLERIC SAYS AL-QAIDA PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR KENYA ATTACKS" (ARTICLE NOTE: The "Muslim Cleric" is identified as Abu Hamza Al-Masri. Muslim Cleric Abu Hamza Al-Masri leads prayers at London's Finsbury Park Mosque. (113002)

GOOGLE Search Term: "ABU HAMZA AL-MASRI"


SEATTLE PI.com - SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER: "'DR. GERM' BUILT IRAQ'S STOCKPILES OF DEADLY BIOWEAPONS" by Lisa Hoffman, Scripps Howard News Service (120302)

NEWS.com.au: "UN WARNED IRAQIS OF VISIT" by Ezzedine Said in Baghdad (December 2, 2002)

IRAQ WATCH.org

CHRISTIANITY TODAY.com: "KEEPING THEIR HEADS DOWN" by Stan Guthrie (111802)

MEMRI.org - THE MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE Special Alert No.4: "UNIDENTIFIED SENIOR IRAQI OFFICIAL: WE DID NOT HESITATE TO USE WMD IN THE PAST AND WILL NOT STAND IDLY BY THIS TIME EITHER" (112602)

NY POST.com: "CONSTRUCTION SITES MAY BE MOSQUE-ING ARMS DEVELOPMENT" by Niles Lathem (112802)

GLOBAL SECURITY.org: "PUBLIC EYE PICTURE OF THE WEEK - 2002"

FREE CONGRESS.org - THE FREE CONGRESS FOUNDATION - Notable News: "ONE WHO DARES CALL IT 'TREASON'" -Commentary by Paul M. Weyrich (COMMENTARY SNIPPET: "So how does Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY) justify holding a reception for the Mujahedin-e Kalq? The U.S. State Department, since 1994, has listed this group as one of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world. The State Department says that this Marxist-Muslim group has killed many Americans and had blown up a number of U.S. facilities in Iran. This group participated in the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. This group had a falling out with the Ayatollah Khomeni, according to The Washington Times, so the group fled to Iraq and now is funded by Saddam Hussein. The group helped Hussein fight the Kurds in the North of Iraq when chemical weapons were used.") (112502)

GOOGLE Search Term: "MUJAHEDIN-E KHALQ"

GOOGLE Search Term: "MUJAHEDIN-E KHALIQ"

GOOGLE Search Term: "MUJAHEDIN-E KALQ"

An Interesting Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding an opinion-commentary by GEORGE GALLOWAY in THE GUARDIAN (UK): "IN THE HANDS OF THE THREE WITCHES There Will Be Only One Winner of an Iraqi War - Osama Bin Laden" (112702)

MEMRI.org - MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE Special Dispatch Series No.423: "Syria's Foreign Minister to Egyptian Weekly: The "No-Fly Zones" are Illegitimate; Syria Voted for UN Resolution 1441 to Strengthen the Washington Peace Camp; American Policy is Tyrannical") (112502)

Dubai GULF NEWS.com: "SMUGGLING THRIVES IN THE SHADOW OF SANCTIONS" by Bob Drogin - London (ARTICLE SNIPPETS: "Hidden inside the trucks was a bonanza of banned military materiel - including night vision devices, global positioning systems, communications gear and other highly specialised electronic equipment from South Korea"..."In all, the engineer said, he helped sneak at least 25 loads of contraband cargo into Iraq for hefty commissions. Among them: 2,500 tyres for armoured personnel carriers from Ukraine, two trucks of high-tech laboratory equipment from Germany and mainframe South Korean computers inside empty refrigerator boxes. Saddam, anything he wants, he can get," said the Iraqi, who recently moved to Britain.") (112502)

BBC NEWS: "IRAQ OPENS BORDER WITH SAUDI" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Saudi goods imported by Iraq under the UN's oil for food programme have had to be transported via Jordan. The reopening of the Ar'ra crossing will mean they can be trucked straight across the border.") (103102)

TOWNHALL.com: "THE IRAQI INFILTRATION" -Column by Michelle Malkin (112002)

WHITE HOUSE.gov: "SADDAM HUSSEIN'S IRAQ: A DECADE OF DEFIANCE AND DECEPTION"

An Interesting Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding this article by Philip Sherwell ad David Wastell posted on www.OPINION.TELEGRAPH.co.uk: "SADDAM 'HIDING THE WEAPONS IN MOSQUES'" (111702)

WASHINGTON TIMES.com (AP): "IRAQ TAKES DELIVERY OF POWDER USED IN CHEMICAL ARMS" (ARTICLES SNIPPETS: "Iraqi scientists know how to make chemical weapons that can penetrate military protective clothing, and Iraq imported up to 25 metric tons last month of a powder that is a crucial ingredient to such "dusty" weapons. Iraq told the United Nations the powder was destined for a pharmaceutical company."..."The powder, sold under the brand name Aerosil...") (111802)

BBC NEWS: "IRAQIS 'INFILTRATED UK GERM LABS'" (111602)

TIMES ONLINE.co.uk: "SADDAM PAYS GADDAFI $3 BILLION TO GIVE HIS FAMILY SAFE HAVEN IN LIBYA" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Word of Saddam's deal with the Libyan leader has emerged from diplomatic sources in Tripoli following a visit to the Libyan capital on September 8 by General Ali Hasan al-Majid, a cousin and trusted member of Saddam's clan. General al-Majid is known by the Kurds of northern Iraq as "Chemical Ali" because he was in charge of the Iraqi forces which launched a chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988. He was also initially the "Governor" of Kuwait after Iraq's invasion of the Gulf state in August 1990, and is now one of the Baath Party regional command leaders. He is believed to have travelled to Tripoli to deliver a personal missive from Saddam to the Libyan leader, confirming the arrangements for his family.") (111602)

WASHINGTON TIMES.com: "BAGHDAD INCREASES RANGE OF SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES" by Bill Gertz (111502)

FOX NEWS.com: "RAW DATA: IRAQ'S LETTER TO U.N." (111302)

FOX NEWS.com: "IRAQ STOCKPILING GAS ANTIDOTE" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The fate of 31,600 chemical munitions, 550 mustard gas bombs and 4,000 tons of chemical precursors remain unknown, according to Congressional Research Services. In fact, the primary remaining chemical weapons questions center on the VX nerve agent, which atropine can be used to counter. By 1995, UNSCOM uncovered enough evidence to force Iraq to admit to producing about 4 tons of VX, but UNSCOM thought the country had imported enough material to actually produce 200 tons of VX, according to CRS.") (111202)

MIDDLE EAST NEWSLINE: "IRAQ PREPARES MISSILE, AIRCRAFT NEAR SAUDI BORDER" (October, 2002)

WorldNetDaily.com: "NO LONGER AN ACCIDENT" -Commentary by Jack Cashill (COMMENTARY SNIPPET: "A fourth point of interest is the behavior of President Bill Clinton. Although she served as an adviser to Clinton during his 1992 campaign, Mylroie finds his reaction to Iraqi-backed terrorism "inexplicable." In fact, throughout the book, Mylroie quietly condemns the seeming "policy disarray" that leads time and again to inaction. The administration, she notes, suffered from the inability to tell the truth about Iraq even to itself.") (111902)

GOOGLE Search Term: "LAURIE MYLROIE" (Note: Links to informative interviews, insights, articles, and books with/by Laurie Mylroie)

GOOGLE Search Term: "ISLAMIC CHANGE MOVEMENT"

YAHOO! News Coverage: "IRAQ"

WHITE HOUSE.gov: "SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REPRESSION OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE"

"BLOODY FRIDAY - CHEMICAL MASSACRE OF THE PEOPLE OF HALABJA BY THE IRAQI REGIME MARCH 1988" (ALERT: This BLOODY FRIDAY site should not be viewed by children.)

FREEREPUBLIC.com - Search Term for News Discussion Threads: "SADDAM"


~MORE LINKS OF INTEREST~

22 posted on 12/03/2002 1:21:10 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Turk2
Thank you, Turk2 for the correction. thank you, and mea culpa.
Some days one can barely get the code or order right.

My apology to all Hakkari. May they stay free and grow rich.

========= Hakkari, Turkey=========

In Hakkari, Tukrkey, near the Sumbul mountains.


23 posted on 12/03/2002 1:42:57 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Diogenesis
No problem. I figured the error was not intentional. That's why I just stated the fact eventhough the caption did piss me off big time. No harm done. Keep up the great work. Your posts are the first thing I look for everytime I log in to FR. Its a shame you only post once a day.
24 posted on 12/03/2002 1:57:03 PM PST by Turk2
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To: Turk2

Turkey Moves Closer to West With Human Rights Reforms
by Gerry J. Gilmore


LONDON, Dec. 2, 2002 -- Turkey's recent social reforms are
moving it closer to the European fold and bolstering its
economic and political standing in the world, a senior U.S.
administration official said here today.

The official, speaking to reporters traveling with U.S.
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz, cataloged
Turkish constitutional reforms made over the last several
months. He counted off the cessation of military rule in
the southeastern provinces, more free speech, rights of
assembly, and conferring linguistic and educational rights
to its Kurdish population.

The official noted the U.S. and British governments are
promoting Turkish entry into the European Union, a 15-
nation bloc that wields significant economic and political
clout on the continent. Turkey, which has sought EU
admission for years to no avail, is struggling with a
sluggish economy and rampant inflation.

The European Union is composed of Austria, Finland,
Ireland, Sweden, and 11 NATO members -- Belgium, Denmark,
France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the
Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom. Eight
current NATO allies, including Turkey, are not in the EU:
Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Poland
and the United States.

In recent years Turkey has demonstrated a desire to work on
human rights, to work on their relationship with Greece,
the U.S. official said. Such efforts helped Turkey to gain
entry into the European Customs Union a few years back, he
said.

Turkey and Greece, he explained, have wrangled for years
over the status of Cyprus.

(Turkey responded to an alleged Greek-sponsored coup in the
mid-1970s by invading and occupying the island nation,
ostensibly to protect the ethnic Turkish Cypriot minority.)

"We believe that if we could … create more human rights
changes in Turkey, advance Turkish democracy, move on a
Cyprus settlement and continue the more positive relations
between Greece and Turkey, then there is a chance" the
Turks would be provided an opportunity to join the European
Union, the U.S. official said.

In meetings Dec. 12 in Copenhagen, Denmark, he noted, the
European Union will discuss expansion. The Turks, he
pointed out, could obtain a date from that meeting to begin
negotiations to join.

"There is a big opportunity brewing between now and the
twelfth of December" for Turkey, the official remarked.
However, he noted, Turkey's fortunes will likely depend
upon Cyprus' entry into the EU, a Turkish-Greek agreement
to settle the Cyprus political question, and that Turkey
gets a date to discuss joining the EU.

Earlier in the day, Wolfowitz emphasized to members of the
International Institute for Strategic Studies, a British
"think tank" in London, that Turkey's commitment to
democracy has helped to bridge differences between Muslim
and Western societies.

"Europe now has a strategic opportunity. By helping Turkey
realize its aspirations to join the EU, Europe would
contribute to the progress of a country that has the
potential to be a model for the Muslim world," he pointed
out.

Turkish societal and economic success "can demonstrate to
the world's 1.2 billion Muslims that there is a far better
path than the path of destruction and despair offered by
the terrorists," Wolfowitz added, which would also
"demonstrate that the benefits of free and prosperous and
open societies are available equally to Muslims as to
everyone."

25 posted on 12/03/2002 1:59:28 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Diogenesis
That al Sojoul palace will make a fine headquarters for the American military governor of Baghdad in about two months.
26 posted on 12/03/2002 2:02:32 PM PST by Argus
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To: Light Speed

27 posted on 12/03/2002 2:04:04 PM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Diogenesis
You weren't kidding about how huge Saddam's palaces are. I can't believe the caption on the aerial photo that says "Expansion is Ongoing" at the Tikrit Palace!

Thanks again!

28 posted on 12/03/2002 11:53:57 PM PST by SeenTheLight
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To: Diogenesis
I almost screamed when I heard the news this morning (I haven't been to sleep yet so it's still "today") that Kofi's Klowns spent a whole 2 hours at Sodammed's palace. I knew it was huge but the satellite pics you have here really put it into perspective. Now I really want to scream! What are they doing over there?!!

I'm sure there's lot going on we're not going to know about for a while, if ever, but I'll bet I'm not the only one frustrated by this charade. "...real inspections OR decision action"...action will put a smile on my face. :-)

Thanx Dio! Your threads are awesome and I know you put a lot of time into them. I really appreciate your efforts.

29 posted on 12/04/2002 3:43:16 AM PST by radu
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To: Turk2
I was about to ask how you knew that this place was in Turkey not Iraq, but then I saw your screen name. Nevermind.
30 posted on 12/04/2002 5:39:31 AM PST by Fudd
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