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  • Coffee With Communists: Who they are, why they kill

    09/01/2016 5:59:46 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 8 replies
    NOTICE TO FR READERS, DUE TO UNEXPLAINED TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY I COULD NOT GET IT BOLD AND RED ON FR. THAT AND HTML CODES TOO LONG. SORRYAwhile back I read an old book from the last decade called Tea With Terrorists. Why they kill, and how to stop them. You check it out By clicking here but to get to the heart of the matter its written by Craig Winn who went to interview Muslim terrorists in the west bank in Israel and how the Muslim religion commands murder and intolerance and how 9/11 and Islam are interconnected. It was a...
  • House Insurgents Want Concessions from Kevin McCarthy

    09/30/2015 6:54:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/30/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Speaker John Boehner’s resignation could kick off a new round of skirmishing between conservatives and moderate Republicans, regardless of what happens in the race to replace him atop the House GOP conference. The outlines of the fight were apparent immediately after Boehner announced he would step down. “I’m on the House floor, I go over and talk to a [conservative] Freedom Caucus member and say, ‘what are you thinking?’ [The member replies,] ’You know, the core problem with the speaker is that he punished too many people,’” one House Republican recalls. “I walk less than 15 feet, over less than...
  • Saddam's Briefcase Yielding 'Intelligence Windfall'

    12/15/2003 7:00:43 AM PST · by truthandlife · 133 replies · 303+ views ^ | 12/15/03 | Carl Limbacher
    Less than 48 hours after he was taken into custody, U.S. military officials say that Saddam Hussein's capture has already produced an "intelligence windfall" of new information on Iraq's insurgent movement. Speaking to reporters Monday morning, Brig. Gen. Mark Hurtling said, "Intelligence stemming from Saddam's arrest has led soldiers to capture several other top regime figures and uncover rebel cells in Baghdad." The new information came from a briefcase of documents that the deposed Iraqi dictator was reportedly carrying when he was caught, according to MSNBC. Hurtling told reporters that, based on the find, U.S. officials now believe Saddam was...
  • How to deal with enemies, foreign and domestic [Humor]

    02/02/2015 10:32:15 AM PST · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 2, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Editor’s note: This is a post by my (imaginary) guest author, the Very Honorable Ima Librul, Senator from the great State of Confusion Utopia. He is a founding member of CCCEB (Climate Change Causes Everything Bad), a charter member of President Obama’s Go For it Team, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Meretricious Relations Subcommittee. He is also justly proud of his expertise in the care and breeding of unicorns, for which his Save the Unicorns Foundation has received substantial Federal grants. We are honored to have a post of this caliber by a quintessential Librul such as the...
  • Why Obama Needs to Pretend the Taliban Aren’t Terrorists

    01/31/2015 9:58:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/31/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    No doubt because of my background investigating, prosecuting, and studying terrorism, the cynical claim by White House spokesmen that the Taliban is not a terrorist organization has annoyed me even more than the Obama administration’s nonstop lying usually does. No surprise then that I could be found railing about it on The Kelly File Thursday night. In that spirit, ten thoughts for the weekend: 1. Under federal law, there are only three requirements for a group to qualify as a “foreign terrorist organization”: It has to be (a) foreign, (b) engaged in “terrorist activity” (bombings, assassinations, etc., carried out to...
  • Blackwater legacy: a faint memory of Nisoor Square [Trial concluded today]

    09/02/2014 5:20:15 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    AP, via Stars & Stripes ^ | September 2, 2014 | PETE YOST
    The summer-long trial of four Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis has been a grim retelling of lives snuffed out and the daily life-and-death decisions amid the chaos of war. Wrapping up almost 6,200 miles from Baghdad, the trial is the best hope the survivors and the families of the victims have for accountability for the violence at Nisoor Square on Sept. 16, 2007, in which 14 people were killed. After 10 weeks of arguments and testimony, the case goes to the jury Tuesday.
  • Baghdad fights back: Thousands young and old answer government's call

    06/12/2014 6:46:52 AM PDT · by Shery · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12 June, 2014 | Jill Reilly
    It’s taken a week, but the long-awaited fight back has finally come. Thousands of Iraqis young and old have answered the beleaguered Shia-led government’s call to arms and signed up to protect the capital, and country, from ISIS militants. As jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant march on Baghdad after capturing swathes of northern Iraq male supporters of the government turned out in droves today to enlist and fight back. The militants have already seized control of Iraq's second largest city Mosul and oil-rich Tikrit in less than 48 hours, but so far government forces have...
  • Odessa: Who is to blame for 46 Odessa deaths?

    05/08/2014 7:47:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    ODESSA, Ukraine – In the bloodiest day in Ukraine since government snipers claimed more than 50 lives during the EuroMaidan Revolution on Feb. 20, 46 people were killed in Odessa on May 2. The violence started when an armed group of pro-Russian activists attacked a peaceful pro-Ukrainian rally, whose participants, uncharacteristically, fought back. But nearly a week later, many questions remain about who died, how they died, why so many perished and who is responsible for their deaths amid accusations from Ukraine’s leading presidential candidate, Petro Poroshenko, that a toxic chemical was used in the building where most lost their...
  • Ku Klux Act passed by Congress (This day in history)

    04/19/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 17 replies ^ | 04/19/2014 | staff
    With passage of the Third Force Act, popularly known as the Ku Klux Act, Congress authorizes President Ulysses S. Grant to declare martial law, impose heavy penalties against terrorist organizations, and use military force to suppress the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). ---SNIP-- the KKK engaged in terrorist raids against African-Americans and white Republicans at night, employing intimidation, destruction of property, assault, and murder to achieve its aims and influence upcoming elections. In a few Southern states, Republicans organized militia units to break up the Klan.
  • (faces of the enemy) Jihad Selfies: These British Extremists in Syria Love Social Media

    04/04/2014 12:29:31 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies
    Vice ^ | Dec 5 2013 | By Aris Roussinos
    After being publicly sacked by al Qaeda leader Aymann al-Zawahiri and accidentally beheading a fighter from one of their main allies in Syria, it’s fair to say the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)’s PR campaign has suffered in recent weeks. So, like any half decent group of militant extremists, they obviously want to address this slip. Unfortunately, a traditional media outreach is very difficult for them, given ISIS’s policy of kidnapping journalists. So they've turned, like many before them, to social media. Over the past few weeks, foreign fighters from ISIS and their subgroup the Muhajireen Brigade have been...
  • UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

    03/26/2013 2:14:41 PM PDT · by Smartisan · 2 replies
    A soldier from the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) has been killed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has announced. The soldier was serving in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province when he was injured in an attack by insurgents on Monday. In a statement the MoD said he had been flown to hospital for treatment "where, sadly, he succumbed to his wounds".
  • Freed Afghan Taliban fighters return to insurgency (Surprise!)

    02/22/2013 3:12:00 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 1 replies
    AP, via the Herald-Tribue ^ | February 21, 2013 | KATHY GANNON
    At least half the Afghan Taliban recently freed from Pakistani prisons have rejoined the insurgency, a Pakistani intelligence official says, throwing into question the value of such goodwill gestures that the Afghan government requested to restart a flagging peace process.
  • Soldier killed after Army bosses barred him from opening fire on Taliban insurgents

    07/10/2011 12:17:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th July 2011
    A widow revealed how her soldier husband was blown up in Afghanistan days after senior officers had apparently ‘laughed off’ his complaints that insurgents were being allowed to plant explosive devices unchallenged. Sergeant Peter Rayner, 34, phoned his wife in a ‘highly stressed’ state four days before his death and was upset that his fears were not taken seriously. She said he and his men had watched the enemy, using night-vision goggles, plant improvised explosive devices and were not allowed to attack them. He was allegedly told by one officer: ‘I am an Army Captain and you will do your...
  • Anger over Quran burning spreads in Afghanistan; 9 dead

    04/03/2011 2:17:20 AM PDT · by Scanian · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | , April 2, 2011 | Amir Shah
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Anger over the burning of the Muslim holy book at a Florida church fueled a second day of deadly violence half a world away in Afghanistan, where demonstrators set cars and shops ablaze Saturday in a riot that killed nine protesters, officials said. The church’s desecration of the Quran nearly two weeks ago has outraged millions of Muslims and others worldwide, fueling anti-American sentiment that is further straining ties between the Afghan government and the West. The uproar even brought violence to the normally peaceful city of Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan on Friday, where a crowd...
  • (Al-Qaeda) Libyan Rebels Reclaim Oil Town Ajdabiya After Weeklong Siege

    03/26/2011 4:51:12 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/26/2011 | fox news
    Libyan rebels have overcome Muammar al-Qaddafi's forces in strategic oil town of Ajdabiya, seizing control of the city Saturday in a major turnaround for an uprising that appeared to be on the verge of defeat. Libyan government forces pulled out from the city of Ajdabiya following an air assault by Western coalition forces, a senior government official told Reuters. "Without the planes we couldn't have done this. Qaddafi's weapons are at a different level than ours," said Ahmed Faraj, 38, a rebel fighter from Ajdabiya. "With the help of the planes we are going to push onward to Tripoli, God...
  • Somali Insurgents: Obama Must Convert to Islam or Attacks on U.S. Will Come (Oh...OK)

    12/27/2010 10:04:12 AM PST · by SonOfDarkSkies · 41 replies · 4+ views ^ | 12/27/2010
    A leader of Somalia's Islamist insurgency threatened to attack America during a speech broadcast Monday. "We tell the American President Barack Obama to embrace Islam before we come to his country," said Fuad Mohamed "Shongole" Qalaf. Al-Shabab has not yet launched an attack outside Africa but Western intelligence has long been worried because the group targeted young Somali-Americans for recruitment. About 20 have traveled to Somalia for training and at least three were used as suicide bombers inside Somalia. Al-Shabab holds most of southern and central Somalia and has the support of hundreds of foreign fighters, mostly radicalized East Africans....
  • Another Stunner - GOP Takes Maine Gov, House And Senate

    11/03/2010 5:56:26 AM PDT · by paul in cape · 60 replies
    Portland Press Herald, Maine | 11-3-10 | various
    For the first time in decades, the GOP wrestled control of the Governorship, the State Senate AND the State House away from the Democrats. Pretty amazing.
  • Treason in America: Move Over ‘Hanoi Jane’ – Meet ‘Baghdad Barbara,’ ‘Weasel Waxman,’ and ‘Jihad...'

    10/15/2010 3:58:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies ^ | Oct 15th 2010 | Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson
    Meet ‘Baghdad Barbara,’ ‘Weasel Waxman,’ and ‘Jihad Jodie’In November and December of 2004, U.S. Marines were involved in the heaviest urban combat since the Vietnam War as they went house-to-house rooting out insurgents in the terror stronghold of Fallujah, Iraq. In all, fifty-one brave Americans would be killed and 560 wounded in the battle that would be the bloodiest of the Iraq War but one which would eventually turn the tide toward victory in Iraq and signal a significant defeat for America's radical Islamic enemies.Shockingly and tragically, at the same time our servicemen were staring into the eyes of evil,...
  • It’s Time for Pakistan To Face Its Insurgent Problem

    10/06/2010 5:57:40 AM PDT · by MikeMerritt · 2 replies
    Right Across the Atlantic ^ | 10/6/2010 | Michael Merritt
    Pakistan has been in the news a lot lately. Last Monday it was reported that NATO helicopters chased insurgents over the border from Afghanistan. Then two insurgents were killed in the tribal region that spans the border with Afghanistan. It all came to a head on Wednesday when two Pakistani soldiers were killed during a fight between NATO forces and insurgents. That last event led to Pakistan to ban NATO supply convoys from entering Afghanistan. Meanwhile, since the stalemate began, dozens of those same supply trucks have been hit by insurgents from Al Qaeda and other groups. And they’re not...
  • Jim DeMint Looks toward November, and Beyond

    09/03/2010 12:20:48 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/3/2010 | Robert Costa
    Joe Miller (Alaska), Sharron Angle (Nevada), Ken Buck (Colorado), Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania), Marco Rubio (Florida), Dino Rossi (Washington), Ron Johnson (Wisconsin), Mike Lee (Utah) — these are just a few of the Reaganite insurgents with whom Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.) hopes to work in the upper chamber come January. Should they win in November, DeMint predicts, this new crop of conservatives will help to push the GOP back toward the party’s principled, free-market roots. “These candidates have gotten the message,” DeMint says in an interview with National Review Online. “They understand that if we get the majority, and we don’t...
  • Persons Not Entitled to be Treated as Prisoners of War [e.g. insurgents, terrorists]

    74. Necessity of Uniform Members of the armed forces of a party to the conflict and members of militias or volunteer corps forming part of such armed forces lose their right to be treated as prisoners of war whenever they deliberately conceal their status in order to pass behind the military lines of the enemy for the purpose of gathering military information or for the purpose of waging war by destruction of life or property. Putting on civilian clothes or the uniform of the enemy are examples of concealment of the status of a member of the armed forces. 80....
  • Things You Might Not Know About the Arizona Immigration Law

    06/01/2010 4:59:19 AM PDT · by Catsrus · 7 replies · 442+ views
    Voice of Evangelism ^ | 5/26/2010 | Perry Stone
    Arizona recently passed an immigration bill which, if you listen only to the opponents of the bill, must surely give police the right to arrest all Mexicans and shoot them on site. But does it? In fact, if you read the bill, you will find that it simply enforces federal immigration laws that already exist. If you want to read the bill (SB1070), I recommend that you read it on the Arizona legislature website. The text of the law begins: “The legislature finds that there is a compelling interest in the cooperative enforcement of federal immigration laws throughout all of...
  • SUICIDE BOMBING AS WORSHIP Dimensions of Jihad

    05/23/2010 1:11:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 312+ views - MIDDLE EAST QUARTERLY ^ | Fall 2009 | by Denis MacEoin
    SNIPPET: "Many motives are cited for suicide bombings, from religious sanctification to revenge for Western foreign policy to hatred of Israel, but one thing ties them together: the boast that Muslims love death, whereas their enemies love life. From killing the infidel enemy through suicide attacks, to allowing the subordinate female to participate in suicide attacks, a pattern emerges. And just as honor killings are a perversion of the most basic of human ties, so love for martyrdom takes societies into a direct relationship with the darkest side of human nature. In trying to explain this, it may be feasible...
  • Hundreds of Hispanic Students Leave School & Hold March Demanding Respect

    05/07/2010 10:24:16 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 171 replies · 4,293+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/07/10 | Jim Hoft
    What country are we in? 200 students left school and held a march today following the reports yesterday that 4 students dare wear American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Hispanic students march down Monterey Road in Morgan Hill on Thursday morning asking for respect after Live Oak High School Principal Nick Boden ignited a controversy Wednesday by sending home five students who wore American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. (Photo by: MorganHill Times Staff) MorganHill Times reported: About 200 Hispanic teens are marching in Morgan Hill yelling “We want respect!” and “Si se puede!” in reaction to a...
  • Jihad in America

    02/06/2010 6:59:20 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies · 219+ views ^ | 02/06/2010 | Bill Turner
    The Muslim Brotherhood in America has many faces, but none is more recognizable than the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is an un-indicted co-conspirator in terror trials and is recognized as a Hamas front group. The Muslim Brotherhood is the puppet master in the Islamic attempt to take over America. CAIR is the puppet, think Chucky not Pinocchio, dancing for the destruction of western civilization. One would think that a group that has ties to the military, Congress, and national security agencies would be groomed and have good operators, but that is not the case with CAIR.
  • Congressional Republicans backing more insurgent candidates

    01/09/2010 3:45:10 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies · 709+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/09/10 | Aaron Blake
    A growing number of GOP members are bucking the party and backing non-establishment candidates in this year’s primary elections. Many are feeling liberated, particularly after seeing Conservative Doug Hoffman drive centrist Republican Dede Scozzafava out of the New York special election. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has drawn the most attention for supporting Marco Rubio in Florida’s Senate race and Chuck DeVore in California’s. But now, other members of Congress are also backing candidates running against establishment favorites hundreds of miles away. In Rep. Glenn Nye’s (D-Va.) district this week, two primary candidates running against national party-favored businessman Scott Rigell drew...
  • Blast kills eight insurgents at Pakistan militant safe house

    01/08/2010 10:23:10 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 385+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/8/10 | Hasan Mansoor
    KARACHI (AFP) – Eight suspected insurgents were killed Friday when explosives intended for a bomb attack accidentally blew up, destroying a militant safe house in Pakistan's financial capital Karachi, police said. Guns, grenades and suicide vests were recovered from the house in a poor Karachi neighbourhood, which officials said was a den for Islamist insurgents involved in the escalating campaign of violence in the nuclear-armed nation. Karachi police chief Waseem Ahmad said that early intelligence suggested the militant cell had been planning to attack a court in the city, possibly when Interior Minister Rehman Malik was due to appear. In...
  • Somali judge who jailed pirates, insurgents killed

    11/12/2009 10:53:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 786+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/12/09 | Mohamed Olad Hassan - ap
    MOGADISHU, Somalia – Gunmen have killed a top Somali judge who had sentenced many pirates and human traffickers to long jail terms, the security minister for northern Somalia said Thursday. Mohamed Said Samatar said three men were arrested Thursday over the killing of High Court Judge Mohamed Abdi Aware. In addition to jailing suspected pirates, Aware also recently jailed four members of Somalia's Islamic insurgency. Eyewitness Mohamud Dahir said masked men with pistols shot the judge in the head and chest several times as he left a mosque Wednesday evening in the port city of Bossaso. "These gangs hate him...
  • War porn: Hellfire and 30mm greet insurgents

    09/23/2009 7:02:14 PM PDT · by clyde_m · 8 replies · 1,091+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | September 23, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    "Clear to engage." "Roger that. Firing. And firing. And firing. And firing. And firing one more. Alright, sensing."
  • Moron insurgents blow themselves up with own IED

    09/15/2009 1:55:06 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 16 replies · 752+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | September 15, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    Today's Darwin award goes to these geniuses. Not sure if the kid made it out in time. It was close.
  • Insurgents hanged in jail

    07/14/2009 11:52:46 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 10 replies · 481+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | July 14, 2009 | Correspondents in Tehran
    IRAN hanged some members of a Sunni rebel group in a volatile southeastern area today, but they were put to death in prison and not in public as initially planned, the semi-official Fars News Agency said. Fars had reported yesterday that 14 members of Jundollah (God's soldiers) would be executed in a park in the city of Zahedan, including the brother of its leader Abdolmalek Rigi. But Ebrahim Hamidi, who heads the judiciary in Sistan-Baluchestan province, said today the executions took place in a jail instead and that Rigi's brother would be put to death later in the week. He...
  • US Soldiers And Apache Engage Insurgents After Being Hit By An IED & Small Fire - Video

    03/25/2009 9:07:16 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 15 replies · 985+ views ^ | 03 25 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    US military convoy was hit by an IED, soldiers stopped to check out the damage and suddenly ambushed by insurgent small fire, and quickly the soldiers return fire at insurgents with some help from Apaches, at the end all the insurgents are terminated and only 1 wounded us soldier who got hit by a small shrapnel by an IED. It's amazing to see the fire power these soilders respond with. Those insurgent mo-fo's hit them with an IED, and they respond with .50 cal's, helfire missiles, etc. It's just amazing. Video on site, click here.
  • Predator Takes Out Insurgent Mortar Team With Hellfire Missile In Iraq

    03/07/2009 2:05:16 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 9 replies · 1,103+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | March 7, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    With the White House deciding that photos can be taken of the flag-draped coffins of our fallen heroes returning home, it is only fitting that we get to see the video of the dead thugs who are killing them.
  • Video: Apache engages 3 insurgents

    02/19/2009 9:12:45 PM PST · by clyde_m · 10 replies · 844+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | February 20, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    "I'm gonna put a hurting these m----------."
  • Video: Apache taking out insurgents

    02/10/2009 8:57:27 PM PST · by clyde_m · 16 replies · 1,174+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | February 10, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    "I want you to pull that trigger until they don't get up." "Yes, sir."
  • Al Qaeda hit by Black Death fear as medieval plague kills 40 terrorists at training camp

    01/19/2009 7:07:22 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 199 replies · 5,565+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 1/19/09 | DailyMailReporter
    Al Qaeda terrorists have been left fearing the Black Death plague after it wiped out at least 40 insurgents at an Algerian training camp, it was reported today. The horror disease, which killed 25 million people in medieval Europe, is understood to have been found in a militant’s body dumped at a roadside. Terror group AQLIM (al Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb) was forced to turn its shelter in the Yakouren forests into mass graves and flee, it has been claimed. Now al Qaeda chiefs are said to fear the plague has been passed into other cells...
  • Worst Insurgents Ever (Funny Video from Our Guys in Iraq)

    12/31/2008 7:04:25 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 4 replies · 1,054+ views
    You ^ | June 28, 2007 | Posted by allerna1
    Click here for video. Caution: One of the Insurgents "teabags" the other. You can't see anything but, just so you know.
  • Obama’s Attorney General: Terrorists Not Protected by Geneva Convention

    11/23/2008 2:54:09 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 34 replies · 1,776+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 11/23/08 | Bill Levinson
    The Democrats have bleated for years about the detention of illegal combatants at Guantanamo, while the Left and the "international community" have demanded that captured terrorists be treated as prisoners of war. We read in the November 22-23 Wall Street Journal (page A13) that Barack Obama's selected Attorney General, Eric Holder, agrees with us that terrorists are not uniformed combatants who are entitled to the protections of the Geneva Convention. Per an interview on CNN in January 2002, One of the things we clearly want to do with these prisoners is to have an ability to interrogate them and find...
  • Insurgents control most of Somalia: President

    11/16/2008 2:58:01 AM PST · by wgflyer · 12 replies · 542+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | November 16, 2008 | Unknown
    ...Insurgent group al-Shabaab this week advanced to the edge of the capital Mogadishu and has seized important towns such as the strategic port Kismayo in recent months.... ...As the insurgents take over more territory, human rights activists are concerned that stringent punishments will be handed out under the rebels' interpretation of Islamic law. Fears were raised by a recent case in Kismayo, when a 13-year-old girl who complained of being raped by three men was stoned to death for adultery....
  • Stymied by MRAPs, insurgents try grenades

    09/17/2008 11:26:39 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 2 replies · 145+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 9/18/08 | Sean Kimmons
    As Spc. Jorge Monjaras peered out the open hatch of an Abrams tank last month, he saw a young insurgent dart out of a crowd and lob a makeshift grenade. A small blast hit his back and burned a fist-sized hole into his body armor vest but left him without a scratch. The explosion was only the blasting cap. The main explosive, a 60 mm mortar round, landed inside his hatch and moved freely at his feet. It wasn’t until the next day when he prepped the tank for a different mission that he realized how lucky he was. To...
  • Insurgents kill 9 U.S. troops in Afghanistan

    07/13/2008 11:55:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 209+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/13/08 | Mirwais Afghan
    KABUL (Reuters) - Insurgents killed nine U.S. soldiers in an assault on an Afghan army and NATO outpost in northeastern Afghanistan on Sunday, making it one of the worst days for foreign troops casualties in the country since 2001. Afghanistan is suffering from a rising tide of violence this year, with a sharp increase in Taliban attacks, especially in the east where NATO says militants have taken advantage of peace deals in Pakistan to cross the border and fight in Afghanistan. --snip-- The dead soldiers were all American, a NATO official said. Fifteen ISAF troops and four Afghan soldiers were...
  • McNeill blames Pakistan for sheltering insurgency

    05/31/2008 6:08:42 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 1 replies · 70+ views
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | 5/31/08 | Jason Straziuso
    The outgoing American commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan said the insurgency there will last for years unless Pakistan shuts down safe havens where militants train and recruit. Gen. Dan McNeill also blamed new peace agreements in Pakistan’s tribal areas for a spike in violence in eastern Afghanistan, where U.S. forces operate along the volatile border. “If there are going to be sanctuaries where these terrorists, these extremists, these insurgents can train, can recruit, can regenerate, there’s still going to be a challenge there,” McNeill said Wednesday. Taliban militants attacked and captured a remote town from the Afghan government overnight,...
  • The "Surge" of Iraqi Prisoners

    05/08/2008 5:36:54 PM PDT · by robomatik · 13 replies · 106+ views
    Foreign Policy in Focus ^ | unknown | Ciara Gilmartin
    Amid all the talk about the U.S. military "surge" in Iraq, little has been said about the accompanying "surge" of Iraqi prisoners, whose numbers rose to nearly 51,000 at the end of 2007. Four years after the Abu Ghraib scandal, occupation forces are holding far more Iraqis than ever before and thousands more languish in horrendous Iraqi-run prisons. The Detention Camps Detainees are held by the U.S. command in two main locations - Camp Bucca, a 100-acre prison camp and Camp Cropper, inside a massive U.S. base near the Baghdad airport. The number of Iraqis held in these facilities has...
  • Negative U.S. Media Linked To Increased Insurgent Attacks (Harvard U: MSM Is Emboldening Insurgents

    03/24/2008 6:24:16 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 57 replies · 1,187+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2008 | Shawn Waterman
    Researchers at Harvard say that publicly voiced doubts about the U.S. occupation of Iraq have a "measureable effect" on insurgents there. Periods of intense news media coverage in the United States of criticism about the war, or of polling about public opinions on the conflict, are followed by a small but quantifiable increases in the number of attacks on civilians and U.S. forces in Iraq... The increase in attacks is more pronounced in areas of Iraq that have better access to international news media, the authors conclude in a report titled "Is There an 'Emboldenment' Effect? Evidence from the Insurgency...
  • U.S. could intervene as Chavez prepares for war on Colombia

    03/03/2008 3:34:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies · 694+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | March 2, 2008 | William Lowther
    Venezuela threatened to declare war on neighbouring Colombia last night, raising the prospect of the U.S. being drawn into conflict in South America. Venezuela's Left-wing president Hugo Chavez ordered ten tank battalions to the Colombian border and put war-planes under emergency stand-by. The tension follows Colombia's decision to send its army to strike against anti-government guerrillas hiding in the jungles of Ecuador. The surprise attack - launched without Ecuador's permission - killed Raul Reyes, a top commander in the Left-wing Colombian rebel group Farc, and about 16 of his men. President Chavez yesterday closed the Colombian embassy in Caracas, warning...
  • Purported Al Qaeda Video Shows Prisoners Burned Alive(Waterboarding is to kind!)

    02/15/2008 11:15:08 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 78 replies · 1,463+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 2/15/2008 | Staff
    Al Qaeda's latest display of terror has made its way onto the Internet, showing horrifying images of what appear to be prisoners in Iraq being doused with an inflammatory liquid and then burned alive. -snip- As he speaks, two of the insurgents pour liquid on the blindfolded prisoners. Then they push the bound men into the pit, where they are engulfed in flames.
  • Papers Paint New Portrait of Iraq's Foreign Insurgents

    01/24/2008 12:20:01 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 7 replies · 111+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 21, 2008 | Karen DeYoung
    Muhammad Ayn-al-Nas, a 26-year-old Moroccan, started his journey in Casablanca. After flying to Turkey and then to Damascus, he reached his destination in a small Iraqi border town on Jan. 31, 2007. He was an economics student back home, he told the al-Qaeda clerk who interviewed him on arrival. Asked what sort of work he hoped to do in Iraq, Nas replied: "Martyr." Algerian Watsef Mussab, 29, who arrived in Iraq via Saudi Arabia and Syria, said he had come for combat. He complained that the Syrian smugglers who brought him to the border took his money, but he contributed...
  • Huckabee ... The GOP's Cynical Use of Religion Has Come Home to Roost

    12/20/2007 9:28:38 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 80 replies · 285+ views
    History News Network ^ | 12-18-07 | Arianna Huffington
    With Mike Huckabee's continuing surge, the Republican Party now has an Iowa front-runner whose religious beliefs are virtually identical to those of George Bush. He's anti-choice, born-again, against gay-marriage, and gets political advice directly from God. So why is the Republican establishment suddenly in a state of near-apoplexy about Mike Huckabee? Shouldn't they be happy? They've been cultivating evangelicals and fundamentalists for 30 years. Now they finally have a candidate who's truly part of the movement. So what's the problem? Actually, that is the problem. The evangelical crowd was fine when it was just a resource to be cynically exploited...
  • Why does the GOP Establishment fear Huck?

    12/20/2007 9:12:14 AM PST · by Ol' Sparky · 75 replies · 204+ views
    Belief Net ^ | 12/18/2007 | Rod Dreher
    Why does the GOP Establishment fear Huck? Juan Cole's got a bad case of left-wing Huckenfreude: I simply can not tell you how much I am enjoying this. The GOP has been pandering to these stupid bastards for years, and every time I pointed it out I was called “anti-Christian” or something or other. Those of us who saw what the party was becoming were told to shut up, that it was good politics. Enjoy your new GOP, folks. And here is something else to think about- are the evangelicals going to support Romney or Giuliani if you do manage...
  • Iraqi Army raids Shiite militia strongholds, finds cache of Iranian-made weapons

    11/19/2007 10:14:59 PM PST · by Wiz · 12 replies · 109+ views
    Iranian-made weapons were among a large cache of arms and ammunition found during operations in a Shiite militia stronghold south of Baghdad, the Iraqi Army said Monday. Major General Jamil Kamel al-Shimari, a senior officer in the 8th Iraqi Army Division, said the cache was the biggest store of weapons found since the launch of Operation Lion Pounce on Saturday. Iraqi security officials said that 3,000 Iraqi soldiers and policemen supported by military tanks and hundreds of US and Polish troops launched the assault Saturday to flush out Shiite militants from the city. The stockpile, which included roadside bombs, rocket-propelled...