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  • Israel’s Sanhedrin Ready to Accept Islamic Mahdi

    07/03/2013 6:39:58 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 18 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | July 3, 2013 | Walid Shoebat
    " Recently, the Sanhedrin, still, chose someone else besides its rightful Messiah, and have even embraced the Islamic idea, that Messiah could be the Islamic Mahdi. Astonished? Its all caught on film."
  • Iran warns world of coming great event.

    02/03/2012 2:33:52 PM PST · by patriot08 · 225 replies
    WND ^ | 2/3/12 | WND
    Iran warns world of coming great event Says 'evil hegemony' soon will be defeated by power of Allah (snip) Khamenei then claimed the current century as the century of Islam and promised that human history is on the verge of a great event and that soon the world will realize the power of Allah. (snip) Mahdi will reappear at the time of Armageddon. Selected forces within the Revolutionary Guards and Basij reportedly have been trained under a task force called “Soldiers of Imam Mahdi” and they will bear the responsibility of security and protecting the regime against uprisings. Many in...
  • Ahmadinejad vows global response if Iran attacked

    08/21/2010 2:33:28 PM PDT · by GVnana · 35 replies
    Israel News via DrudgeReport ^ | 8/22/2010 | Roee Nahmias and agencies
    After Iran begins fueling first nuclear reactor, president says 'Zionist entity knows Iran an indestructible bulwark,' adding Tehran's response to any strike will be 'hard and painful.' US: Bushehr reactor not a proliferation risk As Iranian and Russian engineers began loading fuel into Iran's first nuclear power plant on Saturday, Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised a global response if his country is attacked, in an interview with Qatari daily Al-Sharq. "Our options will have no limits... They will touch the entire planet," he said Saturday in response to a question about Tehran's reaction in the event of such an...
  • There Will Be War

    06/24/2010 12:10:47 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/21/2010 | Reza Kahlili
    Last week, Iran's opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi canceled anti-government demonstrations timed to commemorate the anniversary of last year's disputed presidential election. Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton called the cancellation "regrettable," but missed the larger point. The reform these two men offer is not what the majority of Iranians want: They want an end to the current Islamic regime. One year ago, the Obama administration missed an opportunity to support Iran's uprising. They mistakenly calculated that back-door negotiations with Iran's clerics and promises made by its rulers would bring cooperation on the nuclear issue. The Americans were...
  • Christ, the Madhi and the Muslim "End of Days" (book excerpt)

    02/04/2009 10:29:26 AM PST · by yankeedame · 33 replies · 2,245+ views
    (I'reading a fascinating book calledThe Siege of Mecca by Yaroslav Trofimov. I came across of section I thought Freepers might find interesting. It has to do with the Muslim concept of the "End of Days" and part played in it by Jesus Christ. It is from Chapter 5, pp. 47-48. (P.S. I having to type this in, so please forgive by hunt-and-peck fingers. Hopefully there's not too many typos.) ================================================= "The idea of a Mahdi has fuel Muslim imagination for centuries. There is no mention of it in the Quran itself . But the Phophet Mohammed, according to some nattators,...
  • Violence Down, Stability Up Across Iraq, U.S. General Says

    08/18/2008 4:58:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 157+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2008 – From Mosul in the north to Basra in the south, insurgent-committed violence in Iraq continues to decrease as stability visibly increases, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said today. Video “For 10 of the last 11 weeks, we’ve sustained less than 200 attacks per week nationwide,” Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, told Pentagon reporters during a satellite-carried news conference from his Baghdad headquarters. Attacks in Iraq had once reached more than 1,500 a week a few years ago during the zenith of insurgent-committed violence. “It...
  • Coalition Forces Kill One, Detain 10 Suspected Terrorists in Baghdad

    08/14/2008 4:42:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 123+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2008 – Coalition and Iraqi forces killed an enemy fighter, detained 10 suspected terrorists and found weapons during recent operations throughout Baghdad, military officials said. Coalition troops killed one man and detained five others allegedly connected to al-Qaida. The individuals are believed to be involved in assassinations, bombings and financial conspiracies for the group against coalition and Iraqi forces. Various weapons were confiscated during the operation, officials said. In operations yesterday: -- Iraqi soldiers captured four suspected terrorists who allegedly attacked coalition forces in the city’s Rashid district. The individuals ambushed the U.S. police training team with...
  • A US Withdrawal Deal with Sadr?

    08/08/2008 6:12:50 PM PDT · by flyfree · 30 replies · 189+ views
    time ^ | Aug. 08, 2008 | MARK KUKIS
    Shi'ite militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr stepped back into Iraq's political fray Friday with an offer that (if genuine) Washington would be hard-pressed to refuse: Set a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, and the Mahdi Army will begin to disband. "The main reason for the armed resistance is the American military presence," said Sadr emissary Salah al-Ubaidi, who spoke to reporters in Najaf Friday. "If the American military begins to withdrawal, there will be no need for these armed groups." Sadr in the past has vowed to expand the humanitarian work of his movement but promised to maintain...
  • Shiite Militia in Baghdad Sees Its Power Ebb

    07/26/2008 7:16:56 PM PDT · by flyfree · 33 replies · 224+ views
    nytimes ^ | July 27, 2008
    BAGHDAD — The militia that was once the biggest defender of poor Shiites in Iraq, the Mahdi Army, has been profoundly weakened in a number of neighborhoods across Baghdad, in an important, if tentative, milestone for stability in Iraq. It is a remarkable change from years past, when the militia, led by the anti-American cleric Moktada al-Sadr, controlled a broad swath of Baghdad, including local governments and police forces. But its use of extortion and violence began alienating much of the Shiite population to the point that many quietly supported American military sweeps against the group. Prime Minister Nuri Kamal...
  • Iraqi citizens, ISV Take Weapons Off Streets of Rashid

    07/18/2008 5:04:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 58+ views
    BAGHDAD — An Iraqi citizen and Iraqi Security Volunteers assisted Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers in the recovery of two separate weapons caches July 15-16 in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad. At approximately 10:15 p.m., July 15, Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division reported a group of ISV members handed over 10 mortar fuses to a combat outpost in the Aamel community. Acting on a tip from an Iraqi citizen, Soldiers from the 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., discovered three rocket propelled grenades at approximately 11:45 a.m., July 16, in the Hadar neighborhood. An explosives...
  • Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain 18, Find Weapons

    07/16/2008 4:27:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 44+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 16, 2008 – Coalition forces detained 18 suspected terrorists and discovered weapons caches during recent operations in Iraq, military officials said. Coalition forces captured 16 suspected terrorists in separate operations today in Baghdad and Mosul. An alleged car-bombing cell leader, three suspected subordinate leaders and five suspected cell members were detained during operations in Baghdad. The individuals reportedly manufacture and distribute car bombs while staging attacks on local security forces. Coalition forces believe the suspects were in the process of “planning an imminent attack” on U.S. and Iraq forces in the area, officials said. Intelligence gathered from a...
  • MND-B Soldiers detain 7 suspected criminals, discover 2 munitions caches

    06/27/2008 5:51:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 27+ views
    BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers detained seven suspected criminals and discovered two weapons caches June 26 and 27 in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad. Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, detained a suspected criminal at approximately 11:45 a.m., June 26, in the Hadar community. The suspect is allegedly responsible for emplacing a roadside bomb earlier this year. Meanwhile, Iraqi Army soldiers from the 24th Brigade, 6th IA Division, discovered an 80 mm mortar round, a 60 mm mortar round, a hand grenade, one mortar tube and a blasting cap at approximately 1 p.m....
  • U.S. Soldiers Detain Key Criminal Leader

    06/27/2008 5:47:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 42+ views
    BAGHDAD — Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers detained the leader of an improvised explosive device criminal cell in the Rashid District of southern Baghdad, June 24. Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Regiment, attached to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, detained the known criminal at approximately 1 p.m. near Forward Operating Base Falcon, Baghdad. “The detainment of this key criminal will keep the residents of Rashid much safer,” said Maj. Dave Olson, 1st BCT Spokesman, 4th Inf. Div., MND-B. “The 2nd Bn., 4th Inf. Regt. Soldiers have worked hard to transform the Doura area into a safe and...
  • Iraqi Soldiers, Police Make Progress Purging Amarah of Militias

    06/26/2008 4:41:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 30+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 26, 2008 – Iraqi soldiers and police, assisted by U.S. and coalition troops, are making good progress in pacifying the city of Amarah and surrounding areas in Iraq's Maysan province, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said today. The Iraqi-military planned and led operation is part of Baghdad’s efforts to help citizens “regain control of their towns, cities and villages” from illegal militias or other extremists, Army Col. Charles Flynn, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, told reporters during a satellite-carried news conference at the Pentagon. “We stand in full support...
  • Forces in Iraq Kill Enemies, Capture Suspects, Find Weapons

    06/26/2008 4:35:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 127+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 26, 2008 – Coalition and Iraqi forces killed three militants, detained 20 suspects and found weapons in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said. During operations today: -- Coalition forces killed two enemy fighters, including an al-Qaida in Iraq cell leader, near Sharqat, about 55 miles south of Mosul. Military officials said forces engaged the men after perceiving them as a “hostile threat.” The slain enemies later were found to have been armed with guns and grenades. Troops detained three suspects in the operation. -- Coalition troops followed an alleged associate of al-Qaida in Iraq senior...
  • Further Success for Iraqi, UK Basra Security Operation

    06/25/2008 10:28:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 143+ views
    BASRA — Operation Charge of the Knights, a joint operation involving UK Soldiers and the Iraqi Army, which aims to restore order and improve security in Basra, is making further progress. The Iraqi Army continues to demonstrate its commitment to improving the security situation in the city, carrying out a number of vehicle check points in recent days. Inspections were carried out on a number of vehicles which were going in and out of the city. In addition, numerous house searches were carried out, leading to multiple arrests of suspected militants. 140 rounds of 150mm High Explosive shells were also...
  • Forces Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons Caches in Iraq

    06/22/2008 12:41:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 179+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 22, 2008 – U.S. and Iraqi forces discovered and confiscated weapons caches and captured insurgents during ongoing operations over the past several days in Iraq. In Baghdad today, Iraqi police seized an explosively formed projectile and several machine-gun rounds during operations in the New Baghdad district. In another operation, police uncovered a weapons cache in New Baghdad consisting of mortar rounds, a rocket, an artillery round, a number of machine-gun rounds, a mortar base plate, a telescopic sight, explosives, a night vision device and a rocket sled. Iraqi soldiers later confiscated several AK-47 rifles, two magazines and a...
  • Special Groups criminals around Iraq disrupted

    06/21/2008 11:31:07 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 99+ views
    BAGHDAD – Coalition forces captured five suspected Special Groups outlaws during operations in Baghdad and near Hillah Friday and Saturday. Acting on intelligence information, Coalition forces conducted a raid on the suspected residence of a Special Groups leader and recruiter east of Hillah, about 180 km south of Baghdad. The man was wanted for running Special Groups recruiting efforts, as well as ordering assassinations and directing the specialized training of Special Groups criminals. Coalition also captured an associate of the targeted individual. During a separate operation in northeast Baghdad, Coalition forces conducted a raid on the residence of a suspected...
  • U.S., Iraqi Troops Detain 35 in Northern Iraq

    06/19/2008 4:23:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 113+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 19, 2008 – U.S. and Iraqi troops detained 35 suspected terrorists during recent operations in northern Iraq, military officials said. Coalition forces captured 21 suspected terrorists in various operations today across northern Iraq: -- Eight were detained in Tarmiyah, about 25 miles north of Baghdad, for their alleged association with a terrorist network responsible for numerous bombings, murders and hijackings, and for transporting terrorists throughout the country, officials said. -- Coalition forces captured six suspected terrorists in Mosul. One man is wanted for his connections with al-Qaida leaders and foreign-terrorist facilitators throughout the country. Five others were detained...
  • U.S., Iraqi Troops in Northern Iraq Kill One, Detain 23

    06/18/2008 4:27:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 79+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 18, 2008 – U.S. and Iraqi troops killed one enemy fighter and detained 23 suspected terrorists during recent operations in northern Iraq, military officials said. Coalition forces targeted al-Qaida in Iraq operatives in and around Mosul, killing one and detaining 15 today. In operations yesterday: -- Coalition forces in Biaj, about 80 miles southwest of Mosul, came under attack and returned fire, resulting in one attacker dead, one wounded and six others captured. Eight other suspected terrorists were captured in separate operations in Mosul. -- Also in Mosul, Iraqi troops captured a suspected terrorist leader. He’s believed to...
  • Soldiers Capture Suspected Militant Leader

    06/16/2008 4:43:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 108+ views
    BAGHDAD — U.S. Soldiers captured a suspected militant leader in the New Baghdad security district of eastern Baghdad, June 15. Soldiers from the 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), captured the suspected criminal leader and detained two others during an operation. BAGHDAD — U.S. Soldiers captured a suspected militant leader in the New Baghdad security district of eastern Baghdad, June 15. Soldiers from the 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), captured the suspected criminal leader and detained two others during an operation. The highly sought-after criminal leader is believed to...
  • Troops in Iraq Detain 20, Discover Multiple Weapons Caches

    06/16/2008 4:17:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 59+ views
    American Forces Press Service
    WASHINGTON, June 16, 2008 – Forces in Iraq detained 20 suspects and have found several weapons caches during operations over the last three days, military officials said. Coalition forces in Mosul captured two wanted men and detained nine other al-Qaida in Iraq suspects during operations today. One of the wanted men, an alleged bombing cell leader, was captured along with five suspected associates. The wanted man also is believed to manufacture bombs and target Iraqi and coalition forces. The other wanted man has alleged ties to al-Qaida in Iraq senior leaders and was captured with four additional suspects. Officials said...
  • Coalition Forces, Iraqi Forces Capture Terrorists, Seize Weapons

    06/15/2008 1:44:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 42+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 15, 2008 – Coalition and Iraqi forces captured suspected terrorists and seized several weapons caches across Iraq during the past three days, military officials said. In operations today: –- Iraqi soldiers discovered a large weapons cache in the Rashid district of Baghdad. The cache consisted of scores of 122 mm rockets with fuses, components to make several hundred explosively formed projectiles, blocks of C-4 explosives, and sticks of TNT. During operations yesterday: –- Iraqi soldiers discovered a large explosives cache after an intelligence-driven raid on the western side of Mosul. The cache consisted of 80 mm mortar rounds,...
  • Coalition Forces in Iraq Capture ‘Special Groups,’ al-Qaida Leaders

    06/11/2008 5:59:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 131+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 11, 2008 – Coalition forces in Iraq today captured a man believed to be the leader of an Iranian-backed enemy “special group” and another who's an alleged al-Qaida chieftain during separate operations conducted near Kut and in Mosul, respectively, military officials said. Coalition forces captured the suspected Iranian-trained explosives expert in Numaniyah, southeast of Baghdad near Kut. Intelligence sources told coalition officials the suspect has numerous Iranian contacts with whom he would meet when smuggling weapons and bomb-making materials into Iraq. Coalition forces entered the suspect’s residence and subdued him without firing any shots after the man made...
  • Five Attackers Killed, Seven Detained in Iraq Operations

    06/09/2008 4:45:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 45+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 9, 2008 – Coalition forces killed five enemy fighters, destroyed a foreign terrorist hideout, and detained seven terrorism suspects in operations across Iraq today. A tip from a detainee led coalition forces to a foreign terrorist hideout site in a remote area of northwestern Iraq. When forces arrived, enemy fighters attacked. Coalition forces returned fire and called in air support. Five terrorists were killed. Forces found several suicide vests and heavy machine guns at the site. The site was destroyed. Also today, coalition forces targeted members of a terrorist bombing network in Beiji, south of Mosul, and detained...
  • ISF, MND-B Soldiers detain three, seize weapons

    06/08/2008 7:33:55 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 40+ views
    BAGHDAD – The Iraqi Army and National Police turned in weapons in separate incidents throughout Baghdad, while Multi National Division – Baghdad Soldiers detained suspected criminals June 7. At approximately 12:30 p.m., June 7, policemen from the 2nd National Police Division turned in a weapons cache found in the Kadamiyah district to MND-B Soldiers. The cache, brought to the 2nd NP headquarters by a local citizen, consisted of a 60 mm mortar tube, two rockets, two smoke grenades, an 82 mm mortar round; 26, 82 mm mortar rounds; five 82 mm illumination mortar rounds; 42, 60 mm mortar rounds and...
  • ISOF capture Special Groups criminal

    06/07/2008 12:12:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 57+ views
    BALAD, Iraq – Iraqi Special Operations Forces captured a suspected Special Groups criminal in al-Amarah, a city northeast of Basra, June 5. The ISOF conducted the operation to capture the suspected criminal who reportedly had weapons caches in and around his home containing Katyushka rockets, AK-47 assault rifles and suppressors for various pistols. “This operation should illustrate to the citizens in the area that ISOF is willing and able to go after criminals wherever they hide in order to bring peace and security to the Maysan Province,” said Lt. Col. Neil Harper, Multi-National Corps – Iraq spokesman. -30- FOR MORE...
  • National Police, MND-B Soldiers seize weapons caches, kill one criminal

    06/07/2008 12:05:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 46+ views
    BAGHDAD – Iraqi National Police and Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers seized a number of weapons caches and killed one criminal June 6 in Baghdad. Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, discovered 11 rocket warheads, four 122mm mortar rounds, a rocket tube, and a medium-sized bomb at approximately 10:15 a.m. northwest of Baghdad. National Police from the 8th Brigade, 2nd National Police Division, seized 16 rocket-propelled grenades, eight boosters, a pineapple grenade and an RPG night site at approximately 10:40 a.m. in the Oubaidy area of New Baghdad. Iraqi NPs from 2nd Bde., 1st NP...
  • Coalition forces strike foreign terrorist network

    06/07/2008 12:02:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 56+ views
    BAGHDAD – Coalition forces killed four terrorists and destroyed two foreign terrorist safe-houses in northwest Iraq Saturday, also capturing two wanted men in Mosul. Near Bi’aj, about 130 kilometers southwest of Mosul, Coalition forces targeted several foreign terrorist safe-houses. At the first location, the force immediately came under attack by small arms fire. Coalition forces responded in self-defense, returning fire and calling for supporting aircraft to engage the enemy. Four terrorists were killed in the ensuing engagement. Coalition forces discovered a vehicle with a foreign license plate adjacent to one of the target buildings. Inside the building they found weapons,...
  • Iraqi Army Soldiers seize more weapons in Sadr City

    06/07/2008 11:58:38 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 136+ views
    BAGHDAD – Iraqi Army soldiers seized multiple weapons caches in Sadr City June 6. The IA soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 1st IA Division discovered 15 AK-47s, 200 AK-47 rounds, two Berno rifles, a damaged rocket launcher, 14 fake identification cards, three license plates and an 8 mm video tape at approximately 6 a.m. At approximately 8:15 a.m., the soldiers seized a sniper rifle, an AK-47, 100 PKC rounds, five rocket-propelled grenade propellants and a Baghdad protection badge. Iraqi soldiers from the 68th Brigade, 11th IA Division seized 25 82 mm mortar rounds, 19 artillery rounds, six 60 mm mortar...
  • Interagency Task Force Targets ‘Violent Actors,’ General Says

    06/06/2008 4:15:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 23+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, June 6, 2008 – U.S. Central Command is part of an Interagency Task Force for Irregular Warfare, a CentCom operations section initiative that recently stood up to track and target “violent and extreme actors” in the command’s area of operations, the Air Force general who’s spearheading the effort said yesterday. “Regionally, we look at influences of extreme actors that are malign that would provide, from within their borders, exporting either violence or activities that would be disruptive to their neighbors,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert H. Holmes, CentCom’s deputy director of operations, said to online journalists and bloggers during...
  • Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill Four, Detain Dozens

    06/06/2008 3:59:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 60+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 6, 2008 – Coalition forces killed four enemy fighters and detained dozens of suspected terrorists in recent operations, military officials said. The leader of an Iranian-backed “special group” surrendered to coalition forces today in Hayy, about 190 miles southeast of Baghdad. Acting on intelligence information, coalition forces raided the presumed residence of the special group leader, who’s suspected of directing and ordering attacks against coalition forces in Wasit province, as well as attacks and kidnappings against civil authorities there. The man also is suspected of smuggling Iranian weapons -- specifically, Katyusha rockets -- into Baghdad. In a separate...
  • Coalition Forces in Iraq Round Up Iran-Backed Enemy Fighters

    06/05/2008 4:26:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 53+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 5, 2008 – Coalition forces in Iraq captured an alleged leader and a suspected primary weapons smuggler and financier for Iranian-backed enemy fighters today. Acting on intelligence information, coalition forces conducted a raid on the home of the suspected “special groups” leader in Mahawil, south of Baghdad. He surrendered without incident. In a separate operation east of Kut, intelligence tips helped coalition forces track down the hideout of a suspected special groups member who sources allege is the primary weapons smuggler and financier for Iranian-backed enemy elements in that area. The suspect and an associate surrendered when coalition...
  • Five senior Mahdi Army commanders captured in Karbala

    06/04/2008 3:38:31 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 10 replies · 101+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | 6/4/08 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi police announced the arrest of five senior leaders of the Mahdi Army in the city of Karbala as assassination attempts were made on three police commanders in Baghdad and southern Iraq. The largest attack occurred in a Shia neighborhood in Baghdad, and resulted in more than 13 killed and 50 wounded. The Karbala police announced the captureof Mahdi Army commanders Ali Abd Taan, Sayyid Munadil, Muhsin Sharea, Haidar Jouri, and Razzaq al Samma. The five men lead a Mahdi Army unit in Karbala that was behind attacks on Iraqi police forces during a religious festival in August 2007. The...
  • SG (Special Group) leaders flee Baghdad, senior leader captured

    05/31/2008 12:07:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 122+ views
    BAGHDAD – Coalition forces struck a blow against a Special Groups criminal ring when they captured a key suspect Saturday in the Rusafa district of Baghdad. Intelligence sources led Coalition forces to the residence of the suspect who is believed to be a key assistant to a senior Iranian-trained Special Groups leader who recently fled Sadr City under pressure from Iraqi Security Forces. Intelligence shows that as Iraqi Security or Coalition forces come close to capturing senior Special Groups leaders, the criminals flee and hide until the situation calms. “Most of the senior Special Groups leadership have fled Sadr City...
  • Iraqi Special Operations Forces capture suspected Special Groups leaders

    05/31/2008 10:59:17 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 101+ views
    BALAD, Iraq – Iraqi Special Operations Forces captured two suspected Special Groups cell leaders in an operation in Baghdad May 30. The ISOF conducted the operation to capture two individuals believed to be responsible for the kidnapping, torture and murder of two Iraqi Special Operations Forces Soldiers in December 2006 and June 2007. One of the men is also suspected of other kidnappings and murders in Baghdad. Seven other suspected Special Groups criminals were detained during the operation. -30- FOR MORE INFORMATION OR FOR HIGH-RES PHOTOS, CONTACT THE MULTI-NATIONAL CORPS – IRAQ PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE BY E-MAIL AT: MNCIPAOVICTORYMAINJO@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL
  • Coalition forces in Iraq Kill 10, Catch 11

    05/29/2008 4:23:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 78+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 29, 2008 – Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 10 enemy fighters, captured 11 suspects, and uncovered scores of weapons in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said. In two-day operations that culminated today, coalition forces detained 11 suspected al-Qaida in Iraq terrorists, including two wanted men. One of the wanted men allegedly conducted bombing attacks against Iraqi security forces and the other is believed to be a senior al-Qaida in Iraq leader in Salahuddin and Anbar provinces, military officials said. “We will continue to put pressure on al-Qaida in Iraq together with the Iraqi security forces...
  • Operation Siegfried Line nets detainees

    05/26/2008 5:17:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 66+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers detained numerous suspected criminals in the Bayaa community as a result of Operation Siegfried Line May 24 in southern Baghdad. At approximately 11:45 a.m. Soldiers from 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., MND-B, detained 40 suspected militants for questioning. Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, MND-B, detained a known criminal at 12:15 a.m. during an early morning operation in the Jihad community of southern Baghdad. “With the help of the Iraqi citizens, the Iraqi Security Forces and the 1st BCT ‘Raider’ Brigade, can rid the streets of...
  • Operation Charge of the Knights continues operations in Az Zubayr

    05/25/2008 1:39:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 61+ views
    BASRA, Iraq – Operation Sawlat al-Fursan, or Charge of the Knights, continued operations in Az Zubayr, 20 kilometers southwest of Basra, Iraq May 25. The operation, which began March 24 in Basra, is clearing towns surrounding the Basra area of suspected criminal elements, securing detainees and weapons caches. The 1st Iraqi Army Division led the planning and execution of the most recent mission. United Kingdom and United States Military Transition Teams remain, with U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, embedded with their Iraqi Security Forces counterparts to enable the application of Coalition assets, if necessary. Humanitarian support missions continue as...
  • Petraeus Discusses Challenges in Central Command Area

    05/22/2008 6:13:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 72+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 22, 2008 – Army Gen. David H. Petraeus gave senators his view of the U.S. Central Command during confirmation testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee here today. Petraeus, nominated to be the next CentCom commander, currently commands Multinational Force Iraq. The general spoke of the challenges in the diverse and strategically important CentCom area, which he described as “a region of regions,” and spoke frankly on the threat Iran poses to the region and the world. Violent extremism is the biggest threat in CentCom, where U.S. servicemembers are engaged in two wars, Petraeus told the committee. “Al-Qaida...
  • Troops in Iraq Kill 13 Enemy Fighters, Catch 79 Suspects

    05/22/2008 5:08:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 52+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 22, 2008 – Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 13 enemy fighters, detained 79 suspects, and uncovered makeshift bombs and other weapons in recent operations in Iraq, military officials said. In Iraq yesterday: -- Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers killed 11 enemy fighters in an ongoing operation in the New Baghdad security district of the Iraqi capital. Military officials said troops killed the combatants either to defend themselves from immediate danger or to prevent the enemy from planting homemade bombs in the area. -- Coalition forces caught two individuals fleeing a mud hut near Beiji that was doubling as a...
  • Forces Catch Two Terrorists in Iraq, Capture Weapons

    05/21/2008 4:25:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 148+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 21, 2008 – Coalition and Iraqi forces detained two terrorists and seized weapons in recent operations in Iraq, military officials said. In Iraq yesterday: -- Based on intelligence gleaned from a mid-April operation, coalition forces raided what they believed to be an Iranian-backed “special groups” stronghold in Baghdad’s Rashid district. Troops detained one targeted special groups leader without incident. Military officials believe the captured individual coordinated and conducted attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces in southwestern Baghdad. -- Iraqi special operations forces detained a man in the Ghazaliya area of the Iraqi capital who officials said is an...
  • MND-B Soldiers stop IED emplacers in New Baghdad

    05/21/2008 3:42:44 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies · 46+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory ^ | May 21, 2008 | Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO
    MND-B Soldiers stop IED emplacers in New BaghdadMulti-National Division – Baghdad PAO BAGHDAD, Iraq – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers killed 11 criminals in an ongoing operation in eastern Baghdad, May 21.  MND-B Soldiers observed armed criminals with AK-47 assault rifles, exiting a sports utility vehicle in the New Baghdad security district. The individual scanned the area and motioned another vehicle forward. Soldiers observed the criminals emplacing an improvised-explosive device. They engaged the suspects with small-arms fire, killing one.  Nearby, MND-B Soldiers encountered four other armed criminals, with AK-47’s and RPK rifles, travelling in a vehicle. They engaged the vehicle and...
  • Troops Kill One, Catch 26, Seize Scores of Weapons in Iraq

    05/20/2008 4:34:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 58+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 20, 2008 – Coalition and Iraqi forces killed one terrorist, captured 26 suspects and nabbed scores of weapons across Iraq over the past three days, military officials said. In Iraq today: -- Coalition forces killed a senior al-Qaida in Iraq leader and detained four of his suspected associates in an operation east of Samarra, about 65 miles north of Baghdad. -- Troops in Baqouba and Tikrit captured a wanted man and five additional suspected terrorists who allegedly operate in the Tigris River valley during coordinated two-day operations that wrapped up today. -- Coalition troops caught two wanted men...
  • Forces in Iraq Kill 11, Capture 24, Destroy Weapons

    05/19/2008 4:43:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 43+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 19, 2008 – Iraqi and coalition forces killed 11 militants, detained 24 others and seized weapons in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said. Using information gleaned in previous operations, troops in Mosul today captured two individuals while pursuing a foreign terrorist associate. In a Baghdad operation meanwhile, troops detained a suspect linked to a suicide-bombing network. “These actions, and others like it, will continue until al Qaeda in Iraq stop the violence against the innocent people of Iraq,” said Army Maj. John Hall, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman. During operations in Iraq yesterday: -- Troops...
  • President Meets Iraqi VP, Operations Continue in Iraq

    05/18/2008 11:44:13 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 1 replies · 67+ views
    DoD ^ | May 18, 2008 | Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service
    President Bush noted the improved security situation in Iraq’s southern oil city of Basra following meetings with Iraqi Vice President Abd al-Mahdi in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, today. Bush said he told Iraqi representatives at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East that he’s impressed with the progress being made in Iraq. “We talked about Basra and the success of the Iraqi government in Basra in dealing with Shia extremists,” Bush said. The people of the Middle East must understand how important a successful Iraq is to the greater region, Bush said. Al-Mahdi said the leaders discussed the way...
  • Iran clerics rebuke Ahmadinejad over 'hidden imam'

    05/07/2008 9:02:28 AM PDT · by mojito · 34 replies · 433+ views
    AFP/Breitbart ^ | 5/7/2008 | unattributed
    Clerics have told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stick to more worldly issues after he was quoted as saying the "hidden imam" of Shiite Islam was directing Iran. Ahmadinejad has always been a devotee of the Mahdi, the twelfth imam of Shiite Islam, who Shiites believe disappeared more than a thousand years ago and who will return one day to usher in a new era of peace and harmony. But in a speech to theology students broadcast by state television on Monday, Ahmadinejad went further than ever before in emphasising his belief that the Mahdi is playing a critical role in...
  • U.S. Special Operations Forces kill 11 Special Groups criminals in Sadr City

    05/09/2008 5:25:32 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies · 302+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq ^ | May 9, 2008 | Multi-National Corps – Iraq PAO
    BALAD, Iraq – Responding to attacks on Iraqi and Coalition forces, U.S. Special Operations Forces killed eleven Special Groups criminals in the Sadr City area of Baghdad May 9.U.S. SOF were providing security for Coalition forces who were making safety infrastructure improvements in Sadr City.During the operation, Special Groups criminals attacked Iraqi and Coalition forces with rocket propelled grenades and small-arms fire from the ground and from rooftops. U.S. SOF returned fire, killing nine. The firefight continued, and U.S. SOF authorized a Coalition aircraft to engage. The aircraft fired one Hellfire missile, killing two criminals.-30-
  • Coalition Soldiers Kill Six Enemy Fighters, Capture Weapons Caches

    05/09/2008 5:07:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 21+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 9, 2008 – Coalition and Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad killed six enemy fighters, fended off an attack, and captured and destroyed several weapons caches yesterday. Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers killed six criminals, who attacked coalition forces with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms during multiple engagements in the Sadr City district of Baghdad yesterday. -- At about 1:30 p.m., soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were attacked by criminals with RPGs and small arms. Soldiers returned fire and killed one criminal. -- At about 2 p.m., soldiers from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat...
  • Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain 15 Suspected Terrorists

    05/06/2008 4:28:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 38+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 6, 2008 – Iraqi and coalition forces detained 15 suspected terrorists, including two wanted individuals, while targeting al-Qaida operations throughout Iraq today. -- In two coordinated operations 60 miles north of Baghdad, coalition forces detained nine suspected terrorists, including a wanted man believed to work in the foreign-terrorist-facilitation network. When coalition forces arrived at the target building, three suspects crept out the back and into tactical positions behind a vehicle. Coalition forces perceived hostile intent from the men and called for supporting aircraft to engage them. One suspected terrorist was wounded in the engagement and taken to a...