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  • YEMEN: “We have run out of money” - Jewish Leader (Depend on Yemeni Govt for Assistance)

    03/31/2009 3:17:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 387+ views
    IRIN ^ | 31 March 2009
    Members of the tiny Jewish community in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, say they have not received their monthly food rations or any government financial assistance for the past three months. Rabbi Yahya Yusuf, leader of the 65-member community, told IRIN the Jews had been “suffering terribly” of late; many had been finding it very difficult to even feed their children. “We have sold everything we possess to buy food for our families. We even sold our women’s gold rings. We have run out of money,” he said. Yusuf said that two weeks ago they had staged a protest outside government headquarters...
  • Yemeni forces killed anti-U.S. rebel cleric

    09/12/2004 9:43:56 PM PDT · by Nepalis · 5 replies · 304+ views
    Yemeni forces killed anti-U.S. rebel cleric SAN'A, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni forces killed anti-U.S. rebel cleric Hussein al-Houthi and dozens of his supporters on Friday, ending over two months of clashes in which over 200 rebels and troops have died. Houthi was one of a number of rebel leaders in Yemen, but he represented a considerable target having engaged the security forces over a long period. His group is not linked to al Qaeda. The Yemeni defence and interior ministries, in a joint statement, announced that their forces had killed Houthi in a mountainous area north of the capital Sanaa....
  • Militant Iraqi Nationalists Struggle with Approach to al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq

    01/02/2010 12:28:06 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 211+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | 12/23/2009 | Pascale Combelles Siegel
    The string of deadly bombings against government buildings and Shiite landmarks in Baghdad that began last August provides a startling reminder that the Qaeda-associated Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) remains a clear danger to Iraq’s long-term stability. The three sets of multiple attacks that took place on August 19, October 25, and December 8—the three deadliest attacks since 2007—killed at least 362 people and wounded over 1,233. In an otherwise continuously improving security situation, the ISI claimed responsibility for the spectacular, headline-grabbing attacks in an effort to embarrass the Iraqi government, intensify Sunni disgruntlement with the current political establishment and...
  • Suddenly, the Arab world wakes up to Yemen's rebellion

    12/18/2009 1:58:41 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 735+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/18/2009 | Jonathan Spyer
    The 30th summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, meeting in Kuwait this week, expressed its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in its fight with the Shi'ite Houthi rebels in northern Yemen. The Kuwaiti emir noted that Saudi Arabia is facing "flagrant aggression that targets its sovereignty and security by those who have infiltrated its territory." The formerly little-noticed conflict between the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government is now taking on the coloration of an additional hot front in an ongoing region-wide cold war. The conflict in northern Yemen reveals the ongoing Iranian regional effort to convert Shi'ite populations into assets...
  • Yemen closes hospital found to be Iran front supporting Shi'ite rebels

    12/11/2009 1:40:14 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 253+ views ^ | 12/09/2009 |
    An Iranian hospital in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa has been ordered shut down amid reports that the facility was used as cover by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security for support and funding of Shi'ite Zaydi rebels. The 60-bed hospital has four operating rooms and six intensive care units. The ostensible reason for the closing was the hospital’s failure to pay rent. However reports from Sanaa say it was due to the illicit Iranian intelligence activities from the facility.
  • Saudis 'in a panic mode' as Shi'ite rebels move North from Yemen

    12/06/2009 3:08:12 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 38 replies · 1,756+ views
    WORLD TRIBUNE ^ | DECEMBER 06, 2009 | swampsniper
    Jordan has sent several hundred troops from its special operations forces to help the Saudi military with its many Shi'ite units contain the Yemeni Shi'ite rebellion, which has spread deep into the Arab kingdom.
  • Saudis 'in a panic mode' as Shi'ite rebels move North from Yemen

    12/05/2009 2:58:05 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1,281+ views ^ | 12/04/2009 |
    Jordan has sent several hundred troops from its special operations forces to help the Saudi military with its many Shi'ite units contain the Yemeni Shi'ite rebellion, which has spread deep into the Arab kingdom.
  • Saudi forces impose sea blockade on northern Yemen

    11/11/2009 2:36:35 PM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 347+ views
    Al Bawaba ^ | November 10 2009
    The Saudi army imposed a tight sea blockade on northern Yemen to corner Shiite fighters in the country. According to Saudi sources, the no-go zone is 10 kilometers wide along the Yemeni border and thousands of Saudi troops were deployed for carrying out this mission. Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Defense for Security Affairs Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz said Tuesday that the Saudi forces will continue their airstrikes against the Shiite infiltrators until they move back from the Saudi frontier. “We are not going to stop the bombing until the infiltrators retreat tens of kilometers inside their border,”...
  • Smugglers In Iraq Have A New Trade: Corpse

    11/04/2009 8:25:17 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 439+ views
    NPR ^ | 11/05/09 | QUIL LAWRENCE
    Smugglers In Iraq Have A New Trade: Corpse by QUIL LAWRENCE EnlargeJoseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images A tomb at the cemetery of Najaf in 2008. The Wadi al-Salam, or Valley of Peace, in Najaf is one of the largest cemeteries in the world. Millions of Shiite Muslims over the centuries have been brought here for burial from all over the world. text sizeAAANovember 4, 2009 Iraqi and U.S. officials have expressed concerns about the traffic of weapons and drugs across the country's porous borders, but there is also an older and more surprising commodity being smuggled into Iraq — cadavers. For centuries,...
  • Yemen army killed 100 Shiite rebels

    10/10/2009 10:05:12 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 430+ views
    Al Bawaba ^ | October 10 2009
    The Yemeni army said its forces have killed 100 Shiite rebels and wounded a further 280 in the northern Saada province. "Terrorist and destructive elements yesterday evening infiltrated (areas) between military barracks and security posts in Saada province," the military said in a statement cited by Reuters. "Our armed and security forces put a stop to them and inflicted painful and heavy blows on them during which the terrorist 'Houthi' elements lost more than 100 people and more than 280 were injured," the statement said. According to official reports which can not be confirmed, in recent weeks, hundreds of Shiite...
  • Yemen army kills 29 rebels

    10/07/2009 2:05:14 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 290+ views
    Al Bawaba ^ | October 07 2009
    The Yemeni army said on Wednesday that its forces killed 29 Shiite rebels as it presses its offensive in the northern mountains. Yemeni forces killed 12 rebels in clashes on Tuesday in the Harf Sufyan district of Amran province, 70 kilometres north of the capital, the official Saba news agency quoted a commander as saying. The other rebels died in several different clashes in Saada province further north, the commander added. According to AFP, the army said it had also destroyed five lorries carrying explosives to the rebels in Saada. A police spokesman said the seized supplies included 350 bags...
  • Heavy clashes between army, (Shi'ite) rebels in northern Yemen

    08/12/2009 1:11:23 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Al Bawaba ^ | August 12 2009
    The Yemeni army attacked Shiite rebels near the Saudi border, using artillery and aircraft, local officials said Wednesday. The government offensive, which started late Tuesday, followed reports of Shiite gunmen seizing more control of the northern Saada province. A major security committee, presided over by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, vowed to respond to the latest developments "with an iron-fist." The state-run reported on Wednesday the "Houthi rebels" have seized teachers, dismissed tens of students and took over 63 schools where and used them to fight the government troops. According to the AP, a health ministry official in Saada said...
  • Billion-Dollar Mystery in Iraq

    08/05/2009 3:54:14 AM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 555+ views
    The Nation ^ | 04 Aug 2009 | Robert Dreyfuss
    A multi-billion dollar mystery is unfolding in Iraq, and it may reach to the highest levels of the Iraqi government. It involves what the New York Times calls an "extremist Shiite group" that has now reconciled with Prime Minister Maliki and his regime. The group is responsible for the kidnapping and murder of five British contractors who, according to the Guardian, were installing a sophisticated financial tracking system in Iraq's ministry of finance in 2007. The story so far: Today, the Times reports: "An extremist Shiite group that has boasted of killing five American soldiers and of kidnapping five British...
  • Iran-backed Shi'ites Stockpile Weapons As They Monitor US Pullout

    06/15/2009 12:14:58 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 6 replies · 376+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | June 17, 2009 | Bill Gertz
    BAGHDAD — The U.S. military has assessed that Iranian-backed Shi'ite forces were engaged in a military buildup in Iraq. Officials said the military has determined that Shi'ite forces financed and sponsored by Iran were accelerating weapons acquisition to prepare for a civil war in Iraq. They said Shi'ite militias, particularly the Mahdi Army, have concluded that the weapons would be required against Sunni forces financed by Saudi Arabia in a renewed power struggle. "Right now, everybody is waiting to see whether and how fast the United States withdraws from Iraq," an official said
  • Iran: Bomb at Mosque Kills 15

    05/28/2009 9:47:48 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 21 replies · 1,046+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 28, 2009 | NAZILA FATHI
    A blast at a Shiite mosque in the southeastern city of Zahedan, near the border with Pakistan, killed 15 people and wounded more than 55 on Thursday evening, the news agency ISNA reported. The bomb went off at 7:45 p.m. at Ali-ibn-Abitaleb, the second largest Shiite mosque in the city. ISNA said the bomb had been hidden in a bag in the men’s section of the mosque.
  • Analysis: Two Muslim camps fighting the Middle East's new cold war

    04/19/2009 4:01:43 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies · 851+ views ^ | Updated Apr 20, 2009 1:03 | By YAAKOV LAPPIN
    It's official - Cairo and Hizbullah are fighting a full-fledged media war. The Egyptian press and government officials have, for several consecutive days, been hurling insults at the Shi'ite group, in one instance comparing its leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah to a monkey.
  • Saudi authorities arrest Baqer tiger

    03/16/2009 6:30:58 AM PDT · by harwood · 3 replies · 519+ views
    Tiger said in his Friday sermon at the University of Imam Hussein in Awamiya: "It is ready to enter the prison and with the severity of torture and even murder," adding that "refuses to respect the Shiite," he said.
  • Epicenter

    01/10/2009 2:24:51 PM PST · by appleseed · 8 replies · 744+ views
    Epicenter - Tyndale ^ | 2006 Updated 2008 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    The best way to understand Ahmadinejad's brand of Shitite eschatology (end-times theology) is to listen to Iranians describe it themselves. Amir Taheri is a European-based columnist who used to serve as the executive editor of "Kayhan", Iran's largest daily newspaper. In an April 2006 essay entitled "The frightening Truth of Why Iran Wants a Bomb," Taheri wrote that just before announcing to the world that Iran had "gatecrashed 'the nuclear club," President Ahmadinejad "disappeared for several hours" to have a secret meeting with the Islamis messiah, a figure known as the twelfth Imam or Mahdi. Taheri wrote, "According to Shia...
  • Ashura Bloodletting Ritual Provides Debate for Iraqi Shiites (ROP Alert)

    01/07/2009 5:15:51 PM PST · by Dengar01 · 7 replies · 594+ views ^ | 01/07/09 | Fox News
    Hundreds of Shiite men in Iraq struck the heads of boys with daggers in an annual ritual to mark the death of the Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein at the 7th century battle of Kerbala, Reuters reports.
  • Mohamed Sifaoui: 'Islamism is Fascism'

    11/22/2008 12:24:15 PM PST · by Righting · 11 replies · 781+ views
    meforums ^ | Spring, 2008
    Print Send RSS Mohamed Sifaoui was born on July 4, 1967, and spent most of his childhood in Algeria. He holds a master's degree in political science and studied theology for two years at the University of Algiers and for two additional years at Zeitouna University's Institute of Theology in Tunis. In 1994, he began work for the Algerian daily Le Soir and survived a February 11, 1996 bomb attack at Le Soir's headquarters at the Maison de la Presse. In 1999, the French government granted him political asylum after he received death threats both from Algerian Islamists and...
  • Obama and Ahmadinejad

    10/26/2008 6:40:58 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 1,454+ views
    forbes ^ | Oct.26, '08 | Amir Taheri
    Is Barack Obama the "promised warrior" coming to help the Hidden Imam of Shiite Muslims conquer the world? The question has made the rounds in Iran since last month, when a pro-government Web site published a Hadith (or tradition) from a Shiite text of the 17th century. The tradition comes from Bahar al-Anvar (meaning Oceans of Light) by Mullah Majlisi, a magnum opus in 132 volumes and the basis of modern Shiite Islam. According to the tradition, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib (the prophet's cousin and son-in-law) prophesied that at the End of Times and just before the return of the...
  • Waiting For The Gift From Nowhere

    10/04/2008 9:22:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 630+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 10/4/2008
    October 4, 2008: Increasingly, Sunni Arab clerics are agreeing with their Shia counterparts, that Iran and the Sunni Arabs are on a collision course. It's not just about which version of Islam is to be dominant, but which Islamic country will control the most sacred Islamic shrines, and, in effect, become the spiritual leader of the Islamic world. No one has held that position for about a thousand years. Saudi Arabia controls the key shrines (Mecca and Medina), but the Saudis are not accepted as the leader of the Islamic world. To most Moslems, the Saudis are a bunch of...
  • Iran-trained Shiite Iraqis returning to launch bombings: police

    09/20/2008 7:13:38 PM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 159+ views
    afp ^ | 9/20/08 | afp
    NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AFP) - Groups of Shiite extremists trained in Iran are returning to Iraq with plans to bomb high-profile targets, the chief of Dhi Qar province's police said Saturday. ADVERTISEMENT Brigadier General Sabah al-Fatlawi told AFP "Special Groups" (Shiite extremists) of around 10 fighters each are returning by crossing the border from Amara, the capital of Shiite Maysan province in the south. "The Special Groups are returning from Iran after receiving training in using new tactics. We have seized 20 motorcycle bombs in Nasiriyah. Some groups have arrived in Nasiriyah," Fatlawi said, referring to the capital of Dhi Qar,...
  • Some deadly [Islamic] bombings in Baghdad this year [2008]

    09/15/2008 1:52:33 AM PDT · by Righting · 192+ views ^ | Feb 12, 2008
    Some deadly bombings in Baghdad this year [2008] _July 15: Two suicide bombers blow themselves up in a crowd of army recruits at the Saad military camp in Baqouba, killing at least 28. _June 26: A suicide bomber detonates an explosive belt inside a municipal government building in Karmah, killing at least 20 people at a meeting of tribal sheiks opposed to al-Qaida. _June 26: A car bombing near a government headquarters in the northern city of Mosul kills 20. _June 22: A female suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt detonates herself in front of a government complex in Baqouba,...
  • A US Withdrawal Deal with Sadr?

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

    07/30/2008 11:38:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 187+ views
    WSJ ^ | July 23, 2008
    Lebanon's 'Soldiers of Virtue' By FOUAD AJAMI July 23, 2008 There have been a dozen prisoner exchanges between Hezbollah and Israel since the early 1990s, but Samir Kuntar was always a case apart. In 1979 Kuntar and his companions killed a policeman, kidnapped a young father, Danny Haran, and killed him in front of his 4-year-old daughter. Then Kuntar turned to the child and crushed her skull against a rock with the butt of his rifle. In the mayhem, Danny Haran's wife, Smadar, hiding in her home, accidentally smothered to death the couple's 2-year-old daughter. Now Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah,...
  • Bombers kill 50 in Iraq, wound nearly 250

    07/28/2008 5:22:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 51 replies · 856+ views
    Bombers kill 50 in Iraq, wound nearly 250 BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three female suicide bombers killed 28 people and wounded 92 in Baghdad on Monday as Shi'ite pilgrims flooded into the Iraqi capital for a major religious event, police said. In the northern oil city of Kirkuk a bomb killed at least 22 people and wounded 150 at a protest against a controversial provincial elections law, Iraqi health and security officials said. The U.S. military said initial reports showed the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. The blasts marked one of the bloodiest days in months and underscored...
  • Iraq's Sunni Arab bloc rejoins government (They're BAack!!)

    07/19/2008 1:53:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 418+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/19/08 | Waleed Ibrahim
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's main Sunni Arab bloc rejoined the Shi'ite-led government on Saturday in a breakthrough for national reconciliation after parliament approved its candidates for several vacant ministerial posts. Getting the Accordance Front to return after it quit a year ago in a row over power sharing has been seen as key to healing divisions between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunni Arabs. Sunni Arabs have little voice in the current cabinet, which is dominated by Shi'ites and ethnic Kurds. "Today, parliament voted to accept our candidates ... This means the Accordance Front has officially returned to the government," a...
  • Nasrallah 'most admired' Arab leader

    07/16/2008 4:42:06 PM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies · 175+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/16/2008 | Etgar Lefkovits
    Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah is the most admired leader among the Arab public, a survey released Wednesday showed. Twenty-six percent of respondents in six countries selected Nasrallah as their most admired leader, compared to 16% who chose Syrian President Bashar Assad and 10% who picked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to the survey published by the the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution in Washington. The poll was published the same day Israel completed a lopsided prisoner swap with Hizbullah that is likely to further boost Nasrallah's standing in the Arab world. The Shi'ite Hizbullah leader was also the top...
  • Iran: Leader of the Sunni Movements (with an intro by Michael Ledeen)

    06/23/2008 8:51:30 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 341+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | 06/20/2008 | Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed
    Iran, Friend of the Sunni Terrorists (Surprise!) [Michael Ledeen] I guess I've been saying and writing this for more than seven years, but it's always nice to have support, especially when, as in this case, it comes from the general manager of al Arabiya TV, and a columnist in several publications in the Middle East. That is to say, not a neocon. Abdul Rahman al-Rashed states quite categorically: ...Iran, an extremist theocratic Shiite regime with Ahmadinejad at its helm, is orchestrating and funding the activities of extremist Sunnis in the region. The paradox is most striking in the case of...
  • Commentary: Iraq ripe for Iranian [militant Shia Muslim] domination

    06/12/2008 7:15:30 PM PDT · by Righting · 9 replies · 137+ views
    timesonline ^ | March 4, 2008
    Commentary: Iraq ripe for Iranian domination Richard Beeston, Foreign Editor of The Times Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was right to look smug at the end of his two-day state visit to Iraq. Not only did he become the first Iranian president to visit Baghdad, but he also took a big step towards achieving the victory that had eluded Ayatollah Khomeini, the father of the Iranian revolution.
  • Lebanon Deal Boosts Hezbollah (Interesting Analysis)

    05/22/2008 1:20:09 PM PDT · by mojito · 1 replies · 95+ views
    WSJ ^ | 5/22/2008 | Cam Simpson
    In a stinging defeat for the U.S.-backed government of Lebanon, the Islamist group Hezbollah bolstered its political power in this volatile land on Israel's border. Hezbollah reached a bargain with the weak Lebanese government that essentially gave the Islamic group veto power in a new government to be formed. The deal comes two weeks after Hezbollah flashed its military might by seizing Beirut neighborhoods to protest efforts to rein it in. The trigger was unusual: Hezbollah was expanding a secret communications network, and the government wanted it dismantled. The ensuing fighting this month left 67 dead, in the worst internal...
  • Hizbullah wins veto right in government

    05/21/2008 9:09:36 AM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies · 194+ views
    Jerusalem Post/AP ^ | 5/21/2008 | Unattributed
    Rival Lebanese factions reached an agreement to resolve their 18-month political crisis after five days of intensive talks in the Gulf state of Qatar, Lebanese Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh said Wednesday. The agreement was a major triumph for Lebanon's Hizbullah-led opposition, as it met the side's two key demands - veto power in a new national unity government, and an electoral law that divides up Lebanon into smaller-sized districts, for better representation of the various sects. But the opposition was not gloating and Hamadeh said "there are no losers" in the agreement. "Lebanon is the winner," he told The Associated...
  • 4 wounded as Iranian convoy hit by gunfire in Baghdad

    05/16/2008 10:50:49 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies · 114+ views
    Jerusalem Post/AP ^ | 5/16/2008 | unattributed
    An Iranian Embassy convoy came under fire in Baghdad, wounding four people, including three Iranians and an Iraqi, a spokesman said Friday. Teheran issued an angry response blaming the United States for encouraging attacks against Iranian interests in Iraq with its rhetoric against the Islamic republic. The US military said it "condemns any attack on guests or visitors of any country." It was not clear who shot at the convoy. An Iraqi Interior Ministry official said Iraqi soldiers exchanged fire with guards in an argument that broke out when members of the convoy failed to produce identification cards. Iranian Embassy...
  • From Lebanon to Hezbollahstan

    05/13/2008 5:00:42 PM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies · 183+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/13/2008 | Bret Stephens
    On Friday, Hezbollah gunmen set fire to the Beirut offices of Future TV, a Lebanese broadcaster. On a purely symbolic level, it was an apt demonstration of where the Party of God stands in relation to the future itself. But that wasn't the worst of what has happened in the past week in Lebanon, where scores of people have been killed in interfactional violence. More ominous was the role of the Lebanese army, avowedly neutral and nominally under civilian control. "An army officer accompanied by members of Hezbollah walked into the station and told us to switch off transmission," an...
  • Hezbollah says Lebanese government has declared war

    05/08/2008 8:52:53 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 37 replies · 134+ views
    AP (via Google) ^ | 5/8/2008 | Hussein Dakroub
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Thursday that the Lebanese government had declared war on his Shiite militant group by declaring its private telecommunications network an illegal threat to state security. Nasrallah vowed to fight any attempts to disarm Hezbollah in a speech that hiked tensions already running high after a long-simmering political crisis between the Hezbollah-led opposition and the government erupted into sectarian violence. "Those who try to arrest us, we will arrest them," he said. "Those who shoot at us, we will shoot at them. The hand raised against us, we will cut it off."...
  • Hizbullah blocks roads, airport in protest against Lebanese government

    05/07/2008 11:59:12 AM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies · 114+ views
    Jerusalem Post/AP ^ | 5/7/2008 | unattributed
    Explosions and gunfire rang out across the Lebanese capital Wednesday as Hizbullah backers trying to enforce a strike against the US-backed government clashed with government supporters and blocked roads. The cause of the explosions was not immediately known, but witnesses and television reports said they may have been rocket-propelled grenades. There was no word on casualties, and the shooting later died down. The strike paralyzed large parts of Beirut. Hizbullah protesters blocked roads with burning tires, dirt, old cars and garbage cans to enforce a labor strike against government economic policies and to demand pay raises. The violence deepened tensions...
  • Iran clerics rebuke Ahmadinejad over 'hidden imam'

    05/07/2008 9:02:28 AM PDT · by mojito · 34 replies · 433+ views
    AFP/Breitbart ^ | 5/7/2008 | unattributed
    Clerics have told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stick to more worldly issues after he was quoted as saying the "hidden imam" of Shiite Islam was directing Iran. Ahmadinejad has always been a devotee of the Mahdi, the twelfth imam of Shiite Islam, who Shiites believe disappeared more than a thousand years ago and who will return one day to usher in a new era of peace and harmony. But in a speech to theology students broadcast by state television on Monday, Ahmadinejad went further than ever before in emphasising his belief that the Mahdi is playing a critical role in...
  • Opposition and majority followers clash in Beirut streets(pro-Hezbollah Shiite vs pro-West Sunni?)

    04/06/2008 5:21:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 162+ views
    Earth Times ^ | 04/04/08
    Opposition and majority followers clash in Beirut streets Posted : Fri, 04 Apr 2008 20:38:06 GMT Author : DPA Beirut - Shiite opposition followers and rival Sunnis who back the western-backed Lebanese government clashed late Friday on the streets of the capital, Lebanese police said. Machinegun fire was heard across the areas of Ras al-Nabaa and Wataa al-Moustabeh but no further details were available, the police said. Local media reported that followers of the Shiite Amal movement, who are loyal to the opposition headed by Hezbollah, clashed with the Sunni Future Current movement led by majority leader Saad Hariri. Lebanese...
  • Forces Cooperate to Stop Violence in Multinational Division Center

    04/03/2008 5:12:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 96+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 3, 2008 – Iraqi security forces, aided by coalition forces and local citizens, neutralized threats from an Iranian-backed “special group” in a Baghdad-area neighborhood last week, a U.S. Army brigade commander in the area said today. As Iraqi security and coalition forces clashed with Shiite special groups in Basra and elsewhere in Iraq, violence in the Multinational Division Center area of operations was very limited. “There was a little bit of reaction, but because of the strength of the (combined force), nothing major happened,” Col. Wayne Grigsby of Multinational Division Center said during a conference call. The division’s...
  • Militias control parts of Basra

    03/30/2008 8:29:37 AM PDT · by afortiori · 22 replies · 577+ views
    The Boston Globe (New York Times News Service) ^ | James Glanz and Michael Kamber
    BAGHDAD - Shi'ite militiamen in Basra openly controlled wide swaths of the city yesterday and staged increasingly bold raids on Iraqi government forces sent in five days ago to wrest control from the gunmen, witnesses said, as Iraqi political leaders grew increasingly critical of the stalled assault.
  • Shiite leader al-Sadr defies Iraq gov't (orders followers to not surrender their weapons)

    03/29/2008 1:37:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 936+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/29/08 | Robert H. Reid - ap
    BAGHDAD - Anti-American Shiite militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers Saturday to defy government orders to surrender their weapons, as U.S. jets struck Shiite extremists near Basra to bolster a faltering Iraqi offensive against gunmen in the city. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki acknowledged he may have miscalculated by failing to foresee the strong backlash that his offensive, which began Tuesday, provoked in areas of Baghdad and other cities where Shiite militias wield power. Government television said the round-the-clock curfew imposed two days ago on the capital and due to expire Sunday would be extended indefinitely. The U.S. Embassy tightened...
  • US attacks Shiite targets (fires Hellfire missile in the main Shiite stronghold in Baghdad)

    03/28/2008 1:22:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,284+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/28/08 | Robert H. Reid - ap
    BAGHDAD - U.S. forces stepped deeper Friday into the Iraqi government's fight to cripple Shiite militias, launching airstrikes in the southern city of Basra and firing a Hellfire missile in the main Shiite stronghold in Baghdad. The American support occurred as Iraqi troops struggled against strong resistance in Basra and retaliation elsewhere in Shiite areas — including more salvos of rockets or mortars into the U.S.-protected Green Zone in Baghdad. It was the first time American jets have been called to attack militia positions since Iraqi ground forces launched an operation Tuesday to clear Basra of the armed groups that...
  • Green Zone target for Shiite militias

    03/27/2008 3:24:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 358+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/08 | Bradley Brooks - ap
    BAGHDAD - Warning sirens wail and within seconds rockets and mortars strike — sometimes one or two, other times 10 or more. The Green Zone is again a prime target as American and British diplomats, Iraqi politicians, contractors and others struggle to go about their business — always aware that any time they are outside the most fortified buildings there is a chance to be injured or killed. The danger has temporarily reshaped life: Green Zone traffic is minimal, few people venture out on the streets and security precautions — always high — have been boosted. Many diplomats and others...
  • AP IMPACT: Shiite enclave back on edge (Sadr City and the Mahdi Army)

    03/26/2008 1:40:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 693+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/26/08 | Hamzi Hendawi and Qassam Abdul-Zahra - ap
    BAGHDAD - Shiite militiamen are everywhere. Police and Iraqi army checkpoints are nowhere in sight. U.S. soldiers are keeping their distance. Sadr City — the Baghdad nerve center for the powerful Mahdi Army — is suddenly back on edge as the militia leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, and Iraq's government lock in a dangerous confrontation over clout and control among the nation's majority Shiites. The epicenter of the showdown has been the southern oil hub of Basra, where clashes have claimed dozens of lives this week and al-Sadr's forces face a Friday deadline to surrender. But a more finely tuned measure of...
  • Sadr City from slum to political base (Muqqty's 'hood history)

    03/26/2008 1:23:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 387+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/26/08 | AP
    Some facts about Sadr City, the Baghdad stronghold of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia: HISTORY: Sadr City was built in the late 1950s by Prime Minister Abdul Karim Qassim to provide housing for Baghdad's largely Shiite urban poor, many of whom had migrated from southern Iraq. It was first named Revolution City and became a stronghold of the Iraq Communist party. It was renamed Saddam City after the late president took power in 1979. After Saddam's ouster in 2003, it became known as Sadr City in honor of Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr, who was killed, probably by...
  • Islam’s Animal Gulag--Where are all the animal rights activists?

    03/11/2008 5:33:40 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies · 836+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 3-11-08 | Jamie Glazov
    Islam’s Animal Gulag   By Jamie | Tuesday, March 11, 2008 Frontpage Interview's guest today is Robert Spencer, a scholar of Islamic history, theology, and law and the director of Jihad Watch. He is the author of seven books, eight monographs, and hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism, including the New York Times Bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Religion of Peace? FP: Robert Spencer, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Spencer: Thank you, Jamie. Always a pleasure. FP: An Iranian man was recently sentenced...
  • Iraq to ‘swim in lake of blood’ if Sadr killed

    03/06/2008 12:41:07 AM PST · by ari-freedom · 38 replies · 306+ views
    Azzaman ^ | February 27, 2008 | Nidhal al-Laithi
    A leading figure in the movement led by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said the group would not pardon anyone if their leader is harmed. “In the event Sadr is harmed, Iraqi will them swim in a lake of blood,” warned Sheikh Sadeq al-Hasnawi. Hasnawi is one of the top officials leading the movement in Sadr’s absence. He said the cleric was currently in Iran “studying and mediating” in the religious city of Qom which is the Iranian equivalent of Iraq’s holy city of Najaf where Shiite clerics are educated and trained. Hasnawi made the remarks in response to unconfirmed reports...
  • Commander in Iraq Expresses Optimism About Security Gains

    02/22/2008 3:27:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 175+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2008 – Security contributions provided by surge-fortified U.S. forces and ongoing efforts by Iraqi soldiers, police and concerned local citizens’ groups have combined to produce stability, a senior U.S. officer posted in Iraq said today. “The current security situation is stable, and I am optimistic about the future,” said Army Col. Tom James, commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, a component of the Fort Stewart, Ga.-based 3rd Infantry Division. The Iraq veteran and his unit deployed to Iraq in December. A component of Multinational Division Center, James’ 3,000-member brigade is based at Forward Operating Base Kalsu,...
  • Pakistan A 'Hotbed' For [Islamic] Terror

    02/17/2008 2:15:14 PM PST · by values · 10 replies · 173+ views
    Pakistan A 'Hotbed' For [Islamic] Terror National Post, Canada - Feb 14, 2008 Now, it is rapidly becoming a central front in the US-led war on terror. The harsh mountainous territory, which Pakistan doesn't control and is off limits...