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  • UK officer joins Predator squadron through exchange program

    02/08/2010 3:57:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 228+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Ashley M. Wright
    2/8/2010 - EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- The first remotely piloted aircraft exchange officer stationed at the 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., is not bothered by the 5,000 miles between the state of Nevada and her native England. "It has been an opportunity that money can't buy," said Royal Air Force Maj. Adele Stratton. "This post is the only exchange job within the rapidly evolving RPA community, and as the first incumbent, I have found it to be an interesting couple of years." As the first exchange officer at the RPA operational...
  • TSA officer accused of child sx bragged on MySpace

    02/01/2010 11:43:15 AM PST · by ruralvoter · 12 replies · 793+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 2/1/10 | Walter Pacheco
    The Orlando International Airport TSA security officer arrested on charges of molesting a minor is a fan of bondage and sadomasochism, according to his MySpace page. Charles Henry Bennett's MySpace profile identifies him as "Master Charles or Sir." The online page shows the 57-year-old airport security guard has "many years experience" as a bondage and sadomasochism master and is looking to meet people, especially "submissive females." Officials with the Transportation Security Administration today said Bennett has been working security at the airport since 2002. A spokeswoman at the federal agency said officials are investigating the allegations.
  • Taliban Leader 'Killed In US Drone Attack'

    01/31/2010 1:03:02 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 42 replies · 1,078+ views
    Sky News ^ | January 31, 2010 | Alison Chung
    The head of the Taliban in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, has been killed in a US drone attack, according to Pakistan state television. The Pakistani Taliban are believed to have played a role in the suicide bombing of a CIA base in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province in December last year. More to follow...
  • U-​​2 Flights Likely Over Haiti; Predator May Go

    01/15/2010 9:49:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 317+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 01/14/2010 | Colin Clark
    The Pentagon will probably send the U-​​2 to Haiti so its unique multi-​​spectral imagery capabilities can be put to use spotting breaks in water and gas lines, chemical spills and similar problems. “My expectation is that we hope to get that deployed soon,” Col. Bradley Butz, vice commander of the Air Force’s 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., told reporters this morning. The U-​​2 contains unique multi-​​spectral imagery equipment (the seven-​​band SYERS 2) that Global Hawk and Predator don’t possess. Butz said the multi-​​spectral tools would provide useful information about breaks in water and...
  • Taliban: CIA Attack Was Retaliation for Drone Strikes

    01/02/2010 3:51:06 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 40 replies · 1,277+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-02-10 | ANAND GOPAL
    KABUL -- A senior commander connected to the Afghan Taliban and involved with the attack against the CIA that left eight people dead said Saturday that the bombing was retaliation for U.S. drone strikes in the Afghan-Pakistan border region. "We attacked this base because the team there was organizing drone strikes in Loya Paktia and surrounding area," the commander said, referring to the area around Khost, the city where the U.S. facility was attacked. The commander, a prominent member of the Afghan insurgency, spoke on the condition of anonymity. The suicide attack, which dealt the biggest loss to the agency...
  • Pred Strike in Yemen: They can run, but they can't hide

    12/27/2009 8:59:38 AM PST · by foutsc · 9 replies · 508+ views
    Western Hero ^ | 27 Dec 09 | Foutsc
    Looks like we shwacked a nest of terrorist rats in Yemen. They're smoking dog turds in hell now, as Satan violates their every orifice.Turbaned turds everywhere must be wondering why Allah has granted global omnipotence and omnipresence the infidel America ... WHY? BECAUSE GOD HATES YOU, THAT'S WHY!!! Just look at where you live! Do your really think God's favored people would be found in a third world toilet, mired in ignorance and fetid squalor? The only bright spot in the whole Middle East, where democracy, scholarship and scientific discovery takes place is ISRAEL, A JEWISH STATE!!! God...
  • Hunt for missing girl in Salisbury attracts thousands of volunteers

    12/25/2009 11:27:53 AM PST · by EBH · 42 replies · 1,558+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 1:35 p.m. EST, December 25, 2009 | Michael Dresser Julie Scharper and Justin Fenton
    SALISBURY - More than 3,000 volunteers gathered on Christmas Day to take part in the ongoing search for an 11-year-old girl who police say was kidnapped from her bedroom by a registered sex offender. The voluneers gathered around 7 a.m. at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium to register for the search. The night before, more than 200 people scoured frozen fields and ponds the night before without success. Sarah Haley Foxwell was wearing a pink shirt and red pajamas printed with Christmas trees when she disappeared from her maternal aunt's home Tuesday night, police said. A younger sister awoke during...
  • An Open Warning To All Conservatives, Big Sister Is Watching

    12/23/2009 11:35:59 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies · 1,302+ views
    RedState.com ^ | Dec. 20, 2009 | rcov092
    Ever since the election, I have been writing, here, in comments and on my blog. I started my blog right after the election in November. I have not been real active on my blog of late, I have been deeply involved in some political activities in other venues. Tonight, I was looking at the logs on my server and I ran across an entry for a visit and it had an address I could trace back so I decided to check this one entry out. It sent a chill down my spine until I remembered who we are dealing with...
  • Officers Warned of Flaw in U.S. Drones in 2004 (Predator vulnerability discussed 12/17)

    12/18/2009 11:57:45 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies · 409+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/18/2009 | YOCHI J. DREAZEN, AUGUST COLE and SIOBHAN GORMAN
    Senior U.S. military officers working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed the danger of Russia and China intercepting and doctoring video from drone aircraft in 2004, but the Pentagon didn't begin securing the signals until this year, according to people familiar with the matter. The disclosure came after The Wall Street Journal reported insurgents in Iraq had intercepted video feeds from drones, downloading unencrypted communications from the unmanned planes. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber -- available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet -- to regularly capture drone video feeds, said a person...
  • Iraqi terrorists use $26 software to monitor U.S. Predator activities

    12/18/2009 6:26:26 AM PST · by Patrick Madrid · 9 replies · 510+ views
    Wall Street Journal Patrick Madrid ^ | 12-17-09 | WSJ: SIOBHAN GORMAN, YOCHI J. DREAZEN and AUGUST COLE
    True, money can't buy me love, but $26 worth can buy me plenty of lead time to get out of Dodge when a Predator is on the way to blow up my tent. According to this Wall Street Journal story, Predator drones are just as wildly popular with the Iraqi bad guys as they are with the U.S. military good guys. Something tells me that the new generation of the Predator is going to have some serious upgrades.
  • US mulls Predator strikes in Pakistani cities

    12/14/2009 11:50:38 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 689+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/13/2009 | Space War Via AFP
    Senior US officials are pushing to expand CIA drone strikes beyond Pakistan's tribal region and into a major city in an attempt to pressure the Pakistani government to pursue Taliban leaders based in the city of Quetta, The Los Angeles Times reported late Sunday. The newspaper said the prospect of Predator aircraft strikes in Quetta signals a new US resolve to decapitate the Taliban. But it also risks rupturing Washington's relationship with Islamabad. The concern has created tension among officials in the administration of President Barack Obama over whether unmanned aircraft strikes in a city of 850,000 are a realistic...
  • FIRST PICTURES: "Predator" Corals Eat Jellyfish

    11/20/2009 4:08:43 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 1,981+ views
    nationalgeographic. ^ | November 19, 2009
    Sorry, kidsscientists have not discovered the first known bubblegum-blowing sea creature. But they have found the only known corals to eat adult jellyfish, a new study says. Opening wide--yes, that's a mouth--a mushroom coral ingests a roughly 4-and-a-half-inch-wide (12-centimeter) moon jellyfish (pictured) in the Red Sea in March 2009. And this coral wasn't alone. The study, led by scientists from Israel's Bar-Ilan University and Tel Aviv University, witnessed other corals dining on the jellyfish. Marine ecologist Jennifer Smith, who wasn't part of the study, agreed the find was unique, though she's "not entirely surprised." Mushroom corals, which have soft bodies,...
  • Predators to be allowed off of sex registry

    11/18/2009 6:32:18 AM PST · by mshoffner · 11 replies · 693+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 11/18/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    The Indiana State Supreme Court has overturned a law that was set to protect the public. Part of Indiana's sex offender law was placed to be retroactive. It was a state amendment to Zachary's law, and now the highest court in Indiana has declared it unconstitutional.
  • Fighter Pilots Face A Dismal Future

    11/05/2009 12:07:46 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 41 replies · 1,757+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/02/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force has a morale problem with its combat pilots. The issue is lack of action for the pilots. That, plus the increased use of unmanned aircraft, and the very real prospect that the age of the manned combat aircraft may be coming to an end. This is made worse with hundreds of fighter pilots being assigned to operating Predator and Reaper UAVs. This was not popular duty, even though the pilots still draw flight pay. It is tedious work, although the UAV operators often saw more combat action than they did when piloting F-16s or F-15s. The...
  • Satanist uses MySpace to feed desire for teen girls

    10/29/2009 7:13:20 AM PDT · by bogusname · 6 replies · 973+ views
    new.com.au ^ | October 30, 2009 (Australia) | The Daily Telegraph
    A SATANIST obsessed with teenage schoolgirls invented a fake gothic society online to groom them for sex in the grounds of Sydney's Rookwood Cemetery. Daniel William Peckham, 24, lured at least three girls, aged from 13 to 17, into the cemetery on his MySpace blog, "Rookwood Gothic Society". A message on the site read: "If you have hang-ups about getting naked ... you are not welcome." Peckham pleaded guilty yesterday to the aggravated sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl and to using the internet to solicit and transmit naked pictures of young girls between 2005 and 2007. The opening day...
  • Girl, 17, found murdered in field lured to her death by Facebook predator

    10/27/2009 11:39:59 PM PDT · by bogusname · 4 replies · 1,020+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | October, 28, 2009 | Paul Sims and Chris Brooke
    A predator on the Sex Offenders' Register killed a 17-year-old girl he met and groomed on Facebook after luring her to a secret meeting. The 32-year-old posed as a 16-year-old boy to befriend Ashleigh Hall on the social networking site. But within hours of their first meeting, the teenager was dead...
  • David Letterman should have kept it in his Worldwide Pants (More scandals to be exposed...)

    10/03/2009 4:36:49 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 57 replies · 3,676+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/3/09 | Joanna Molloy
    If only Dave had kept it in his Worldwide Pants. Letterman must be wishing that now, after accused blackmailer Robert (Joe) Halderman said "not guilty" at his arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday. After bigtime defense lawyer Gerald Shargel said ominously there are a lot more skeletons in this closet. "This story is far more complicated than what you heard this afternoon," said Shargel, who won a big one for the late mob boss John Gotti.
  • U.S. Charges Three Men With Molesting Children in Cambodia

    08/31/2009 8:53:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies · 2,001+ views
    LATimes ^ | August 31, 2009
    U.S. charges three men with molesting children in Cambodia They are the first to be charged under an international law-enforcement operation that targets U.S. citizens who travel to Cambodia for illicit sex. They could face 30 years in jail for each victim. Raja Abdulrahim September 1, 2009 Three American men who are suspected of traveling to Cambodia to molest children have been charged in federal court as part of a new initiative aimed at cracking down on the child sex tourism business there, authorities said Monday. Ronald Gerard Boyajian, 49, of Menlo Park, Calif.; Erik Leonardus Peeters, 41, of Norwalk;...
  • Taliban Leader Baitullah Mehsud, Big Catch for Predator Drone?

    08/08/2009 6:43:08 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 6 replies · 526+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 7 Aug 09 | Maggie Thornton
    A Taliban leader with a $5 million American reward on his head is thought to be dead from an drone attack in South Waziristan, Pakistan, but a friend says that report is ridiculous. Baitullah Mehsud is alive, or he may be dead. See update below. Members of the Mehsud tribe consider Baitullah Mehsud their leader. He is believed to command as many as 20,000 Taliban. So far, reports of his probable death by drone strike have not been disproved. In other words, he has sent no message to prove that he is alive and the West has no concrete evidence...
  • New Al Qaeda Book on 'Muslim Spies' Paints Picture of Weakened Group, Experts Say

    07/09/2009 4:33:47 PM PDT · by DGHoodini · 10 replies · 643+ views
    FOX News ^ | Thursday, July 09, 2009 | By Mike Levine and Catherine Herridge
    A new book published by Al Qaeda shows that the terrorist group is under intense pressure and in "deathly fear" of U.S. counterterrorism efforts in Pakistan, terror experts say. The 150-page book, titled "Guide to the Laws Regarding Muslim Spies," was recently posted on jihadist Web sites. It was written by a senior Al Qaeda commander, Abu Yahya Al-Libi, and features an introduction by Ayman Al-Zawahri, the No. 2 man in Al Qaeda. The book accuses some in Al Qaeda's ranks of being spies who provide intelligence, including information about Al Qaeda camps and safehouses, to U.S. forces. According to...
  • Illinois Man Sentenced for Enticing Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity(23 Years)

    07/06/2009 7:39:59 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 7 replies · 651+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | July 6, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Northern District of Illinois
    CHICAGOA McHenry County man was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for enticing a 13-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity after he lured her to meet him at a park in Carol Stream in 2007, federal law enforcement officials announced today. Marcus Tyms, 25, formerly of Union, Ill., was sentenced to 280 months in federal prison, with 10 years of that sentence being imposed because Tyms was a registered sex-offender when he committed the crime. Tyms was sentenced July 2 by U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur in Federal Court in Chicago, said Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States...
  • Easy Lunch for Fish-Tricking Snake (Fish Swims Right Into Predator's Mouth, Scientist Finds)

    06/25/2009 2:17:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 1,800+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 24, 2009 | Lee Dye
    Kenneth Catania has a new weirdo to add to his collection -- a fish-eating snake that is so clever it can trick its prey into swimming right into its mouth. Catania is a neuroscientist at Vanderbilt University who is becoming a bit of a legend in his field because he specializes in figuring out why some animals are just so strange. Like the star-nosed mole that is ugly enough to scare its own mother. There's a reason why the hamster-sized star nose mole has a snout with 11 pairs of pink appendages that form a fleshy star. The mole, rarely...
  • Training the Top Guns of Drone Aircraft

    06/07/2009 3:48:48 AM PDT · by zipper · 34 replies · 1,133+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 7, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes
    Reporting from Washington -- The Pentagon is preparing to graduate its first pilots of unmanned drones from the elite U.S. Air Force Weapons School -- a version of the Navy's Top Gun program -- in a bid to elevate the skills and status of the officers who fly Predators, one of the military's fastest growing aircraft programs.... [snip]
  • Al Qaeda recruits back in Europe, but why?

    05/23/2009 6:48:48 AM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies · 1,017+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 24, 2009 | Sebastian Rotella
    Reporting from Brussels -- Determined to die as martyrs, the French and Belgian militants bought hiking boots and thermal underwear and journeyed to the wilds of Waziristan. After getting ripped off in Turkey and staggering through waist-deep snow in Iran, the little band arrived in Al Qaeda's lair in Pakistan last year, ready for a triumphant reception. "We were expecting at least a welcome for 'our brothers from Europe' and a warm atmosphere of hospitality," Walid Othmani, a 25-year-old Frenchman from Lyon, recalled during an overnight interrogation in January. Instead, the Europeans -- and at least one American -- learned...
  • Pakistan Gets a Say in Drone Attacks on Militants

    05/13/2009 12:10:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 486+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 13, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes and Greg Mille
    Islamabad and the U.S. military team up to carry out Predator attacks on the Taliban and Al Qaeda. The program marks broad new roles for both.Reporting from Washington -- The U.S. military has launched a program of armed Predator drone missions against militants in Pakistan that for the first time gives Pakistani officers significant control over routes, targets and decisions to fire weapons, U.S. officials said. The joint effort is aimed at getting the government in Islamabad, which has bitterly protested Predator strikes, more directly engaged in one of the most successful elements of the battle against Islamist insurgents. It...
  • 3 killed, 5 injured as US drone fired two missiles in Gangi Khel

    04/19/2009 5:39:40 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies · 591+ views
    The Nation ^ | 19 April 2009
    Three people were killed Sunday in a suspected US missile attack targeting a militant hideout in Pakistan's tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said. "It was a drone attack," local administration official Shahab Ali Shah said. He said two missiles hit a house in Gangi Khel town in the tribal South Waziristan district. Another official speaking on condition of anonymity said the attack targeted a militant hideout where three people were killed. He gave no details. A security official confirmed that death toll, saying that five other people were wounded. The targeted house, belonging to a local tribesman, was "destroyed in...
  • US Predator kills 4 in South Waziristan strike

    04/08/2009 4:30:48 PM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies · 1,165+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | April 8, 2009 | Bill Roggio
    The US has struck yet again inside Pakistan. The latest attack was aimed at a target in the lawless, Taliban-controlled tribal agency of South Waziristan. An unmanned Predator strike aircraft fired a Hellfire missile at a vehicle in a bazaar in the town of Gangi Khel near Wana. Four Taliban and al Qaeda operatives are thought to have been killed in the strike and four civilians are said to have been wounded, Geo News reported. No senior Taliban or al Qaeda leaders have been reported killed at this time. The town of Gangi Khel is located in the tribal areas...
  • Violent sex offender escapes Portland treatment center

    03/13/2009 11:13:18 AM PDT · by DakotaRed · 30 replies · 6,351+ views
    KGW 8 News ^ | March 13, 2009 | KGW Staff
    PORTLAND -- A dangerous and violent sex offender escaped a Portland treatment center Thursday, police warn. William Surrat as shown in a police mug shot. William Dale Surrat, 40, has a long history of sexually abusing young girls and fantasizing about mutiliating others.
  • Predator Takes Out Insurgent Mortar Team With Hellfire Missile In Iraq

    03/07/2009 2:05:16 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 9 replies · 1,103+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | March 7, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    With the White House deciding that photos can be taken of the flag-draped coffins of our fallen heroes returning home, it is only fitting that we get to see the video of the dead thugs who are killing them.
  • Predator passes 500,000 flight hours

    02/24/2009 3:30:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 274+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Alice Moore, USAF
    2/24/2009 - CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- Airmen of the 432d Air Expeditionary Wing here flew an MQ-1B Predator unmanned aircraft in a combat mission in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Feb. 18, and the flight surpassed the 500,000 flight-hour mark for the aircraft. Members of the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron flew the milestone mission in support of operations in Iraq. "A half-a-million flying hours is an amazing accomplishment, and the Airmen of the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron are proud to be a part of this milestone," said Lt. Col. Ken Callahan, the 15th RS director of operations....
  • New MQ-1 Predator Takes Flight

    02/19/2009 4:32:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 721+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Stan Paregien, USAF
    The 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing received a new MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial aircraft and immediately put it to action. The predator took its maiden flight, Feb. 13, 2009. The Predator is a remotely piloted plane used for reconnaissance and for strike missions with laser guided missiles if needed. Photo by Senior Airman Tiffany Trojca, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. JOINT BASE BALAD — The 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing received a new MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial aircraft and immediately put it into action, Feb. 13. “As far as getting a new aircraft, it’s not very often in the Predator community you are...
  • New Predator takes flight in Iraq

    02/17/2009 3:50:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 978+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Maj. Stan Paregien, USAF
    2/17/2009 - JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (AFNS) -- The 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing received a new MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft and immediately put it into action here Feb. 13. "As far as getting a new aircraft, it's not very often in the Predator community you are launching a brand-new plane that's never been flown operationally before," said Lt. Col. Debra Lee, 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance and Attack Squadron commander. "The one we received today only had four hours on it, which includes testing time back in the United States." After arriving here disassembled and packed in a crate, the remotely-piloted plane...
  • US missile strike kills 27 in S.Waziristan: officials

    02/14/2009 3:31:42 AM PST · by csvset · 40 replies · 949+ views
    The Nation ^ | 14 Feb 2009
    A suspected US missile strike destroyed a major Taliban training camp in Pakistan Saturday, killing at least 27 mainly Al-Qaeda foreign operatives, security officials said. Two missiles fired by an unmanned drone struck the camp of top Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud in the tribal area of Ladha near the Afghan border, they said, adding Mehsud was not in the camp at the time of the strike. Two Arabs, some local Taliban and a number of Uzbeks were killed in the strike, the latest in a series of such attacks which have drawn strong protest from Pakistan. "The death toll in...
  • Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Raping Boy in Public Library

    02/02/2009 10:00:54 PM PST · by Brytani · 94 replies · 3,253+ views
    Fox News Website ^ | 02/02/09 | A.P
    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Monday to raping a 6-year-old boy at a Massachusetts public library last year while he was on probation. Corey Deen Saunders, 27, entered the plea Monday to child rape and related charges. He was arrested Jan. 30, 2008, after luring the boy to the magazine stacks in the New Bedford library while the child's mother worked on a computer just a few feet away. At a court hearing last year, prosecutors played a videotaped interview in which the boy told a child welfare official the assault was like being attacked...
  • And then there was one

    02/01/2009 5:51:37 PM PST · by clyde_m · 4 replies · 671+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | February 1, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    Video: Five Taliban ambushed coalition forces. An MQ-1 Predator UAV finds and tracks them afterward. One Hellfire missile later, one survivor runs for the trees.
  • 'Super-Predator' Humans Force Evolution in Animals

    01/14/2009 1:56:00 PM PST · by em2vn · 17 replies · 615+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 01-14-09 | Robert Britt
    Acting as super-predators, humans are forcing changes to body size and reproductive abilities in some species 300 percent faster than would occur naturally, a new study finds. Hunting and fishing by individual sportsmen as well as large-scale commercial fishing are also outpacing other human influences, such as pollution, in effects on the animal kingdom.
  • Mastermind of Marriott attack killed by drone

    01/11/2009 7:23:48 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies · 707+ views
    Daily Times [Pakistan] ^ | January 10, 2009
    WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD: Al Qaedas operations chief in Pakistan and a top aide have been killed, Pakistani officials confirmed on Friday. Operations chief Osama Al-Kini was thought responsible for attacks including the bombing of Marriott hotel in Islamabad and an unsuccessful attempt to kill former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Al-Kini and his lieutenant Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan, both Kenyans, were killed in a missile strike in South Waziristan on January 1. Security officials in Islamabad said Al-Kinis killing would relieve the security apparatus of a big worry. agencies
  • W's Biggest Hits

    01/09/2009 5:29:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 573+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 9, 2009
    War On Terror: Two more top al-Qaida operatives collected their virgins on New Year's Day. Justice may be delayed, but not denied. Look up in the sky: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a . . . Predator drone!U.S. officials have confirmed that a Jan. 1 missile strike killed two top al-Qaida members long sought for the Aug. 7, 1998, bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Cross Fahid Mohammed Ali Msalam and Sheikh Ahmed Salem Swedan off the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list. Msalam, also known as Usama al-Kini, and Sedan both from Kenya. Both are...
  • Death from above: how Predator is taking its toll on al-Qaeda 'senior management'

    01/02/2009 7:10:57 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 39 replies · 4,191+ views
    The Times ^ | 1/3/2008 | Michael Evans
    The top hierarchy of al-Qaeda has taken such a hit from US missile strikes that Osama bin Laden and his deputy have had to replace people in the terrorist organisation with men they have never met, according to Western intelligence sources. A Predator drone: from as far away as Nevada, in the heart of the US, controllers on the ground are able to strike bases used by the leadership of al-Qaeda in the borderlands of Pakistan. Casualties have been heavy and new leaders are often not well-known A dozen of al-Qaedas senior management have been killed by Predator drone attacks,...
  • 'Seven killed' in Pakistan strike (Missile)

    12/22/2008 12:37:53 AM PST · by happinesswithoutpeace · 22 replies · 830+ views
    BBC ^ | 22 December 2008 | BBC
    A suspected pilotless American drone has fired two missiles in a border area of Pakistan, killing seven people, Pakistani officials have said. Reports say the missile destroyed a house in South Waziristan. The identity of those killed is not known.
  • US Predator strikes in North Waziristan

    12/15/2008 5:48:02 PM PST · by csvset · 14 replies · 740+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 15 Dec 2008 | Bill Roggio
    The US has attacked a Taliban safe house in the lawless tribal agency of North Waziristan, killing two people, according to reports from the region. An unmanned Predator aircraft fired at least one Hellfire missile at a Taliban safe house in the Tapi Tool region near Miramshah, the main town in the Taliban-controlled tribal agency, Geo News reported. No senior leaders have been reported killed in the strike. The al Qaeda-linked Haqqani family and Taliban warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadar operate in North Waziristan. The Haqqani Network has a strong presence in Miramshah region of North Waziristan. The Haqqanis control large...
  • Drone lands in ND in preparation for border patrol (Predator B deploys for Northern border duty)

    12/08/2008 1:14:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1,169+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/08 | Dave Kolpack - ap
    FARGO, N.D. After two failed tries, an unmanned aircraft expected to be the first to patrol the northern U.S. border completed a flight from Arizona to North Dakota. U.S Customs and Border Protection officials said the Predator B drone touched down Saturday at the Grand Forks Air Force Base after a six-hour flight from Libby Army Airfield in Sierra Vista, Ariz.
  • Pakistan can stop drone raids: air force chief

    11/25/2008 5:18:38 AM PST · by Abathar · 3 replies · 282+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 11/25/08 | Zeeshan Haide
    SLAMABAD (Reuters) Pakistan's air force is fully capable of stopping missile strikes by pilotless U.S. drones but it is up to the government to decide whether to do that, the air force chief said on Tuesday. U.S. forces in Afghanistan have carried out at least 26 air strikes by unmanned aircraft on militant targets in northwest Pakistan this year, according to a Reuters tally, more than half since the start of September. Pakistan supports the U.S.-led campaign against militancy but does not allow foreign troops or strikes inside its territory. It says the attacks violate its sovereignty and undermine...
  • Al Qaeda Operative in Afghanistan Assumes Room Temperature

    11/23/2008 9:22:33 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 14 replies · 681+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | November 23, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Al Qaeda Bag of Shit, Rashid Rauf, heads off to see the virgins Gotta love Hellfire packin' Predators. More . . .
  • 13 killed in US drone attack in Bannu(Senior Al Qaeda commander/leader killed)

    11/07/2008 2:34:54 PM PST · by Dog · 17 replies · 1,123+ views
    thenews.com.pk ^ | November 07, 2008
    BANNU: At least 13 people, including five foreigners, were killed in a missile strike on Friday by a suspected US drone in Pakistan's troubled North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan. The missile struck the home of a tribesman in Jani Khel area near FR Bannu, 45 km from Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, early this morning. Five foreigners were among the dead, officials told. Five missiles were fired and one hit the home of a tribesman, Ghani Gul, killing 5 foreigners including a senior al-Qaeda commander. However, their names could not be known. The attack was the latest...
  • US Sigh of Relief; Attack Plotter Dead (Great news -Khalid Habib)

    10/31/2008 11:46:08 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 33 replies · 1,599+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10-31-08 | Brian Ross
    The al Qaeda figure believed to be organizing a new terror attack against the United States is dead, a senior U.S. official tells ABCNews.com. The al Qaeda figure believed to be organizing a new terror attack against the United States is dead,... The al Qaeda figure believed to be organizing a new terror attack against the United States is dead, a senior U.S. official tells ABCNews.com. The official says the U.S. now has evidence that Khalid Habib was killed in an unmanned air strike two weeks ago in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan. Until now, there had been no...
  • LA Times reveals secret technology used in surge that Woodward discussed on 60 Minutes

    09/21/2008 11:14:25 PM PDT · by MikeFrancesa.com · 39 replies · 664+ views
    www.latimes.com ^ | september 21, 2008 | www.latimes.com
    Friday, The Times' Greg Miller and Julian E. Barnes reported that the United States has escalated its war against Al Qaeda and its Taliban allies by "deploying Predator aircraft equipped with sophisticated new surveillance systems that were instrumental in crippling the insurgency in Iraq." It's a story whose significance may extend well beyond the benighted hills and valleys of Pakistan's violent Pashtun hinterlands and onto the hustings of our current presidential campaign. Coupled with Thursday's report in the New York Times that President Bush has signed a secret order permitting Afghanistan-based U.S. special operations forces to cross into Pakistan without...
  • U.S. strike kills at least 4 in Pakistan: source

    09/17/2008 8:41:41 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 20 replies · 203+ views
    al-Reuters ^ | 9/17/08 | Simon Cameron-Moore
    A U.S. drone aircraft missile attack targeting a militant camp in Pakistan killed at least four people and wounded three, a Pakistani intelligence official in the South Waziristan region said. Officials said the drone fired four missiles as dusk fell on Baghar, a village in the mountains 55 km (35 miles) west of Wana, the main town in the region.
  • Al Qaeda Member From O.C. May Be Dead (California Taliban)

    09/09/2008 6:45:39 AM PDT · by tlb · 30 replies · 260+ views
    CBS ^ | Sep 8, 2008 | staff
    SANTA ANA An American propagandist for Al Qaeda who was raised in Orange County may have been killed along the Afghan-Pakistani border in an air strike by an unmanned U.S. Predator aircraft, according to intelligence experts quoted by a British newspaper. Gadahn has been credited with helping transform Al Qaeda's propaganda wing into a slick operation able to communicate in fluent English and produce professional quality DVDs, including one for Osama bin Laden last year.
  • Al-Qa'eda's American-born propaganda chief may have died in predator attack

    09/06/2008 2:55:18 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 65 replies · 353+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 06 Sep 2008 | Nick Meo
    Months of attacks by unmanned US predator aircraft have caused carnage among the middle ranks of terrorist leaders in the lawless lands along the border with Afghanistan, where al-Qa'eda remains dangerous despite suffering a serious defeat in Iraq. Their victims have included experienced Arab leaders and, it is now thought, Adam Gadahn, a former heavy-metal fan and so-called "killer computer nerd" originally from California. Nothing has been heard from him for months, leading intelligence experts to conclude that he may be dead. Mr Gadahn has been credited with helping transform al-Qa'eda's al-Sahab propaganda wing into a slick operation which communicates...