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  • Sharia law at the Treasury and a drift to Islam (UK)

    02/17/2008 1:56:24 PM PST · by 2banana · 3 replies · 159+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17th February 2008 | Staff
    Sharia law at the Treasury and a drift to Islam Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has described terrorist activity as 'Anti-Islamic' It is strangely shocking to find that Her Majesty's Treasury, that very matter-of-fact department, should be issuing bonds that comply with the ancient rules of sharia law. It is as if your bank manager were suddenly to break off from warning you about your overdraft, fetch out a prayer mat and start offering devotions in the direction of Mecca. As it happens, the decision makes sense on business terms. Many major investors are Muslim and it would be foolish to...
  • U.S. Says Iran-backed Groups Using Secret Arms Stores

    02/17/2008 1:17:56 PM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 170+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 17, 2008
    U.S. Says Iran-backed Groups Using Secret Arms Stores February 17, 2008 Reuters Mohammed Abbas The U.S. military said on Sunday it had evidence Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq were increasingly using secret weapons stores to attack U.S. and Iraqi forces. The accusation comes days after Tehran postponed talks with the United States on improving security in Iraq for "technical reasons", a move that prompted rebukes from U.S. officials. "In just the past week, Iraqi and coalition forces captured 212 weapons caches across Iraq, two of those inside Baghdad, (which have) growing links to Iranian-backed special groups," military spokesman Real Admiral...
  • Danish Police Thwart Plot Over Muhammad Cartoons

    02/12/2008 10:34:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 453+ views
    CBS 4 Denver ^ | February 12, 2008
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) ― Danish police said Tuesday they have arrested three people suspected of plotting to kill one of the 12 cartoonists behind the Prophet Muhammad drawings that sparked a deadly uproar in the Muslim world two years ago. Two Tunisians and a Dane of Moroccan origin were arrested in pre-dawn raids in western Denmark, the police intelligence agency said. The Dane was suspected of violating Danish terror laws but likely would be released after questioning as the investigation continues, said Jakob Scharf, the head of the PET intelligence service. The two Tunisians would be expelled from Denmark, he...
  • Security Promotes Sunni-Shiite Reconciliation

    01/28/2008 3:24:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 3,239+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2008 – Security improvements have spurred reconciliation in the Madain Qada region along the Diyala and Tigris rivers in Iraq, an area that had been plagued by brutal sectarian violence, a U.S. commander there said. “We have made amazing progress along all lines of operation, but it is security that opened all the doors to allow us to get (reconciliation) going,” Army Col. Wayne Grigsby, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, said during a teleconference with online journalists and “bloggers” Jan. 25. Grigsby said his unit has conducted 166 named operations in...
  • Ashura in Queens, New York (Barbarian Muslims Torture Selves in NYC) (Slideshow of Pics)

    01/21/2008 5:38:24 PM PST · by SeafoodGumbo · 22 replies · 1,853+ views
    Daily News ^ | 1-20-08 | Tama/Getty
    Shi'ite Muslims at the al-Khoei Islamic Center in Queens prepare to flagellate themselves during a procession marking the festival of Ashura. View the pics here.
  • Clashes kill nearly 50 in southern Iraq (12th Imam doom's day cult)

    01/18/2008 8:30:21 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 181+ views
    AP ^ | 01/19/08 | CHRISTOPHER CHESTER
    Clashes kill nearly 50 in southern Iraq By CHRISTOPHER CHESTER, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 10 minutes ago Violence left nearly 50 people dead in two major southern cities Friday when members of a shadowy, messianic cult attacked police and fellow Shiite worshippers — a year after a similar plot was foiled during Shiite Islam's most important holiday. Iraqi authorities said at least 36 people were reported killed in Basra, Iraq's second largest city, and at least 10 in Nasiriyah, where witnesses said U.S.-led coalition jet fighters and helicopter gunships targeted a police station seized by cult gunmen. U.S. military...
  • Reconciliation in Iraq: Don't Hold Your Breath

    01/17/2008 6:44:18 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 5 replies · 223+ views
    U.S. Naval Institue Proceedings ^ | January 2008 | Colonel Norvell B. DeAtkine, U.S. Army (Retired)
    Reconciliation in Iraq: Don't Hold Your Breath By Colonel Norvell B. DeAtkine, U.S. Army (Retired) The war-torn nation is a victim of its tortured history. The word "reconciliation" has become a synonym for success in Iraq. It was enshrined as the centerpiece of the 18 benchmarks imposed on the Iraqi government by domestic American political pressures, presumably to have some measure of success or failure in an unpopular conflict. The concept as enunciated in the troop surge was that the calming of Baghdad would give the Iraqi politicians time to work out the differences between the various sectarian demands. The...
  • Deadly clashes mar Iraq Ashura ceremonies

    01/18/2008 2:27:34 PM PST · by mojito · 7 replies · 150+ views
    AFP/Google ^ | 1/18/2008 | unattributed
    BASRA, Iraq (AFP) — Clashes between a Shiite messianic sect and security forces in two southern Iraqi cities on Friday killed dozens of cult members, policemen and civilians, marring Ashura religious rituals, officials said. The fighting came as hundreds of thousands of Shiites descended on the holy city of Karbala in central Iraq for Saturday's climax of Ashura and as radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr issued a sharp warning to the government. Members of a Shiite doomsday sect led by Ahmed al-Hassani al-Yamani simultaneously attacked police and troops with machine-guns and light arms in the cities of Basra and Nasiriyah at...
  • A Provocation By Iran Could Have A Major Influence On Our Election

    01/16/2008 12:54:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 376+ views
    The Day ^ | January 16, 2008 | Bridget Johnson
    IIn the movie “Die Hard 2,” a terrorist is laying out his nefarious plans to the air-traffic control chief — played by one Sen. Fred Thompson — at Dulles International Airport. “Dammit, you can't do this!” an aghast Thompson tells the terrorist character. “I am doing this!” snarls the terrorist. With similar melodramatic aplomb, the Iranians played a potentially deadly game of chicken just as all eyes were fixated on Thompson and the rest of the New Hampshire hopefuls. As Iranian speedboats confronted U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, a radio transmission intoned in the speaker's best Darth Vader English,...
  • Difficulties beyond politics: Sheiks in two Iraqi villages see farming and other needs

    01/02/2008 4:50:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 229+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Review ^ | Bill Hess Embed w/40th Exped. Sig Bn.
    ISLAH VILLAGE, Iraq — Farming is a difficult life under the best of circumstances. And Iraqi farmers are finding the price of materials, the lack of government help and the amount they get for their produce in this troubled Middle East nation is not providing anything more than a basic subsistence level of existence. For Sheik Hamid Rohayim Ali Al Humayri, it is hard life in the farming-based Islah Village of 40 homes — in Iraq, areas are defined by the number of houses, not population — even though the soil is fertile and water is easy to obtain through...
  • Iran, Nuclear Weapons, and the new National Intelligence Estimate

    12/29/2007 9:30:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 458+ views
    PHX News ^ | December 29, 2007 | Senator Fred Thompson
    The new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities doesn’t change my view of that we need to restrain Iran. The NIE confirms that as recently as the fall of 2003, Iran was covertly working to develop nuclear weapons. Perhaps they have since halted their covert nuclear weapons work, but meanwhile they continue to aggressively pursue a uranium enrichment capability, despite the fact that it makes no economic sense as a civilian program. This program was begun secretly as part of their larger nuclear weapons program and could be converted to bomb-making in short order. The knowledge...
  • First signs of hope appear in Iraq

    12/28/2007 3:29:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 221+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/28/07 | Robert H. Reid - ap
    BAGHDAD - Former Sunni insurgents are signing up to fight al-Qaida, Shiite militias have toned down attacks, commerce is reviving and monthly casualty counts are falling. But the failure of Iraq's leaders to strike power-sharing deals raises questions whether the progress can survive after America begins sending its troops home next year. Nearly a year after the U.S. gambled by pouring troops into Iraq's capital, there is finally cause for hope that the worst of the Iraq war may have passed, even if the endgame takes longer than Americans and Iraqis want. The political rivalries between Sunnis and Shiites that...
  • Iraqi Shiite leader defends Iran

    11/25/2007 3:41:41 PM PST · by Flavius · 12 replies · 124+ views
    ap ^ | 11/25/07 | y SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press Writer
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's most influential Shiite politician said Sunday that the U.S had not backed up claims that Iran is fueling violence here, underscoring a wide gap on the issue between Washington and the Shiite-led Baghdad government. These are only accusations raised by the multinational forces and I think these accusations need more proof," Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Islamic Iraq Council, told reporters. Al-Hakim, who has been undergoing treatment for lung cancer in Iran, said the Iranians have insisted in meetings with Iraqi officials that "their true will is to support the Iraqi government" and to promote stability.
  • Islam's Assassins are Dancing

    10/31/2007 7:56:50 AM PDT · by Posting · 6 replies · 201+ views
    thesop. ^ | October 30, 2007
    Islam's Assassins are Dancing by SOPnewswire Posted October 30, 2007 In a ministry that spans 44 years, bestselling author Chris Panos has worked with and ministered to Muslims in countries including Syria, Iran, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, India, China, Spain, and Africa. His latest book, Dancing with Islam's Assassins, takes on the issues raised by the spread of radical Islam. In his book, Panos points out that Islamic terrorism impacts everybody, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. If you are a Sunni Muslim, you need to worry about Shiite Muslims; if you are a Shiite Muslim, you need to worry about the Sunnis....
  • Naming the enemy: Islamist terrorists are learning from Iraq. So must we.

    10/27/2007 11:44:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 386+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 27, 2007
    THE death of Special Air Service soldier Sergeant Matthew Locke on Thursday in Afghanistan is a terrible reminder that there is rarely such a thing as a war without casualties. Sergeant Locke died fighting a barbaric enemy that seeks not just to take Afghanistan back to the dark ages but to use it as a base from which to destroy us. Worryingly, the death of two Australian soldiers in three weeks is not just a tragic coincidence. Things are not going well in the poorly named war on terror. As Frank Furedi writes in Inquirer today, we have been unable...
  • US: Raid of Baghdad's Sadr City kills 49

    10/21/2007 7:11:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies · 69+ views
    AP ^ | 10/21/07 | SINAN SALAHEDDIN
    US: Raid of Baghdad's Sadr City kills 49 By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 25 minutes ago U.S. forces backed by airstrikes raided Sadr City, Baghdad's main Shiite district, killing 49 militants on Sunday as they targeted a militia leader accused in high-profile kidnappings, the military said. Iraqi officials said women and children were among the dead. The Iraqi reports followed other recent claims of civilian deaths as a result of U.S. military action or shootings by private Western security teams protecting American diplomats and aid groups. The military said it was not know of any civilians killed....
  • More Ground-Up Reconciliation (more good news from Iraq)

    10/17/2007 9:59:37 PM PDT · by jdm · 2 replies · 69+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | October 17, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    As the Maliki government continues its slow pace towards legislative reform, the US has increased its efforts to bring reconciliation to Iraq, and has met with some quiet but significant success. Evolving from the surge strategy and counterinsurgency tactics of General David Petraeus, the Sunnis and Shi'ites have begun reaching out to each other as the violence continues to ebb: Aboard the 70-mile flight from Baghdad to Ramadi was a top Pentagon envoy and a leader of Iraq's biggest Shiite political party. They were paying a visit to Sunni sheiks who have joined the U.S. battle against extremists. The meeting...
  • Washington's Double Vision: al-Qaida, Iran and Global Islamo-fascism

    10/16/2007 9:03:08 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 204+ views
    JapanFocus ^ | August 17, 2007
    Washington's Double Vision: al-Qaida, Iran and Global Islamo-fascism Paul Rogers The United States needs to keep the focus on al-Qaida while targeting Iran. It isn't easy. There's no escaping Iraq. Two incidents in recent days bear heavily on the unending conflict in that country. More broadly, they reveal how the United States administration's definition of its "war on terror" (or "long war") reflects entrapment in a way of thinking that requires it constantly to press the real world into the service of a partisan, dangerous, and self-defeating ideology. First, the four coordinated truck-bombings of 14 August 2007 which targeted the...
  • (Muslims on Muslims violence in...) Uganda: Iganga Muslims Fight Over Idd Day

    10/15/2007 6:47:59 PM PDT · by Posting · 12 replies · 101+ views
    allafrica ^ | 16 Oct. 2007
    Uganda: Iganga Muslims Fight Over Idd Day The Monitor (Kampala) 16 October 2007 Posted to the web 15 October 2007 Fredrick Sooma Iganga Last week's Idd Day prayers and celebrations in Iganga District turned dramatic when rival Muslim sects disagreed on the day on which to mark the end of the fasting season. The Sunni Muslims said they had sighted the moon which meant an end to the fasting and therefore went ahead to organise Idd prayers for Friday. However, the Shiite Muslims claimed the moon had not yet been sighted and wanted the celebrations to be postponed. The founder...
  • Palestinians tortured and murdered in Iraq

    10/01/2007 2:41:09 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 176+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | October 01 2007
    Baghdad - A report by Amnesty International says thousands of Palestinian refugees in Iraq are the victims of gross human rights violations. Many of them have been kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Shiite militias. The predominantly Sunni Palestinians have been targeted because Shiite extremists claim they received preferential treatment under Saddam Hussein. They are also suspected of supporting Sunni insurgents. Amnesty says this is the reason Palestinians are often arrested by Iraqi security forces and many of them have been tortured in prison.
  • Case closed? You wish (Ahmadinejad's Nuclear Weapons Program vs. the West)

    09/30/2007 2:01:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 136+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 29, 2007
    The venue was different -- the grand hall of the UN General Assembly -- but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's message was the same as it has been for months. Fresh from his performance as a human pinata at Columbia University, the Iranian president took the opportunity this week to remind the nations of the world just how much contempt he and his country held for the UN Security Council. In sum, a lot. After two sets of sanctions, and many more deadlines for Iran to suspend its nuclear program, Ahmadinejad dared the nations of the world to stop Iran's nuclear...
  • Six Shiite militia members captured in joint-effort raid

    09/28/2007 6:30:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 70+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | SSgt. Russell Bassett
    THA’ALBA — Iraqi and Coalition forces captured six enemy targets during the early morning hours of Sept. 25 in Tha’Alba, during Operation “Viking Squeeze II.” U.S. Army Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis, Wash., and Soldiers from the Iraqi 5th Special Troops Company detained 10 individuals – six of which are suspected of facilitating and executing attacks against innocent civilians, Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition forces. Two of the detainees are members of a kill squad, one of whom is suspected of participating in a minimum of...
  • Ten Things You Didn't Know About Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    09/28/2007 1:35:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 1,575+ views
    Yahoo! News/U.S. News & World Report ^ | September 26, 2007 | Staff
    1. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (pronounced mah-MOOD ah-mah-dih-nee-ZHAD) was born Oct. 28, 1956, three years after the CIA-sponsored coup that installed the pro-Western leader Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as Iran's leader. A Shiite Muslim, he and his wife, a professor, have two sons and a daughter. 2. When he was an infant, Ahmadinejad's family moved from the village of Aradan to Tehran. It was at this point that the family changed its name from Saborjhian, which translates to "thread painter" (the lowliest job in Iran's traditional carpet-weaving industry), to the more religious Ahmadinejad ("race of Muhammad" or "virtuous race"). 3. Ahmadinejad is...
  • Madmen Shouldn't Play with Matches [Ahmadinejad, al Qaeda and nuclear weapons]

    09/26/2007 6:40:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68+ views
    The DeMediacratic Nation ^ | September 26, 2007
    The moment Iran has the capability to create nuclear weapons, the world will change. The moment Iran creates nuclear weapons life will not be the same, like it was on September 12, 2001. Those that choose to believe that a nuclear Iran can be handled (an msm-loved and revered retired general, along with a lot of people), the greater threat to the world is George Bush or any other opinion that avoids possible recognition of the administrations side of the debate; please don't be surprised when much of it comes to fruition, you just weren't listening. From Family Security Matters:...
  • My Dinner with Ahmadinejad (Journalists and Academics dine while U.S. troops die)

    09/26/2007 7:43:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies · 317+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | September 26, 2007 | Richard Stengel
    The invitation was on creamy stationery with fancy calligraphy: The Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran "requests the pleasure" of my company to dine with H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The dinner is at the Intercontinental Hotel — with names carefully written out at all the place settings around a rectangular table. There are about 50 of us, academics and journalists mostly. There's Brian Williams across the room, and Christiane Amanpour a few seats down. And at a little after 8pm, on a day when he has already addressed the U.N., the evening after his confrontation at Columbia, a...
  • SQUALID MISTAKE: ACADEMIA'S UGLY BLINDNESS [Ahmadinejad]

    09/25/2007 4:46:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 287+ views
    The New York Post ^ | September 25, 2007 | Arthur Herman
    COLUMBIA University Presi dent Lee Bollinger yester day made some cutting crit icisms while introducing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - but that doesn't make the school's decision to offer a platform to the head of a violent terrorist state any less abject, squalid or shameless. "Abject, squalid, shameless" is how Winston Churchill described the resolution passed by Oxford University's prestigious Debating Union in 1933 - the year Adolf Hitler came to power - that "this House will under no circumstances fight for King and Country." And Columbia's event, like the 1933 Oxford resolution, sent (to quote Churchill again) a "very...
  • Obama: I Would Still Meet With Ahmadinejad [Barf Alert]

    09/24/2007 11:16:28 PM PDT · by indcons · 12 replies · 260+ views
    CBS ^ | Brian Montopoli
    Despite the controversy that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York City has triggered, Senator Barack Obama still vows to meet with rogue leaders if he is elected, reports CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic. “Nothing has changed with respect to my belief that strong countries and strong presidents talk to their enemies and talk to their adversaries,” Obama told reporters at a press conference after receiving an endorsement from the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association. Obama said he would not have invited Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia University, but he believes in academic freedom. “They have the right to...
  • Reporting to Congress (On Iraq) [General David H. Petraeus]

    09/10/2007 7:49:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 484+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 10, 2007 | General David H. Petraeus, Commander, Multi-National Force-Iraq
    Mr. Chairmen, Ranking Members, Members of the Committees, thank you for the opportunity to provide my assessment of the security situation in Iraq and to discuss the recommendations I recently provided to my chain of command for the way forward. At the outset, I would like to note that this is my testimony. Although I have briefed my assessment and recommendations to my chain of command, I wrote this testimony myself. It has not been cleared by, nor shared with, anyone in the Pentagon, the White House, or Congress. As a bottom line up front, the military objectives of the...
  • Coalition Officials Welcome Shiite Cleric’s Declaration

    09/03/2007 2:12:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 171+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2007 – Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr’s recent call for a halt to all militia violence in Iraq is a “welcome development,” a Multinational Force Iraq official said during a briefing in Baghdad today. “The Multinational Force Iraq joins the government of Iraq in welcoming Sadr’s publicly articulated commitment to peace,” said Navy Rear Adm. Mark I. Fox, communications division chief for Multinational Force Iraq. “If implemented, Sadr’s order holds the prospect of allowing Iraqi security and coalition forces to intensify their focus on al Qaeda in Iraq and protecting the Iraqi population.” A disruption in...
  • Bush to say Iraq is front line against Iran, Al-Qaeda

    08/27/2007 6:33:19 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies · 736+ views
    Bush to say Iraq is front line against Iran, Al-Qaeda BELLEVUE, United States (AFP) - US President George W. Bush on Tuesday will describe Iraq as the front-line against Shiite extremism championed by Iran and the Sunni extremism of Al-Qaeda, an aide said Monday. Bush was due to level the charge in a speech to the American Legion veterans group, the second of two presidential addresses meant to bolster support for the war in Iraq ahead of a critical September 15 progress report. "The president will talk about Sunni extremism and Shia extremism. Neither represents Islam. They represent a brutal...
  • Iraqi PM Announces Shiite-Kurd Alliance (take THAT, Sunnis!)

    08/16/2007 8:37:43 AM PDT · by DesScorp · 6 replies · 688+ views
    Associate Press ^ | Aug 16, 2007 | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    The Iraqi prime minister and president announced a new alliance of moderate Shiites and Kurds in a push to save the crumbing government Thursday, saying a key Sunni bloc refused to join but the door remained open to them. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the agreement was the first step to unblock political stagnation that has gripped his Shiite-led government since it first took power in May 2006. But the announcement after three days of intense negotiations was disappointing because it did not include Iraq's Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi and his moderate Iraqi Islamic Party. Al-Maliki has been criticized...
  • Shiite militia grows bolder in Iraq

    08/11/2007 7:23:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 570+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/11/07 | Lauren Frayer - ap
    BAGHDAD - A Muslim imam dropped his cloak to the sidewalk. It was a signal for the gunmen to move. They surrounded the top Iraqi security official in a north Baghdad district. Iraqi military vehicles — commandeered by other Shiite militiamen — screeched into a cordon, blocking his exit. A gun was put to his head. Brig. Gen. Falah Hassan Kanbar, a fellow Shiite, managed to escape when his bodyguards pulled him into a vehicle that sped down an alley. Details of the Aug. 5 ambush emerged this week in interviews with Kanbar, U.S. military and intelligence officials. It remains...
  • Shiite pilgrimage ends mostly peacefully

    08/10/2007 8:14:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 182+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/10/07 | Sally Buzbee - ap
    BAGHDAD - A car bomb killed at least eight people in a northern Kurdish area Friday, but Baghdad remained largely calm with a driving ban still in effect and thousands of Shiite pilgrims headed home. U.S. military officials praised the performance of Iraqi security forces during the pilgrimage Thursday, which saw hundreds of thousands of Shiites march to a northern Baghdad shrine, undisturbed by any major violence. The driving ban and curfew imposed on Baghdad for three days was to lift at dawn Saturday. "They have done an absolutely amazing job," said Col. John Castles, commander of the 2nd Brigade...
  • Shiite pilgrims observe holy day in safety

    08/10/2007 6:18:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 229+ views
    Pilgrims flock to the Kadhimiya mosque to commemorate a Shiite saint Thursday in Baghdad. Photo by Spc. Jeffrey Hunnewell, Combined Press Information Center. BAGHDAD — Crowds of Shiite pilgrims gathered in Baghdad Thursday to commemorate the death of an eighth century saint. The Kadhimiya mosque is the site of an annual pilgrimage where Shiites not only honor the saint buried within, but seek healing and invoke the saint’s intercession for the forgiveness of sins and the fulfillment of needs.The seventh of 12 principal Shiite saints, Imam Moussa al-Kadhim was known for his patience and his ability to suppress his anger. ...
  • US bombs Shiite gang as Baghdad pilgrimage begins

    08/10/2007 3:51:25 AM PDT · by familyop · 34 replies · 758+ views
    American jets and helicopters bombed Baghdad's largest Shiite slum on Wednesday, in a deadly strike targeting Iranian-backed militia, as thousands of pilgrims thronged the streets of the city. The US military said 30 "terrorists" were killed in the overnight strike on Sadr City, but families complained that women and children were among the dead, and angry mourners gathered to bury simple wooden caskets. Helicopters and war planes were called in as Iraqi and US ground troops arrested 12 members of a cell that American commanders believe brought weapons and explosives from Iran, and sent militants to Iran for training. "During...
  • Iraq: Al-Maliki Seeks To Strengthen Ties With Iran

    08/07/2007 6:59:16 PM PDT · by humint · 21 replies · 668+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | August 7, 2007 | Interview - Iraq analyst Kathleen Ridolfo
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will go to Iran today where he will hold talks on August 8 with Iranian officials on economic and political cooperation. The two countries have greatly expanded bilateral relations following the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. RFE/RL Iraq analyst Kathleen Ridolfo discusses what al-Maliki hopes to achieve. RFE/RL: What is the purpose of al-Maliki's visit to Iran? Kathleen Ridolfo: This is al-Maliki's second visit to Iran since he took office and it comes within the context of bettering political relations and economic relations and -- of course more importantly -- securing relations between Iran and...
  • Iraqis suffer as Maliki government paralyzed

    08/07/2007 6:53:27 PM PDT · by humint · 123 replies · 1,768+ views
    IC Publications ^ | 07/08/2007 14:35 BAGHDAD | AFP
    As Iraqis queue miserably for food and water, or swelter in homes and hospitals without electricity, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition government is collapsing around him. The latest boycott -- by four ministers from a non-sectarian party -- brought to 17 the number of members of the Shiite-led coalition to have walked out, tendered their resignations or withdrawn from cabinet meetings. Hopes that the so-called national unity coalition can be saved now depend on the senior leadership of the rival parties cutting a new power-sharing deal that can convince the bitter Sunni minority to return to the fold. But Maliki...
  • HISTORY - Time line [some] Important dates in radical ISLAM VS WORLD

    08/04/2007 8:32:38 PM PDT · by Posting · 2 replies · 4,103+ views
    HISTORY - Time line [some] Important dates in radical ISLAM VS WORLD 1263 - 1328 The 'Godfather of Islamic Fundamentalism' Who is the True Godfather of Islamic Fundamentalism? His name is Ibn Taymiyyah, or Taq ad-Din Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah, and he lived from 1263 to 1328. His name by birth was Ahmad ibn Abdul-Halim ibn Abdas-Salaam. This individual could be considered as the real godfather of fundamentalism. Maududi borrowed extensively from Taymiyyah's writings. http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/index.php? id=1194248__________________1347 [The Bahmani sultans & genocide on Indians]The Muslim conquests, down to the 16th century, were for the Hindus a pure struggle of life and death....
  • Welcome To Islamberg, U.S.A. - Terrorists Using Islamic Schools In U.S. To Recruit And Train!

    07/23/2007 2:41:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 1,251+ views
    Hyscience ^ | 02/17/06
    "These people need to be investigated," ... "They are training for war, either for war here in this country or against our troops. Who in the h--- is allowing this stuff to happen right here in our own backyard, and why?" - Concerned neighbor near the compound From WorldNetDaily via Jawa Report comes this very disturbing, but not surprising (knowledge of the Islamists' strategy is old news), report of terror groups using Islamic schools in the U.S. as a front for their recruitment and training activities. (...) The Pakistani terrorist group Jamaat ul Fuqra is using Islamic schools in the...
  • FRED [THOMPSON] BLASTS WAR IN IRAQ (Misleading title)

    06/22/2007 4:43:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 972+ views
    The New York Post ^ | June 22, 2007 | CHARLES HURT
    Likely 2008 Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson took a shot at President Bush's handling of the Iraq war in an interview with a British paper. "Any hints of anarchy should have been controlled at all costs on the very front end and the borders should have been better secured at all costs," Thompson told The Times of London. But he favors giving the "surge" of troop reinforcements more time to settle the situation there, he said. Thompson also strongly hinted that he's ready to run for the White House, boasting, "This ain't my first rodeo." He's campaigned for plenty of...
  • Is America ready for Iran?

    06/11/2007 2:49:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 1,304+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 11, 2007 | Craig R. Smith
    According to Brian Ross and ABC news, NATO officials claim "they have caught Iran red-handed, shipping heavy arms, C4 explosives and advanced roadside bombs to the Taliban for use against NATO forces in what the officials say is a dramatic escalation of Iran's proxy war against the United States and Great Britain." I suspect it is only a matter of time before the ever-predictable American media will suggest NATO is lying to get us into a war with Iran. While daily evidence builds of Iran's support of terrorism, the world sits idly by and does nothing. Not even a harsh...
  • Lieberman: U.S. Should Weigh Iran Attack

    06/10/2007 3:06:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,465+ views
    My Way News ^ | June 10, 2007
    Sen. Joseph Lieberman said Sunday the United States should consider a military strike against Iran because of Tehran's involvement in Iraq. "I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq," Lieberman said. "And to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers." The U.S. accuses Iran of fostering terrorism and Tehran's nuclear ambitions have brought about international reproach....
  • Media Ignore Latest Anti-Christian Violence in Iraq

    06/07/2007 10:19:15 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies · 497+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 6/7/2007 | Matthew Balan
    The mainstream media can't get enough of the sectarian violence between the Shiites, the Sunnis, and the Kurds in Iraq. But one kind of sectarian violence that has consistently been under-reported since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 is the persecution of Iraq's native Christian population. A Catholic News Agency story from June 6th reported: According to the AINA news agency, two churches were attacked in the Baghdad district of Dora. At St. John the Baptist's in Hay Al-Athoriyeen, several security guards who protect the church were killed, and St. Jacob's in Hay al Asya was vandalized and forcibly...
  • IRAN V. THE SAUDIS

    05/16/2007 6:54:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 916+ views
    The New York Post ^ | May 15, 2007 | Peter Brookes
    SUNNI insurgency, Sunni-Shia sectarian violence, al Qaeda terror - Iraq doesn't need more problems. But it has one that too often gets overlooked: It's quickly becoming the latest battlefield in the proxy war between the Middle East's rising powers, Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Saudis are mostly Sunni Arabs, while the Iranians are largely Shiite Persians - and each seeks to dominate the Middle East and lead the Muslim world. Their growing rivalry is a major factor not just in Iraq but also in Lebanon, the Palestinian territories and even Sudan. * In Lebanon, Saudi Arabia backs the government of...
  • Shi'ite cleric gains sway across border

    05/14/2007 7:49:15 PM PDT · by gpapa · 4 replies · 528+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 14, 2007 | Anne Barnard
    TEHRAN -- Iran's ruling clerics have long prided themselves on running the world's only Shi'ite Muslim state -- a state that imposes religion, dictating what imams can preach, what the media can report, and what people can wear. So some Iranians are intrigued by the more freewheeling experiment in Shi'ite empowerment taking place across the border in Iraq, where -- Iraq's myriad problems aside -- imams can say whatever they want in political Friday sermons, newspapers and satellite channels regularly slam the government, and religious observance is respected and encouraged but not required.
  • Iran to "break the leg" of enemies: Ahmadinejad

    05/04/2007 7:16:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 1,042+ views
    al Reuters ^ | May 4, 2007
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Having repeatedly vowed to "cut off the hand" of any attacker, Iran's president shifted to the leg on Friday to underline his determination to resist Western pressure over its nuclear program. "You, the enemies of the Iranian nation, know that this nation will break the leg of anyone who wants to violate its rights," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a rally in the southeastern province of Kerman. "We will not be harmed by your opposition and it will be you who ... will be harmed," Ahmadinejad, known for his fiery anti-Western speeches, said according to the official IRNA...
  • Leave Iraq, Sadr tells "Antichrist" Bush

    05/01/2007 8:18:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies · 1,403+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 28, 2007 | Yara Bayoumy
    The powerful Iraqi cleric and militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr called President George W. Bush the Antichrist on Saturday and urged him to heed calls by the opposition Democrats to withdraw from the chaos of Iraq. In fresh violence on Saturday, 14 people were killed and 39 others were wounded in a suicide car bombing in the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala south of Baghdad, a hospital said. A Reuters witness said he saw tens of casualties. Sadr, whose ministers quit Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government this month, renewed his demand for a U.S. pullout a day after Bush pledged...
  • Iran: US seeks to undermine regime [Will attack Israel, U.S., if attacked]

    04/26/2007 9:47:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 576+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | April 26, 2007 | Jerusalem Post and AP Staff
    A top security official accused the United States Thursday of seeking to undermine Iran's clerical regime by stoking sectarian and ethnic tensions in the country and using newspapers and non-governmental agencies toward that goal. "A soft threat is the main plan of the US due to its incapability to launch a military operation [against Iran,]" Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Baqer Zolqadr was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. Zolqadr, whose comments came in a speech he made in Iran's Kurdistan province, said, "The threat is being implemented through the creation of instability and tension inside Iran as...
  • Bad Options on Iran

    04/25/2007 3:26:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 745+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | April 15, 2007 | Mortimer B. Zuckerman
    Look behind the curtain of virtually every major problem in the Middle East, and you will find Iran: killings in Iraq; arms and money for Hezbollah's assaults on Israel and Hezbollah's attempts to usurp the elected government of Lebanon; support of Syria as the hotelier of the region's major terrorist groups; support and training of Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and sleeper networks in countries beyond; promotion of a messianic revolutionary ideology that has deepened the Sunni-Shiite divide; the reckless seizure of 15 British sailors and marines as hostages; and defiance of the U.N. in pursuit of nuclear weapons. Only the...
  • Why the Real War Is Inside Islam

    04/20/2007 3:39:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 732+ views
    Chiesa ^ | April 20, 2007 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, April 19, 2007 – Five months after Benedict XVI's voyage to Turkey, and fourteen months after the killing of the Catholic priest Andrea Santoro in a church in Trabzon, three Presbyterian Christians have had their throats slit in the Turkish city of Malatya, guilty of printing Bibles at their little publishing house. The news over the past few months has brought to light that the enemies against which radical Islam rages are indeed Christians, the West and Israel, but even before these the Muslim regimes judged as traitors and apostates. On Benedict XVI’s calandar for May 4 is an...