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  • Iraq To Free 6,000 Sunni Insurgents From Jail

    09/01/2007 6:53:15 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 488+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-2-2007 | Colin Freeman
    Iraq to free 6,000 Sunni insurgents from jail By Colin Freeman in Baghdad, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:58am BST 02/09/2007 Up to 6,000 suspected Sunni insurgents are to be freed from Iraqi jails in a last-ditch attempt to prevent the country's government from collapsing under the strain of sectarian in-fighting. Iraq’s prison population is 85pc Sunni and a release scheme is seen as an attempt at reconciliation with Sunni parties The release scheme, which could put some hardened combatants back on to the streets, is part of a high-stakes gamble by Iraq's Shia-led government to win back the confidence of...
  • Total victory means total warriors, which we are not

    09/01/2007 3:53:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 778+ views ^ | September 1, 2007 | Diana West
    History, as Marx famously said (by way of paraphrasing Hegel), repeats itself -- "the first time as tragedy, the second as farce." A catchy concept, to say the least. And while there's definitely something to it, it's also true that sometimes history does not repeat itself. Take American wars in Japan, the Koreas, Vietnam and Iraq. President Bush, addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars, recently made a case -- a flawed case -- for a kind of core continuity linking these disparate conflicts. It's not that he didn't admit there are many differences among them ("There are many differences" among...
  • Citizens help turn tide against insurgents

    08/15/2007 6:51:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 468+ views
    BAGHDAD — Local citizens fed tips to Soldiers from the 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, which led to the finding of four weapons caches and the detaining of two suspects in multiple operations north of Baghdad, Aug. 8 and 9. Troops from Battery B, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, attached to the 1st BCT, acting on a tip from a neighborhood watch volunteer, uncovered an improvised explosive devices cache near the town of Sab Al Bor, Aug 8. The cache included five complete IEDs and 12 incomplete IEDs. The cache also included 20 munitions of varying...
  • Our Allies The Turks

    07/13/2007 4:13:43 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 21 replies · 680+ views
    Nabi Sensoy, Turkey's ambassador to Washington, is complaining that Kurdish guerillas staging cross-border attacks into Turkey from Northern Iraq are armed with American weapons that were supplied to the Iraqi army. Sensoy also accused the U.S. of not applying enough pressure on Kurds in the Iraqi government to rein in the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been fighting for an independent Kurdistan since the 1980s.Turkish officials are promising retaliatory military strikes against the PKK in Iraq, which will further destabilize the country. Turkey's military chief, Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, is prodding the government to set political guidelines for an incursion...
  • Don't Be So Sure There Were No WMD in Iraq

    07/03/2007 5:39:57 AM PDT · by Quilla · 133 replies · 3,876+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 3, 2007 | Rachel Neuwirth
     Introduction The references cited in this article strongly suggest that: 1. WMD did indeed exist inside Iraq before the war. 2. The weapons inspectors were both fooled and bribed to ignore evidence. 3. Massive amounts of WMD were removed to known locations in Syria just prior to the war. 4. Massive numbers of Saddam's audio tapes and paper documents were collected and most remain unavailable and presumably un-translated. 5. U.S. officials refused to investigate a number of likely WMD sites. 6. The U.S. intelligence community, and other branches of this government, are stonewalling the issue. Readers are urged to review...
  • Iraqis Join U.S. in Fight on Al-Qaeda

    06/30/2007 11:25:52 PM PDT · by dervish · 8 replies · 654+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/30/07 | Ann Scott Tyson
    The U.S. military is enlisting hundreds of fighters each day from tribal and insurgent groups in alliances aimed at countering al-Qaeda in Iraq, the top U.S. general in Baghdad said yesterday, calling it a "very positive development" but one that requires caution to ensure it works to promote security. Maj Gen. Joseph F. Fil Jr., commander of Multinational Division Baghdad, said U.S. and Iraqi troops control nearly half of the capital's neighborhoods, but that hard fighting remains as operations continue to clear out insurgents from the rest of the city. Overall attack levels in Baghdad remain constant, he said, but...
  • Iran to make U.S. "regret" detention of Iranians-FM

    06/12/2007 2:53:17 AM PDT · by familyop · 15 replies · 838+ views
    Reuters AlertNet ^ | 12JUN07 | Reuters
    TEHRAN, June 12 (Reuters) - Iran will make the United States "regret" its detention earlier this year of five Iranians in Iraq, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Iran says the five Iranians detained by U.S. forces in Iraq in January are diplomats and have demanded their release. U.S. officials say they were involved in supporting militants inside Iraq. "We will make the Americans regret their ugly and illegal action against the Islamic Republic of Iran's consulate in Arbil, Iraq, and the abduction of the five Iranian diplomats," Mottaki was quoted as saying by the Web...
  • Insurgent Group Announces Truce With Al-Qaeda in Iraq

    06/07/2007 5:03:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies · 534+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, June 7, 2007 | John Ward Anderson
    BAGHDAD, June 6 -- A Sunni insurgent group that waged a deadly street battle last week against the rival group al-Qaeda in Iraq in a Sunni neighborhood of west Baghdad announced Wednesday that the two forces had declared a cease-fire. The Islamic Army of Iraq, a more moderate and secular Sunni group, said it had reached the cease-fire with al-Qaeda in Iraq because the groups did not want to spill Muslim blood or damage "the project of jihad." Last week, the two groups fought for several days in the Sunni neighborhood of Amiriyah, leaving about 30 of their fighters dead....
  • Terrorists Deserve No Quarter!!!

    06/01/2007 9:06:48 AM PDT · by MoFiZiX Gr4FiX · 3 replies · 347+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 1, 2007 | MoFiZiX GR4FiX
    There are some things today that are simply unacceptable. Offering olive branches to those who are committed to evil is one of them. History has shown that when you offer cease fires to a bunch of murderous thugs and Muslim extremists, more bloodshed follows. Just look at the problems the Israelis are continuing to have with those who seek their absolute destruction. Is it any wonder why there never seems to be any permanent resolution with that region of the world? Offering concessions to terrorists is like giving freedoms to disobedient children. You give them an inch, they're always determined...
  • Report: Most Iraq Fighters From Gulf-(70 Percent Of Insurgents Are NON-IRAQI)

    05/24/2007 10:19:06 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies · 621+ views
    CBS NEWS ^ | 5-23-07 | CBS/AP
    KUWAIT CITY, May. 23, 2007 (AP) Seventy percent of insurgents fighting in Iraq come from Gulf countries via Syria where they are provided with forged passports, an Iraqi intelligence officer alleged in a published report Wednesday. "They, according to their own confessions, gather in mosques in the said (Gulf) states to travel to Syria using their passports, taking with them phone numbers of individuals waiting for them there," Brig. Gen. Rashid Fleih, the assistant undersecretary for intelligence of Iraq's Interior Ministry, told Kuwait's Al-Qabas daily in an interview. Fleih did not provide more specific details about the alleged insurgents or...
  • Report: Most foreign fighters from Gulf (70% of foreign "insurgents" from Persian Gulf locales)

    05/23/2007 2:55:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 551+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/23/07 | AP
    KUWAIT CITY - Seventy percent of foreign insurgents arrested in Iraq came from Persian Gulf countries via Syria where they were provided with forged passports, an Iraqi intelligence officer said in a published report Wednesday. "They, according to their own confessions, gather in mosques in the said (Gulf) states to travel to Syria using their passports, taking with them phone numbers of individuals waiting for them there," Brig. Gen. Rashid Fleih, the assistant undersecretary for intelligence of Iraq's Interior Ministry, told Kuwait's Al-Qabas daily in an interview. Fleih did not provide more specific details about the alleged insurgents or which...
  • Report: 70 Percent of Insurgents in Iraq Come From Gulf States Via Syria (how is that a civil war?)

    05/23/2007 5:08:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 55 replies · 2,492+ views
    Fox/AP ^ | May 23, 2007
    Report: 70 Percent of Insurgents in Iraq Come From Gulf States Via Syria May 23, 2007 KUWAIT CITY — Seventy percent of insurgents fighting in Iraq come from Gulf countries via Syria where they are provided with forged passports, an Iraqi intelligence officer alleged in a published report Wednesday. "They, according to their own confessions, gather in mosques in the said (Gulf) states to travel to Syria using their passports, taking with them phone numbers of individuals waiting for them there," Brig. Gen. Rashid Fleih, the assistant undersecretary for intelligence of Iraq's Interior Ministry, told Kuwait's Al-Qabas daily in an...
  • Multiple Terror Suspects Captured in Iraq; Insurgents Target Bridges, Civilians

    05/13/2007 5:50:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 458+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 13, 2007 – Coalition forces detained three suspected terrorists today, including an alleged cell leader, during operations in southeastern Baghdad, U.S. military officials reported. Those captured are suspected of being part of a terrorist cell network known for its use of explosive devices and for bringing weapons and militants into Iraq from Iran. The suspected cell leader is believed to have personally coordinated and implemented the use of bombs, officials said. One terrorist was killed during the operation, officials reported. “We continue to target the secret cell network, diminishing their capability to conduct attacks against innocent Iraqis...
  • Terror Arrests in Fort Dix Plot - New Jersey

    05/08/2007 4:58:57 AM PDT · by all4one · 546 replies · 18,390+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 8, 2007 | ABC News
    Terror Arrests in Fort Dix Plot FORT DIX, N.J. May 8, 2007 - Six ethnic Albanians have been arrested in a plot to storm the Fort Dix installation in Burlington County. Five of the suspects were arrested in Cherry Hill. They will be arraigned later today in federal court. Officials say it will happen in either in Camden or Newark. Investigators say the suspects planned to use automatic weapons to storm the base and kill solders. The men were lured into a secret meeting to purchase AK-47s from an arms dealer, who was secretly cooperating with the FBI. Officials say...
  • At Least 5 Arrested in Alleged Fort Dix Murder Plot

    05/08/2007 7:09:45 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 22 replies · 1,372+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 8, 2007 | Unknown
    MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — At least five people were arrested on charges they plotted to attack the Fort Dix Army base and "kill as many soldiers as possible," federal authorities said Tuesday. The suspects were scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Camden later Tuesday to face charges of conspiracy to kill U.S. servicemen, said Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey. Five of them lived in Cherry Hill, about 10 miles east of Philadelphia and 20 miles southwest of Fort Dix, he said. "They were planning an attack on Fort Dix in which...
  • FBI Arrests Six In Alleged Terror Plot Against N.J. Soldiers

    05/08/2007 6:39:43 AM PDT · by Gritty · 63 replies · 2,081+ views ^ | May 8, 2007 | unk
    NEW YORK -- Six men from New Jersey have been arrested in an alleged terror plot against soldiers at Fort Dix, according investigators. Investigators said the men planned to use automatic rifles to enter Fort Dix and kill as many soldiers as they could at the N.J. base. Fort Dix was just one of several military and security locations allegedly scouted by this group, authorities said. Investigators told Newschannel 4's Jonathan Dienst that these arrests are the result of a tip to the FBI and use of an informant to track the suspects. Authorities were alerted in January 2006 after...
  • After Iraqi Troops Do Dirty Work, 3 Detainees Talk

    04/21/2007 4:28:08 PM PDT · by alcenoo · 10 replies · 776+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 4/22,/07 | Alissa J. Rubin
    “Most of them don’t believe in this insurgency,” he said. “They are young people. They are having to stay home without employment. They want food. They want money. They want to be able to marry. But there are no jobs. If you offered them jobs, most of them would not be working with Al Qaeda.”
  • Troops kill three unarmed teenagers (Muslims)

    04/14/2007 5:08:19 AM PDT · by Cornpone · 3 replies · 369+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | 14 April 2007 | Bangkok Post
    Thai security forces have shot and killed three more Muslim boys, sparking fresh, angry protests by residents. Insurgents attacked a train and wounded two passengers in the deep South. None of the youths in the troop incident was armed. Police said the paramilitary rangers were acting in self-defence. The boys, aged 13 and 14, were killed late Friday by security forces in Pattani, one of three Muslim-majority southern provinces bordering Malaysia, police said. They said the security forces opened fire after a group of five to 10 Muslim boys ran towards them as they tried to extinguish a blaze at...
  • Group notes split among Iraq insurgents (AQ, Islamic State of Iraq and Islamic Army of Iraq)

    04/12/2007 7:43:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 485+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/12/07 | Lee Keath - ap
    CAIRO, Egypt - An Iraqi militant group has highlighted the split in the ranks of the Iraqi insurgency by having its spokesman give a television interview in which he accuses al-Qaida and its umbrella organization of killing its members and pursuing the wrong policies. "The gap has widened and the injustices committed by some brothers in al-Qaida have increased," Ibrahim al-Shimmari told Al-Jazeera television in an interview broadcast Wednesday and repeated Thursday. Al-Shimmari was filmed sitting with Al-Jazeera's interviewer in an undisclosed location. He was wearing a red-and-white checkered keffiyeh but his face was blurred by video engineering. Al-Shimmari is...
  • U.S.-Iraqi Partnership Proves Potent For Combating Insurgents

    04/06/2007 5:05:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 319+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 6, 2007 – The partnership between Iraqi and U.S. soldiers is helping to tamp down insurgent violence northwest of Baghdad, a senior U.S. military officer assigned in Iraq said today. “The key to this counterpart relationship is our partnering of one U.S. company to each Iraqi army battalion,” Army Col. Paul E. Funk, commander of the 1st “Iron Horse” Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division, told Pentagon reporters during a satellite-carried news conference from his headquarters in Iraq. Assigned to Multinational Division Baghdad, Funk and his 3,800 soldiers have teamed with Iraqi Army troops and police forces...
  • Heavy Fighting Engulfs Mogadishu

    03/30/2007 12:54:30 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 175+ views
    Bell ^ | 3-30-2007 | Mohamed Olad Hassan
    Heavy Fighting Engulfs Mogadishu Published: 3/30/07, 3:25 PM EDT By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Insurgents shot an Ethiopian helicopter gunship out of the sky and mortar shells slammed into a hospital Friday during the heaviest fighting in the Somali capital since the early 1990s, leaving corpses in the streets and wounding hundreds of civilians. By official count 30 people have been killed since Thursday. But the fighting was so severe and so widespread in Mogadishu that bodies were not being picked up or even tallied, and residents said hundreds more were believed dead across the city of...
  • Iraq insurgents used children in car bombing: general

    03/20/2007 2:23:42 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 45 replies · 1,444+ views
    Associated Press via ^ | March 20, 2007 | Jim Mannion
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Insurgents in Iraq detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle with two children in the back seat after US soldiers let it through a Baghdad checkpoint over the weekend, a senior US military official said Tuesday. The vehicle was stopped at the checkpoint but was allowed through when soldiers saw the children in the back, said Major General Michael Barbero of the Pentagon's Joint Staff. "Children in the back seat lowered suspicion. We let it move through. They parked the vehicle, and the adults ran out and detonated it with the children in the back," Barbero said. The general said...
  • Hostile Environment: Insurgents and the Haditha Marines

    03/18/2007 9:21:26 AM PDT · by pinkpanther111 · 26 replies · 442+ views
    Conservative Thoughts ^ | 3-18-07 | Kathy Williams
    We often hear in the media about insurgents or the insurgency; yet I believe that many Americans do not understand who they are and the threat they pose to our success in the overall mission in Iraq. The insurgency in Iraq is opposed to any occupying authority and their goal is to regain political and economic power. The insurgents that are in Iraq are classified as terrorist as apposed to guerrillas by virtue of their indiscriminate targeting of either civilians or combatants. Guerrillas would confine themselves to government and military targets. This is not the case with Iraqi insurgents; they...
  • Three Chlorine Gas Attacks Kill 2 Officers and Wound 350 in Anbar Province

    03/17/2007 7:20:59 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 14 replies · 927+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3/17/07 | KIRK SEMPLE
    BAGHDAD, Sunday, March 18 — Three suicide bombers driving trucks loaded with explosives and tanks of chlorine gas detonated their payloads in Anbar Province on Friday, killing at least two Iraqi police officers and wounding or sickening more than 350 people, the American military command said Saturday. Police and hospital officials, however, said that as many as eight people had been killed. Insurgents began combining explosives with chlorine gas and other chemicals in January in an effort to sow more fear and havoc among civilians, military officials say.
  • Report: Austria approves export of 30,000 handguns to Iran (Not good for our troops)

    03/14/2007 4:36:07 AM PDT · by mr_hammer · 14 replies · 698+ views
    International Herald Tribune (Europe) | Published: February 16, 2007
    VIENNA, Austria: Austrian authorities have approved the export of 30,000 handguns to Iran, local media reported Friday, days after a report that sophisticated Austrian rifles were finding their way into the hands of Iraqi insurgents. Austrian media reported the pistols had been sold to Iran's interior ministry, which is in charge of the police force. Austrian economic ministry officials told state radio that their ministry had approved the sale of the "Glock" pistols last month, saying Iranian authorities had provided documentary evidence that they would not be passed on to others. Another request for the weapons from the Iranian army...
  • U.S. troops clash with Ramadi insurgents (at least 12 killed in 6-hours of fierce fighting)

    02/22/2007 8:33:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 714+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/22/07 | Sinan Salaheddin - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops battled insurgents in fierce fighting that killed at least 12 people in the volatile Sunni city of Ramadi, the military said Thursday. Iraqi authorities said the dead included women and children. The six-hour firefight began after the U.S. troops were attacked by insurgents with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades Wednesday evening in eastern Ramadi, said Marine spokesman 1st Lt. Shawn Mercer. The fighting ended after "precision guided munitions" damaged a number of buildings being used by the insurgents, he said. Twelve insurgents were killed and three were wounded, he said, adding that there were no...
  • British 'Quick Fix' Aid For Afghans Brought To Halt By Insurgents

    02/18/2007 6:23:51 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 532+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-19-2007 | Tom Coghlan
    British 'quick fix' aid for Afghans brought to halt by insurgents By Tom Coghlan in Lashkargar Last Updated: 1:16am GMT 19/02/2007 Few foreign aid agencies are prepared work in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand. Two weeks ago, a white clad figure approached the sandbagged guard post outside the compound of one agency. Very politely the man explained that he was a suicide bomber. "I have no problem with you," he told the local guards, opening his jacket to show the bomb strapped to his body. "Just let me go inside and kill the foreigners." The nearest guard shot him in...
  • Terrorists Using The Internet?

    02/15/2007 12:30:55 PM PST · by jjgnc · 56 replies · 1,617+ views
    Myself | 2-15-07 | JJ
    Wednesday, February 14, 2007 Foreign Operatives Using Message Boards All over the Internet, it is apparent that a coordinated, well-funded effort is under way to undermine and warp American values by attacking us through our least protected zone...the Internet. From AOL, to Yahoo, to Netscape, possible terrorists are posting on message boards while posing as liberals. They are taking advantage of the natural anti-American tendencies liberals have anyway, and therefore can more easily blend in. However, there are a few traits you should look for to determine whether someone is actually a foreign agent instead of just the average liberal:...
  • SitRep: Iraq -- Weapons in Theater (dated pre-Zarqawi's death on 8 Jun 06)

    02/14/2007 7:17:28 PM PST · by OESY · 15 replies · 823+ views
    Email | 2/14/07 | Retired Marine General
    This email from a guy who is there.. No politics here, just a Marine with a bird's eye view opinion: 1) The M-16 rifle : Thumbs down. Chronic jamming problems with the talcum powder like sand over there. The sand is everywhere. Jordan says you feel filthy 2 minutes after coming out of the shower. The M-4 carbine version is more popular because it's lighter and shorter, but it has jamming problems also. They like the ability to mount the various optical gunsights and weapons lights on the picattiny rails, but the weapon itself is not great in a desert...
  • UK backs US claim of Iran arming Iraqi insurgents

    02/13/2007 3:18:50 AM PST · by familyop · 3 replies · 292+ views
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government on Monday backed US claims that Iran's leadership has provided weapons to insurgents fighting coalition forces in Iraq. Blair first expressed concern in October 2005 about technology for roadside bombs and other weapons entering Iraq from Iran, the prime minister's official spokesman said. "The prime minister has been at the cutting edge of identifying this problem," the spokesman said on condition of anonymity, in keeping with government policy. "We continue to say what actually is the case, which is that we keep finding this weaponry which we do not believe can be sourced from...
  • Help Michael Yon identify an insurgent weapon

    02/12/2007 7:40:53 PM PST · by mykpfsu · 22 replies · 1,544+ views
    Michael Yon ^ | mykpfsu
    The recent loss of five helicopters in Iraq has caught the attention of the media. Also in the media is all the new talk of Iranian influence on weapons in Iraq, although my readers learned about the issue more than a month ago in Walking the Line (Part Two of Three). In the face of all this “new” controversy about “foreign” weapons in the battle space, I recalled some of the many photos taken of caches of weapons captured by Iraqi and American forces in Iraq. The photo above is from one of these. None of the military persons...
  • Muslim nations move to prevent violence

    01/31/2007 10:30:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 853+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 31, 2007 | David R. Sands
    Terrified that sectarian Muslim bloodshed could soon engulf the region, U.S. allies and adversaries in the Middle East have stepped up joint efforts to head off a religious civil war. Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran have held intensive talks in recent days on ways to tamp down sectarian violence in Iraq and Lebanon. Over the weekend, Saudi King Abdullah issued an unusual public call for calm. Top Islamic clerics and scholars in Egypt, Qatar and Iraq also have issued statements urging Muslim unity, often blaming the United States and other outside actors of trying to divide the faithful....
  • Iraq - Rebels make $1.5 billion from refinery

    01/14/2007 1:17:56 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 651+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | January 14, 2007
    Excerpt - Iraqi militants are taking most of the $US1.5 billion a year that's stolen from Iraq's main oil refinery through smuggling and corruption, the government told parliament today. Speaking at the second reading of the 2007 budget, Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih said crime is behind the crisis in the oil industry, which is struggling to meet Iraq's own fuel needs despite having the world's third biggest reserves. "We have a system and an administration which encourage corruption," said Mr Salih, who has oversight over the economy. ~ snip ~
  • Iran demands US free arrested "diplomats" in Iraq

    01/14/2007 12:00:04 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 39 replies · 990+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | January 14, 2007
    TEHRAN, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Iran is demanding the immediate release of five Iranians held by U.S. forces in Iraq, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday, adding that the five are diplomats. The five were arrested on Thursday in the northern Iraqi town of Arbil and the U.S. military has accused them of links to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard group that provides weapons to Iraqi insurgents. "Americans should immediately release the five Iranians and pay compensation for the damages they caused to our office in Arbil," Mohammad Ali Hosseini told a weekly news conference, adding the five were...
  • Senior Iranian official suspected of spying on Iran's nuclear program

    01/12/2007 12:58:58 AM PST · by familyop · 200+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 11JAN06 | Yossi Melman
    Iran announced Thursday that it has arrested a senior official for allegedly spying on the country's nuclear program. The name of the detainee has not been released, but he was identified as an employee of the parliamentary research center. The center provides research services and advice to parliamentarians and security on strategic issues.
  • UK Troops 'Destroy' Taleban Camp

    01/07/2007 3:06:18 PM PST · by blam · 81 replies · 4,093+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-7-2007
    UK troops 'destroy' Taleban camp Many Taleban fighters are thought to have been killed in the operation British troops have destroyed a Taleban training camp in southern Afghanistan, killing dozens of insurgents, according to the military. About 110 Royal Marines carried out the operation in northern Helmand, which it is hoped will pave the way for repairs on a hydroelectric dam in the province. It is hoped nearly two million people will now get access to electricity. Operation Clay was launched on New Year's Day. Plymouth-based 42 Commando were engaged in four days of fighting. Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has...
  • So, Wanna sign-up for totalitarian 'anti-freedom' freedom fighters?

    01/04/2007 8:17:59 PM PST · by PRePublic · 2 replies · 289+ views
    Wanna sign-up for totalitarian 'anti-freedom' freedom fighters?   Freedom Fighters most ironic term terrorists use, translation: fighting AGIANST any freedom. What went through your mind when you heard militant Cindy Sheehan calling the terrorists fighting in Iraq "militia freedom fighters"?Would these same "militias" spare her throat giving the chance? why after all, the very factor of an 'infidel being in Arab land (Iraq) is already good enough to shout: "Allah Akbar" & head cut off!   If you are about to use the "freedom" word You might call it "freedom from the non Muslim existence", if you wish. Unless the Islamists are...
  • AP: Militants Flee Gov't Forces in Somalia ~ ( Why not insurgents?...)

    01/01/2007 12:24:51 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 963+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | January 01, 2007 at 11:35:9 PST | MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN and ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Fighters belonging to a militant Islamist movement fled into a rugged, forested corner of Somalia from rapidly advancing government forces Monday, and the prime minister offered amnesty if they surrendered. Regional diplomats worked to arrange the speedy deployment of African peacekeepers to help the interim government establish its authority in the country, which has known only anarchy for 15 years. As the last remaining stronghold of the Islamic group was overrun by government troops backed by Ethiopian tanks and MiG fighter jets, the net began closing on suspected al-Qaida militants believed to be sheltered by the...

    12/24/2006 7:53:14 PM PST · by bnelson44 · 148 replies · 5,089+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 12/24/06
    U.S. IS DETAINING IRANIANS CAUGHT IN RAIDS IN IRAQ... DEVELOPING... American military holding at least 4 Iranians in Iraq, including men Bush administration called senior military officials, who were seized in pair of raids late last week, NY TIMES reporting Monday... MORE...
  • A Canadian geopolitical analyst : Insurgency doom to fail, no civil war in Iraq

    12/20/2006 5:11:26 AM PST · by drzz · 501+ views
    A French new study by Nicolas Martin-Lalande, Étude Raoul-Dandurand published by the strategic and diplomatic studies institue of the Quebec University,Montréal, Canada, made an extensive overview of the present situation in Iraq and the future of the country and the insurgency there. The conclusion : a) the insurgency will be long to be defeated, but has no chance to win stategically gains due to its lack of unity. b) the present situation in Iraq is NOT a civil war. The recent comments by sunnis, shia and kurds prove each ethnicity changes his point of view frequently about how to deal...
  • How to Beat Insurgents: Military Updates Playbook

    12/17/2006 6:25:47 PM PST · by NordP · 13 replies · 1,299+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 15, 2006 | David Kerley, ABC News
    Insurgents in Iraq cannot be coerced. They must be killed or captured...Read the rest by clicking on the link...unbelieveable!
  • U.S. says 20 insurgents slain in Iraq fighting

    12/08/2006 10:53:48 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies · 456+ views
    AP ^ | Friday, December 8, 2006
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S.-led coalition forces killed 20 insurgents, including two women, Friday in fighting and airstrikes that targeted al-Qaida in Iraq militants northwest of Baghdad, the military said. The mayor of the village, which was the site of a U.S. raid earlier this year, said 19 civilians were killed, including seven women and eight children. In the south, more than 1,000 British and Danish troops conducted a pre-dawn raid in the outskirts of Basra, coalition officials said, describing the operation as the largest of its kind in the area since the war began. Five Iraqis, described as members of...
  • Saudi citizens donating to Iraq Sunni insurgents

    12/07/2006 9:18:17 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies · 493+ views
    AP ^ | Friday, December 8, 2006
    Private Saudi citizens are giving millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq and much of the money is used to buy weapons, including shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles, according to key Iraqi officials and others familiar with the flow of cash. Saudi government officials deny that any money from their country is being sent to Iraqis fighting the government and the US-led coalition. But the US Iraq Study Group report released Wednesday said Saudis are a source of funding for Sunni Arab insurgents. Several truck drivers interviewed by The Associated Press described carrying boxes of cash from Saudi Arabia into...
  • My Own Iraq Study Group

    12/07/2006 2:04:48 PM PST · by radar101 · 23 replies · 1,003+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 7 DEC 2006 | Don Bendell
    This morning, my wife started crying when we listened to the long-awaited findings of the Iraq Study Group. She said, “Just great! We have two sons in harm’s way, and they have a bunch of gray-haired old geezers with political agendas trying to influence how they will fight in this war, and none of them have a clue how to fight or win!” For some time now, I have been conducting my own Iraq Study Group, but I asked fellow Green Berets and former Green Berets working for the CIA who have lived with the Iraqi and the Afghani people,...
  • Baker-Hamilton Can't Save Us

    12/06/2006 3:51:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 756+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | December 5, 2006 | Justin Logan
    Next week, the Baker-Hamilton Commission will make its recommendations on U.S. Iraq policy, and Congress will begin hearings on defense secretary nominee and Cold War realist Robert Gates. Both events will reflect the failings of the Bush administration's policy in Iraq. But even as a grudging acceptance of reality takes hold in Washington, the architects of the war are urging that we double down on the losing bet in Iraq. Amid spiraling sectarian violence, the leading advocates of invading Iraq seem now to have centered on an explanation for how their idea has driven that country to blood-soaked disaster: deposing...
  • Embedded Reporter Upbeat About Iraq

    12/03/2006 7:11:35 AM PST · by wgflyer · 9 replies · 771+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 30 Nov., 2006 | John Hawkins
    Last week, I had an opportunity to interview Michael Fumento, who has now been embedded in Iraq three times and has recently returned from a trip to Ramadi. If you're looking for someone in the media with the ground experience in Iraq, you couldn't do much better than Michael Fumento. Now, on to the interview, which has been edited. Now, Michael, you were just embedded with the troops out in the field in Ramadi. There are not a lot of reporters who do that. Why do you think that is and do you think reporters over there lose perspective if...
  • U.S. Finds Iraq Insurgency Has Funds to Sustain Itself

    11/25/2006 4:16:16 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 18 replies · 893+ views
    The New York Times (excerpt) ^ | November 25, 2006 | John F. Burns and Kirk Semple
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD, Nov. 25 — The insurgency in Iraq is now self-sustaining financially, raising tens of millions of dollars a year from oil smuggling, kidnapping, counterfeiting, corrupt charities and other crimes that the Iraqi government and its American patrons have been largely unable to prevent, a classified United States government report has concluded. ~ snip ~
  • Marines Stop Insurgents With Vehicle Checkpoints

    11/21/2006 6:05:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 717+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Cpl. Ray Lewis
    MUDIQ, Iraq, Nov. 21 2006 — Iraqis now drive on safe roads thanks to the Marines who set up vehicle checkpoints here on a daily basis. That credit goes to Marines of Jump Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. "It's making it harder for insurgents to move any contraband through the main routes of travel," said Sgt. Robert E. Mitterando, platoon sergeant for Jump Platoon. "If you were a car thief or burglar and you saw your friend getting 'rolled up,' you'd think, 'Damn, these guys mean business. We're not playing around. If you work with...
  • Iraqi Security Forces Continue Security in Fallujah, Nab Insurgents

    11/08/2006 3:32:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 225+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2006 -- Iraqi security forces searched the Fallujah general hospital yesterday as part of their continuous operations to maintain the security and safety of the citizens of Fallujah. Elsewhere, Iraqi and coalition forces have captured dozens of insurgents in recent days. The hospital was searched after intelligence indicated it was being used as a potential safe haven for insurgents. The Iraqi troops with support from coalition forces entered the hospital to ensure that the facility continues to be a safe place for the people of Fallujah to receive medical treatment, U.S. officials said. No insurgent activity...
  • Suspected Insurgents Captured in Operation

    11/01/2006 5:41:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 392+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
    The target was an insurgent cell responsible for numerous roadside bomb attacks. ABU AJIL, Iraq, Nov. 1, 2006 — The Iraqi soldiers and U.S. Paratroopers passed the afternoon hours before their mission double-checking radios and performing last-minute inspections of their vehicles and weapons. Despite the language barrier and cultural differences, they shared conversations accentuated with cigarette smoke and laughter. Soon, the cheerful mood would shift to serious and mission-focused. The sun would set, and the illumination of the quarter-moon would be all that was left of light in the town of Abu Ajil. The rural farming area is about 2.5...