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  • Mexican drug cartels make Phoenix #2 in world for kidnappings

    02/12/2009 10:14:11 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 45 replies · 1,833+ views
    hotair.com ^ | Feb. 12, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    According to ABC News, the use of kidnapping by Mexican drug cartels for ransom and revenge has spread beyond the Rio Grande and into Arizona — and the federal government has done nothing to stop it. Phoenix has become the second-worst city in the world for kidnappings, right behind Mexico City, with brutal dismemberments for those abductees who do not get ransomed quickly enough: In what officials caution is now a dangerous and even deadly crime wave, Phoenix, Arizona has become the kidnapping capital of America, with more incidents than any other city in the world outside of Mexico City...
  • Drug gang clash with army kills 21 in Mexico

    02/10/2009 2:10:46 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 644+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 10, 2009 | Julian Cardona
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Mexican drug gang violence near the U.S. border ended in a shootout with the army on Tuesday and killed 21 people. At least one soldier died in the clashes in Villa Ahumada, south of the border city of Ciudad Juarez, local newspapers reported, putting the death toll at 21. The attorney general's office in Chihuahua state said a gunfight between soldiers and suspected drug gangs had left 15 people dead. The killing spree began in the early hours of Tuesday when around a dozen suspected drug hitmen drove into the farming town of Villa Ahumada in...
  • DNA tests to aid families of kidnap victims[Laredo,Texas]

    02/06/2009 2:17:42 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 673+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 02/06/2009 | Todd Bensman -
    On Jan. 2, 2003, Laredo resident Sergio Ortiz told his wife he was off to meet a prospective client across the river in Nuevo Laredo and would be back in an hour. The 49-year-old former deputy sheriff was working as a private investigator on traffic accidents and divorce cases. “I’m still waiting,” said his wife, Daniella, this week,. So are dozens of other families in South Texas. There’s a chance some of them may not have to wait much longer. The FBI is trying something new with the neighboring Mexican state of Tamaulipas that may end the uncertainty. Tamaulipas prosecutors...
  • Glenn Beck Talks to Father of Girl Kidnapped in Mexico

    02/03/2009 6:16:33 PM PST · by Tarantulas · 20 replies · 1,900+ views
    LiveLeak.com ^ | February 3, 2009 | MsUnderestimated
    Tonight on Glenn Beck, he revisited an issue he's long been championing; and that's to make sure that all Americans are aware of the serious problem of kidnappings and killings on our Mexican border - on both sides. Watch as William Slemaker tells the story of his step-daughter, Yvette Martinez, who was reportedly stopped by a municipal police officer in Mexico after leaving a concert, then More..given to a local drug lord as a gift. She's been missing since 2004, and Glenn is proud to let Slemaker know he's finally with a network (Fox News) that has their priorities straight....
  • Men accused of Juarez kidnapping live in El Paso, officials say

    02/03/2009 1:16:26 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 773+ views
    KVIA ^ | Feb 2, 2009 | Ken Molestina
    EL PASO, Texas -- Two El Paso men are being held in Juarez, accused of a violent kidnapping. The news is making some on this side of the border wonder just how close to home the crime wave is hitting. A neighborhood in East El Paso off George Dieter and Vista Del Sol is home to thousands of El Pasoans. Juarez authorities said it's also where Leopoldo Omar Sanchez Medina lives. Medina, along with another man, Juan Manuel Rico Gonzalez, also of El Paso, are accused of kidnapping a man in Juarez at gunpoint. Police in Juarez said they found...
  • American kidnapped, business torched(brother blames U.S. agents)

    01/27/2009 9:19:53 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies · 1,293+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 01/25/2009 | Todd Bensman
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — Laredo businessman Alan Gamboa thought his rental property was being used to house rank-and-file workers from the U.S. Consulate. But when drug cartel hit men raided the house in October, then last month torched his nearby communications and home-security shop and kidnapped his brother, Ricardo, Gamboa figured out that the tenants weren't who they seemed to be. Ricardo still is missing and feared dead, and the Gamboa family members worry they also may be targeted by narcotraffickers who bombarded the rental house, taking computers, documents and other materials. Alan now blames all that has transpired —...
  • Ex-Neighbor Suspected in Corny Dog Heiress Kidnapping[North Texas Illegals]

    12/10/2008 4:21:33 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 17 replies · 1,015+ views
    WOAI.com ^ | December 10, 2008
    DOUBLE OAK, Texas (AP) - A man who once lived next door to the owners of Fletcher's Corny Dogs is believed to have plotted the kidnapping of a woman from the well-known family, authorities say. Amber Fletcher, 21, was shaken but otherwise unhurt after being rescued following the abduction early Monday by three men from her Denton County home in the town of Double Oak, authorities said. She was found about 12 hours later after one of the men was stopped by officers while Fletcher's mother, under surveillance by law enforcement, was driving to meet him to pay a $100,000...
  • Some in Mexico want the death penalty reinstated

    12/05/2008 5:51:23 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 461+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 5, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson
    MEXICO UNDER SIEGE The increase in slayings and kidnappings related to the nation's war on drug traffickers has created a climate of fear. Legal experts see too many obstacles to restoring capital punishment. Reporting from Mexico City -- Anger and frustration over rampant killings and kidnappings have ignited an improbable debate here over legalizing the death penalty, a punishment that has been effectively banned in Mexico for nearly half a century. Lawmakers agreed Thursday to hear arguments next week on a proposal to amend the Mexican Constitution to allow for capital punishment in a narrow number of cases. The initiative...
  • Mexico's civil war ignites in America

    10/20/2008 11:55:00 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies · 875+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 20, 2008 | Roger Hedgecock
    INVASION USA Exclusive: Roger Hedgecock warns of bloodshed spilling across southern border The Mexican government and the drug cartels that operate throughout Mexico are locked in a battle over control of the country. With the Mexican army fully deployed and often fighting ex-Mexican army special forces working for the cartels, this is, in scope and casualties, truly a civil war. To date this year, some 3,500 Mexicans have died in this war. In just the first 15 days of October, there were 387 deaths in Mexico City, 178 in the state of Chihuahua and 90 in Baja California – all...
  • [South Texas:]Police: Men kidnapped woman for $200

    10/09/2008 11:24:56 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 343+ views
    The Brownsville Herald/Monitor ^ | October 7, 2008 | Ryan Holeywell
    PHARR - A woman entering McAllen from Reynosa was held for ransom here last week for $200, according to a probable cause complaint. Three men demanded $200 from Luz Elena Lopez on Thursday and told her she wouldn't be released from a Pharr residence until she came up with the amount, the victim reportedly told investigators. Police say after arriving in McAllen, Lopez met Antonio Medina Jr., 20, and Jose Miguel Alvarez, 17, who drove her to the residence, according to the complaint. Both Medina and Alvarez were charged with aggravated kidnapping Friday and are in jail with $100,000 bond....
  • Valley residents arrested for Reynosa kidnappings[South Texas/Mexico]

    07/16/2008 2:23:11 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 331+ views
    KGBT 4 ^ | July 16, 2008
    Mexican authorities arrested two Rio Grande Valley residents for their alleged involvement in a kidnapping ring that terrorized the border city of Reynosa. Tamaulipas State Police told Action 4 News that three suspects were arrested in a kidnapping case on Tuesday evening. Police recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars, jewelry and other valuables. The group was allegedly arrested following an investigation into the July 9 kidnapping of a Reynosa businessman. The suspects were identified as: Agustín Edmundo Torres Flores (San Juan, Texas) Cantalicia Cantú (McAllen, Texas) Francisca Dianey Martínez Hernández (Reynosa, Tamaulipas) Action 4 News reporter Victor Castillo will have...
  • Top Pakistan nuclear scientists in Taliban Custody

    03/08/2007 10:53:04 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 8 replies · 1,189+ views
    Zee News ^ | March 6 2007
    Two top nuclear scientists of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) are currently in Taliban custody. The two were working at PAEC’s facility in North West Frontier Province. Zee News investigations reveal that the two scientists were kidnapped about six months ago. To avoid international embarrassment Pakistan Government has kept this information under wraps. According to information available with Zee News, nuclear scientists have been kidnapped by Taliban at the behest of Al-Qaeda.
  • [South Texas:]Illegal immigrant couple accused of trying to kidnap children

    04/26/2008 4:57:27 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 123+ views
    The Monitor ^ | April 25, 2008 | Sean Gaffney
    PEÑITAS | ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING An illegal immigrant couple who allegedly attempted to kidnap three children appeared in court Friday. Honduran national Martha Amalia Gomez, 36, and Mexican national Jose Valera, 41, told police they stopped the children as they got off the school bus Thursday afternoon on Tom Gill Road to simply ask for directions. Police, however, said the couple motioned for the children to get in their car before the children's mother came out of the house. The couple then fled about 4:15 p.m., said Peñitas police Officer Emily Melendez. Later that day, someone saw a report about the...
  • Violence in Mexico deterring tourists

    04/18/2008 1:18:08 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 190+ views
    Marketplace ^ | April 18, 2008 | Jill Barshay
    In 2007, the number of Americans kidnapped while in Mexico doubled from the previous year. This has not only reduced tourism to Mexico, it is affecting the future of real estate projects, such as Donald Trump's towers in Tijuana. Jill Barshay reports TEXT OF STORY Lisa Napoli: This week, the U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Americans heading to the northern border region of Mexico. The reason: a surge in violence and kidnappings linked to Mexican drug cartels. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler reports the violence it's starting to take its toll on the tourism industry. -------------------------------------------------------- Jeff Tyler: Last...
  • Teen missing since March 16 [Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]

    04/18/2008 10:38:31 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 172+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 04/18/2008 | NICK GEORGIOU
    A 17-year-old from Laredo went missing in the Sister City on March 16, law enforcement authorities said Thursday.Ian Carlos Romo was apparently cruising with three or four friends around Paseo Colón when they were taken from the vehicle. Authorities could not confirm who the other individuals in the car were, but said they were not U.S. citizens. The family has not heard from Romo since the incident and is concerned for his safety. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 727-8477 or the local FBI field office at 723-4021. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to...
  • Taliban threatens more kidnappings

    08/06/2007 9:52:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 303+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/6/07 | Rahim Faiez - ap
    GHAZNI, Afghanistan - The Taliban will keep kidnapping foreigners in Afghanistan, a purported spokesman for the group said Monday, adding that the Afghan and U.S. presidents were responsible for the fate of 21 South Korean hostages. Qari Yousef Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the Taliban, said the lives of the hostages rest in the hands of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Bush, who are holding two days of talks at Camp David, Md. "Karzai and Bush will have responsibility for whatever happens to the hostages," Ahmadi said. An Afghan doctor who runs a private clinic said he had...
  • Mexican Drug Cartels Activity Possibly Moving North Of Border (pics)

    06/30/2007 6:36:01 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 52 replies · 1,913+ views
    10 news ^ | 6/30/07
    SAN DIEGO -- A June 8 kidnapping in Chula Vista is raising fears that brazen crimes related to drug cartels south of the border are making their way north. Federal authorities rescued the victim earlier this month and took five people into custody, but are being especially closed-mouth about the crime because of its possible connection to drug traffickers, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The house where the man was held for eight days is about a mile from where Mexican-drug-trafficking suspects shot at a Chula Vista police officer in 2005 and about 3 miles from where a body was...
  • Buoyant Teheran warns of further kidnappings

    04/08/2007 9:53:09 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 21 replies · 988+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 07/04/2007 | Gethin Chamberlain, Philip Sherwell and Tim Shipman
    Conservative parliamentarian Amir Hassankhani, a former member of the country's Revolutionary Guard and supporter of the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told the country's semi-official Fars news agency: "The arrest and release of the British sailors proved that if Iran's issues and demands are overlooked at the international level, the Islamic republic can create different challenges for the other side."
  • Bouyant Teheran Warns Of Further Kidnappings

    04/07/2007 4:23:37 PM PDT · by blam · 73 replies · 1,921+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-7-2007 | Gethin Chamberlain - Philip Sewell - Tim Shipman
    Buoyant Teheran warns of further kidnappings By Gethin Chamberlain, Philip Sherwell and Tim Shipman, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 11:56pm BST 07/04/2007 Hardliners in the Iranian regime have warned that the seizure of British naval personnel demonstrates that they can make trouble for the West whenever they want to and do so with impunity. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: a PR bounce The bullish reaction from Teheran will reinforce the fears of western diplomats and military officials that more kidnap attempts may be planned. The British handling of the crisis has been regarded with some concern in Washington, and a Pentagon defence official...
  • Gunmen abduct two Italian aid workers in Gaza (One has Canadian passport)

    11/21/2006 12:08:48 PM PST · by Cinnamon Girl · 8 replies · 370+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:12pm ET26 | Nidal al-Mughrabi
    GAZA (Reuters) - Gunmen abducted two Italians working for the International Committee of the Red Cross in southern Gaza on Tuesday, the latest in a spate of kidnappings of foreigners in the Palestinian coastal strip. Police said the aid workers were in a car on their way to the town of Khan Younis when they were intercepted by gunmen. "They were taken out of their vehicle and put into another car which then sped away," said one police officer at the scene. An ICRC spokesman in Jerusalem, Simon Schorno, identified the abducted men as Claudio Moroni and Gianmarco Onorato. He...
  • Iraqi Forces Arrest 200 Insurgents

    11/19/2006 6:23:17 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies · 546+ views
    WPVI-TV ^ | November 19, 2006 | AP
    BASRA, Iraq (AP) - November 19, 2006 - Iraqi forces searching for four American security contractors and an Austrian who were kidnapped in southern Iraq detained about 200 suspected insurgents, police said Sunday. Police carrying machine guns and wearing fatigues and black face masks showed off their suspects Sunday by inviting the media to a police station where their prisoners were blindfolded and forced to sit on the ground outside. One of the men was in a wheelchair, having lost both legs at the knee. Police Maj. Gen. Ali al-Moussawi said the men were detained Saturday night by Iraqi soldiers...
  • Gang suspected in Iraqi kidnappings

    11/17/2006 10:21:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 474+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/17/06 | Thomas Wagner - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - British soldiers backed by U.S. military helicopters battled insurgents near the Kuwaiti border Friday, close to where a private security team of four Americans and an Austrian were kidnapped. A top police official said a criminal gang had snatched the men and demanded ransom. Gunmen wearing police uniforms abducted the security team near Safwan, a largely Sunni Arab city of 200,000 people in southern Iraq. The attack took place shortly after the Westerners had crossed the Kuwaiti border with a large convoy of supply trucks. The convoy was traveling on the Iraq Military Road, which is infrequently...
  • Mom gets photos of son missing for 24 years

    09/01/2006 3:37:34 PM PDT · by Btrp113Cav · 145 replies · 4,655+ views
    CNN ^ | September 1, 2006 | AP
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The mother of a boy abducted 24 years ago said she's bewildered by two photographs left at her front door, apparently showing her son and two other children bound and gagged.
  • Ann Curries Favor, Suggests Hezbollah 'Savior' as Noor Knocks Israel

    08/08/2006 5:25:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 58 replies · 2,020+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein August 8, 2006 - 07:50 Bring back Katie! OK, perhaps that's not the solution, but the sycophantish display that Ann Curry put on for Queen Noor and her one-sided views of the conflict in the Middle East was enough to make you pound the TV screen in frustration. Noor is a Princeton-educated Arab-American who is the widow of the late King Hussein of Jordan. Curry began by asking Noor, a guest on this morning's Today show, "what insights might you offer America about what Hezbollah wants and what it's willing to do to get it?" Noor blamed...
  • U.S. blames Syria, Iran for kidnappings

    07/12/2006 10:31:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 1,427+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/06 | AP - Los Angeles
    ROSTOCK, Germany - The United States blamed Syria and Iran on Wednesday for the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah militants and the ensuing violence. The White House called for the immediate and unconditional release of the two soldiers. "We condemn in the strongest terms Hezbollah's unprovoked attack on Israel and the kidnapping of the two Israeli soldiers," National Security Council spokesman Frederick Jones said as President Bush flew here for a visit. He said Hezbollah had also launched rocket attacks on civilian targets in Israel as part of its offensive. "This is a terrorist attack and it is...
  • Iraqi Forces Foil Kidnappings, Capture Terrorists

    07/05/2006 4:53:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 530+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 5, 2006 – Iraqi soldiers rescued three kidnap victims, foiled a kidnap attempt, captured 28 suspected terrorists, and killed eight terrorists in separate operations July 2 and 3, military officials reported. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, rescued three Red Crescent employees from two terrorist kidnappers shortly before 5 p.m. July 3. The soldiers stopped a black sedan at a checkpoint near the Al-Nida Mosque. The two kidnappers attempted to flee, but were detained a short distance from the checkpoint. During a search of the vehicle, the soldiers found two handguns. Elsewhere, Iraqi army...
  • '$45m paid to Iraq kidnappers'

    05/21/2006 10:02:43 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 24 replies · 1,287+ views
    AFP ^ | May 22 2006
    France, Germany and Italy paid about $45 million to obtain the release of hostages kidnapped in Iraq, despite denying it in public, a British newspaper reports. Britain has not handed out any money to kidnap gangs, the paper said on Monday, basing its report on "documents seen by The Times". The list of payments has also been seen by Western diplomats, who are angered at the behaviour of the three governments. France, Italy and Germany have all publicly denied paying any ransom money. "But according to the documents, held by security officials in Baghdad who have played a crucial role...
  • American researcher: Westerners know nothing about Yemen but kidnappings & Bin Laden affiliation

    02/25/2006 4:58:23 PM PST · by Westlander · 30 replies · 474+ views
    NewsYemen ^ | 20/02/2006 | Hamdan al-Rahbi, Sana’a
    An American researcher said the west does not know about Yemen anything except that it is the homeland of Bin laden and that Yemeni tribes protect al-Qaeda elements. In his working paper “Westerners Impressions about kidnappings phenomenon” presented at the symposium on the phenomenon of kidnappings and its negative impact on the homeland that concluded its meetings Monday, the American researcher Daniel Corseting from Michigan University said “the westerners do not know much about Yemen despite that it has gained positive media coverage about 1993 elections and negative coverage in 1994.
  • Uneasy dreams and monstrous vermin [funny]

    01/23/2006 8:53:52 PM PST · by 68skylark · 3 replies · 569+ views
    The Belmont Club | January 21, 2005 | Wretchard
    Here are two items on different topics related by their common absurdity.Reuters is reporting that some of the ransom money paid for the German government for the release of Susan Osthoff (the archaeologist who was kidnapped by Iraqi militants and later released in exchange for Mohammad Ali Hammadi, the man who killed Navy diver Robert Stethem in a hijacked TWA flight) was found on her effects. (Hat tip: Davids Medienkritik) BERLIN (Reuters) - Part of the ransom money alleged to have been paid by the German government to win the freedom of Iraq hostage Susanne Osthoff last month was found...
  • Kidnap fear stalks Mexico as soccer coach snatched

    07/20/2005 12:37:28 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies · 629+ views
    Alert Net Reuters ^ | 20 Jul 2005 | Alistair Bell
    MEXICO CITY, July 20 (Reuters) - Heavily armed kidnappers snatched the Argentine coach of one of Mexico's biggest soccer teams in broad daylight, a brash crime that put fresh pressure on authorities to contain growing violent crime. Police admitted on Wednesday they had few clues about who abducted Ruben Omar Romano, trainer of first division Cruz Azul, by blocking a road and grabbing him from his car Tuesday after a training session in the south of Mexico City. "Whoever did this kidnapping is a perfectly well organized group that had enough vehicles and armed elements to carry out an exact...
  • People pray for return of the missing (Nuevo Laredo, Mexico)

    07/18/2005 11:17:10 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 537+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 07/18/05 | CLAY REDDICK
    Dozens of people from both sides of the border gathered at the river Sunday evening to pray for the safe return of family members who have disappeared in Mexico. The prayer service and candlelight vigil was organized by the group that started the www.Laredosmissing.com Web site. The group estimated by organizers at more than 100 sang hymns and prayed for their loved ones. The service was in the middle of the riverside park adjacent to El Portal mall, where barbecues continued as usual, but some people passing by joined the service. "At the end of the day, all they have...
  • Blog of Suspect in Idaho Kidnappings Mentions Missing Minnesota Girl

    07/08/2005 12:47:17 PM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 23 replies · 968+ views
    AP ^ | Jul 8, 2005 | Steve Karnowski
    The convicted sex offender accused of kidnapping two children in Idaho wrote about a missing Minnesota girl on his Weblog, and investigators are now looking into whether he might have had anything to do with her disappearance. On his Internet diary, Joseph Edward Duncan III wrote in early 2004 that he was afraid he'd be blamed for the disappearance of 5-year-old Leanna "Beaner" Warner. The little girl was last seen June 14, 2003, after leaving her home in Chisholm, some 190 miles east of Fargo, N.D., where Duncan lived. Chisholm Police Chief Scott Erickson said Friday that investigators are trying...
  • UPDATED: Mexican authorities raid another house (Nuevo Laredo)

    06/27/2005 2:06:52 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 504+ views
    Express-News ^ | 06/27/2005 | Jesse Bogan
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — A federal prosecutor here said today that the 43 kidnapping victims who are being held at a military base will be flown to Mexico City today to file their formal complaints to authorities there. He blamed the kidnappings on drug gangs. When asked if the people who were kidnapped were suspected of being involved with drug gangs, he said, “We don’t know if they are involved with drug gangs or not.” U.S. Embassy officials said today that none of the victims are Americans. Federal agents found the apparent kidnap victims in three houses here, many of...
  • No Americans among Mexico kidnapping victims

    06/27/2005 9:34:25 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 796+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 06/27/2005 | Jesse Bogan and Dane Schiller
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — U.S. Embassy officials said today that none of the 44 kidnapping victims found here late Sunday are Americans. Federal agents found the apparent kidnap victims in two houses here, many of them bound with duct tape over their eyes and mouths, officials said. "There are no Americans among those found," said Jim Dickmeyer, spokesman for the embassy in Mexico City. He said it was not immediately clear if there was a relationship between the apparent kidnappers and Americans who remain missing along the Texas-Mexico border. Consular officials were on hand throughout the night as Mexican federal...
  • Acuña isn't immune to crime (Mexico)

    04/11/2005 5:36:03 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies · 4,356+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 04/11/2005 | Jesse Bogan
    CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico — Most years, this industrial city sits like the quiet kid in the back of the classroom, spared from the armed bullies that haunt its peers on the Texas-Mexico border like Juárez and Nuevo Laredo. But not this year. A band of thugs who claim to be Zetas —— deserters from the Mexican army turned enforcement arm of the Gulf Cartel, which controls drug-shipping routes into South Texas —— have started targeting wealthy business owners here, mainly auto dealers. In recent months, they've stolen vehicles, extorted thousands of dollars and whipped captives on the back of the...
  • Al-Jazeera airing phony tapes from terrorists.

    02/03/2005 3:26:50 PM PST · by SixStringSlinger · 17 replies · 703+ views
    Fox News Online ^ | Thursday, February 03, 2005 | Brit Hume
    Missile's Mysterious Details Two days after Al-Jazeera aired video of what it said was Iraqi terrorists, firing a missile into that British plane that crashed on Sunday killing 10 on board. New Scientist magazine, quoting defense experts now say the video is almost certainly, "bogus." The magazine says the pointed shape of the missile and its trajectory indicated it was a surface-to-surface missile, not surface to air missile. And the magazine says it seems missile footage was just stuck in the tape in front of wreckage video with no actual connection. This would be the second apparent terrorist hoax in...
  • Russian tactics paying off

    02/02/2005 2:45:16 PM PST · by BrooklynGOP · 25 replies · 506+ views
    www.logicandsanity.com ^ | 02/02/2005 | Stan LS
    Almost a month ago, Chechen rebels sent an open letter to the European Parliament complaining that Russians/pro Russian Chechens have kidnapped Maskhadov's relatives: Last week, Russian special services and criminal gangs, supported by the Kremlin and led by the notorious Chechen Kvisling, Kadyrov the younger, took as hostage in Grozny and other cities and villages the family of the President of the Chechen Republic Aslan Maskhadov. Among them are his brothers Lechi Maskhadov, 76 years old, Lyema Maskhadov, 68 years old, his sister Dzhovzhan Abdu1kadyrova (Maskhadova), 69 years old, and also two cousins: Adam Reshiev, 60 years old, and lkhvan...
  • "Iraqi Hitler" may emerge says Iraq president - (Well, then, was Saddam Iraq's Peter Pan?)

    12/13/2004 9:08:43 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 372+ views
    REUTERS.COM ^ | DECEMBER 13, 2004 | Staff Writer
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Long-term instability in Iraq could give birth to an "Iraqi Hitler" if citizens continue to feel humiliated and despondent, Iraqi President Ghazi Yawar has said. Daily bombings and kidnappings have plagued Iraq since last year's U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein and the relentless Sunni-led insurgency has crippled reconstruction and development projects in the country. "This could in the long term create an environment in which an Iraqi Hitler could emerge like the one created by the defeat of Germany and the humiliation of Germans in World War I," Yawar told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper in remarks...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Anyone else hear? (Kidnapping Leader in Fallujah Captured)

    11/15/2004 11:08:45 AM PST · by blakep · 8 replies · 2,221+ views
    Has anyone else heard that we captured a main kidnapping leader in Fallujah? I heard it on the news between the Rush Limbaugh program but I can't confirm it on the internet. This would be great news, eh?
  • Ex-Hostage Thomas Hamill on Dayside with Linda Vester (FNC) now... 10/18/04

    10/18/2004 10:16:08 AM PDT · by cgk · 13 replies · 1,265+ views
    10-18-04
    Live on the show - in studio - now
  • Letter from a Marine in Iraq

    09/28/2004 5:43:07 PM PDT · by valleygal · 132 replies · 2,746+ views
    e-mail | Sept. 26, 2004 | Sharon Jacko
    Sharon gave me permission to post this with her name. Hello to all. Sorry I haven’t written in the last couple of days. Much going on here. I would, however, like to share something with you today. I am a firm believer that God sends us messages when we need them most. It can be in the form of a nod from someone passing you on the street, someone smiling at you when you are down, or in the written word from a page in a book, a message on a billboard, or the spoken word. The messages can be...
  • Nuevo Laredo kidnappings spike

    09/16/2004 2:27:27 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 535+ views
    Express-News Border Bureau ^ | 09/16/2004 | Jesse Bogan
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico —— Since July 27, the U.S. Consulate here has received reports of at least six U.S. citizens kidnapped in five separate incidents, an unusually high number, officials said. They were the first such cases to remain unsolved since May, when a group of men hauled off a San Antonio teenager after a minor fender bender in Piedras Negras, Mexico, across from Eagle Pass, Texas. The latest case before that was in October. "In the last couple of weeks, things have calmed down a little bit," U.S. Consul Michael Yoder said. "For a while we had a big...
  • Group Linked to Al Qaeda Says It Seized Italian Women

    09/08/2004 6:08:38 PM PDT · by saquin · 13 replies · 593+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/8/04 | Dexter Filkins
    AGHDAD, Iraq, Sept. 8 - A previously unknown Islamic group claiming loyalty to a leader of Al Qaeda took responsibility on Wednesday for the kidnapping Tuesday of two Italian aid workers. A group calling itself Al-Zawahiri Loyalists said it had kidnapped the two Italians, Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, declared the women to be "spies" and promised to use them to "burn the hearts" of Italy's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and of the Italian people. The group appears to be named for Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian physician who is believed to be the second in command of Al Qaeda. There...
  • David Warren: What Works (TROP™ jihadis dancing with who brung them)

    09/01/2004 2:02:34 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 386+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | September 1, 2004 | David Warren
    It is an axiom of human nature, true in all cultures at all times and places, that if you reward bad behaviour, you will get more of it. This is not rocket science, and yet in the name of "compassion" or from lesser desiderata, the fixed principle of those who are weak in heart and mind, is to go right ahead. "Liberals" I call them, but the reader may call them anything she pleases. They are the people who can always find a reason to reward bad behaviour — invariably at the price of punishing the opposed good behaviour. This...
  • Multinational Force Statement on Terrorism (Coalition will make no concessions to terrorists)

    08/04/2004 6:05:31 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 158+ views
    U.S. Department of State ^ | August 4, 2004 | Multinational Force Statement on Terrorism
    Press Statement Richard Boucher, Spokesman Washington, DC August 4, 2004 Multinational Force Statement on Terrorism The following is a Multinational Force Statement on Terrorism: Terrorists and former regime elements have intensified their campaign of kidnappings and executions aimed at weakening the resolve of the international community from assisting the Iraqi government.   We strongly condemn the kidnapping and murder of innocent civilians. We share the suffering of the families and sacrifices of those governments whose citizens have been kidnapped and so brutally treated. We also reaffirm our solidarity with Iraqi people who have been the main target of fanaticism and...
  • Powell Urges U.S. Allies To Stay Steadfast In Iraq

    07/28/2004 2:49:00 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 208+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 28, 2004 | Robin Wright
    BUDAPEST, July 27 -- In a bid to shore up support for the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell appealed Tuesday to Hungary and 30 other nations not to "get weak in the knees" because of kidnappings in Iraq or public opinion polls at home that increasingly back withdrawal of troops. - - - - - - - - - - "Democracy is hard. Democracy is dangerous. And this is the time for us to be steadfast, not get weak in the knees," Powell said on Hungarian television. "We must not allow insurgents, those who will...
  • Iraq kidnappers 'seeking money'

    07/24/2004 7:37:19 PM PDT · by saquin · 2 replies · 234+ views
    BBC News ^ | 7/24/04
    The Indian foreign minister says kidnappers of seven foreign truck drivers in Iraq appear to be motivated by monetary, not political motives. Natwar Singh said he was confident of a release for the group - three Indians, three Kenyans and an Egyptian. He said the kidnappers were "irresponsible persons who are doing it for monetary gains". The hostages' captors have threatened to kill them unless their Kuwaiti employer pulls out of Iraq. Messages purporting to come from the kidnappers have also demanded the payment of compensation to the families of Iraqis killed in Falluja and the release of all Iraqi...
  • RPT-Security fears grow for Malacca Strait ships-IMB

    07/20/2004 8:54:24 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 12 replies · 630+ views
    Alertnet.org ^ | 20 Jul 2004 09:28:14 GMT | Jason Szep
    Ship captains have written to maritime authorities expressing fears for their lives on voyages through the Malacca Strait after a spate of violent kidnappings in June, an ocean crime watchdog said on Tuesday. The Indonesian, Singapore and Malaysian navies began coordinated patrols of the Strait of Malacca shipping lanes on Tuesday to combat piracy and terrorism in the vital and dangerous waterway through which more than a quarter of world trade passes. "A few weeks ago the situation in the Malacca Strait was pretty bad, especially in the north," said Noel Choong, manager of the UK-based International Maritime Bureau's Asian...
  • The Iraqis: Death Threats, Kidnappings And Car-Jacking Are Dominating Lives

    06/28/2004 5:43:50 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 152+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-29-2004 | Jack Fairweather
    The Iraqis: Death threats, kidnappings and car-jackings are dominating lives By Jack Fairweather in Baghdad (Filed: 29/06/2004) The Kamal family want one thing from their new government. "Security," said Sarmad, a 25-year-old doctor. His family nodded in agreement but who should bring this and how forceful an approach should be taken sparks debate, both at the dinner table of this middle-class Baghdad family and across the country. Many Iraqis think that only an iron fist will stop the kidnappings, car-jackings and random death threats that have dominated the lives of Iraqis. Others want snap elections. Some even want the US...