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  • Did the NFL punish ESPN with bad 'Monday Night Football' games?

    07/09/2015 5:17:17 PM PDT · by Ronald_Magnus · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10 hrs ago | Matt Bonesteel
    It was reported that ESPN’s lackluster upcoming slate of Monday Night games was believed to be retribution for Bill Simmons and Olbermann’s criticism of the league and Goodell. To that end, we’re hearing there are some ESPN folks who think the league denied a request for a Monday Night Football matchup featuring the Cowboys against a specific opponent due to Simmons and Olbermann’s vocal criticism this past year. ESPN does have one Cowboys game on this year’s schedule but comes late in the season and on the road versus a Redskins team that went 4-12 last season.
  • Vanity Monday Night Football KC up 41 7 Over Pats

    09/29/2014 7:59:51 PM PDT · by UB355 · 32 replies
  • The Officials Blew it Monday Night in the Colts Game

    09/16/2014 8:49:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies ^ | Sep 16 2014, 2:24a | By Josh Wilson
    The officials blew the game big time in the fourth quarter of the Colts versus Eagles game, most notably on a huge non-call of defensive holding. You never want to be those fans. You never want to be those fans that blame the officiating for the loss. Let's face it: every fanbase thinks that their team were the victims of some cheap calls that hurt them. Every fanbase is the same, and each week is no different. That's why I generally try to stay away from criticizing the officials too much. Tonight, however, is different. Tonight, whether you're a Colts...
  • What's Chris Christie Doing with Jerry Jones?

    09/08/2013 7:08:24 PM PDT · by publius321 · 27 replies
    Scott Ryan
    I was just watching Monday Night Football. As they were helping the injured Tony Romo off the field (no mo Romo), they treated us to a shot of the owners suite and sitting next to Cowboy's owner Jerry Jones was New Jersey lard a$$ Chris Christie. Of course, Christie was immediately looking up at himself on the TV screen above once he realized the photo op was taking place. Anyone else cath that? It seemed a bit odd that just a few days ago he was bragging about how the Giants and the jets "belong to NJ" - and there...
  • Tim Tebow to The DevilStay the Hell Away fromMonday Night Football (666 game)

    10/08/2012 1:10:07 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 48 replies
    tmz ^ | 10/8 | tmz
    Tim Tebow just pointed out a very devilish fact ... tonight's NFL matchup is the 666th Monday Night Football game ... and it just so happens, Tim's team is playing in the game. As the NY Jets prepare for battle with the Houston Texans ... Tebow just tweeted, "Looking forward to giving God all the glory in tonight's 666th Monday Night Football game. Romans 8:37-39." Before you head to Google, here's the bible quote Tim referenced: "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life,...
  • Ron Jaworski removed from ‘Monday Night Football’

    02/16/2012 7:54:06 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 31 replies
    Shutdown Corner (blog) ^ | 2/16/12 | Chris Chase
    Ron Jaworski is out at "Monday Night Football." ESPN announced Wednesday that the analyst would be removed from the network's signature broadcast beginning in August. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will operate as a two-man booth. Jaworski will remain at the network and appear on various programs, including "Countdown" and "Matchup." < -- SNIP -- > This paragraph, from a December article in The New Yorker about Gruden, was a perfect microcosm of Jaws' time in the booth: When it was Jaworski's turn, he issued a stern proclamation. "Call me crazy, but I'm really excited for Tyler Palko tonight," he...
  • Power Outage at Candlestick Park

    12/19/2011 5:41:25 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 57 replies
    ESPN | 12-19-2011
    Transformer blew and the whole stadium is dark. It's on ESPN.
  • Bears-Vikings game proves safety is secondary (NFL WHINE ALERT)

    12/20/2010 9:17:19 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Dec 20, 2010 05:24AM | RICK MORRISSEY
    Old-time football players like to say they would’ve played for free in the parking lot, such was their love for the game. It might be the hyperbole of men who watched too many grainy Knute Rockne clips, but you want to believe that they believe it. You want to believe that they were so tough and so committed to the game that they would’ve sacrificed the skin on their elbows to make a tackle near the third parking stall on the left. You want to believe in someone who loved the raw violence of a sport so much that he...
  • Kluwe: TCF Bank field is unplayable (Vikes, Bears)

    12/19/2010 4:34:21 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 39 replies ^ | 12/19/10 | Judd Zulgad
    Chris Kluwe often likes to have fun on his Twitter page but after Vikings players got a look at the field conditions at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday during their walk-through the punter turned very serious in a series of posts. Kluwe termed the field that is scheduled to play host to Monday night's game against the Bears as "unplayable." Here are Kluwe's tweets regarding a field that has no heating coils in it: "Serious time - All respect to the people that cleared the field and got it ready, you did an amazing job. That being said, it's unplayable....
  • Drew Brees MNF White House Commercial

    12/01/2009 2:54:03 AM PST · by chemicalman · 27 replies · 1,871+ views
    MNF Commercial NFL Play 60 | 12/1/09 | Me
    On a commercial break from Monday Night Football, there was a commercial for NFL's Play 60, where they promote kids to play outdoors for 60 minutes.In the commercial, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is set to throw a pass on the White House lawn with children running in slow motion, with the White House in the background.At first thought, I was waiting for Drew to pass to one of the kids. Then I thought he might sling that sucker through the White House window hopefully getting Obama in back of the head.Then Obama pops up in the scene...
  • Vanity: NFL Obama Commercial

    11/30/2009 6:18:36 PM PST · by Feline_AIDS · 89 replies · 3,193+ views
    Did anyone just see that disgusting slo-motion love fest Obama commercial for his site? BAAAAAAAAAARF

    10/05/2009 2:01:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 211 replies · 4,018+ views
    NFL ^ | 10/5/09
  • 2 senior al-Qaeda leaders detained in Mosul

    12/04/2007 1:17:58 PM PST · by Wiz · 10 replies · 73+ views
    An Iraqi army force arrested two senior al-Qaeda leaders during a security operation in eastern Mosul, commander of the 4th brigade said. "Iraqi army forces detained Abdul Karim Houshi and Abdul Halim Abdul Karim, senior leaders from al-Qaeda group, during a security operation waged in Adan neighborhood in eastern Mosul," Brigadier Nour al-Din Hussein told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).
  • Marines to cut armored vehicle orders

    11/29/2007 10:07:59 PM PST · by Wiz · 17 replies · 53+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News ^ | 2007 Nov 30 | Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON - The Marines plan to buy fewer bomb-resistant vehicles than planned despite pressure from lawmakers who are determined to spend billions of dollars on the vehicles. ADVERTISEMENT The Marine Corps' requirement for mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles would drop from the planned 3,700 to about 2,400, The Associated Press has learned. The Marines would not comment on the decision, but defense officials confirmed the cut. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced. About a month ago, Marine Commandant Gen. T. James Conway signaled the possibility of a new examination of the commitment to the...
  • Baghdad voices: Improved security

    11/21/2007 2:42:46 AM PST · by Wiz · 7 replies · 167+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2007 Nov 15
    Four Iraqis across Baghdad describe a welcome drop in violence in their city in recent weeks. SAADI, DOCTOR, AL-YARMOUK HOSPITAL, BAGHDAD I have been working in this hospital for about eight months and the security situation has definitely improved during that time. We used to receive about 10-15 injuries and five to 10 bodies overnight - caused by bombs or bullets. The numbers have dropped to about two or three injuries a night and maybe just one body - or none. This improvement started six to eight weeks ago. I think it's because the American and Iraqi troops have started...
  • US-Iraqi troops crackdown on Sadr militants (new phase of surge?)

    11/19/2007 1:22:32 PM PST · by Wiz · 18 replies · 59+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 2007 Nov 19
    DIWANIYAH, Iraq (AFP) - US and Iraqi troops have arrested dozens of militants loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in a massive crackdown in the central city of Diwaniyah, officials said Monday. ADVERTISEMENT Hussain al-Buderi, a member of the Qadisiyah provincial council, said that 49 militants, including four leaders, from the Sadr group were arrested since Saturday when Operation Lion's Leap was launched targeting Shiite militants. Witnesses said the city of more than one million people was under curfew and US aircraft were dropping leaflets urging locals to cooperate in locating militant hideouts. Sadr's office in the town of...
  • British officials hold talks with Mahdi army

    11/18/2007 2:49:29 AM PST · by Wiz · 11 replies · 96+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | 2007 Nov 17 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    The British commander in southern Iraq confirmed yesterday that UK officials have been holding talks with supporters of the Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi army in the hope they would be drawn into the political process. Major General Graham Binns said the security situation in Basra province - to be handed over to Iraqi forces next month - was improving and attacks against British and Iraqi forces had fallen by 90% since British troops withdrew from their last base in the centre of the city in September. Confirming the talks with the Mahdi army, first reported in the Guardian, Binns...
  • Luncheon given to Coalition Forces by Iraqis

    08/07/2007 10:12:21 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 5 replies · 439+ views ^ | Tuesday, 07 August 2007 | Spc. Courtney Marulli
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE RUSTAMIYAH — Iraqis and American troops broke bread together during a luncheon on Aug. 1 when Company C, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment from Fort Riley, Kan., handed over their area of operations in Baghdad’s Al Jadia neighborhood to members of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, based out of Fort Benning, Ga. Both units are currently attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The luncheon started off with a gathering of Soldiers and their Iraqi counterparts in Lt. Col. Audil’s office, where water was served. Audil is the commander of the armor battalion...
  • Iraqis taking the lead in Basrah

    05/20/2007 10:04:35 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 510+ views
    BASRAH — In an upbeat assessment General Ali Hamadi, Head of the Basrah Emergency Security Committee, has voiced his growing confidence in the Province's security situation and the capability of the Iraqi Security Forces as they assume greater security responsibility and moves towards Provincial Iraqi Control. At a press conference held jointly with Brigadier Tim Evans MBE, Commander 19 Light Brigade, at General Hamadi's headquarters, the Provincial Joint Coordination Centre, in the centre of Basra City, General Hamadi praised the significant progress made to date, but admitted more needed to be done. "I will not say to you there is...
  • Mobile Helicopter Killers Found and Destroyed in Iraq

    03/20/2007 4:25:55 AM PDT · by Wiz · 38 replies · 2,364+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 2007 Mar 19
    March 19, 2007: American troops in Iraq figured out how Iraqi terrorists had managed to ambush American helicopters with heavy machine-guns and get away with it. The Iraqis had used trucks with the machine-gun mounted in the back, and a tarp over metal supports (a common feature of military trucks) to conceal the weapon. The tarp was rigged so it could be quickly pulled aside, as well as the metal supports for the tarp. This enabled the heavy machine-gun to immediately open fire. There were four of these trucks, and they roamed around areas that American helicopters were operating above....
  • Counter-Mortar Operation [this is what happens to terrorists after they fire mortar rounds]

    03/19/2007 6:17:32 AM PDT · by Wiz · 6 replies · 379+ views
    You Tube ^ | 2007 Mar 18 | MNFIRAQ
    Movie clip description: Insurgents fire mortar at Coalition troops near Baghdad, flee in vehicle, hide in trees, are eliminated by Coaliton air power. Counter-Mortar Operation
  • He-Could-Go-All-The-Way: 'Today' Cheers Obama's Football Play

    12/12/2006 5:10:19 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 74 replies · 1,873+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Meredith Vieira stopped just short of breaking out the pom-poms, but the 'Today' show crew otherwise did their best to cheer Barack Obama and his appearance on last night's Monday Night Football. For those who missed it, the broadcast opened with a deadpan Obama appearing to be make an announcement of his intention to run for president, before simply endorsing his home-state Chicago Bears.Call me a grump, but watching it live last night my first reaction was "how's this for millions in free advertising, courtesy ABC-ESPN?"But the folks at NBC clearly weren't troubled by a little politicking by their rivals...
  • 'Don't Tell Mama I'm for Obama,' Ill. Senator's Aides Say [Obama to Open MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!]

    12/11/2006 12:09:50 PM PST · by Diago · 97 replies · 2,477+ views ^ | Dec. 11 | By JAKE TAPPER, with ANNE-MARIE DORNING and MARK REEVES
    'Don't Tell Mama I'm for Obama,' Ill. Senator's Aides Say Heightens Presidential Prospects  By JAKE TAPPER, with ANNE-MARIE DORNING and MARK REEVES Dec. 11 - After a rocking visit to N.H. this weekend, an appearance tonight on Monday Night Football is the latest sign that Barak Obama is running for president. Adoring, standing-room-only crowds giddily awaited Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at his first stop this morning, at a book signing in Portsmouth, N.H. But it didn't sound like the freshman senator was selling just books. "We've got a series of very important decisions to make, and we have the...

    10/16/2006 6:40:02 PM PDT · by Lexinom · 26 replies · 568+ views
    MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!!!! The indomitable Bears visit the up-and-coming Cardinals! May the best team win!
  • Top terrorist arrested in western Baghdad (Jamaat Al-Tawheed Wal Jihad)

    10/10/2006 8:48:51 PM PDT · by Wiz · 56 replies · 2,543+ views
    BAGHDAD, Oct 9 (KUNA) -- Top leader of the terrorist organization in Iraq, Jamaat Al-Tawheed Wal Jihad, was arrested in Abu Ghraib, western Baghdad, by the Iraqi Army's third brigade of the sixth division, said Iraqi Armed Forces spokesman Brigadier Qassem Al-Moussawi on Monday. Speaking to a press conference, Al-Moussawi referred to the terrorist as the "prince of princes" but did not disclose his identity. Moreover, he said there was a drop in the number of terrorist attacks in Baghdad in light of Iraqi Army and police operations in the capital, adding that operations in Diyala were ongoing and that...
  • MNF: Report from WPGB (Pittsburgh) Has Roethlisberger Ill with 104f Fever

    09/18/2006 4:50:44 PM PDT · by mcg2000 · 14 replies · 536+ views
    Ellis Cannon's Sports Talk ^ | September 18, 2006 | Ellis Cannon
    WPGB & Ellis Cannon are reporting Roethlisberger has a fever of 104 ...
  • ISF, MND-B Soldiers bring positive change to Baghdad by way of Operation Together Forward

    08/18/2006 8:31:59 AM PDT · by pissant · 1 replies · 249+ views
    MNF-Iraq ^ | 8/18/06 | staff
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi Security and Coalition Forces continue working together in support of Operation Together Forward in Baghdad and are already witnessing the positive results of their efforts to quell the threat of terrorist death squads, improvised-explosive devices, kidnappings and murders. Since the operation began July 9, combined forces have killed 97 and detained 501 terrorists associated with death squads and seized more than 59 weapons and munitions caches in the process. A combined force of more than 30,000 security personnel have completed more than 49,564 combat patrols in response to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s directive to immediately secure the...
  • Australian troops take on new role

    08/12/2006 3:30:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 282+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Australian Maj. Mark Tanzer
    The formation of Overwatch Battlegroup – West has opened a new chapter in the Australian army’s long and distinguished history of military operations in the Middle East. Formerly known as Al Muthanna Task Group 3, the 450-strong Australian unit is tasked with providing operational supervision in support of Provincial Iraqi Control in Al Muthanna province, southern Iraq. Al Muthanna on July 13 became the first province in Iraq to achieve PIC. It gives Iraqi security forces the lead role in maintaining a secure environment for their people. Following Iraqi control, Multi-National Forces in the province began handing over their bases,...
  • Bolstering security, improving quality of life in Iraq

    08/12/2006 3:22:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 345+ views
    BAGHDAD — As news here this week centered on bolstering Baghdad security, quality of life projects are still progressing with notable results in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq. For nearly two years, the Al Wathba Water Treatment Plant has been undergoing a $22 million upgrade to bring fresh, potable water to Baghdad residents. That facility serves the Rusafa area in northeast Baghdad with markets, businesses, medical facilities, and about 300,000 residents dependent on its output. “Al Wathba is more than 40 years old and the dilapidated, poorly maintained equipment was producing about 1,000 cubic meters (264172.1 gallons) of drinking water...
  • Beirut - US Mideast envoy in Lebanon for talks with PM: source

    08/05/2006 3:22:36 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 199+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | August 5, 2006
    BEIRUT, Aug 5, 2006 (AFP) - US Mideast envoy David Welch arrived in Beirut for talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora on the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, a Lebanese government source said on Saturday. Welch, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, was also due to hold talks with parliament speaker Nabih Berri after arriving overnight Friday, said the source, who asked not to be identified. The US embassy in Beirut declined to comment. The visit comes almost one week after US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was forced to shelve a visit to Lebanon during...
  • Why a Multinational Force is Essential in Lebanon

    08/04/2006 10:20:24 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 357+ views
    The Washington Institute for Near East Policy ^ | August 4, 2006 | Robert Rabil
    As Lebanon plunges deeper into ruin and chaos as a result of Hizballah’s “gang war” tactics against Israel’s expanded military campaign to degrade the power of the Islamist party, Hizballah, Syria, and its allies in Lebanon are devising plans to subvert an international agreement on a multinational force to guard the Israel-Lebanon border. They are also preparing for a political comeback in a postconflict Lebanon by riding the wave of the victory Hizballah is sure to claim whatever the outcome—a supposed triumph that in reality will be at best a Pyrrhic victory. Hizballah’s Political Offensive From the time the...
  • Proposed international force will not disarm Hezbollah

    07/25/2006 11:42:27 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 480+ views (Excerpt) ^ | July 26, 2006
    The role of the international force that will be sent to Lebanon following a cease-fire will be to assist the Lebanese army to deploy in the south, ensure that Hezbollah does not rebuild its positions there and ensure that quiet is maintained along the Israeli-Lebanese border, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed Tuesday. However, government sources said, this force will not be responsible for disarming Hezbollah nor will it be stationed at the border crossings between Lebanon and Syria in order to halt the flow of weapons from Syria to Hezbollah. Israel has...
  • IRAQ: four al-Qaeda figures arrested and one leader dead

    07/19/2006 4:04:59 AM PDT · by Wiz · 8 replies · 608+ views
    AKI ^ | 2006 Jul 18
    Baghdad, 18 July (AKI) - Four figures of the al-Qaeda linked Omar Brigades have been arrested in Iraq, including one responsible for an attack on a market that killed 62 people, the national security advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubaie announced Tuesday. Al-Rabiy also told a press conference that a Jordanian militant, Diyar Ismail al-Afghani, considered a right hand man and potential heir to the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been killed. He said Jasim Mohammed Mahdi al-Samarrai, known as Abu Othman, the Brigades' leader, "died from serious wounds some hours after his arrest". The Omar Brigades claim to have carried out many deadly...
  • Suspect named in the 41-wanted list arrested in Baghdad

    07/09/2006 5:00:05 AM PDT · by Wiz · 6 replies · 403+ views
    By Mohammad Al-Ghazzi BAGHDAD, July 9 (KUNA) -- Member of the Regional Baath Party Command Rasheed Ta'an Kadhim, one of those on Iraq's 41 most wanted list announced by National Security Advisor Muwaffaq Al-Rubeiei, was arrested five days ago, Iraqi security and government sources confirmed to KUNA. The sources said the man, also on the US Army's list of 55 wanted, was arrested along with 70 others suspected of involvement in terrorist acts in the vicinity of Al-Miqdadiya where wide-range military operations have been going on for five days now. The man was arrested by Iraqi forces with backup by...
  • Iraq's list of 41 most-wanted (Baathists and Islamists)

    07/03/2006 2:27:59 AM PDT · by Wiz · 7 replies · 550+ views
    The Iraqi government's list of 41 most-wanted people, with accusations against them and rewards for information leading to their arrest, translated from Arabic by The Associated Press. Rewards were not promised for everybody. ___ 1 — Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, $10 million bounty. Vice president of dissolved Revolutionary Command Council. 2 — Mohammed Younis al-Ahmed al-Muwali, $1 million bounty. Former Baath Party member accused of funding and leading terrorist operations. 3 — Tahir Jalil Haboh, $1 million bounty. Former intelligence director and member of the Baath Party regional command. 4 — Saif al-Din Flayeh Hassan Taha al-Rawi, $1 million bounty. Chief...
  • Hussein's kin added to most-wanted list (Most wanted 41 terrorists by Iraq)

    07/02/2006 7:10:18 AM PDT · by Wiz · 6 replies · 654+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News ^ | 2006 Jul 3 | Qassim Abdul-Zahra
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq released a most-wanted list of 41 names Sunday, including Saddam Hussein's wife and eldest daughter, as well as the new leader of al-Qaida in Iraq and one of the ousted president's closest allies. The government also announced a bounty for several figures on the list. "We are releasing this list so that our people can know their enemies," National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie said at a news conference. He added that countries hosting those on the list and Interpol had been informed. The largest reward was $10 million for Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former top official...
  • "Remarkable" decline within multinational forces losses in Iraq - US

    06/30/2006 7:22:02 PM PDT · by Wiz · 11 replies · 783+ views
    Kuwait News Agency ^ | 2006 Jun 29
    BAGHDAD, June 29 (KUNA) -- The US-led multinational forces in Iraq have observed a remarkable decline in its losses and that 74 percent of terrorist attacks have its focus on innocent civilians, said on Thursday the spokesman of the forces, Maj.Gen. Willian B. Caldwell IV. Addressing a news conference, Caldwell said at least 60 to 70 foreign terrorists are killed in Iraq every month. He noted that 57 foreign fighters were killed at the hands of American and Iraqi forces since early June. At least 587 terrorist suspects have been detained in the week ending June 28, the spokesman said,...
  • Violence surges in Basra despite government emergency measures

    06/30/2006 10:04:21 AM PDT · by Wiz · 2 replies · 271+ views
    Azzaman ^ | 2006 Jul 22 | Muthana Aidan
    Unidentified gunmen stormed a primary school building and killed its principal as he handed out certificates to its pupils. The incident happened in the district of Zubair, north of Basra. Zubair is a mixed town where Sunnis make up a slight majority but Shiite militias have the upper hand in Basra and wield tremendous power in the region. British forces, who are technically in charge of security in Basra, have failed to chip away at the militias’ influence. And apparently the new government of Nouri al-Maliki, which declared a state of emergency in the city, is too week or reluctant...
  • Romanian troops to stay in Iraq

    06/30/2006 9:57:51 AM PDT · by Wiz · 3 replies · 203+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | 2006 Jun 30
    BUCHAREST - Romania's Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) has rejected a request from the government to pull out the country's 890 troops stationed in Iraq, President Traian Basescu said Friday. "The CSAT has rejected the proposal of Prime Minister Calin Tariceanu," Basescu told a press conference. The president, a strong supporter of the United States, hit out at Tariceanu, saying that "a country cannot allow itself to change the main lines of its foreign policy from one day to the next." He said he had asked Foreign Minister Razvan Ungureanu and Bucharest's diplomats abroad to "limit the damage caused by the...
  • Oil flows freely again in northern Iraq

    06/29/2006 12:42:41 PM PDT · by Wiz · 5 replies · 904+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News ^ | 2006 Jun 30 | Ryan Lenz
    BEIJI, Iraq - For more than two years the attacks came like clockwork. As soon as the military secured and workers repaired the pipelines from Iraq's northern oil fields, just when the valves were about to open, insurgents would strike. But roughly three weeks ago they suddenly stopped, letting crude oil flow freely from Iraq's vast reserves near Kirkuk. Perhaps insurgents feared reprisals in Salahuddin province, where pipelines from Kirkuk flow to the country's largest refinery in Beiji. Maybe terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death disrupted a chain of command that ordered the attacks, military officials said. Whatever the cause,...
  • Most foreign fighters in Iraq come from Egypt: US military

    06/29/2006 10:48:35 AM PDT · by Wiz · 15 replies · 1,669+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 2006 Jun 30
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - The US military has said that it has several hundred foreign fighters in custody in Iraq and that most of them come from Egypt, followed by Syria, Sudan and Saudi Arabia. "We have several hundred foreign fighters in captivity at this point of time and the greatest number come out of Egypt," spokesman Major General William Caldwell told reporters Thursday. "The top four countries are -- the first is Egypt, followed by Syria, then Sudan and Saudi Arabia." The US military has already claimed that the new Al-Qaeda in Iraq chief is Egyptian Abu Ayub al-Masri, saying...
  • U.S. says Baghdad crackdown moving slowly

    06/28/2006 8:12:35 AM PDT · by Wiz · 3 replies · 434+ views
    AP via ^ | 2006 Jun 27 | Kim Gamel
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S. military issued a sober assessment Tuesday of the Baghdad security crackdown, saying violence had decreased slightly but not to "the degree we would like to see" in the two weeks since 75,000 Iraqi and American troops flooded the capital. The evaluation came as 18 more Iraqis fell victim to sectarian and insurgent violence, including five people whose bodies were found dumped in Baghdad. The U.S. military also announced the deaths of a Marine and three soldiers; three of the deaths were west of the capital in volatile Anbar province, an insurgent stronghold. Maj. Gen. William...
  • IRAQ: Al Qaeda arrest for Samarra shrine attack

    06/28/2006 7:59:14 AM PDT · by Wiz · 15 replies · 409+ views
    AKI ^ | 2006 Jun 28
    Baghdad, 28 June (AKI) - Iraqi officials say they have arrested a senior al-Qaeda figure for the bombing of the revered Shiite shrine in Samarra in February, which triggered a nationwide surge in sectarian bloodshed. "Iraqi security forces have arrested the terrorist a Tunisian national, Yusri Fakhir Muhammed, also named Abu Qudama al-Tunisi, during a military operation in the Udhaim area in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad," Muwafaq al-Rubaie, Iraq's national security advisor, told reporters on Tuesday. Al-Rubaie accused al-Tunisi of bombing the revered al-Askari shrine in Samarra under the leadership of Haitham al-Badri, an al-Qaeda leader in Salahudin province,...
  • Insurgents intercepting Iraq [Brittish] soldiers calls home (Terrorists tapping cell phone calls)

    06/26/2006 8:43:19 AM PDT · by Wiz · 10 replies · 765+ views
    Kuwait News Agency ^ | 2006 Jun 25
    LONDON, June 25 (KUNA) -- British Soldiers serving in Iraq have been warned of the danger of insurgents using sophisticated electronic equipment to intercept their mobile phone calls and obtain the numbers of their wives and family at home in the UK, it was reported Sunday. The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) confirmed that there was concern over reports of a number of nuisance calls'' to servicemen's families. But it played down suggestions that the calls had included death threats. The Sunday Telegraph newspaper quoted a document sent to soldiers of the Territorial Army's (TA) London Regiment, which has soldiers...
  • Coalition Forces to Leave Southern Iraq

    06/22/2006 8:17:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies · 292+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 22, 2006 at 17:50:56 PDT | KIM GAMEL ASSOCIATED PRESS
    SAMAWAH, Iraq (AP) - Coalition forces will pull out of a relatively peaceful, West Virginia-sized region in southern Iraq by the end of July, a British officer said Thursday - the first transfer of an entire province to Iraqi security forces. However, the international troops will maintain a presence nearby and be prepared to help the Iraqis if needed in Muthanna province, a predominantly Shiite area of 550,000 people bordering Najaf, Basra and Saudi Arabia. U.S. Brig. Gen. Rudy Wright said the transition would be closely watched. "Everybody is in great anticipation that this will continue on," he said at...
  • Who's Who in Ramadi Among the Insurgent Groups (List of terrorist groups likely active in Ramadi)

    06/22/2006 2:52:51 AM PDT · by Wiz · 4 replies · 360+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | 2006 Jun 20 | Lydia Khalil
    U.S. forces have amassed an additional 1,500 troops for another security crackdown in Iraq's predominantly Sunni Arab center in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. The Ramadi operation, as yet unconfirmed by the U.S. military, is part of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's security offensive on the heels of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death. Multinational forces cordoned off the city and used loudspeakers to warn citizens of impending attacks (al-Jazeera, June 15). Which insurgents, however, are the multinational troops targeting and what can they expect as they step up attacks against insurgents embedded in Ramadi? Insurgent groups operating in Iraq are...
  • U.S. military encircles Iraqi city (Iraqi and U.S. troops surround Ramadi)

    06/20/2006 8:56:29 AM PDT · by Wiz · 89 replies · 3,697+ views
    BAGHDAD [MENL] -- The U.S. military has laid siege to a provincial capital regarded as the hotbed of the Sunni insurgency. Iraqi and U.S. troops, backed by main battle tanks and helicopters, have surrounded Ramadi in advance of a major operation against insurgents in the capital of Al Anbar. The U.S. Navy has deployed fast attack boats in the Euphrates River to prevent the flight of Al Qaida or other Sunni insurgents from this city of 400,000. "I really think the fight will be in the coming days," U.S. Army Lt. Col. V.J. Tedesco, commander of the 1st Battalion, 37th...
  • IRAQ: Armed foreign gangs fleeing, reports (terrorists in Ramadi on the run)

    06/20/2006 8:44:47 AM PDT · by Wiz · 239 replies · 12,461+ views
    AKI ^ | 2006 Jun 20
    Baghdad, 20 June (AKI) - Sources in Ramadi in the restive al-Anbar province report that large groups of armed foreign militants are fleeing towards the Syrian border, as US and Iraqi forces tighten their siege on the city. Ramadi, some 100 kilometres west of Baghdad, is a stronghold of the insurgency and there are reports of many residents also fleeing in fear of an assault. Sources told Adnkronos International (AKI) that local tribes were also pursuing foreign terrorists "because of the immense damage they have done to infrastructure and the bad name they have given the insurgency by terror attacks...
  • TERRORISM: Zarqawi laptop reveals Al-Qaeda in Iraq is in disarray (We are winning the WOT in Iraq)

    06/15/2006 8:27:31 AM PDT · by Wiz · 16 replies · 1,183+ views
    AKI ^ | 2006 Jun 15
    Baghdad, 15 June (AKI) - The content of the laptop of the late leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's and his papers, retrieved from the rubble of the house he was hiding in when he was killed by US airstrikes last Wednesday, show the terror formation is "in very bad shape," and signals "the beginning of the end of its activities in Iraq," the country's national security adviser, Mowaffaq al-Rubaie stated. "Now we have the upper hand," he told a news conference in Baghdad. Al-Rubaie said the US and Iraqi authorities had come into possession of an "immense...
  • Coalition, Afghan forces kill 26 militants (Great Offensive, global scale operation against terror)

    06/14/2006 8:09:38 AM PDT · by Wiz · 11 replies · 569+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News ^ | 2006 Jun 15 | Jason Straziuso
    MUSA QALA, Afghanistan - Coalition and Afghan forces killed 26 suspected militants Wednesday in fighting in eastern mountains, while in southern Afghanistan, more than 11,000 troops prepared for their biggest offensive since the fall of the Taliban five years ago. Suspected Taliban militants attacked a coalition logistics patrol in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire, killing one American soldier and wounding two others, the U.S. military said. About 100 British troops were quickly air-dropped in to support the patrol and coalition air fire killed or wounded 12 militants in the area, said coalition spokesman...