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  • Western-backed SDF troops impose siege on ISIS in Manbij

    06/07/2016 9:51:57 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 36 replies
    ARA News (Kurdish) ^ | June 8, 2016 | Hozan Mamo and Sarbaz Yusif
    Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday imposed a siege on the ISIS-held city of Manbij from three directions, after recapturing dozens of villages and farms in the vicinity of the city north of Syria’s Aleppo province. ...Local sources confirmed that a large number of ISIS militants escaped the city using the western exit, and headed to Aleppo.
  • Craig Shirley: ‘Cleveland Is Going To Be A City Under Siege’ During GOP Convention

    04/08/2016 1:11:25 PM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 8, 2016 | Dan Riehl
    Reagan biographer and public affairs consultant Craig Shirley tells Breitbart News Daily that “Cleveland is going to be a city under siege by Left wing protesters protesting Donald Trump and the Republicans” when the GOP comes to town to pick its nominee in July. “First of all, on the outside, you can expect a lot of protesters a la Chicago … a lot of Left wing protesters, Black Lives Matter, Left Wing college professors,” Shirley tells host Stephen K. Bannon.
  • Syrian army and allies breaks rebel siege of Shi'ite towns: army

    02/03/2016 10:36:20 PM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 3, 2016 7:16pm EST | Laila Bassam
    The Syrian army and its allies have broken a three-year rebel siege of two Shi’ite towns [Nubul and Zahraa] in northwest Syria, government and rebel groups said on Wednesday, cutting off a main insurgent route to nearby Turkey. The two towns [...] are connected to the border by areas under the control of Kurdish militias. "Less than 3 km separate the regime from cutting all routes to opposition-held Aleppo," said Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said. "It did in three days what it failed to do in 3-1/2 years." Breaking the siege opens a direct...
  • Syrian Rebels Shift to Tunnel Warfare

    03/16/2015 8:04:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 15, 2015 | Elliott Carter
    On March 4 at 5:31 p.m., computer screens at the European Mediterranean Seismological Center lit up. A a 2.3-magnitude tremor had just rattled Aleppo in eastern Syria. But it wasn’t an earthquake. Rebel tunnelers had planted a huge stash of explosives under the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Directorate headquarters. The underground attack represented a powerful blow against the Syrian regime. The explosion was a current adaptation of a medieval siege tactic. Pre-modern soldiers would dig a tunnel deep under an enemy castle’s walls, collapse the tunnel and bring down the castle along with it. Syria’s rebels do the same, but...
  • Netanyahu on Australia cafe siege: International Islamic terror does not know borders

    12/15/2014 11:29:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post [Israel] & Reuters ^ | 12/15/14 | Herb Keinon
    Rome - Emerging from a a three-hour meeting in Rome with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´ s first comments related to the siege on the cafe in Sydney Australia that ended shortly before. Netanyahu sent his condolences to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and the Australian people. He said that International Islamic terror does not know borders, and the struggle against it needs to be global. (Snip) Netanyahu then discussed the focus of his meeting with Kerry saying that Israel will “do everything possible” to make sure that the UN Security Council does not impose
  • BREAKING: Belgium Siege; Four Gunmen Take Hostages In Ghent, Belgium

    12/15/2014 3:10:36 AM PST · by absentee · 19 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12/15/2014 | Caleb Howe
    The BBC and other outlets report this morning that as many as four gunmen have entered a residential apartment building in Ghent, Belgium and have taken hostages. ABC/Reuters reports: Four gunmen in Belgium have taken several people hostage after they entered a flat in the north-western city of Ghent, according to unconfirmed reports. Heavily-armed police have surrounded the area and authorities have urged residents to stay indoors. The state prosecution service said there were no immediate indications of a link to terrorism. It is not known if the event is related to the Sydney Siege. Reports continue to break on...
  • St Petersburg village transformed into warzone as Siege of Leningrad re-enacted by historians..

    01/27/2014 11:38:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2014 | Staff
    World War II re-enactors today staged the final Siege of Leningrad battle in St Petersburg to mark the 70th anniversary of the fight which ended the Nazi blockade of the city. More than 400 history fans dressed up as Soviet Red Army soldiers and Nazi Germany troops to recreate the battle which ended one of the world's most deadliest sieges. The re-enactment took place in the village of Porogki in Leningrad - now known as St Petersburg - in front of hundreds of spectators.
  • Kiev: Government Buildings Under Siege

    12/02/2013 10:36:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 67 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/12/13 | Gil Ronen
    Thousands of demonstrators besieged government buildings in Kiev Tuesday, rallying against President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to abandon a long-awaited deal for closer ties with the EU. A group of protesters tried to storm Yanukovich's office and police chased protesters away with tear-gas and truncheons, injuring dozens. “The blockade is severely disrupting the process of government here," said a reporter for Al Jazeera in Kiev. "Essentially, President Yanukovich has lost control of the center of Kiev." The Guardian reported that police had “deserted the center of the city, while thousands of people blocked entrances to government buildings and gathered again on...
  • Israel: Bible Assyrian seige account matches archaeological find

    08/21/2013 3:54:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 21, 2013 | Megan Gannon
    Archaeologists say they have discovered massive fortifications on the coast of Israel that may have protected an Assyrian artificial harbor during the Iron Age more than 2,700 years ago. Researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) unearthed the crescent-shaped structure in the Israeli city of Ashdod, just south of Tel Aviv. The impressive fortifications date back to the eighth century B.C. At their core is a mud-brick wall that measures more than 12 feet (3.6 meters) wide and 15 feet (4.5 m) high. This wall is covered in layers of mud and sand extending outward hundreds of feet. "The fortifications appear...
  • Dorner manhunt: Charred human remains found in burned cabin

    02/13/2013 11:39:10 AM PST · by libstripper · 283 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 13, 2013 | Andrew Blankstein & others
    Charred human remains have been found in the burned cabin where police believe fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner was holed up after trading gunfire with law enforcement, authorities said. If the body is identified to be Dorner’s, the standoff would end a weeklong manhunt for the ex-LAPD officer and Navy Reserve lieutenant who is believed to be responsible for a string of revenge-fueled shootings following his firing by the Los Angeles Police Department several years ago. Four people have died, allegedly at Dorner’s hands.
  • Obama seeks "fuller understanding" of what happened in Algeria siege

    01/19/2013 7:20:18 PM PST · by ImNotLying · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 19, 2013 | Staff journalist
    President Barack Obama offered on Saturday to provide any assistance the Algerian government needs after a deadly hostage siege at a desert gas plant and said the United States was seeking a "fuller understanding" from Algerian authorities of what took place there.
  • Rasmussen: Only 23% believe embassy sieges related to YouTube video

    09/24/2012 9:07:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/24/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    When a false narrative collapses, it tends to accelerate on the way down. Just eight days after UN Ambassador Susan Rice went on five Sunday talk shows to insist that the sacking of our consulate in Benghazi and the murder of our ambassador resulted from a protest over a YouTube video that "spun out of control," only 23% of likely voters buy that argument in Rasmussen's latest poll. In fact, two-thirds think it was "very likely" a preplanned terrorist attack --- as evidence has begun to show: Most voters think the recent protests at U.S. embassies in the Middle East...
  • Obama Went to Bed While Consulate was Under Siege

    09/22/2012 10:21:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Front Page ^ | 9/23/12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Forget the 3 AM phone call. Obama couldn’t even be trusted with an 11 PM phone call. They say that only a man with a clear conscience, or no conscience at all, can sleep this way. But hey, he had to be rested for the next fundraiser and the next party. Jay-Z and Beyonce, unlike dead ambassadors and Libyan militias, actually matter. Fox News’ Special Report informed us that Barack Obama knew of the attack on the Libyan consulate within 90 minutes of it beginning. There is no doubt that Obama knew that the attacks involved AK-47s, along with Rocket...
  • Egypt mediators try to remove Salafist Bedouin from MFO base. US force under siege

    09/15/2012 7:38:31 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 34 replies
    Debka ^ | 9/15/12
    Contrary to Egyptian claims to be in control of the Multinational Force in northern Sinai base after its invasion by Salafist Bedouin gunmen Friday night, all they had managed to do by Saturday morning was to mediate between the New Zealand general who commands the base and the invaders on terms for their departure. The gunmen linked to al Qaeda still control the exits and entrances to the Al Ghora base, holding hundreds of US officers, soldiers and airmen to siege.
  • Military Strategy: What are the optimal siege tactics for taking Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle?

    07/17/2012 7:34:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies
    Military Strategy: What are the optimal siege tactics for taking Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle? What if the Mouse House rises up as an evil totalitarianism government, enslaving the masses and dooming us all to a life of hand-stitching Pluto plushies? Something would have to be done. And one pack of folks has outlined the perfect plan of attack on Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle. The story originates at as follows ... Cinderella Castle is the the worldwide-recognized icon of the Disney empire. Physical representations of it stand at the center of two Disney Parks: Walt Disney World in Florida, and...
  • French shooting suspect Mohamed Merah arrested after Toulouse siege

    03/21/2012 6:43:12 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 72 replies · 1+ views
    National Post ^ | 3-21-2012 | National Post Wire Services
    A gunman suspected of killing seven people in the name of al-Qaeda, including three children at a Jewish school, has been arrested by police after an hours-long siege in southwestern France. About 300 police, some in bullet-proof body armor, had earlier cordoned off an area surrounding a four-storey house in a leafy suburb of the city of Toulouse where the 24-year-old Muslim man, identified as Mohamed Merah, was holed up on the ground floor. Merah had been arrested for bomb making in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar in 2007 but escaped months later in a Taliban prison break, the...
  • Palestinians plan diplomatic steps to put Israel under 'international siege'

    01/01/2012 8:59:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 1/1/12 | Barak Ravid
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's envoy Isaac Molho will meet with top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Amman Tuesday for preliminary talks aimed at setting an agenda for peace negotiations, even as the Palestinians are preparing a diplomatic campaign that aims to put Israel under "a real international siege." (Snip) The diplomatic offensive the Palestinians are planning to launch later this month could include pushing the UN Security Council to pass a resolution condemning settlement construction and urging the International Criminal Court to try Israel for war crimes related to its 2008-2009 incursion into the Gaza Strip.
  • Syria: Residents Report Homs is Under Siege

    12/25/2011 3:37:45 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/12/11 | Elad Benari
    Residents in the Syrian city of Homs called for western intervention on Saturday after activists said the area has come under renewed attack from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Al Jazeera cited residents who told the network on Saturday that army tanks were shelling the city. Activists in the Bab Amr district said they had been under siege for the last 48 hours. One resident told the network, “There is heavy bombardments going on since early morning and there is non-stop firing so far. So many people are been killed, we have counted so far 16 people have been...
  • Siege on DC, 1/21/2011

    12/10/2010 6:39:49 AM PST · by tldavis · 7 replies ^ | 12/9/2010 | T.L. Davis
    "There is talk now of 'holding their feet to the fire' and making our representatives accountable for their promises; to ensure the Constitutionally limited government we are due. A sweeping election has taken place to install those who will follow the dictates of the people. Have we learned nothing? Has there not been elections in the past with the same intent? An election is not a solution, it is merely an expression of political will, not enforcement. To make change happen it takes boots on the ground, people in the halls of congress and a list of demands to be...
  • McChrystal planned to move soldiers killed in Afghan siege

    10/04/2009 7:54:39 PM PDT · by Saije · 55 replies · 2,453+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | 10/4/2009 | Mark Sappenfield
    One fundamental tenet of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's controversial Afghanistan strategy aims at avoiding precisely the kinds of attacks that killed eight American soldiers Sunday. In what is being described as one of the boldest attacks of the Afghan insurgency, an estimated 300 militants sustained a day-long siege against a coalition outpost in Nuristan Province – a place where the rule of law is so tenuous and the terrain so forbidding that it is seen as one of the likeliest hiding places for Osama bin Laden. It is also has fewer people than Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Beyond the request for more...
  • On The Present Danger Facing Israel And All Jews

    02/03/2008 11:32:14 AM PST · by Victory111 · 7 replies · 4,478+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 2-3-08 | Rachel Neuwirth
    The entire body of the Jewish people today – in Israel, in Europe, in America, in Australia and New Zealand, and throughout the world – is in grave danger. Our very existence as a people and as a faith is in jeopardy. The threat to our survival has two components to it: the external siege being waged against Israel and the Jewish people throughout the world by the international jihadist movement, its sympathizers and appeasers; and the internal siege that we Jews, both in Israel and in the Diaspora, including the United States, are waging against ourselves.
  • Gunfights in Lebanon siege camp after 17 killed

    06/10/2007 3:15:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 645+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/10/07 | Nicolas Tohme
    NAHR AL-BARED, Lebanon (AFP) - Lebanese soldiers and diehard Islamist militants entrenched in a refugee camp fought gunbattles on Sunday after at least 17 people were killed in an operation to storm rebel positions. As the showdown entered its fourth week, an army officer at the scene said the high casualties were suffered in clashes on Saturday that were often at close quarters and accompanied by heavy artillery fire from the military. The army, which has encircled Nahr al-Bared, tried to push into the Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon and overrun positions held by Fatah al-Islam militants, which has...
  • Fears mount for civilians trapped in Lebanon siege

    05/26/2007 9:04:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 700+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/26/07 | Michel Moutot
    NAHR AL-BARED, Lebanon (AFP) - Fears for thousands of civilians caught in the Lebanese army's siege of Islamist militants grew Sunday as those brave enough to escape told harrowing tales of survival. The United Nations made an urgent appeal for the safety of children among an estimated 10,000 mainly Palestinian civilians caught in the crossfire at the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp, where the Islamist gunmen are holed up. Lebanese troops encircled the camp a week ago, when fighting broke out with Fatah al-Islam militants that has killed 78 people, forced thousands to flee and trapped thousands more in unbearable conditions....
  • Lawmaker's Lansing office defaced

    03/21/2007 6:35:10 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 12 replies · 494+ views
    MLIVE ^ | March 21,2007 | ART AISNER
    Authorities are beefing up security around U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers and his family after his congressional office in Lansing was vandalized, apparently by anti-war protesters, officials said. Livingston County Sheriff's deputies are watching Rogers' Brighton home due to the vandalism at his district office in downtown Lansing overnight Monday and a similar incident outside another Michigan congressman's home Saturday, officials said in written statement. The vandals splattered red paint on signs with Rogers' name and a "support the troops'' slogan on the building, and plastered a sign saying the four-term congressman has blood on his hands. They also spray painted...
  • Democrats lay siege to Iraq war plans (AP - David Espo)

    02/06/2007 4:09:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 546+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/6/07 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON - Democratic critics of the Iraq war seized the offensive at both ends of the Capitol on Tuesday, disclosing plans for a symbolic rejection by the House of President Bush's decision to deploy additional troops and filing legislation in the Senate to require withdrawal of U.S. military personnel. "We're going to stand by our soldiers, but we're not going to stand by a failed policy that exposes more of our soldiers to death and suffering," said Sen. Richard Durbin (news, bio, voting record) of Illinois, rebutting charges that the war's critics may be undermining the morale or even the...
  • Experts find site of Zulu siege

    08/22/2006 10:26:50 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 125 replies · 3,067+ views
    BBC ^ | 22 Aug 2006 | Stephen Stewart
    British soldiers fighting the Zulus experienced appalling conditions similar to the muddy killing fields of World War I, it has emerged. Archaeologists have revealed details of soldiers' battle for survival during a bloody siege in the Anglo-Zulu War. The colonial war in 1879 was dramatised by Michael Caine in the film Zulu. Historians lacked detailed evidence of the troops' daily lives, but a team of experts from Glasgow have now uncovered a forgotten British fort. The site at KwaMondi, Eshowe, in South Africa, has been hailed as a treasure trove of historical information which sheds light on the heroism and...
  • Mexico election protesters vow 'siege'

    08/15/2006 7:35:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 569+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/15/06 | Ioan Grillo - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Supporters of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged Tuesday to place conservative Felipe Calderon "under siege" if he is declared the winner of the disputed presidential elections. Supporters of Calderon, who holds a slight advantage in official vote counts on the July 2 race, meanwhile accused Lopez Obrador of wanting to make blood flow in the conflict. The heightened rhetoric came one day after the first violent incident in a month of protests police saw protesters clash with police outside the Congress building in Mexico City; the leftists plan another march on Congress on Sept. 1, and...
  • Gaza Families Count The Cost Of Israeli Seige

    07/02/2006 8:19:51 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 745+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-3-2006 | Harry de Quetteville
    Gaza families count the cost of Israeli siege By Harry de Quetteville and Patrick Bishop in Gaza (Filed: 03/07/2006) Israel's deputy prime minister said his country would prosecute Palestinian government officials seized in connection with the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier. The threat came as concern grew over the humanitarian cost of Israel's siege of the coastal territory, the most crowded place on earth. A Palestinian family examines the damage to their house after it was left in ruins by the Israeli army "They will be put to trial," Shimon Peres told CNN's Late Edition on Sunday. "And they will...
  • GlobalSpec Games Trebuchet Challenge (Sport of Engineers)

    05/09/2006 6:17:21 PM PDT · by visualops · 5 replies · 577+ views
    Globalspec ^ | 5-09-06 | Globalspec
    Remember the Trebuchet, the original siege engine?It's back and ready to put your physics muscles to the test. Custome build your "Treb" to take on three seperate challenges: Distance, Accuracy and Power. GlobalSpec Treb Challenge
  • The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege

    10/31/2005 8:50:45 AM PST · by forty_years · 6 replies · 690+ views ^ | October 31, 2005 | Kenneth Levin
    Dr. Levin is the author of The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege. He earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A./M.A. in English language and literature from Oxford University, an M.D. degree from Penn and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. He is a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and maintains a private practice in psychiatry. Dr. Levin has written extensively on Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict. His articles have appeared in The New Republic, The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, and The Jerusalem Post. On the...
  • Saudi siege over - Ikhbariyah TV

    09/06/2005 10:20:00 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 221+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | September 06 2005
    In a live dispatch, Al-Ikhbariyah TV correspondent in Al-Dammam has reported that the siege is now over after Saudi security forces stormed the building where Islamist militants where holed up. He added that the building is still being encircled as "a precautionary measure". He confirmed that two of the militants died last night after blowing themselves up and that one member of the security forces had also been killed. The TV presenter also added that the building was now under the total control of the Saudi security forces. Source: Al-Ikhbariyah TV, Riyadh, in Arabic 1053 gmt 6 Sep 05
  • N. Korea:Consort's death rocks Kim Jong-il(Kerry's loss even harder,state of siege in preparation)

    11/16/2004 3:49:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies · 4,507+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 11/15/04 | Michael Sheridan
    Consort's death rocks Kim Jong-il Michael Sheridan, Beijing November 15, 2004 HARDLINERS have tightened their political grip on North Korea while Kim Jong-il, the Stalinist state's dictator, has retreated into virtual seclusion after the death of his favourite consort from cancer. Chinese and Western sources say the regime has prepared for a state of siege as it confronts a re-elected US administration under George W. Bush that is determined to break Pyongyang and disarm it of nuclear weapons. As Japanese envoys tried to persuade the North Koreans last week to rejoin multinational talks, Mr Kim's absence from the scene led...
  • Russian TV Broadcasts Siege Video

    09/07/2004 4:00:47 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 1,156+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-7-2004
    Russian TV broadcasts siege video Watch the video Dramatic video footage of inside the school in Beslan during the siege has been aired on Russian television. It shows adults and children packed into the school gymnasium as heavily-armed, masked men walk around the room. Explosives, apparently wired and ready for use, lie on the floor while others are looped around basketball hoops at either end of the gym. Russia's NTV network, the first to broadcast the video clip, said it had been recorded by the hostage-takers. The network did not explain how it obtained the pictures. The footage shows hundreds...
  • Photo: Russian working Beslan siege site wearing American flag T-shirt

    09/03/2004 11:08:26 PM PDT · by Stoat · 41 replies · 2,525+ views
    MyWay News ^ | September 3, 2004 | Photo by Ivan Sekretarev
    People carry a stretcher with a victim from a seized school in Beslan, North Ossetia, Friday, Sept. 3, 2004. Commandos stormed a school Friday in southern Russia where hundreds of hostages had been held for three days, sending hostage-takers and their captives fleeing in a scene of chaos amid explosions and gunfire. More than 100 children were wounded in the assault, some running from the building naked and covered in blood. Victim's condition is not known.
  • 646 vicitms of terrorist act in Beslan hospitalized.

    09/03/2004 11:21:10 AM PDT · by blasater1960 · 288 replies · 7,631+ views
    Tass ^ | Tass
    TOP NEWS 646 vicitms of terrorist act in Beslan hospitalized. 03.09.2004, 22.00 “The former hostages are receiving therapy in mobile hospitals and clinics of Beslan and Vladikavkaz,” the source said. Some 130 wounded people, including children, are in the Vladikavkaz clinic. The republican clinic has 38 patients, including five children, with the severest wounds and traumas, and the children’s clinic of Vladikavkaz has admitted 186 children. Eighty adults are receiving therapy in the airmobile hospital, 200 in the medical emergency clinic, 32 in the republican clinic, two in the military hospital of Vladikavkaz, and four in the first town hospital...
  • Al-Sadr Dashes Hopes Of Early End To Seige

    08/21/2004 7:01:28 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 530+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-22-2004 | Neil Barnett
    Al-Sadr dashes hopes of early end to siege By Neil Barnett in the Imam Ali shrine, Najaf (Filed: 22/08/2004) Aides to Moqtada al-Sadr, the rebel Iraqi cleric, dashed hopes yesterday of a quick end to the siege of Najaf after earlier offering to hand over the keys to Shia Islam's holiest shrine. "We will keep defending the shrine after handing over the keys. There will be no end," declared Ahmed Shebani, Sadr's spokesman, reflecting the defiance of militants inside the Imam Ali mosque.Militants loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr remain in control of the shrine Despite last week's relentless onslaught on the...
  • THE CHURCH MILITANT--REAL MILITANT--The Knights of St. John & the Siege of Malta

    03/29/2004 11:19:37 AM PST · by Antoninus · 37 replies · 528+ views
    Catholic Men's Quarterly ^ | March 2004 | Nicholas C. Prata
    THE CHURCH MILITANT...REAL MILITANT     Just as Jesus Christ is often transformed into some new-age sensitive patsy instead of the Son of God become Man, so, too, is the Church’s teaching on the just war often misrepresented by both doves and hawks, pacifists and warmongers.  In this struggle, the pacifists have the upper hand because Christ, though he did speak often of Hell and its attendant pains, is the Prince of Peace whose law is love, and the Church’s teaching on what constitutes a just war is very strict and seeks peace first always.  However, just as common sense tells...

    04/04/2003 4:44:26 PM PST · by Rockitz · 27 replies · 296+ views
    STRATFOR ^ | 4/3/2003 | Dr. George Friedman
    Summary From the beginning of the war-planning process, Baghdad posed the greatest challenge. The United States does not want to fight an urban battle, but the conquest of Iraq cannot be complete without the fall of Baghdad. The initial U.S. action -- trying to kill Saddam Hussein -- was designed to trigger a political capitulation that would make a battle for Baghdad unnecessary; it didn't. Iraqi resistance may collapse simply out from attacks and internal weakness. But if this doesn't happen, three war-fighting models will be available. One is the fall of Paris in 1944 -- the favored U.S. strategy....
  • Goal of U.S.: Avoid a Siege

    04/02/2003 9:05:35 PM PST · by Diddley · 12 replies · 164+ views
    New York Times ^ | Apr 2, 2003 | MICHAEL R. GORDON
    CAMP DOHA, Kuwait, April 2 — One of the most important episodes today in the intensifying war in Iraq was not the American advance toward Baghdad. It was the American military's effort to stop the Iraqi Republican Guard from getting to the Iraqi capital. As American Army and Marine columns rumbled toward Baghdad, Republican Guard units began to withdraw from their defensive positions outside the capital and retreat into the city, where some Republican Guard units have already managed to redeploy. "The enemy is taking what forces he can muster and is ordering them back into the city," a senior...
  • CNN World & FOX News-Rumours of 30 day 'Stand Down' Orders going through Front Line Ranks..

    03/30/2003 7:33:13 PM PST · by ewing · 126 replies · 287+ views
    Fox News Imed and CNN World Rpeorter ^ | March 30, 2003 | CNN World Broadcast staff
    <p>Nothing up on any wires or webistes I could see, but it was reported by tow different network imbedded reporters so there may be something to it.</p> <p>Its been reported that 4th infantry will be in place by April 1, so I don't know what the stop would be for other than more resupplies.</p>
  • DRUDGE-Siege of Baghdad Starts in 4 Days...

    03/17/2003 5:34:36 PM PST · by ewing · 69 replies · 211+ views
    DrudgeReport ^ | March 17, 2003 | Matt Drudge
    Troops hope to have Saddam Hussein surrounded in Baghdad within 4 days after an unprecedented aerial blitz which will obliterate 1 in 10 Iraq buildings
  • Bush Blames 'Terrorists' Not Putin For Siege Deaths

    10/28/2002 2:58:20 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 242+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 10-28-2002 | Tabassum Zakaria
    Bush Blames 'Terrorists' Not Putin for Siege Deaths By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush blames the "terrorists" rather than the Russian government for the deaths of 115 people when Russian special forces used gas to end a siege by Chechen rebels at a Moscow theater, a White House spokesman said on Monday. But a State Department official said Washington had asked Russia to explain the special forces assault on Saturday in which all but two of the 117 hostages who died were killed by the gas. Russian officials have refused to identify the gas, even to the doctors...
  • Moscow Pressed To Reveal Siege Gas

    10/27/2002 5:20:23 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 339+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-27-2002
    Sunday, 27 October, 2002, 11:56 GMT Moscow pressed to identify siege gas Hostages are not being allowed out of hospital The authorities in Russia are coming under increasing pressure to reveal details about the type of gas used by special forces in a raid which ended a three-day siege at a Moscow theatre. The latest health ministry statement says that 118 hostages - 28 more than previously reported - and up to 50 Chechen rebels died after troops stormed the theatre on Saturday. Many hostages are in a serious condition As the death toll rose, two foreign nationals were reported...
  • Moscow Probes Al-Qa'eda Link As Moscow Siege Ends With 150 Dead (Graphic Photo)

    10/26/2002 6:38:09 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 534+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-27-2002 | Christina Lamb/Ben Aris
    Russians probe al-Qa'eda link as Moscow siege ends with 150 dead By Christina Lamb and Ben Aris in Moscow (Filed: 27/10/2002) Russian security forces were last night investigating links between Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'eda organisation and Chechen rebels after special forces dramatically ended the Moscow theatre siege, leaving scores of hostages dead. Most of the 50 Chechen terrorists - including 18 women - were killed when the Russian forces moved in a dawn raid after filling the theatre with sleeping gas through the ventilation system. Russian emergency services bring hostages out of the theatre after the special forces assault The...
  • Israeli Siege Of Arafat 'Is Killing Peace Hope'

    09/27/2002 5:07:02 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 153+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-28-2002 | Justin Huggler
    Israeli siege of Arafat 'is killing peace hope' By Justin Huggler in Jerusalem 28 September 2002 The Israeli army's siege of Yasser Arafat amid the ruins of his bulldozed presidential compound could mean "the death" of hopes for a Palestinian state and a peace agreement, the United Nations' most senior envoy to the Middle East said yesterday. "The deterioration is leading towards a situation where we could be seeing the beginning of the death of the two-state solution," Terje Roed Larsen, one of the architects of the 1993 Oslo peace accords, said. President George Bush has said he wants a...
  • Muqata stalemate continues; Pope, EU call for end to siege; protests in the PA's streets

    09/24/2002 6:59:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 204+ views
    Ha'aretz Daily ^ | 9/25/02 | Amos Harel
    The stalemate over the siege of the Muqata, the Ramallah headquarters of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, remained yesterday as the Palestinians stuck to their refusal to provide Israel with a list of the estimated 200 people inside the last remaining building in the Palestinian Authority compound demolished by IDF bulldozers and tanks over the weekend. Meanwhile, Pope John Paul called for an end to the violence and the siege and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who holds the European Union's rotating presidency, urged Yasser Arafat to do all he can to rein in suicide bomb attacks against Israel and...
  • IDF Surrounds Arafat, then Retreats

    06/05/2002 10:50:52 PM PDT · by cgk · 43 replies · 375+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 6 June 2002 | JPost & AP
    THE IDF SURROUNDS ARAFAT, THEN RETREATS By THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF AND ASSOCIATED PRESSThe IDF surrounded Palestinian Authority head Yasser Arafat's office in Ramallah today and penned him inside, after a bus bombing in northern Israel that killed 17 people. Israel Radio said two Palestinians were killed and five were wounded during the incursion. The forces lead by dozens of danks, elite troops and infantry retreated from the area a short time later, the radio said. Before the pullout, Palestinians reported hearing two large explosions near the compound's prison and intelligence headquarters. The IDF sustained no casualties in the...
  • Deal reached to end Bethlehem siege

    05/05/2002 2:49:44 PM PDT · by colette_g · 10 replies · 297+ views
    BBC News ^ | Sunday, 5 May, 2002, 21:30 GMT 22:30 UK | BBC News
    Deal reached to end Bethlehem siege Israel and the Palestinians have reached an agreement to end the standoff at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Details have not yet been published, but it is understood that some of the Palestinians whose arrest Israel has been demanding will go to Gaza and others will be exiled, perhaps to Italy. The deal comes as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon heads for the United States where he is scheduled to meet President George W Bush on Tuesday. More than 200 Palestinians, including about 30 gunmen, fled into the church 2 April. Israeli...
  • Bethlehem monks make defiant stand in Nativity siege

    04/17/2002 12:17:20 PM PDT · by LarryLied · 280 replies · 974+ views
    Independent News UK ^ | 4/18/02 | Justin Huggler
    Brother Mark Boyle staggers in, carrying a cardboard box full of Israeli rockets. Brother Mark, a softly spoken 60-year-old monk from near Newcastle upon Tyne, came to Bethlehem to teach English at a Vatican-funded university. That was until the Israeli missiles slammed into the university buildings, blowing great holes in the wall and tearing apart classrooms. Now, like everyone in the town, Brother Mark is under a curfew imposed by the Israeli army. Apart from a couple of three-hour respites to go shopping, he has not been allowed out for two weeks. Twelve monks live in the university; three...