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  • Trinidad Group Denies Link to New York Bomb Plot

    06/10/2007 1:24:18 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 471+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 10, 2007 | MARC LACEY
    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 9 — One senior member of this island’s most hard-line Islamic group said he loves American television and hopes to send his son off to university in the States. Another said that when he is not praying or preaching, he plays in a steel drum band. Denying that their group, Jamaat al Muslimeen, was tied to any plot to bomb a New York City airport, members this week portrayed themselves as both Islamists and islanders, devoted to God but also part of the multicultural mix that defines the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago.Even as...
  • Daughter Of JFK Terror Plot Suspect Freed On $50

    06/17/2007 2:56:45 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 13 replies · 496+ views
    WCBSTV.COM ^ | 17 JUNE 2007 | AP/CBS
    Saudia Kadir Was Arrested On An Unrelated Weapons Possession Charge (CBS/AP) GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The daughter of a man accused of plotting to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport fuel lines is free on U.S. $50 bond following her unrelated detention on suspicion of weapons possession. Sauda Kadir told The Associated Press early Sunday that police detained her after they saw photos taken last Christmas showing family members posing with toy guns. Kadir, 31, said she did not know how police obtained the pictures and declined further comment. She was ordered to appear Tuesday at police headquarters for further...
  • Why Couldn't The U.S. Prosecute Musa Ali Daqduq?

    03/08/2013 2:48:49 AM PST · by Cindy · 17 replies
    LONG WAR - Threat Matrix ^ | March 7, 2013 4:13 pm | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "But if the US can transport Abu Ghaith onto US soil and prosecute him for terrorist activities, why couldn't the Obama administration do the same with Musa Ali Daqduq, the senior Hezbollah commander who was captured in Iraq in 2007? The US Department of Justice had planned to prosecute Daqduq and the FBI was building a case against him. Daqduq was directly implicated in the kidnapping and murder of seven US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007. He was in US custody up until December 2011, just before the US withdrew from Iraq. Although the administration argued that it...
  • ABC-TV Still the One 1979 ending

    11/29/2012 9:18:52 PM PST · by bigbob · 59 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12-3-2009 | JAM Creative Productions
    For many years the major TV networks in the U.S. would each create a "fall campaign" to build their promotion efforts around. The campaigns included custom graphics and a song, which could be either an established hit or an original composition. A full length version of the song would be produced with special lyrics, and become the sound track for a lengthy video designed to introduce the new fall programming line-up at the annual affiliates convention. In 1979, ABC-TV secured the rights to use the song "Still the One", which was an appropriate campaign theme because they were the #1...
  • Tired Of Traffic? Another Monday morning commute in Chechnya..(Video at link)

    10/22/2012 10:32:30 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 7 replies
    Ultimate road rage.
  • Harry Reid's Holiday Jam

    12/15/2010 7:58:15 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-15-10 | WSJ
    The lame duck Congress was supposed to limp out of town this Friday, but yesterday Mr. Reid announced that in the dwindling days before Christmas he plans to pass the bipartisan tax deal, the New Start arms treaty with Russia, the immigration Dream Act, a "lands bill," and a bill to let gays serve openly in the military. Oh, and yesterday he also dropped on his colleagues a 1,924-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2011 that no one but a few Appropriators have read, if even they have.
  • Caribbean coup attempt remembered

    08/29/2002 8:17:34 PM PDT · by piasa · 21 replies · 792+ views
    BBC ^ | July 28, 2000 | Debra Ransome
    Ten years ago, a group of black Muslims tried to overthrow the democratically-elected government of the Caribbean twin-island state of Trinidad and Tobago. One-hundred-and-fourteen members of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen group, mostly young black men, took over the island's parliament; held the prime minister and some other members of his cabinet hostage; and stormed the state-run television station. For many, inside and outside the Caribbean, the 27 July crisis came as a total shock. The English-speaking Caribbean islands had vowed, following the 1983 American-led invasion of Grenada, never to see democratically-elected structures topple ever again. Armed raid The crisis began with the...
  • Source: JFK plot could reach farther

    06/08/2007 2:32:18 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 13 replies · 773+ views
    Yahoo ^ | May 8, 2007 | PAT MILTON
    The investigation into the thwarted plot to bomb John F. Kennedy International Airport is widening beyond the four men in custody, with more suspects sought outside the U.S. for their suspected roles, a law enforcement official said Friday. The defendants identified last weekend were "just a piece of it," the official told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of not being authorized to speak publicly. "We are definitely seeking more players. We are targeting others overseas." The official declined to provide details about the possible suspects, or in what countries they are being sought. Law enforcement officials,...
  • Drug Dealer Becomes Hero For Exposing Terror Plot

    06/03/2007 4:49:17 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 17 replies · 1,034+ views
    WCBSTV.COM ^ | 03 JUNE 2007 | AP
    (CBS/AP) NEW YORK -- The question was simple: “Would you like to die as a martyr?” The putative terrorist unhesitatingly replied yes—there was no greater way to die in Islam. The right answer put the man in the midst of a terrorist plot conceived as more devastating than the 9/11 attacks. He was soon making surveillance trips around John F. Kennedy International Airport—the “chicken farm,” as the planners dubbed their target -- and visiting the Trinidad compound of a radical Muslim group. On Saturday, the insider—a twice-convicted drug dealer—was revealed as a government informant whose surreptitious work undermined a plot...
  • Abdul Kadir Arrested in JFK Plot (Guyana news source)

    06/03/2007 4:09:32 PM PDT · by Shermy · 33 replies · 2,150+ views
    Starbroek News, Guyana ^ | June 3, 2007 | Heppilena Ferguson
    Four men including former PNCR Member of Parliament Abdul Kadir were yesterday charged by United States law enforcement officials with allegedly conspiring to blow up the John F Kennedy International airport as well as tanks storing aviation fuel and underground fuel pipelines. Those charged with Kadir are former JFK worker Russell Defreitas, a Guyanese-born US citizen; Kareem Ibrahim, an imam from Trinidad; and Guyanese Abdel Nur. Kadir and Ibrahim were arrested in Trinidad, while Defreitas was held in New York. Up to press time, however, Nur had not been apprehended and was thought to be still at large in Trinidad....
  • Trinidad’s Troubling Islamist Yasin Abu Bakr

    07/03/2010 9:59:09 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 6/30/2010 | Chris Zambelis
    The twin-island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago would seem to be the last place to raise alarm bells over the threat of radical Islam. Trinidad was briefly catapulted into the spotlight in June 2007 when reports surfaced that one of the suspects linked to an alleged plot to attack New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was a Trinidadian national and that the suspects reached out to Yasin Abu Bakr, the leader of Jamaat al-Muslimeen (JAM, Association of Muslims), for assistance in executing their plan. JAM is an enigmatic Trinidadian Muslim militant group that is implicated in violence,...
  • McConnell: White House trying to 'jam' GOP on financial overhaul

    04/14/2010 10:31:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 743+ views
    the hill ^ | 4/14/10 | Sam Youngman
    Republican congressional leaders are criticizing President Barack Obama for bulldozing them on financial regulatory legislation. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) exited a White House meeting on the issue Wednesday and charged that the White House had ordered Democratic senators to pull out of bipartisan talks on an issue where Democrats believe they have the advantage.
  • Rightwing Israelis Jam Peace Now 'Fink Phone'

    12/22/2009 6:27:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 431+ views ^ | 12/22/09 |
    In a twist, right wing Israelis are turning the tables on far-left organization Peace Now. The group set up a hotline for Israelis to "fink" on residents of Judea and Samaria who build homes, in violation of the government's construction freeze. The group says on its website that the hotline will help enforce the freeze, "which is an Israeli interest."
  • Iraq, US target Iranian networks

    07/28/2008 7:56:47 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 12 replies · 144+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 7/28/2008 | Bill Roggio
    A Soldier with Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, pulls security in a building as his unit searches for improvised rocket-assisted mortars and materials in the Ur neighborhood of Baghdad July 21, 2008. Photo by US Army Sergeant Philip Klein. Iraqi and US forces are maintaining the pressure against the Mahdi Army in central and southern Iraq. Over the past 24 hours, the US military announced the capture of three senior Special Groups operatives and uncovered a major cache in Baghdad. Iraqi troops detained 68 Mahdi Army...
  • Iraqi, US forces keep pressure on the Mahdi Army

    07/21/2008 8:02:38 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 14 replies · 585+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 7/21/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi and US troops continue to press the offensive against the Iranian-backed Mahdi Army during a series of raids throughout Iraq. Since July 18, US and Iraqi forces have killed six Mahdi Army fighters and captured 18 during operations in central Iraq. Scores more have been captured, including senior leaders, weapons smugglers, financiers, trainers, and cell leaders. The raids have been driven by intelligence, much of it gleaned from captive Mahdi Army fighters, according to information contained in Multinational Forces Iraq press releases. Captive Mahdi Army leaders and cell members are providing US and Iraqi forces information on leaders and...
  • Success in Iraq (War over. We won. Iraqis Won.)

    07/14/2008 5:33:21 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 36 replies · 730+ views
    Michael Yon Online ^ | 7/14/2008 | Michael Yon
    14 July 2008The war continues to abate in Iraq. Violence is still present, but, of course, Iraq was a relatively violent place long before Coalition forces moved in. I would go so far as to say that barring any major and unexpected developments (like an Israeli air strike on Iran and the retaliations that would follow), a fair-minded person could say with reasonable certainty that the war has ended. A new and better nation is growing legs. What's left is messy politics that likely will be punctuated by low-level violence and the occasional spectacular attack. Yet, the will of the...
  • Battle Over Sadr City Defines Apache Helicopter Regiment’s Tour in Iraq

    07/08/2008 7:32:24 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 16 replies · 422+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 7/8/2008 | Bill Murray
    Click to view images from Taji. Photos by Bill Murray. TAJI, IRAQ: There are few pictures of a US Army Tactical Operations Centers, and once inside you realize why. Everything within the walls of a TOC in Iraq -- and there are dozens at the company, battalion and brigade levels -- is more or less classified. Screen after screen of live Unmanned Aerial Vehicle camera footage, high-definition video from floating balloons tethered high above each forward-operating base, high-powered FM radios connected with ground troops, three tiers of desks with sergeants and captains using internal message and email systems to...
  • Iraqi forces pursue Mahdi Army in Baghdad

    07/07/2008 5:25:16 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 8 replies · 237+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 7/6/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Clashes broke out in the Sadr City district in northeastern Baghdad after Iraqi forces detained a senior Sadrist leader, an Iraqi news outlet reported. Iraqi soldiers and police cordoned several neighborhoods in the Mahdi Army stronghold to contain the fighting that occurred after security forces detained Abbas Abdul Aal, who is a "senior Sadrist leader," Voices of Iraq reported. Aal's nephew was also detailed. "Security forces closed all of the city's outlets and prevented the movement of traffic and pedestrians," an eyewitness told the Iraqi newspaper. The move in Sadr comes one day after Iraqi soldiers closed the Sadrist office...
  • Analysis: Sadr movement, Mahdi Army shrink under pressure

    07/03/2008 9:31:36 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 6 replies · 142+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 7/3/2008 | Omar Fadhil
    Muqtada al Sadr. Click to view. Over the space of several days in early June, Muqtada al Sadr has issued two consequential orders that will affect the future of his movement and that of Iraq. Sadr has ordered the reorganization of his infamous Mahdi Army and has forbidden the Sadrist movement from participating in the upcoming provincial elections. Sadr’s first declaration addressed the organization and operations of the Mahdi Army, the military arm of the Sadrist movement. Sadr ordered his militiamen to halt the fighting and announced that a small, specialized unit will have the exclusive right to fight...
  • Iraqi forces detain Sadrist leaders, uncover Special Groups headquarters in Amarah [Oops!]

    07/02/2008 4:24:41 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 14 replies · 128+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 7/2/2008 | Bill Roggio
    A tip led soldiers from the 39th Iraqi Army Brigade to a large cache of munitions and weapons that included 217 rocket-propelled grenades, 354 blocks of C-4, and more than 40 explosively formed projectiles in the Al Husayn district of Amarah, June 29. (US Army photo) Iraqi forces detained four senior Sadrists members of the Maysan provincial council on Wednesday in the latest series of aids targeting senior Sadrist leaders in the former Mahdi Army bastion of Maysan province. Meanwhile, Iraqi special forces uncovered a Mahdi Army headquarters and several large weapons caches in the provincial capital. Police and...
  • One hundred insurgents detained in Baghdad during past week

    06/23/2008 7:16:13 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 14 replies · 89+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/23/2008 | Bill Murray
    BAGHDAD, IRAQ: Iraqi and Coalition forces in and around Baghdad captured more than 100 insurgents and defused 147 improved explosive devices during the past week as part of continued security operations, according to Iraqi and Coalition spokesmen. One insurgent was killed, six kidnap victims liberated and about 700 kilograms of TNT discovered during security sweeps in the past seven days, said Iraqi Army spokesman Major General Qassim Atta during a press conference in Baghdad today. The current security plan, called Fardh al-Qanoon, or `Enforcing the Law,’ has been in place since early 2007, when U.S. planners began implementing a U.S....
  • Operations target Mahdi Army in South

    06/22/2008 2:26:43 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 14 replies · 158+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/22/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi security forces continue to target the Sadrist movement and the Mahdi Army in the southern provinces of Maysan, Dhi Qhar, and Wasit over the weekend. More than 113 Mahdi Army fighters and Sadrists were detained since Friday, including a senior Sadrist leader in the city of Al Kut. The arrests come as a major operation was launched in the former Mahdi Army stronghold in Maysan province. On Saturday, Iraqi forces detained Sayyid Tahseen, a senior member of Muqtada al Sadr's political movement, in Al Kut in Wasit province. Iraqi police described Tahseen as "one of the most important individual...
  • Three senior Mahdi Army commanders captured in Baghdad, Hillah

    06/21/2008 6:00:17 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 17 replies · 182+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/21/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi Special Operations Forces captured a senior Mahdi Army commander with "close ties" to Muqtada al Sadr's office in Najaf on June 19. Two other senior Mahdi Army commanders in Baghdad and Hillah were captured on June 20 and 21. The Mahdi Army commander captured by Iraqi special forces is thought to be "an influential advisor in west Baghdad" with close ties to the Office of the [Martyr] Sadr in Najaf," Multinational Forces Iraq reported. The commander also is able to appoint Mahdi Army officers into command positions. The US military would not release the identity of the leader as...
  • Iraqi security forces ramp up for Maysan operation [Heading to Berlin!]

    06/17/2008 11:57:11 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 8 replies · 128+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/17/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi troops replace border guards. Local police forces are raised. Maliki gives deadline for Mahdi Army to disarm. Sadrists fear being targeted. The Iraqi government and military continue to shape the battlefield for the confrontation with the Mahdi Army in Maysan province. Starting late last week, Iraqi security forces started the operation by sealing off the entrances and exits to the province, deploying additional forces from Baghdad and Basrah, warning the population, starting patrols in Amarah, and relieving the provincial chief of police. Since then, Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has ordered all wanted Mahdi Army fighters to turn themselves...
  • Sadrist movement withdraws from political process [Checkmate!]

    06/15/2008 12:10:10 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 35 replies · 150+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/15/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Muqtada al Sadr. Muqtada al Sadr has ordered the Sadrist political movement to boycott the upcoming provincial elections. Sadr's order comes one day after his order to disband the Mahdi Army as a fighting force and the creations of a small, armed wing to attack Coalition forces exclusively. Sadrist aides claim Sadr rejects the election process and fears being associated with the occupation. "Sayyid Muqtada does not believe in elections or in the coming provincial governments as long as the occupation forces are here," Salah al Obaidi, a senior aide to Sadr, told The Washington Post. "We don't want...
  • Iraqi police detain three Special Groups operatives behind 2007 Karbala attack

    06/11/2008 3:52:30 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 12 replies · 182+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 06/11/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi police have captured three Iranian-backed Special Groups operatives behind the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers at the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center in January 2007. Meanwhile, US troops captured another Special Groups leader in the Al Kut region, The Iraqi police captured the three "key criminals" behind the 2007 Karbala attack in Musayyib, just south of Baghdad, on June 5. The three Special Groups operatives are "suspected of trafficking and emplacing explosively formed projectiles." Explosively formed projectiles are the signature weapon of Shia terrorists with links to Iran. The US military immediately suspected Iran's Qods Force, the...
  • Sadr's Special Groups

    06/10/2008 5:37:39 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 2 replies · 68+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/10/2008 | LWJ Editors
    Sadr returns to Iraq for a short period of time in May 2007 to deliver a sermon in Kufa. [AP Photo] Click to view. Written by Bill Roggio and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross for The Daily Standard. IN THE PAST MONTH, Iraqi and coalition forces have succeeded in their fight against the Mahdi Army's "special groups." On May 3, the U.S. military destroyed a special groups command center in Sadr City, killing a wanted leader in the attack. On May 25, Iraqi special operations forces captured a mid-level special groups leader in the al-Shuala area of Baghdad. And on May 31,...
  • Iraqi Police Clean House

    06/02/2008 10:57:42 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 1 replies · 43+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 5/31/08
    So far this year, the Iraqi police force has lost about 10,000 officers. Some 80 percent of those were people fired for corruption or incompetence. The rest were combat casualties, as the police are heavily involved in operations against the Shia Mahdi Army militia, and al Qaeda. Some 90 percent of the losses are from the anti-militia operations. That's because many police units had been infiltrated by Mahdi Army members (who joined for the paycheck, and to support the Mahdi Army as opportunities presented themselves.) The Mahdi Army also had the support of a large block of parliament members, as...
  • Iraqi Army interdicting Iranian operations in the South [Mop 'em up!]

    06/01/2008 10:55:35 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 15 replies · 157+ views
    The :Long War Journal ^ | 6/1/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi and Coalition forces press operations against the Mahdi Army in Baghdad and Basrah despite the cease-fire signed with the Mahdi Army in Sadr City. The Iraqi Army has expanded its operations in Basrah province to the east just along the Iranian border, while eleven Mahdi Army fighters have been captured during operations in Baghdad over the past 24 hours. Iraqi soldiers and police, backed by US and British advisers, have expanded Operation Knights’ Assault to the eastern town of Abu Al Khasib, a region east of Basrah on the Iranian border. A brigade from the 1st Iraqi Army Division,...
  • Iraqi Special Forces capture Special Groups commander in Baghdad

    05/27/2008 5:23:50 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 24 replies · 151+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 5/27/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Soldiers from Troop B, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, maneuver down a path while receiving heavy indirect fire and rocket-propelled grenade fire just on the outskirts of Shula May 16. (US Army photo / Sergeant James Hunter) Iraqi Special Operations Forces have captured a senior Mahdi Army Special Groups leader in the Shula neighborhood in the Ghazaliyah district in northwestern Baghdad. The Shula neighborhood has been a target of US and Iraqi forces over the past several weeks as the fighting in Sadr City has largely subsided. The Iraqi Special Operations Forces captured what Multinational Forces Iraq called a...
  • Michael Yon on Iraq: “The progress is unbelievable”

    05/22/2008 11:09:47 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 22 replies · 70+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 5/22/08 | Allahpundit
    “Why aren’t we hearing about this in the news?” asks Alisyn Camerota. Well, increasingly we are, most notably in the pages of the righty blogosphere’s favorite whipping boy. CNN traditionally has been good about reporting gains too, including having Yon himself on to explain them. As I write this, this story is beaming out to AP affiliates worldwide. The problem with the coverage is that it takes spectacular gains, like the Iraqi army rolling onto Mookie’s home turf in Sadr City, to break through the media narrative while even minor setbacks, which fit the narrative, are easily assimilated and thus...
  • US military killed Mahdi Army commander Arkan Hasnawi in May 3 strike [Sniff]

    05/21/2008 2:02:49 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 21 replies · 53+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 5/21/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Arkan Hasnawi. Click the image to view wanted the Mahdi Army leaders in Baghdad. The US military killed a senior member of the Mahdi Army, according US and Mahdi Army sources. Arkan Hasnawi, a senior lieutenant of the Mahdi Army commander in Sadr City, was killed in a guided rocket strike in Sadr City on March 3. The news of Hasnawi's death comes as details emerge on the senior leadership of the Mahdi Army in Baghdad and the blurring of the lines between Sadr's militia and the Special Groups. Hasnawi was among several senior Mahdi Army leaders killed or...
  • US Special Forces fighting inside Sadr City

    05/09/2008 7:53:04 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 18 replies · 297+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 5/9/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Soldiers from Company A, 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division set concrete barriers in place in the surroundings of the southern portion of the Sadr City district of Baghdad May 3. (US Army photo/Specialist Joseph Rivera Rebolledo) The battle for Sadr City continues as US and Iraqi forces continue to erect the concrete security barrier on Qods Street, the main thoroughfare that divides the southern third of Sadr City from the northern portion. US Special Operations Forces teams have entered the fray, and the specialized teams are fighting inside the Mahdi Army bastion for...
  • 3-89 Cavalry conducts operations targeting Mahdi Special Groups in northern Rusafa

    05/06/2008 8:43:07 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 5 replies · 122+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 5/6/2008 | Bill Ardolino
    <p>Click to view slideshow of operations in the Rusafa district, Baghdad. Photos by Bill Ardolino.</p> <p>The US soldiers and Iraqi police living at Joint Security Station Al Qanat at the Northeastern edge of Baghdad’s Rusafa district have “a front row seat” to the fight taking place in Sadr City. As US and Iraqi Army forces clash with the Mahdi Army, hissing RPGs and small arms fire periodically crackle during the day and are punctuated by occasional orange explosions and red tracers streaking out of the Sadr City skyline at night. Two to four Apache attack helicopters constantly prowl the airspace over the battlefield, randomly popping flares as they search for targets. The characteristic whoosh and boom of a hellfire missile sounds when they find one. But although JSS al Qanat is only 200 meters from the Route Pluto, the main thoroughfare that marks the border to Sadr City, the fighting has not significantly spilled over into the northern part of the Rusafa District.</p>
  • GMLRS strike knocks out Special Groups command center in Sadr City [Bip!]

    05/03/2008 2:28:14 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 11 replies · 192+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 5/3/2008 | Bill Roggio
    A member of the Iraqi national police creates an inventory of illegal weapons confiscated by Iraqi national police in the Sadr City District of Baghdad, Iraq, as he turns them over to members of the 42nd brigade, 11th Iraqi army division, at Combat Patrol Base Comanche on April 19. (US Air Force photo/Technical Sergean Adrian Cadiz) US and Iraqi forces continue to target the Mahdi Army as an Iraqi delegation visited Iran to confront the country over its support of Shia militias battling the government. The US military conducted a guided rocket attack on a Special Groups headquarters adjacent...
  • Iraqis begin to "despise" the Mahdi Army in Baghdad's Rusafa district [Turn out the lights...]

    05/03/2008 9:46:43 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 10 replies · 122+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 5/3/2008 | Bill Ardolino
    2nd Lieutenant Mike Hebert leads White Platoon of the Blackfoot Troop, 3-89 Cavalry on a presence patrol of a difficult neighborhood in southern Rusafa District, Baghdad. Photo by Bill Ardolino. BAGHDAD, IRAQ: The nighttime walk through a difficult neighborhood in Southern Rusafa was uneventful; a careful “presence patrol” designed to show local citizens American forces and gauge public opinion. The jumbled maze of brightly-lit ramshackle shops and pitch-black back alleys was one of the less secure parts of the district. Southern Rusafa is “a neighborhood with the most potential to become violent because of the JAM (Mahdi Army) special...
  • US troops kill 28 Mahdi fighters in Sadr City [Or, What's a Mahdi fighter life expectancy?]

    05/01/2008 11:45:56 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 32 replies · 88+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 5/1/2008 | Bill Roggio
    The apparent respite in yesterday's fighting was illusionary as US forces killed an additional 27 Mahdi Army fighters and a senior Special Groups leader during a series of engagements in the afternoon and throughout the night in Sadr City. One of the larger clashes occurred as US force were attacked while constructing the barrier that divides the southern portion of Sadr city where US and Iraqi troops have established a foothold. The fighting began just before noon as Mahdi Army fighters attacked US troops with rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire as they were building the concrete security barrier...
  • Maliki vows to pursue militias

    04/30/2008 1:56:24 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 10 replies · 79+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 4/30/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Sadr City is experiencing a relative lull after several days of intense battles between the Mahdi army and US and Iraqi forces. US troops killed six Mahdi Army fighters in a series of engagements, while the Iraqi government reported over 900 have been killed since fighting broke out in Sadr City at the end of March. Iraqi's prime minister has vowed to continue the operation in Baghdad and Basrah. US troops killed six Mahdi Army fighters during separate engagements in Sadr City last evening and this morning. US Abrams tanks and unmanned aerial vehicles targeted Mahdi Army fighters as they...
  • Clashes ongoing in Sadr City

    04/27/2008 3:04:14 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 12 replies · 145+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 4/27/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Click the image to view the slideshow several caches of Iranian-made weapons seized in February and March. Images courtesy of Multinational Forces Iraq. Clashes between the Mahdi Army and US and Iraqi forces continue in northern and eastern Baghdad over the weekend despite a call by Muqtada al Sadr for his fighters to cease attacks. US air weapons team killed seven Mahdi Army fighters in Sadr City on Saturday and early Sunday morning while the Mahdi Army attacked a police patrol in the Sha'ab neighborhood and launched mortars at the International Zone. Meanwhile, an Iraqi general has said Iran...
  • Iraqi lawmaker accuses U.S. forces of using prohibited weapons in Sadr City attacks (JAM Propaganda)

    04/27/2008 3:00:03 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 24 replies · 72+ views
    Aswat Aliraq ^ | 26 Apr 2008 | unknown
    Baghdad, Apr 26, (VOI) – An Iraqi legislator accused the U.S. forces on Saturday of using "internationally-banned weapons" during the military operations in the eastern Baghdad district of Sadr City. "Cogent evidence were shown by the criminal investigations and forensics' reports that the occupation forces have used fissile arms during the bombardment of Sadr City," Liqaa Al Yassin, a member of parliament from the Sadrist bloc, or Iraqis loyal to Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI). The Sadrists comprise a Shiite parliamentary bloc that keeps 30 out of a total 275 seats. "When...
  • Sadr threatens new uprising; Iraqi and US forces press attack

    04/21/2008 7:18:26 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 36 replies · 82+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 4/20/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Muqtada al Sadr. Click to view. The battle between the Mahdi Army and Iraqi and US forces intensified over the weekend. As the Iraqi Army took control of a Mahdi Army stronghold in Basrah, Muqtada al Sadr, the leader of the Mahdi Army, threatened to end the self-imposed cease-fire. Iraqi security forces have also stepped up efforts against the Mahdi Army in the center-south region of Iraq, and captured more than 40 of the Iranian-backed Special Groups, a Mahdi Army splinter group. Sadr threatened to end the cease-fire after Iraqi troops took over the Mahdi Army-dominated neighborhood of Hayaniyah...
  • Iraqi troops advance against Mahdi Army in Basrah

    04/19/2008 3:05:19 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 16 replies · 71+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 4/19/2008 | Bill Roggio
    The Iraqi Army, backed by Coalition advisers and airpower, has launched an assault on the Mahdi Army-controlled neighborhood of Hayaniyah in the port city of Basrah, sparking heavy fighting. Multinational Forces Iraq described the action as "a new phase of operations" as part of the overall operation, called Knights' Charge, which was launched on March 25. The fighting in Basrah is said to be intense. The assault began at 6 AM local time when "British artillery and US aircraft released ordnance against known criminal rocket and mortar sites west of Hayaniyah," the Multinational Forces Iraq press release stated. "There were...
  • Sadrists vow to keep the Mahdi Army [Going down with the ship]

    04/18/2008 5:35:54 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 12 replies · 87+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 4/17/2008 | Bill Roggio
    The Sadrist movement said it will not disarm and disband the Mahdi Army unless senior Shia clerics order it two weeks after the Iraqi government said political parties with militias could not participate in the upcoming provincial elections. "The Mahdi army will not allow anyone to disarm it and al Sadr could not disarm the Mahdi Army except if top Shiite clerics gave directives to do that," Basem al Marwani, a senior leader in the Sadrist movement in Najaf told Al Hayat. Marwani also said the Mahdi Army would "continue its armed resistance against the foreign occupation" despite the ceasefire...
  • Iraqi government: "We will continue until we secure Sadr City"

    04/13/2008 6:46:42 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 12 replies · 51+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 4/13/2008 | Bill Roggio
    The Iraqi government has committed to wresting Sadr City from the control of Shia militias, an Iraqi government spokesman and a US military spokesman said in a press briefing today in Baghdad. "We will continue until we secure Sadr City. We will not come out, we will not give up until the people of Sadr City have a normal life," Ali al Dabbagh, the spokesman for the government of Iraq, told AFP. "(Security forces) will do what they have to do to secure the area. I can't tell you how many days or how many months but they will not...
  • US, Iraqi troops prepare the battlefield in Sadr City

    04/13/2008 7:57:33 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 18 replies · 95+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 4/13/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Members of the Iraqi Army secure a truck load of food as they prepare to go on a humanitarian assistance mission to deliver food and water to eastern Baghdad residents, April 5, 2008. US Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Adrian Cadiz. Three weeks after the Iraqi government initiated Operation Knights Assault in Basrah, US and Iraqi forces have squared off against the Mahdi Army daily in the Shia slums of Sadr City. Additional US and Iraqi forces have moved into northeastern Baghdad to prepare for a possible major engagement against the Mahdi Army. While Muqtada al Sadr, the...
  • Clashes continue in Baghdad, Basrah

    04/09/2008 6:19:36 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 19 replies · 91+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 4/8/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi and Coalition forces are conducting strikes against the Mahdi Army and other Iranian-backed Shia terror groups in Baghdad and Basrah. As these raids are occurring, the Sadrist movement cancels a scheduled protest in Baghdad and issues conflicting reports about Muqtada al Sadr's consultations with Shia clerics to disband the Mahdi Army. Clashes in Baghdad Today's clashes in the Shia neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad began after Mahdi Army fighters attacked a police and US Army patrol and fired mortars and rockets at the International Zone in central Baghdad. Five policemen and four civilians were wounded in an improvised explosive device...
  • Iraqi government moves to sideline Sadrists, Mahdi Army

    04/07/2008 1:58:59 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 15 replies · 98+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 4/17/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Less than two weeks after Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki launched Operation Knights' Assault to clear the Mahdi Army and other Iranian-backer militias in Basrah, the Iraqi government is moving to ban Muqtada al Sadr's political movement from participating in the election if it fails to disband the militia. Facing near-unanimous opposition, Sadr said he would seek guidance from senior Shia clerics in Najaf and Qom and disband the Mahdi Army if told to do so, according to one aide. But another Sadr aide denied this. The pressure on Sadr and his Mahdi Army started on Sunday after Maliki announced...
  • US, Iraqi Army clash with Mahdi Army in Sadr City

    04/06/2008 12:09:18 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 18 replies · 71+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 4/6/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Fighting between the Coalition and Madhi Army fighters broke out today as operations against the Mahdi Army and the Special Groups continue despite Prime Minister Maliki's call for a halt in operations. Early reports indicate between nine and 20 Iraqis were killed during clashes in Sadr City at the 55 intersection and Falah Street. Abdellatif Rayan, a media adviser to Multinational Forces Iraq said a US Army helicopter killed nine "criminals" in Sadr City. "We do have reports of an air weapons team engagement, a US helicopter, where nine criminals were killed at around 8:00 AM," Rayan told Voices of...
  • Iraqi military continues operations in Basrah

    04/02/2008 10:42:02 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 21 replies · 48+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 2 Apr 2008 | Bill Roggio
    Three days after Muqtada al Sadr ordered the Mahdi Army to withdraw from the fighting in Baghdad and the Shia South, the fighting has dropped dramatically. The Iraqi government has denied that it has agreed to Sadr's terms, but has softened its rhetoric against Mahdi Army, instead shifting its focus on the "criminal elements" just as the US military has done over the past year. Meanwhile, the Iraqi security forces are continuing operations in Basrah. The Iraqi military has continued to target Mahdi Army elements in Basrah and in Baghdad and southern Iraq, but the government is now referring to...
  • Mahdi Army taking significant casualties in Baghdad, South

    03/29/2008 9:03:51 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 81 replies · 3,036+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 29 March 2008 | Bill Roggio
    With the fifth day of fighting in Baghdad, Basrah and the South completed, the Mahdi Army has suffered major losses over the past 36 hours. The Mahdi Army has not faired well over the past five days of fighting, losing an estimated two percent of its combat power, using the best case estimate for the size of the militia. A look at the open source press reports from the US and Iraqi military and the established newspapers indicates 134 Mahdi Army fighters were killed, 81 were wounded, 98 were captured, and 30 surrendered during the past 36 hours. Since the...