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  • French advisers seized in Somalia

    07/14/2009 11:41:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 760+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Page last updated at 13:33 GMT, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 14:33 UK | n/a
    Note: Photo included. # SNIPPET: "Two French security advisers helping the Somali government have been kidnapped in the capital Mogadishu, French officials have said. Gunmen who were wearing police uniforms entered the hotel where the two were staying and took them away, eyewitnesses said. The abductions took place in a government-held part of Mogadishu. Islamist rebels are battling troops from the UN-backed interim government for control of the city." SNIPPET: "The French foreign ministry said the two advisers were in Mogadishu on an official mission to provide help to the government. They were seized at the Sahafi Hotel, which has...
  • Iranian Ambassador: No Deal On US Hikers

    05/31/2010 11:05:37 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies · 414+ views ^ | 5/31/10 | AP
    The Iranian ambassador in Baghdad said the recent release of two Iranians from Iraqi custody is not an indication of any impeding deal to free three Americans held by Tehran on spying charges. Ambassador Hassan Kazemi Qomi told The Associated Press the fate of the Americans, who have been held since July, is in the hands of the Iranian judiciary and has no connection to the release of two Iranians earlier this month. "There were no deals," Qomi said. "They (Americans) are in the custody of the judiciary system."
  • US/S.KOREA has joint commando rescue plan for S. Korea workers stuck on N. Korean side at Kaesong

    05/29/2010 10:26:04 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 126 replies · 4,913+ views
    This is a link to the original Japanese story just now.Rather sketchy and breaking, but will synopsize main points into English as thus:There is the large Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea for manufacturing products, which is just across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from the truce village of Panmunjom, jointly run by North and South Korea. You can clearly see this development from overlook vantage points on hills located around Panmunjom. There are a number of South Korean managers and employers there on-site as we speak. At this time, they are apparantly not free to leave.N. Korea is threatening to...
  • Car Bomb At Barracks In Belfast - Police

    04/11/2010 5:59:11 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 50 replies · 1,146+ views
    Sky News ^ | April 11, 2010 | Andy Jack
    Police say a car bomb has exploded outside a British Army barracks in Northern Ireland. The blast was behind Palace Barracks in Holywood, Belfast, at 12.24am and is described as "ongoing". Reporting from the scene, Sky's Ireland correspondent Vicky Hawthorne said: "Police are not confirming this but there are unconfirmed reports of some injuries on the ground.
  • Iran says hikers have ties to U.S intelligence

    04/09/2010 1:22:28 AM PDT · by thecodont · 21 replies · 581+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Friday, April 9, 2010 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    (04-08) 18:15 PDT BERKELEY -- Iran appears to have hardened its position on three UC Berkeley graduates who have been held in the country since last summer, accusing them of having links to U.S. intelligence. The charge, made by Iran's intelligence minister in an interview on state television, elicited strong denials Thursday from the U.S. State Department and the families of the prisoners, who were arrested after hiking across the border from Iraq. It also struck experts as an orchestrated move in a high-stakes chess game between Iran and the United States over nuclear ambitions and other issues. Read more:...
  • Remaining 4 defendants plead guilty to hostage taking in Houston

    03/29/2010 3:46:37 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 551+ views - News Release ^ | March 26, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: March 26, 2010 Remaining 4 defendants plead guilty to hostage taking in Houston HOUSTON - The remaining four defendants in a six-defendant case pleaded guilty on Friday to hostage taking. U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno, Southern District of Texas, announced the guilty pleas. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with substantial assistance provided by the Houston Police Department (HPD). Israel Perez-Pinon, 26, Alejandro Pantoja-Rosales, 28, Edgar Ivan Guerrero, 20, and Juan Romero-Trejo, 36, all pleaded guilty March 26 before U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore. They admitted to having...
  • Video: Taliban Hold Two French Hostages...

    02/16/2010 3:38:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 486+ views
    THE JAWA REPORT - blog ^ | February 16, 2010 04:57 PM | Posted by Rusty
  • Is State Department working on getting American Missionaries held in Haiti released? (vanity)

    02/07/2010 4:22:32 PM PST · by esqreb2 · 51 replies · 996+ views
    AOL news release | Vanity
    Has anyone heard any news of the State Department working to free the American Baptist Missionaries from prison in Haiti? AOL reports that 8 of the Americans being held signed a note that was slipped out which states that they fear for their lives. This worries me greatly, given the history of Haiti.
  • Taliban to execute US soldier if Aafia not released

    02/05/2010 9:46:32 PM PST · by Velveeta · 39 replies · 1,245+ views
    Pak Tribune ^ | 2/5/2010 | PakTribune
    PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban on Thursday demanded the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist who has been convicted by the US court on charges of her alleged attempt to murder US soldiers in Afghanistan, and threatened to execute an American soldier they were holding currently. They claimed Aafia Siddiqui’s family had approached the Taliban network through a Jirga of notables, seeking their assistance to put pressure on the US to provide her justice. “Being Muslims, it becomes our religious and moral obligation to help the distressed Pakistani woman convicted by the US court on false charges,” said a...
  • American 'defected' say North Koreans

    01/30/2010 11:07:12 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 726+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/30/2010 | Telegraph reporter and agencies in Seoul
    The unnamed 28-year-old reportedly arrived from China on Monday, defecting to the north for ideological reasons according to North Koreans who spoke to the conservative Dong-A Ilbo daily newspaper, based in Seoul. "I came here because I did not want to serve as a cannon fodder in the capitalist military," the American was quoted as saying. "I want to serve in the North Korean army." American State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said that the report was being investigated but said there was no information on the man's name, occupation, or the circumstances in which he entered North Korea. The American...
  • North Korea holding second U.S. citizen: U.S.

    01/29/2010 10:50:22 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 33 replies · 1,059+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 29, 2010
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has informed the United States it is holding a second U.S. citizen, the State Department said on Friday. "We haven't been informed by the North Korean government that it is holding an American citizen who allegedly entered North Korea from China on January 25," U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters.
  • Family pleads for release of U.S. soldier

    01/24/2010 1:15:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 11 replies · 448+ views
    msnbc ^ | 12/25/09 | AP
    KABUL - The family of a U.S. soldier captured in eastern Afghanistan more than five months ago pleaded for the release of their son Friday and urged him to "stay strong." Lt. Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard issued a statement from the family of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. airborne infantryman who was taken by the Afghan Taliban in Paktika province June 30.
  • Kidnapped British Couple Says Pirates Set 'Deadline' for Execution

    01/22/2010 11:05:47 PM PST · by ColdOne · 4 replies · 504+ views
    The Times via ^ | January 22, 2010 | The Times
    British couple kidnapped by pirates while sailing off the east coast of Africa fear that they could be killed within days, the Times of London reported. Paul Chandler, 59, a retired quantity surveyor, and Rachel Chandler, 55, an economist, disappeared after heading from the Seychelles towards Tanzania in their yacht, Lynn Rival, on October 23, 2009. In an interview with ITV News broadcast Thursday night Chandler said that he was “just existing in hope.” “I’m afraid that they will just kill us and abandon us in the desert
  • Somali pirates free oil tanker after record ransom

    01/18/2010 2:22:53 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 12 replies · 604+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 18, 2010 | Abdi Guled and Abdi Sheikh
    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali pirates freed a Greek-flagged tanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil on Monday, a day after the biggest ransom yet paid to them was dropped onto its deck, the pirates and a maritime official said. The Maran Centaurus was seized on November 29 with 16 Filipinos, nine Greeks, two Ukrainians and a Romanian on board. An aircraft dropped a ransom believed to be between $5.5 million and $7 million onto the vessel on Sunday, officials said. "We have agreed to solve our disagreements and release the ship. It is free and sailing away now," one of...
  • Attorney for three detained Americans: I am trying to meet my clients

    01/16/2010 7:04:21 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 593+ views ^ | Jan. 16, 2010
    Massoud Shafiee, attorney to three Americans who entered Iran by mistake five months ago and were subsequently arrested and imprisoned, told International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he is trying to meet with his clients. Though since the families of Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer, and Sarah Shourd have appointed him as their lawyer, he has not been able to meet with his clients, Shafiee told International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran: “After I was appointed as their lawyer, I started following up on the case. I prepared the forms my clients would have to sign in order...
  • Somali pirates hijack UK-flagged ship: Bulgaria

    01/02/2010 7:30:42 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 12 replies · 542+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 2, 2010
    SOFIA (Reuters) - Somali pirates hijacked a British-flagged vehicle carrier off the Somali coast late on Friday, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said. The Asian Glory was seized about 600 miles east of the Somali coast before it joined a convoy heading for the Gulf of Aden, ministry spokesman Dragovest Goranov said. Somali pirates have made tens of millions of dollars from seizing ships for ransom in the Gulf of Aden, linking Europe to Asia, and are also hunting far into the Indian Ocean to evade foreign navies sent to protect commercial shipping. The European Union's counter-piracy force, EU Navfor and...
  • El Monte school board member slain in Mexico

    12/31/2009 11:33:43 PM PST · by Ladycalif · 18 replies · 1,416+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/31/2009
    A 33-year-old El Monte school board member and five other men were shot dead execution-style in north central Mexico on Wednesday night, after they were abducted by gunmen, according to family members. Agustin Roberto “Bobby” Salcedo was having dinner with his wife in a restaurant when armed men burst in and kidnapped Salcedo and five other men. All six were found dead Thursday, El Monte officials said. Salcedo’s wife was not abducted.
  • Petraeus Reportedly 'Certain' British Hostage Held in Iran

    12/31/2009 7:04:14 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 797+ views
    The Times/Fox ^ | December 31, 2009
    Gen. David Petraeus, former U.S. commander in Iraq, reportedly is “absolutely certain” that British hostage Peter Moore was held secretly in Iran for part of his 31-month ordeal. Petraeus’s claim is likely to intensify the bitter diplomatic relationship between London and Tehran. Moore, an IT consultant, was set free Wednesday after the United States handed over an Iraqi insurgent suspected of planning the deaths of five American servicemen. He was released by the League of the Righteous, or Asaib al-Haq (AAH) – an extremist Shia group allied to Iran – and his first night of freedom was spent at the...
  • Peter Moore freed after US hands over Iraqi insurgent

    12/30/2009 9:24:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1,041+ views
    Times on line ^ | 12/31/09 | Alice Fordham in Baghdad
    The British hostage Peter Moore was dramatically set free yesterday after the United States handed over an Iraqi insurgent suspected of planning the deaths of five American servicemen. Mr Moore, an IT consultant, was freed by League of the Righteous, or Asaib al-Haq (AAH) — an extremist Shia group allied to Iran — after 31 months and spent his first night of freedom at the British Embassy in Baghdad. He is expected to fly home today.
  • Chinese ship to be freed, Somali pirates say

    12/28/2009 3:15:45 PM PST · by UAConservative · 5 replies · 645+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | December 26, 2009
    Somali pirates holding a Chinese cargo ship and its crew of 25 said Sunday they would release the vessel after collecting a ransom of 3.5 million dollars (2.2 million euros) later in the day. The bulk carrier Dexinhai, owned by Qingdao Ocean Shipping, was seized on October 18 northeast of the Seychelles as it was sailing to India from South Africa with a cargo of coal. It was subsequently taken to the Somali coast, between the pirate lairs of Harardere and Hobyo, where it laid at anchor with other captured vessels and negotiations on its fate began. "We have been...
  • Taliban Display U.S. Captive

    12/25/2009 4:50:46 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 11 replies · 770+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-26-09 | ANAND GOPAL
    KABUL -- The Taliban distributed a new video Friday of a U.S. soldier who was captured this summer in Afghanistan, with an offer to release him in a prisoner exchange.A spokesman for the international forces here denounced the video, but declined to comment on the possibility of an exchange or on efforts to rescue the captive.Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, an airborne infantryman from Ketchum, Idaho, was seized by Taliban-aligned militants on June 30. The military says he is the only American soldier who has been captured by insurgent forces during the war here.
  • Taliban release video of captured US soldier

    12/25/2009 6:00:14 AM PST · by Kartographer · 9 replies · 887+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 12/25/09 | AMIR SHAH
    The Taliban released a video Friday showing a U.S. soldier who was captured more than five months ago in eastern Afghanistan. Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl is the only known American serviceman in captivity. The U.S. airborne infantryman was taken by the Afghan Taliban in Paktika province on June 30.
  • Taliban video claims to be of captured US soldier

    12/24/2009 11:51:06 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 11 replies · 1,652+ views
    Associated Press / Breitbart ^ | December 25 | AMIR SHAH
    KABUL (AP) - The Taliban released Friday a video purporting to show a U.S. soldier who was captured more than five months ago in eastern Afghanistan.
  • Gunman surrenders at Va. post office

    12/23/2009 9:12:41 PM PST · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 1,486+ views
    UPI ^ | December 23, 2009
    WYTHEVILLE, Va., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A gunman with explosives who had held hostages for about eight hours at the Wytheville, Va., Post Office apparently has surrendered, police said. The man rolled himself onto the street in a wheelchair and was lying on the ground on his stomach as about 20 officers wearing shields approached him, WSLS-TV, Roanoke, Va., reported Wednesday night. State Police Sgt. Mike Conroy said three hostages have emerged from the building and officers were checking to make sure nobody else was inside. Police exercised caution because "we don't know what he had," Conroy said, The Wytheville...
  • Post office hostage drama in US state of Virginia ends

    12/24/2009 6:44:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies · 656+ views
    bbc ^ | 24 December, 2009 | na
    A man suspected of taking hostages in a post office in the US state of Virginia has been arrested after a stand-off lasting several hours, police say. Authorities in Wytheville persuaded Warren Taylor to give himself up and release three people he was holding. Mr Taylor was reported to have entered the post office pushing a wheelchair and claiming to be carrying explosives. He initially fired shots from the building but no-one was reported to have been injured.
  • Man in wheelchair holds 5 hostage at Wytheville Post Office

    12/23/2009 5:20:54 PM PST · by sevinufnine · 19 replies · 1,003+ views
    WSLS ^ | December 23, 2009 | Ashley Roberts
    Wytheville, Virginia Mayor Trent Crewe says a disabled man entered the post office around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The man fired one shot. He’s holding 3 postal workers and 2 customers hostage. Crewe said there are unconfirmed reports that man may have a device on him. The man’s car outside the post office also appears to be equipped with some type of device. No one has been injured, and police are negotiating with the man.
  • Mauritania: Tighter security after Al-Qaeda abductions

    12/22/2009 4:05:09 AM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 557+ views - AKI ^ | Nouakchott, 21 Dec. (AKI) | n/a
    Mauritania government has increased security for tourists in the country following the abductions last week of two Italian tourists near the border with Mali. Sergio Cicala and his wife Philomene Kabouree were kidnapped in an area of Mauritania where armed groups with links to Al-Qaeda are known to operate, diplomats said. There are suspicions the couple may have been smuggled into neighbouring Mali. "After these new kidnappings, it has been decided to adopt all necessary measures to ensure the personal security of foreigners in our country," the government said, quoted on Monday by pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi. It was the...
  • Gunmen seize 75 hostages in Philippines

    12/09/2009 11:45:10 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 16 replies · 886+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Dec 10, 2009
    MANILA, Philippines - Bandits have seized about 75 hostages, including elementary school students and teachers, from a village in the southern Philippines, an official said. Vice Gov. Santiago Cane Jr. of Agusan del Sur province said 19 gunmen entered the isolated hamlet of San Martin on Thursday, a day after authorities chased them away from a nearby village. He said police were pursuing the gunmen, who appeared to be using the hostages as human shields to escape.
  • ...Capture of Three Members of Colombian Terrorist Group Charged with Hostage-Taking of U.S. Citizen

    12/07/2009 9:56:55 PM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 684+ views - DOJ Press Release ^ | December 4, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Capture of Three Members of Colombian Terrorist Group Charged with Hostage-Taking of U.S. Citizen PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, JOHN V. GILLIES, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Miami Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") and MICHELE M. LEONHART, the Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA"), announced today the arrest of EDILBERTO BERRIO ORTIZ, a/k/a "El Gavilan," ALEJANDRO PALACIOS RENGIFO, a/k/a "El Gato," a/k/a "Yimi," and ANDERSON CHAMAPURO DOGIRAMA, a/k/a "El Tigre," a/k/a "Dairon," three members of the...
  • Suspected Al Qaeda men kidnap 3 Spanish aid workers

    12/06/2009 3:26:45 PM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 868+ views
    SPANISH ^ | December 1, 2009 | by Rajat Anand
    SNIPPET: "Three Spanish aid workers were kidnapped in the North African nation Mauritania on Sunday. Spain’s Interior Minister, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, expressed his concerns that kidnappers could be members of the North African branch of Al Qaeda." SNIPPET: "The names of the workers kidnapped are Alicia Gámez, Roque Pascual and Albert Vilalta. Vilalta’s father, Albert Vilalta is a former regional councilor for the environment."
  • Five UK sailors held by Iranian navy

    12/01/2009 12:55:09 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 925+ views
    ITN for Yahoo News ^ | 12/01/2009 | ITN for Yahoo News
    The racing yacht, the Kingdom Of Bahrain, owned by Sail Bahrain and crewed by the five Britons, was stopped by Iranian naval vessels last Wednesday as it sailed from Bahrain to Dubai. The crew members are still in Iran and are understood to be safe and well. Their families have been informed. The Foreign Office said the yacht might have "inadvertently" strayed into Iranian waters. The sailors were heading to Dubai to join the Dubai-Muscat Offshore Sailing Race. One of the men onboard has been named as David Bloomer, believed to be a radio presenter in Bahrain. A source later...
  • Report Gilad Shalit MAY Be Home by Friday

    11/22/2009 1:09:58 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 774+ views
    Ynet News/Fox News/The Lid ^ | 11/22/09 | The Lid
    According to the Saudi Network, al-Arabiya (via Ynet), Gilad Shalit, Kidnapped by Hamas over three years ago, may be coming home as soon as this coming Friday. It will be a four-stage deal. Israel will release 450 terrorists, custody of Shalit will be transferred to the Egyptian Government. Israel will follow up by releasing the another 650 terrorists and Egypt will transfer Shalit to the Israel. I assume that means that Hamas believes that one Jewish life is worth 1,000 Arab terrorist lives. Israel had agreed to release 1,000 prisoners months ago, within the group 450 specific prisoners were demanded...
  • Two Iranian Christians released

    11/19/2009 11:36:33 PM PST · by myknowledge · 20 replies · 800+ views
    Mission Network News ^ | November 19, 2009
    Iran (MNN) ― It is with great joy that Open Doors confirms the release of Maryam Rostampour, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, today. For around nine months, the two Iranian Christian women have been held in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Maryam Rostampour and Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad, two Christian converts from Islam, were released from Evin Prison in Tehran on Wednesday. Iran (MNN) ― It is with great joy that Open Doors confirms the release of Maryam Rostampour, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, today. For around nine months, the two Iranian Christian women have been held in the notorious...
  • Somali pirates get $3.3M ransom, free 36 hostages

    11/20/2009 12:06:14 AM PST · by myknowledge · 16 replies · 1,017+ views
    The Associated Press (hosted on Google) ^ | November 18, 2009 | Mohamed Olad Hassan and Daniel Woolls
    MOGADISHU, Somalia — As a Spanish warship looked on, a $3.3 million ransom was delivered by boat Tuesday and Somali pirates freed a Spanish trawler and its 36 crew members. Spain's prime minister did little to deny paying off the hijackers — one reason the lucrative attacks are on the rise. "The government did what it had to do," Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told a news conference in Madrid. "The important thing is that the sailors will be back with us. The first obligation of a country, of the government of a state, is to save the lives...
  • OPERATION HOTFOOT (STFU, Jimmy Carter; here's what Perot/Green Beret Simons did about Iran hostages)

    11/18/2009 8:52:26 AM PST · by doug from upland · 25 replies · 1,469+ views
    Operation HOTFOOT EDS was founded not only with the spirit of heroism but also with integral components to its business philosophy—teamwork, performance, and commitment. This year EDS celebrates the 25th anniversary of the singular event that defines this philosophy: the daring rescue of two of EDS' own employees imprisoned in Iran. On March 26, 2004, a panel discussion moderated by former TV newsman Murphy Martin marked the anniversary with laughter and much emotion. Taking part in the moderated session were Jeff Heller, EDS' president and chief operating officer; former hostages Paul Chiapparone and Bill Gaylord; company founder Ross Perot; and...
  • Anyone remember Operation Eagle Claw - Hint: Iranian Hostage Crisis Rescue attempt (vanity)

    11/13/2009 7:05:26 AM PST · by Danae · 105 replies · 3,886+ views
    Me | 11-13-2009 | Danae
    Ok, I got up this morning and got one of the biggest shocks of my life. I checked my School work, and I am taking a History class right now from a professor that I have been angling to get for about 6 months at American Military University. He has a Bio that is amazing, a real Military hero and a serious scholar as well. Anyway, I had a short essay topic that I did regarding the Middle East Iran Iraq and touched on the Hostage crisis, and the rescue attempt that failed to rescue the hostages. It was sort...
  • Philippines enraged as Islamists behead hostage

    11/09/2009 6:20:02 AM PST · by LSUfan · 35 replies · 1,811+ views
    AFP ^ | 9 Nov 09 | Unknown
    The Philippine government on Monday vowed to take revenge against Al Qaeda-linked Islamic militants after they dumped the severed head of a kidnapped school principal at a petrol station. The head of Gabriel Canizares was found inside a bag at the petrol station on the restive southern island of Jolo at dawn, 22 days after he was abducted, but the rest of his body remained missing, local police said.
  • With Or Against Us?

    11/04/2009 5:42:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 626+ views ^ | November 4, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Freedom: Young Iranians had a surprise Wednesday for mullah rulers celebrating the anniversary of the 1979 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran: angry protests. Why aren't we giving them more support? The big hate-America bacchanal was to commemorate the glorious crime against the U.S. 30 years ago, when "student" hoods stormed our sovereign embassy, preened before TV cameras, danced around with rifles and paraded dozens of blindfolded U.S. diplomats, military men and CIA officers as hostages. Then-President Jimmy Carter, whose sanctimonious refusal to get tough helped lengthen the ordeal to 444 days, enabled these terrorists to consolidate their "revolution,"...

    11/05/2009 10:37:09 AM PST · by Psion · 20 replies · 1,209+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | Nov. 5, 2009 | Barry Rubin
    Obama: “wants to move beyond this past, and seeks a relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran” Obama Administration on Anniversary of Embassy and Hostage Seizure in Iran: We're trying to be Friends! By Barry Rubin Will Rogers, the great American comedian of the 1920s and 1930s, famously said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” The problem with the Obama Administration, at least so far, is that it has never met an enemy that it could identify as such.Of course, the story isn’t over yet. Indeed, one does see signs of change. But we are still...
  • 30th anniversary: Iranian Students take over American Embassy in Tehran: Nov 4, 1979

    11/03/2009 8:54:13 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 18 replies · 977+ views
    The Hostage Rescue Attempt ^ | 11/04/2009 | RaceBannon
    The source of anti-American Islamic Terrorism started today, Nov 4, 1979, in Tehran, Iran. Thank You Jimmy Carter, for abandoning the Shah
  • The New Hostage Crisis: American (Iranian-American) Sentenced 15 years in Iran

    10/23/2009 8:55:01 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 2 replies · 360+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | 10/23/05 | Foreign Policy
    Since his arrest last July -- he was accused of helping to plan the post-election uprisings -- Kian's family and friends have made countless appeals for clemency to the Iranian government, written letters to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pleading his innocence, and signed dozens of petitions. All to no avail. I've come now to realize that the regime probably thinks we're obtuse. Indeed, they know better than anyone that Kian is an innocent man. As the expression goes in Persian, "da'va sar-e een neest," i.e. that's not what this fight is about.
  • Police negotiating with gunman reported to be holding hostages in Workers' Comp office (ALBERTA)

    10/21/2009 4:19:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies · 816+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 10/21/09 | AP
    Police are negotiating with a gunman reported to be holding as many as nine hostages in the Workers' Compensation Board building in downtown Edmonton. Edmonton police spokesman Jeff Wuite said authorities received a report Wednesday of a man armed with a hunting rifle inside the building, which is close to the legislature for the western Canadian province. "Now that we have communication with the suspect, we feel good that we can move forward to resolving it," Wuite said. "We want to find out what this guy wants and what we can do to end this peacefully."
  • Iran releases Newsweek journalist on $300,000 bail

    10/17/2009 8:39:47 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 967+ views
    MOSCOW, October 17 (RIA Novosti) - An Iranian court has released on a $300,000 bail a Newsweek journalist with dual Iranian-Canadian citizenship, arrested in the wake of the disputed presidential elections in June, Iranian media said. Maziar Bahari, 42, who worked as a Newsweek reporter since 1998, was arrested on June 21 during the post-vote protests in Tehran "for his role in instigating events occurred after the presidential election," the Press TV said. "Bahari was released on 3 billion rials ($300,000) bail from Evin prison on Saturday night," the semi-official Islamic Labor News Agency said citing a judiciary source. Bahari...
  • Iran Releases Newsweek Reporter

    10/17/2009 3:45:32 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies · 1,061+ views ^ | 10/17/09 | AP
    Iran's state-run media says the government has released an Iranian-Canadian journalist on bail almost four months after he was arrested following the country's disputed presidential election. The Islamic Republic News Agency says Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari was freed from Tehran's Evin Prison on Saturday evening after posting bail of 3 billion rials ($300,000), citing the Tehran prosecutor's office. Newsweek confirmed the release in a statement posted on its Web site.
  • Commandos Free 39 Hostages, Ending Militant Siege in Pakistan

    10/11/2009 1:47:55 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 29 replies · 2,357+ views
    VOA News ^ | October 11, 2009 | Ayaz Gul
    Military officials in Pakistan say a siege by militants near the army's headquarters in Rawalpindi, near the capital, Islamabad, is over. Commando forces raided a building where militants were holding hostages just before dawn Sunday. Four militants, two soldiers and three hostages were killed during the operation. Another wounded militant was captured. The violence began just before midday Saturday when a group of heavily armed militants in army uniforms tried to enter the Pakistani military headquarters. As soon as they were stopped at a main check post, the attackers lobbed several grenades and opened fire with automatic weapons on the...
  • Pakistan army: Commando raid frees 22 hostages

    10/10/2009 6:45:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 679+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/10/09 | Mohammed Yusuf - ap
    RAWALPINDI, Pakistan – Pakistani commandos raided a building inside army headquarters early Sunday and freed 22 people held hostage for more than 18 hours by Islamist militants, a military spokesman said. Three captives and four militants were killed in the operation. Explosions and gunshots rang out as commandos moved into a building in the complex just before dawn, while a helicopter hovered in the sky. Three ambulances were seen driving out of the heavily fortified base close to the capital, Islamabad. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said "mopping up" operations were still under way, but it appeared the crisis...
  • Betancourt says captors hated her

    09/27/2009 4:16:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1,256+ views ^ | 9/27/09 | CBC News
    ngrid Betancourt, the French-Colombian politician held hostage for more than six years by guerrillas in the Colombian jungle, told CBC News in an exclusive interview that her captors despised her. "I was a politician. They hated politicians. I was a person with some education. They had none, so they thought I [had] a privileged social background and they hated me for that," Betancourt told the CBC's Mellissa Fung in an excerpt from an interview that will air on The National on Monday at 9 p.m. ET.
  • Ahmadinejad: I'll Seek Leniency for American Hikers (Iranian prez says country isn't a threat)

    09/23/2009 1:21:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 706+ views
    NBC ^ | Tue, Sep 22, 2009
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he would seek “maximum lenience” for three American hikers who have been held since crossing the country’s border nearly two months ago. In an interview with The Associated Press in advance of U.N. General Assembly meetings, the Iranian leader said the hikers broke the law and did not elaborate on what lenience would mean. But his message was more conciliatory that usual, coming just days after Ahmadinejad said he was proud to be a Holocaust-denier. He explicitly said that his country was not building nuclear weapons and was not a threat to America. "I heard...
  • (SAS Hero) Tributes paid to soldier killed during journalist rescue

    09/12/2009 2:14:21 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 10 replies · 1,405+ views
    Tributes have been paid to a soldier killed during the rescue of a journalist kidnapped in Afghanistan. Corporal John Harrison, 29, from the Parachute Regiment, was described as "a wonderful son, brother and a dedicated soldier" by his family. He died in a daring pre-dawn operation on Wednesday to rescue Stephen Farrell, a reporter with the New York Times. Mr Farrell, who holds dual British and Irish citizenship, was successfully released during the raid but his Afghan interpreter Sultan Munadi also died. Cpl Harrison's family said: "We are absolutely heartbroken. "John was a wonderful son, brother and a dedicated soldier...
  • British Commando Killed in Raid to Free Kidnapped Reporter

    09/09/2009 1:03:26 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 37 replies · 9,201+ views
    FOXNews ^ | FOXNews
    KABUL — British commandos freed a New York Times reporter early Wednesday from Taliban captives who kidnapped him over the weekend in northern Afghanistan, but one of the commandos and a Times' translator were killed in the rescue, officials said. Reporter Stephen Farrell was taken hostage along with his translator in the northern province of Kunduz on Saturday. German commanders had ordered U.S. jets to drop bombs on two hijacked fuel tankers, causing a number of civilian casualties, and reporters traveled to the area to cover the story Two military officials told The Associated Press that one British commando died...