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  • IRAQ: It’s Springtime in Baghdad

    04/28/2003 12:53:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 443+ views
    Arab News (Saudi Arabia ) ^ | 28 April 2003 | Nadia Mahadeed, Arab News War Correspondent
    It’s Springtime in BaghdadNadia Mahadeed, Arab News War Correspondent BAGHDAD, 28 April 2003 — The blooming flowers and tall palm trees in the thousands of nurseries along the roads of Baghdad are competing for the attention of residents and visitors, away from the sights of destruction. They are indications of the new life that is about to begin for the Baghdadis and Iraqis in general. Abu Adnan, who runs a nursery in Al-Azamiyah in northern Baghdad, talks about his love for the profession his father and grandfather have practiced before him. “We don’t only sell flowers but we are also...
  • Kuwait Draws Up Charges Against Saddam

    05/11/2005 3:49:33 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 5 replies · 395+ views
    Associated Press via Newsday ^ | May 11, 2005 | Diana Elias
    KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwaiti prosecutors have drawn up a list of charges against ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and hundreds of his officials for alleged war crimes committed during Iraq's occupation of the Gulf nation, the prosecutor general said Wednesday. The list will be delivered to the Iraqi court that will try Saddam and other former regime members and the new charges will be added to the existing allegations, prosecutor general Hamed al-Othman said, according to the state-owned Kuwait News Agency. Saddam, who was captured in December 2003, already faces charges in Iraq that include killing rival politicians during his...
  • Turn up the rhetoric on Iran

    05/28/2003 9:42:56 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 118+ views
    National Post ^ | May 28 2003 | David Warren/Ottawa Citizen
    It is now emerging from intelligence sources that the reason the United States was able to give Saudi Arabia the heads-up it ignored on the terror bombings in Riyadh, is because the CIA had been intercepting communications between al-Qaeda operatives in Arabia and Iran. The hits themselves helped to clarify co-ordinates; and there is thus little doubt remaining in American minds that Iran is sheltering senior al-Qaeda leaders. The ayatollahs are most likely trying to integrate surviving al-Qaeda resources with those of Hezbollah, their own main horse in terror international. I read some hint of that into the strange remarks...
  • Powell Plans 'Candid' Dialogue in Syria

    04/25/2003 10:21:38 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 2 replies · 160+ views
    AP ^ | April 25, 2003 | Barry Schweid
    Powell Plans 'Candid' Dialogue in Syria By BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) says he plans to have a "good, strong, candid" dialogue with Syrian officials when he travels to Damascus. "We have issues with the Syrian government that I am going there to talk about," Powell said Thursday. He said they included support for terrorist organizations, development of weapons of mass destruction and a need to seal the border with Iraq (news - web sites) to stop former officials from taking refuge in Syria. "I will not hold back...
  • 'King Of Clubs' Being Sheltered By Syrian Army

    05/10/2003 4:23:59 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 585+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-11-2003 | Damien Mcelroy
    'King of clubs' being sheltered by Syrian army By Damien Mcelroy in Damascus (Filed: 11/05/2003) The king of clubs from America's card deck of most wanted Iraqis is being sheltered at a military base in the Syrian capital Damascus, according to a Gulf diplomat. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former vice-president of Iraq and one of Saddam Hussein's closest henchmen, is said to be under the protection of Syria's Republican Guard in the decrepit military base near the airport. He is among thousands of regime figures who are believed to have slipped into Syria before Damascus sealed the border. Izzat had...
  • Republic of Fear

    03/21/2006 5:03:23 PM PST · by Dog · 18 replies · 674+ views
    weeklystandard ^ | 03/21/2006 | Dan Darling
    WHEN THE IRAQI REGIME collapsed in April 2003, few observers saw reason to mourn the loss of Saddam's brutal dictatorship. While a great deal of information about the former Iraqi regime's assorted atrocities has been uncovered since the invasion, newly-released documents go even further in demonstrating its manifest depravity. One such document is CMPC-2003-012666, a letter from Qusay Hussein that directs as follows: Transfer all Kuwaiti POW's / a total of 448 captured Kuwaitis who are located at the Al-Nida Al-Agher Prison and the Intelligence / General Center and Kazema Prison in Al-Kazema, to make them human shields at all...
  • Capitol Hill Blue Sold

    03/25/2003 7:33:36 AM PST · by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday! · 71 replies · 4,180+ views
    CapitolHillBlue.Com ^ | 3/25/03 | CHB Staff
    Capitol Hill Blue, the oldest daily news site on the Internet, has been sold to a group of working Washington journalists. Doug Thompson Media, owner and operator of the web site since its debut on the Web on October 1, 1994, announced today that it has agreed to sell the site to Capitol Hill Journalism Partnership. "Capitol Hill Blue is a pioneer in web-based journalism," said partnership spokesman William J. Lowrey. "We intend to honor that tradition and improve upon it." The partnership is composed of working, Washington-based journalists who work for print, broadcast and web-based media outlets. "We intend...
  • Hearing today for MP's charged with abusing Iraqi Prisoners

    08/27/2003 8:36:33 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 1 replies · 213+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre) ^ | 8/27/2003 | Lauren Roth
    Ashley-based soldiers face hearing today Supporters of troops accused of beating Iraqis gripe about camp where probe started. By LAUREN ROTH lroth@leader.net As four Ashley-based military police officers head to a hearing today on charges they assaulted Iraqi prisoners, the soldiers' supporters describe disorder, incompetence and mistakes by commanders at Camp Bucca. "Those that initiated this ridiculous investigation and those that perpetuated the volatile circumstances will feel the burden of responsibility that this series of injustices command," wrote David Girman, brother of one of the reservists, in an eight-page letter to congressmen and media. From phone calls and e-mails between...
  • Bin Laden's son stepping up to the plate

    10/15/2003 4:41:53 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 183+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, October, 15, 2003
    Like father, like son, assert U.S., European and Arab intelligence agencies who believe one of Osama bin Laden's youngest children is beginning to call the shots at the Iranian branch of al-Qaida. Saad bin Laden is one of an estimated 400 operatives of the terror network recruited and protected by Tehran's hard-line clerics, according to the Washington Post. Tehran's elected government, headed by the reformist President Mohammed Khatami, does not appear to have control over this group, called the Jerusalem Force. The Post reports the 24-year-old bin Laden is computer savvy and fluent in English. His father groomed him for...
  • WaveCrest Laboratories Names Former NATO Commander General Wesley K. Clark as Chairman

    04/23/2003 9:52:10 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 254+ views
    PRNewsWire ^ | April 21, 2003 | Press Release
    WaveCrest Laboratories Names Former NATO Commander General Wesley K. Clark as Chairman Company Will Commercialize Its Environmentally Friendly Propulsion Technology Across Numerous Transportation and Energy Applications, Including Automobiles WASHINGTON, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- WaveCrest Laboratories today announced that Gen. Wesley K. Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and one of the nation's most highly decorated military officers, has been named Chairman of the Board. To view the Multimedia News Release, complete with video and images, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/wavecrestlabs/10740/ WaveCrest Laboratories is a Dulles, Va.-based technology company that has developed a breakthrough electric propulsion system that transforms electrical energy...
  • "The Army of Muhammad" Confesses: We Received Aid in Money and Arms from Syria and Iran

    01/18/2005 8:42:39 AM PST · by TexKat · 10 replies · 949+ views
    MemriTV ^ | 1/14/05
    The following are excerpts from the televised confessions of Muayed Al-Nasseri, who commanded Saddam Hussein's "the Army of Muhammad" throughout 2004. The confessions were aired by the Iraqi TV channel that operated from the UAE, Al-Fayhaa TV, on January 14, 2005. Interrogator: What is your name? Muayed Al-Nasseri: Colonel Muayed Yassin 'Aziz 'Abd Al-Razaq Al-Nasseri, commander of the Army of Muhammad, one of the resistance factions in Iraq. The Army of Muhammad was founded by Saddam Hussein after the fall of the regime, on April 9, 2003. At first, Yasser Al-Shab'awi was put in charge, until his captured in July...
  • Targets of terror financing probe had political clout (Norquist and Saffuri alerts)

    12/12/2003 8:31:22 AM PST · by Sabertooth · 16 replies · 378+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | December 12th, 2003 | EUNICE MOSCOSO and REBECCA CARR
    WASHINGTON -- Nine days after the federal government raided their homes and businesses, leaders of an alleged terror financing operation were given the opportunity to question the agency investigating them. The meeting on March 29, 2002, in the office of Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) is an example of the political clout of what the government calls the "Safa Group," a web of companies and nonprofits based in northern Virginia. One week later, former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill met with Muslim leaders with connections to the Safa Group to hear complaints about the raids. The leaders are suspected of running more...
  • Times reporter’s testimony sought in leak trial (James Risen)

    12/16/2014 10:23:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 16, 2014 12:38 PM EST | Matthew Barakat
    A New York Times reporter will be subpoenaed to answer questions ahead of an upcoming trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information, though a Tuesday hearing indicated there is much confusion about what the journalist may be asked to reveal. Prosecutors say they will not ask James Risen if ex-CIA man Jeffrey Sterling was his anonymous source for part of the 2006 book “State Of War” that detailed a botched CIA effort to cripple Iran’s nuclear program. However, they do want to know if the two had a prior, on-the-record source relationship. Risen’s lawyer, Joel Kurtzberg,...
  • Accused spy had one-way ticket to Jordan

    01/10/2004 5:04:00 AM PST · by Prince Charles · 1 replies · 181+ views
    The Times (N.W. Indiana) ^ | 1-10-2004 | MIKE ROBINSON
    Accused spy had one-way ticket to Jordan WAR ON TERROR - Man accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents arrested one day before departure By MIKE ROBINSON Associated Press Writer CHICAGO -- An Arabic-language community newspaper publisher accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents in this country for Saddam Hussein's intelligence service apparently was planning to leave the country when he was arrested, an FBI agent testified Friday. Khaled Dumeisi, 61, was arrested on July 9, one day before the scheduled departure date on a one-way ticket to Jordan discovered in his home, agent Edward Lawson testified. The testimony came just before...
  • 2003 Flashback: Soldiers examined for possible exposure to chemical agents (Sarin, Tabun, Lewsite)

    10/22/2014 7:21:11 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Tom Lasseter
    SOUTH OF KARBALA, Iraq — Four soldiers from the 2nd brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, with red sores on their faces and hands, were sent by ambulance to a rear MASH unit Tuesday. They were told they would be examined for possible contact with nerve or blistering agents. Once at the 30th medical brigade's mobile hospital at the 101st's headquarters south of Karbala, the soldiers were isolated from other troops and photographed. A doctor at the MASH, Maj. David Wolken, interviewed each soldier and measured his pulse and heart rate in a tent with a dirt floor. One soldier...
  • Ex-NBA star educates police on Islam (using his money and fame to promote the virtues of Islam)

    04/18/2003 7:17:18 AM PDT · by TLBSHOW · 19 replies · 853+ views
    foxsports ^ | Apr. 17, 2003 | Associated Press
    Ex-NBA star educates police on Islam HOUSTON (AP)— Houston police learned a lesson about Islam from former Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon as part of a program to educate officers about the city's diverse communities. Olajuwon spoke to officers Wednesday at the Hakeem Islamic Dawah Center, a mosque and Islamic education center built with money provided by the NBA star. Organizers of the Houston Police Department's program said they wanted someone who could put a face on Islam to dispel cultural stereotypes. "This type of program is so important in today's world, where Islam has been so misunderstood by so...
  • (French) Pesticide Drums found at PLO Training Site discovered in Iraq.

    04/08/2003 11:04:38 PM PDT · by Steven W. · 9 replies · 463+ views
    MSNBC | 4/9/03 | Dana Lewis
    NBC reporter Dana Lewis reporting live video from newly discovered PLO terrorist training camp that was discovered in Iraq. It has obstacle course, shooting range, pretty much looks like one of the familiar AlQaeda terrorist training camps. Dana Lewis also reports that this camp is close to the infamous pesticide site and that there are some of the same French pesticide drums (not the others suspected of containing the CW "Cocktail" mixture) at the PLO camp along with gas masks and chemical suits. They're not sure what to make of it and the officer in charge was hesitant to say...
  • Cuba mystery money gets scrutiny - $3.9 billion

    07/23/2004 2:01:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies · 786+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | July 23, 2004 | NANCY SAN MARTIN nsanmartin@herald.com
    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen won't let go of the mystery: Just where did the Cuban government get up to $3.9 billion it funneled through a Swiss bank over seven years. Was Havana simply, as it claims, banking its income from tourism and remittances that Cubans abroad send to their relatives on the island? Or was dirty money involved? Ros-Lehtinen, the Cuban-born Florida Republican, wants to know, and she has been badgering officials of the United Bank of Switzerland (UBS) and the U.S. Federal Reserve for answers. ''That's an awful lot of money,'' Ros-Lehtinen told The Herald. According to the latest answers...
  • Positive test for terror toxins in Iraq

    04/06/2003 9:53:02 AM PDT · by kimmie7 · 40 replies · 431+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 04-04-03 | By Preston Mendenhall
    SARGAT, Iraq, April 4 — Preliminary tests conducted by MSNBC.com indicate that the deadly toxins ricin and botulinum were present on two items found at a camp in a remote mountain region of northern Iraq allegedly used as a terrorist training center by Islamic militants with ties to the al-Qaida terrorist network. The field tests used by MSNBC.com are only a first step in the evidentiary process and are typically followed by more precise laboratory testing that MSNBC.com has not conducted. U.S. intelligence agents were conducting their own tests in the same area and had not yet released their results,...
  • The Link Between Iraq and Al-Qaeda

    06/18/2004 12:31:19 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 18 replies · 1,185+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | June 18, 2004 | Scott L. Wheeler
    Originally posted Sept. 29, 2003; reposted June 18, 2004 Senior investigators and analysts in the U.S. government have concluded that Iraq acted as a state sponsor of terrorism against Americans and logistically supported the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States - confirming news reports that until now have emerged only in bits and pieces. A senior government official responsible for investigating terrorism tells Insight that while Saddam Hussein may not have had details of the Sept. 11 attacks in advance, he "gave assistance for whatever al-Qaeda came up with." That assistance, confirmed independently, came in a variety of...
  • Al Qaeda, Anthrax And Ayman: Means, Motive, Modus Operandi and Opportunity

    10/24/2003 9:16:51 PM PDT · by Prince Charles · 16 replies · 762+ views
    AnthraxAndAlQaeda.com ^ | 10-22-2003 | Ross E. Getman
    In early June 2003, a Central Intelligence Agency ("CIA") report concluded that the reason for Mohammed Atta's and Zacarias Moussaoui's inquiries into cropdusters was for the contemplated use in dispersing biological agents such as anthrax. An early September 2003 Newsweek article included a rumor by a Taliban source that at a meeting in April 2003 Bin Laden was planning an "unbelievable" biological attack, the plans for which had suffered a setback upon the arrest of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed ("KSM") the previous month in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.    Many people have argued that a US-based Al Qaeda operative is behind the earlier Fall...
  • Bush always suspected Saddam was behind 9/11

    04/26/2003 4:20:20 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 131 replies · 625+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | April 27, 2003 | Con Coughlin
    The revelation that Saddam Hussein's intelligence chiefs were seeking to establish links with Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'eda network is the first concrete proof that the dictator was colluding with the world's most ruthless terrorist operation. The documents discovered yesterday by The Telegraph in the former headquarters of the Iraqi intelligence service, the Mukhabarat, will also reopen the debate about whether Saddam was directly involved in the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. The issue of Saddam's involvement has been a long-standing source of contention between London and Washington. In the days immediately following the attacks, President George...
  • When And Why Joseph C Wilson IV Outed Valerie Plame

    03/17/2007 3:37:58 AM PDT · by Sam Hill · 121 replies · 5,896+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | March 17, 2007 | Steve Gilbert
    Before we put Plame "leak" story to bed once and for all, I want to reiterate out what I first posited almost two years ago, which now seems to be more true than ever. It was almost certainly Mr. Joseph C. Wilson IV who "outed" his wife as a CIA officer. And he probably did this in early May 2003 at after meeting with top level Democrats and around the time he began to work for the John Kerry for President campaign.Let's run through the chronology.January 28, 2003: President George W. Bush gave his State of the Union speech.February 6,...
  • Meet Jordan Edmund One Mark Foley Instant Messanger

    10/04/2006 1:58:14 PM PDT · by Gribbit · 539 replies · 24,983+ views
    Passionate America ^ | 10/4/06 | Wild Bill
    Mark Foley is a scumbag! Mark Foley is a scumbag! Mark Foley is a scumbag! Now that that is out of the way I will reveal how I (and a few others) discovered Jordan Edmund was one of the former house pages that participated in sexually explicit instant messages with Rep. Mark Foley. Also I will explain to you why I believe it necessary to reveal Jordan Edmund's identity. You may not agree with my decision, but I hope to explain my reasoning by the end of this story. Read More HERE!
  • Al-Qaida suspect jailed in Belfast

    12/20/2005 7:37:15 PM PST · by ncountylee · 14 replies · 391+ views
    Guardian ^ | December 20, 2005
    An Algerian with suspected links to al-Qaida was today jailed for six years for downloading instructions on how to blow up an aircraft with a bomb. The 27-year-old man, sentenced at Belfast crown court, was found guilty of possessing and collecting information connected with terrorism. Authorities have admitted they are unsure exactly who he is. During his six-week trial, he appeared in court under the name Abbas Boutrab. He has used at least seven aliases since his first known arrest for stealing a bag in Paris 13 years ago. Detectives in Northern Ireland, the British security services and the FBI...
  • Inside Saddam Hussein's mobile bio-weapons lab Experts say trailer likely produced WMDs

    10/05/2004 10:14:40 PM PDT · by seastay · 8 replies · 664+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | By Aaron Klein
    A trailer found by the U.S. in Northern Iraq last year was likely used by Saddam Hussein's regime as a mobile biological weapons laboratory, and not to fill hydrogen balloons as some in Britain and the U.S. have charged, a view supported by exclusive photos obtained by WorldNetDaily that for the first time offer inside views of the trailer components. Kurdish forces seized the trailer in April 2003 at a checkpoint near Mosul in northern Iraq. At the time, the unit was hailed as the closest U.S. forces may had come to finding a "smoking gun" in their search for...
  • WoT ALERT: Terror U.

    01/22/2005 7:24:00 AM PST · by indcons · 7 replies · 943+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | January 21, 2005 | Joe Kaufman
    One year ago, I wrote a piece exposing radical Islam within Florida Atlantic University (FAU). My goal was twofold: [1] to bring awareness concerning a growing problem within FAU [2] to push the university to take action so that this problem ceases to exist. Unfortunately, only the first part of my goal was accomplished, as FAU is continuing to allow radicals on its campus, the latest being this Saturday'S (Jan.22, 2005) return engagement of potential co-conspirator to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, Siraj Wahhaj. The Enemy Thrives at FAU In recent times, a fairly large list of...
  • Top Al Qaeda Aid Captured (Abu Abbas)

    05/10/2005 12:08:56 AM PDT · by Qwinn · 15 replies · 1,398+ views
    The Australian ^ | 05/09/05
    Top al-Qaeda aide captured May 09, 2005 IRAQ says security forces have captured a key aide to the al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. A government statement today said Amar al-Zubaydi, also known as Abu Abbas, was captured three days ago in Baghdad. It said he helped plan an attack on Abu Ghraib prison in April in which up to 60 insurgents attacked a US base with suicide car bombs and rocket-propelled grenades, wounding at least 20 US troops and 12 detainees. Zubaydi was also involved in a string of car bombings in Baghdad in April, the...