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    The Decentralized Networks of Terrorism and Transnational Crime

    By Douglas Farah

    One of the truly alarming global developments, particularly since the 9/11 attacks, is the growing nexus between organized, transnational criminal groups and terrorist networks.

    In a thought-provoking Outlook piece in the Washington Post, Misha Glenny correctly notes the growing role of the poppy trade in Afghanistan in financing the Taliban, as well as attempts at eradication driving recruits to the armed insurgency.

    The same holds true in Colombia and elsewhere, where the vast profits reaped by drug traffickers who control transnational shipping networks are enhanced by cutting security deals with terrorist organizations.

    As Glenny correctly observes:

    The collapse of communism and the rise of globalization in the late 1980s and early 1990s gave transnational criminality a tremendous boost. The expansion of world trade and financial markets has provided criminals ample opportunity to broaden their activities. But there has been no comparable increase in the ability of the Western world to police global crime.

    International mobsters, unlike terrorists, don't seek to bring down the West; they just want to make a buck. But these two distinct species breed in the same swamps. In areas notorious for crime, such as the tri-border region connecting Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina, or in the blood-diamond conflict zones such as Sierra Leone and Liberia, gangsters and terrorists habitually cooperate and work alongside one another.
    My full blog is here.

    August 20, 2007 12:02 PM Link

    The point this article misses is the most pertinent one, the nexus between Internet crime gangs and Terrorists, its coming and very dangerous.


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    FBI Seeks Pair

    FBI Seeks Pair in Possible Terror Surveillance of Ferries

    By James Gordon Meek

    fbisuspects.jpgFBI and Department of Homeland Security sources tell me they're concerned about a strange incident in Washington state they fear may indicate terrorists are casing ferries for attacks. The FBI's Seattle division this week made the extremely rare move -- with full approval of the bureau's counterterrorism division in D.C. -- of releasing photos of two men who allegedly have been spotted on up to six different ferry runs in the state.

    The pair, who have not yet been identified or apprehended for questioning, tried to access restricted areas on the ferries, which haul 26 million people a year, counterterror sources say. One Coast Guard official told the Seattle Times that the suspects were "taking photographs of doors not seabirds," a fact that prompted the FBI and DHS to issue a bulletin to law enforcement on Wednesday, I have learned.

    The FBI in a statement said the pair's "behavior may have been innocuous." But my sources say that the suspicious actions of the men -- which prompted a ferry worker to snap pictures of them -- is disquieting because of the present heightened threat this summer and the unresolved question of who the men are and why they were trying to photograph the ferries' inner workings and procedures. The case has risen to the top of daily intel briefings in recent days, including at the FBI field office in New York, a source said.

    But the NYPD is not ramping up security on the Staten Island Ferry, sources said. Read more about this bizarre case at the New York Daily News' Mouth of the Potomac Blog.

    August 24, 2007 04:04 PM Link

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    Tora Bora Goat trails and entrails

    Malawa Valley

    Map view

    Cave area

    Binnys cave area

    TRIBAL LEADER, from Patki ( killied )

    Aug. 26, 2007 - One way or another, Afghanistan always comes to this: a group of men of varying degrees of fitness sweating up goat-steep mountainsides, wondering whether trouble will come from ahead, behind or above, and marveling at how anyone can fight in a place like this, in whatever war is going on at the time. The war against the Soviets, the wars between the warlords, the war of the Talibs, the Taliban vs. the Northern Alliance, the American invasion and, now, the apparently endless hunt for Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. In all this, one place, Tora Bora, played a starring role, and still does.

    There used to be a good mountain road up to the entrance to bin Laden's cave complex in the Tora Bora area of Afghanistan's Spin Ghar, or White Mountains, substantial enough for jeeps and even tanks—after all, Osama was an engineer, and that was the talent he first brought to bear when he joined the jihad against the Soviets.

    Now, however, our car could take us only as far as a cemetery for Arab fighters, dating from the December 2001 U.S. bombing campaign, a sloping dirt-and-rock plot marked by a few dozen flattish stones stuck in the earth, no inscriptions. With a local tribal chief known as the Hajji (an honorific conferred on those who have made the pilgrimmage to Mecca) as a guide, we had donned Afghan dress and head scarves and enlisted a single armed guard, also in civilian clothes.

    The Hajji, who guided us on condition he not be named, said he wanted to keep as low a profile as possible. As we prepared to set out on foot, an Afghan who identified himself as an intelligence officer, well-known to the chief, insisted on reporting our presence to one of his counterparts higher up, and then accompanying us; he was armed with a 9mm pistol and carried a mobile phone.

    Remarkably, even at 8,000 feet, our eventual destination, there would still be a signal on the Afghan cell-phone network. He knew we weren't allowed there, but saw no harm in the visit.

    The Hajji was worried most of all about American airstrikes, hence our own lack of visible firepower, but also about Taliban sympathizers in the area, and even the possibility that insurgents may have been missed on the sweep of this part of the Tora Bora area, which had been completed only five days earlier. He was also worried we might run into locals less than thrilled at seeing an American; he told us about a man who had lost his wife and eight children to the U.S. bombing of Tora Bora in 2001, and just the week before had lost another four children by his new wife in the latest bombing campaign.

    The trail climbed up rock scree, and along remnants of what was once a wide road cut by bulldozers into the mountainsides, which were lightly forested and heavily bouldered. In some places landslides had eroded the roadbed; in others, bombs had clearly done the job. The higher we got, the more craters we saw, some of them 30 or 40 feet across. In many places, the pebbles were mixed with bits of shrapnel, bullet casings, rusted bullets and among the rocks were larger metal pieces of military detritus, most of it quite old, as well as mysterious chunks of burnt polyurethanelike foam, with military markings. Here and there were what looked like recently constructed firing positions, rocks piled into a crude shelter high above the path.

    Frequently we saw leaflets, apparently dropped from American aircraft, warning locals against cooperating with the Taliban and Al Qaeda. "Insurgents and terrorists are not your friends," one read in Pashtu, "they will only bring trouble to you if you give them aid", and, "Afghan troops and ISAF [NATO's International Security Assistance Force] and American troops will hunt down people who shelter terrorists." The text was accompanied by garish pictures of evil-looking masked men with glaring white eyes; one had the word OSAMA in a red circle with a diagonal slash through it, like an international no-parking sign. Another showed villagers burying their dead, the apparent point being that that would be the fate of those who help terrorists. Strangely, our translators said, the leaflets were riddled with blatant grammatical errors, as if penned by a child.

    After an hour's climb, we halted and took cover after spotting a column of armed men higher up, on an intersecting ridge; our guard and the intelligence official went ahead, returning satisfied that they were just smugglers heading to Pakistan, about a five-hour walk farther up. Later we came across a series of burned-out Soviet tanks with triumphal Arab graffiti on them, leftovers from the struggle against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

    Our guides kept a careful ear out for the sound of aircraft, stopping occasionally for complete silence to be sure none were near. In Afghanistan, there have been far too many cases of civilians mistakenly bombed, especially in places like this. Every night for the past two weeks, until just two days earlier, there had been heavy bombing throughout Tora Bora, lasting much of the night. Officially, U.S. military spokesmen have been saying very little about the operation. Apparently it began in response to a roadside bomb that killed three American soldiers and an Afghan interpreter on Aug. 11—the three were Special Forces troops, two from the Second Battalion Seventh Special Forces Group, and one from the 3-45 Psychological Operations Company, Second PsyOp Group. According to the Hajji, the ambush took place along this path; it was described in the military death report as a combination IED and small-arms-fire attack.

    ...that hundreds of U.S. and Afghan troops, backed by airstrikes, had launched an operation in the Tora Bora area in response to the infiltration of "hundreds of foreign fighters.

    All requests by media to embed with the forces in Tora Bora were turned down, with the advice that no embeds were anticipated—which is unusual, except for Special Forces ops. "Information on Tora Bora is not to be shared, that is the guidance we've had," said Lt. Cmdr. Brenda Steele, a NATO spokesman in Kabul, queried for an update last week. "It's classified." It seems odd, given that diplomats in Kabul said they were being told the operation was a great success and was now in the mopping-up stages. Even our Afghan intelligence officer said he had been impressed, a few civilian casualties notwithstanding. "This is the best operation the Americans have done here in six years," he said.

    There have been unconfirmed reports that Gen. Dan McNeil, who is both American commander in Afghanistan and NATO's ISAF commander, has deployed NATO's theater reserve troops, from the 82nd Airborne, ( WE HAVE CONFIRMED THIS ) on the operation. No one is commenting, but locals have reported seeing heliborne deployments of troops, often rappeling down or being lowered from helicopters as they hovered over terrain too rough and steep for landings. And at the airport in Jalalabad, witnesses have seen scores of C-130 aircraft on the aprons, an unusually large number for the area.

    they received intelligence that up to 500 Qaeda and Taliban forces had infiltrated into the region, fleeing from Waziristan, Pakistan, and transiting through Kurram, the tribal agency closest to Tora Bora, and through which Osama bin Laden had made his 2001 escape. The operation consisted of heavy bombing, both day and night, followed by deployment of airborne troops blocking escape routes to Pakistan, while American and Afghan ground forces advanced up the Tora Bora mountains from the north. In all, 55 Taliban and Qaeda fighters were killed and 57 taken prisoner, he said; among the prisoners were Uzbeks, Chechens, Arabs and Afghans. "They are not fighting any longer," he said. "They can't fight, they are just hiding. And day by day, step by step, we are finding them and going on."

    they began getting reports from villagers in the area who were friendly to the Taliban that among the infiltrators was "the sheik," referring to bin Laden. None of the villagers had any evidence of that but were just repeating rumors they'd heard from others. He put little stock in it but did say he thought there may be high-ranking Al Qaeda among the refugees. Another Afghan official, Police Col. Abadullah Talwar, head of the Provincial Coordinating Council, a security body established by the Americans in Jalalabad, told NEWSWEEK his officers had also been hearing rumors among locals in the mountains that bin Laden was back in Tora Bora, but regarded them as unsubstantiated;...

    particularly unpopular among the tribals anyway.
    Standing Guard: An Afghan national policeman armed with an RPG stands outside of an old Al Qaeda training ground near Jalalabad on Aug. 20
    Jason P. Howe / WPN for Newsweek
    Standing Guard: An Afghan national policeman armed with an RPG stands outside of an old Al Qaeda training ground near Jalalabad on Aug. 20

    A Western military official with extensive experience on both sides of the border in this area partly corroborated the Afghan military's account, although he said the Tora Bora fighters did not come from Pakistan, but from other parts of Afghanistan. “There was good reason to believe there were serious players there,” he said, declining to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

    After two hours' hike, we reached approximately 8,000 feet and the entrance to the Tora Bora caves complex, just above a gorge known as the Malawa valley. The steep slopes were heavily terraced, and for the first time in recent years, the terraces were green with crops, mostly corn, as well as vegetables, and some stands of tall sunflowers. Goats grazed in the unplanted expanses. Clouds hung low around the surrounding peaks, and the trace of the supply road came to an abrupt end just after another rusted and blasted Soviet tank. Our guard climbed to a spot of high ground and set a picket; the Hajji did the same a little ways on. A short walk further and there were a few houses that had recently been restored, little more than stone huts against the slopes, with a smattering of a dozen children and men, the women out of sight. Scattered around were timber- and stone-buttressed entryways to what had been the caves, now filled with rubble, and connected by a defensive trench system a few dozen yards in extent. Two years earlier, French demolition teams had come here and destroyed the major caves, setting sapper charges deep within them, although the broader area has hundreds of others.

    Our guides, who had been here many times in the past (one of them had been a Qaeda liaison for the mujahedin in the jihad days), insisted these were the main caves where Osama had hidden during the Tora Bora battle. Up close, they certainly didn't seem likely to harbor elevator shafts and vast underground stores. They were unprepossessing to say the least, even given a lot of demolition works; the shafts appeared narrow, earthen-walled; the supporting timbers roughhewn and slapdash, hardly SMERSH-like. We were unable, of course, to enter. Nearby, on a somewhat wider than usual ledge looking out over the Malawa gorge, there was what the Hajji and the intelligence officer described as Osama's swimming pool, a rock-walled rectangular cavity about 10 yards by three, and three yards deep, on the uphill side, half a yard deep on the long side facing the gorge. The pool, now bone dry, had been spring-fed, with the remnants of a slate channel on the uphill side still visible. Although cement had flaked off the rock lining and part of the low side of the pool had crumbled, the design suggested it had been a sort of crude infinity pool, with the infinity side facing the view, quite a dramatic one down to the heart of the Spin Ghar range. What's a Saudi millionaire, without a pool he doesn't swim in?

    The local farmers were apparently welcoming, offering tea and showing us around. They said they were the original residents here, having left during the Soviet period when jihadis moved in to the area, and only returning from Pakistani refugee camps in the course of the past year. American ground forces, they said, had passed through five days earlier [about Aug. 16], with Taliban insurgents fleeing ahead of them. American patrols had come through as recently as two days before, and higher in the mountains they had seen helicopters offloading troops regularly. The military's interpreters had warned them to leave the area while bombardments were going on, and many of them had; this group of farmers had only returned here the day before, after a night with no apparent bombing. "It was so bad I couldn't sleep for days, the bombs, the helicopters flying over," said Nour Mohammed, 60. "All the night long." In Suleiman Kheil, the next valley over, hundreds of families had been evacuated—a figure confirmed by Nangarhar provincial officials. Some of the bombs had damaged their irrigation works, they said: "Everything we have is here, what are we going to do?" The damage didn't seem dramatic; the crops in the fields were green and healthy. As for Osama bin Laden? "I've never met him so I have no opinion about him," Nour Mohammed said diplomatically. The $50 million reward? Never heard of it.

    While we were talking, one of the local men had gone off to his house. The intelligence officer, an impressively devious man, followed him and eavesdropped as he made a mobile phone call to someone: "There are journalists here and they are asking about the Taliban."

    The intelligence officer was concerned enough to insist that we leave, and it sounded like a good idea. We quaffed the thin yellow tea, thanked our hosts politely and headed back. It was easier going but seemed to take a lot longer, as downhill hikes often do. Partly, it was knowing that bomb-layers know that what goes up, must come down. Partly, it was the knowledge that for some of us, it would almost certainly not be the last time we would return to Tora Bora.

    With Ron Moreau in Islamabad


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    Patriotic' ex-rebels working with US military in Iraq

    Patriotic' ex-rebels working with US military in Iraq

    by Jay Deshmukh 1 hour, 33 minutes ago

    BAGHDAD (AFP) - American forces in Iraq are working with a Sunni former insurgent group to root out Al-Qaeda cells fighting north of Baghdad, a commander said on Saturday, branding his new allies "patriots."

    Colonel David Sutherland said fighters from the Brigades of the 1920 Revolution acted as scouts and informants for US and Iraqi forces during a recent operation to secure an area around Baquba, capital of Diyala Province.

    "The 1920s as they are called, again we call them Baquba Guardians," he told reporters. "We call them concerned local nationals. These are people, patriots that have come forward and joined the security process.

    "They are working with my soldiers, they are working with Iraqi security forces to assist us with information with being the eyes and ears."

    The 1920 Brigades, which took their name from the date of an Iraqi uprising against British rule, were founded to fight American forces in the aftermath of the March 2003 invasion, which overthrew dictator Saddam Hussein.

    The group's fighters are mainly Sunni Arabs and include many former members of Saddam's army. The outfit has claimed responsibility for bomb attacks on US troops, but said it is not involved in attacks on Iraqi civilians.

    In recent months there have been several reports from Baghdad and from the western province of Anbar that the 1920 Brigades are increasingly now working alongside their former foes in order to defeat Al-Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate.

    While the group has denied these claims in messages on extremist websites, the apparent switch in sides comes after several Sunni tribal leaders once sympathetic to the "resistance" turned against Al-Qaeda's vicious tactics.;_ylt=A0WTcVn5h9BGhIABPRpX6GMA

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    Snipers executed

    I'd like to say a couple things about the criminal justice system at work in Iraq.
    As the surge of operations targets extremists and expands into former terrorist safe havens,
    Iraqi law enforcement and the Central Criminal Court of Iraq are investigating
    and prosecuting accused terrorists and criminals.

    One recent case concerned three men who were detained in October of last year. On 22 July, the Iraqi Central Criminal Court found Jassim Hussein Nabir (sp) and Mohammed Sabay Latas
    (sp) guilty of violating Article 4 -- correction -- Article 4, subparagraph one
    of the anti-terrorism law in Iraq. And then on 25 July, Mustafa Hussein (sp)
    was also found guilty of violating the same provision. This is Article 4,
    subparagraph one of the anti-terrorism law. And all three received capital

    The three were self-proclaimed members of Jaish al-Islami and were
    recruited to be snipers. This sniper cell was captured by the 6th Iraqi Army
    Division on 19 October when they were seen driving in a suspicious manner.
    After pulling them over, observant Iraqi soldiers saw a pistol and empty shell
    casings lying in the back of their van.

    The sniper cell then tried to resist arrest, and two of the three were shot and
    injured in the fight. Following the arrest, Iraqi and coalition forces conducted a thorough
    search of the van and found a well-conceived sniper rifle -- well-concealed
    sniper rifle, I should say, and a .22-caliber weapon with a scope and silence.
    Also found were a video camera with a sniper video on tape, two fully loaded
    magazines, one box of .22- caliber ammo, two hand grenades, and 108,000 Iraqi

    There was a hidden compartment in the van seat that enabled the snipers
    to conceal the weapons. The search also revealed that the van had been modified
    to be used as a sniper platform. Beside the hidden compartment there was also a
    porthole in the rear of the van that would allow a sniper to shoot in a
    concealed position.

    Furthermore, there was a mount for the video camera found inside the

    Notably, two of the defendants gave full confessions. They admitted
    that they were -- all three of the men were part of the sniper cell for Jaish
    al-Islami. Nabir Hussein Jassim al-Shammari (sp) and Mohammed Sabay Latas al-
    Samarra (sp) were snipers, and Mustafa Hussein al-Wan (sp) was the driver. A
    Jaish al-Islami operative recruited them for the sniper operations; also in
    their confession was that the recruiter bought a van for them and modified it
    for sniper operations, paid the sniper cell for each successful operation if he
    was given a video of the operation.

    They shot at 11 coalition soldiers and believed that they had killed at
    least two. They also admitted to shooting a Jaish al-Mahdi leader who they
    thought was involved in the sectarian violence.

    Nabir (sp) was shown a terrorist video of 28 sniper shootings and
    identified eight of those clips as missions that he had personally conducted.
    The video in the van contained a clip of one operation conducted near the time
    of their capture. Their operations were conducted primarily in Al-Amiriya and
    in -- the neighborhood of Baghdad, Al-Amiriya in Baghdad. Their operations
    occurred over a period of about two months.

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    " .mil" tracking up the Internet

    Guess Which Gov Agency Edits the Most Wiki Pages

    By David Axe EmailAugust 23, 2007 | 11:08:00 PM

    _wikipedialogo_bwb Bingo! It's the Pentagon, according to Catherine McRae Hockmuth over at Ares. She describes a program, Wiki Scanner, that tracks anonymous Wikipedia edits:

    As much time as DHS employees are spending editing Wikipedia entries [4,018 edits],

    their work is nothing compared to the folks at the Department of Defense, whose .mil account holders have been very busy on Wikipedia.

    The defense agency with the most edits originating from its .mil address is Army's Network Information Center, with 43,823 edits.

    The U.S. Air Forces comes in second with 21,478 edits,

    while the Naval Surface Warfare Center has 18, 591. The numbers drop dramatically from there with fourth and fifth place going to the

    Pentagon overall and the Office of the Secretary of Defense at 3,355 and 2,685 edits, respectively.

    DOD, .mil, others, they must know they were leaving tracks all over the place?

    Didn't they?

    I see them in my logs often but here they are just reading, on Wiki they edit?

    Wouldn't that info be actionable Intel?

    They should have been wearing boots.


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    September, Attacks 3X

    Three significant dates coming together in September may trigger “sensational attacks,” warns a senior US general in Washington

    August 24, 2007, 9:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

    Brigadier General Richard Sherlock, deputy director for operational planning for the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday that terrorists and insurgents may use coincident sixth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, the onset of Ramadan, and the much-awaited US progress report to accelerate attacks in Iraq.

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    President: Iraqi forces to take over by year's end

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- President Jalal Talabani said Wednesday he foresees Iraqi forces taking over security in all 18 provinces by the end of the year.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2006; Posted: 4:12 p.m. EDT (20:12 GMT)

    Talabani, who was speaking at a news conference, said the transition will be gradual and multinational forces will be playing a supportive role to the Iraqi troops.

    "The role of the multinational forces is a role to help the Iraqi armed forces, and, God willing, the Iraqi armed forces will at the end of the year take over all of the security in all the Iraqi provinces, little by little, gradually, and, God willing, we will be in a position to do that," he said.

    Also, he said, "We have optimism that we will eliminate terrorism."

    The remarks come during a volatile period in Baghdad and across the country, where Sunni-Shiite sectarian violence has raged for many months and attacks continue unabated, despite a big security crackdown in the capital.

    Two bombs exploded in a Baghdad soccer stadium Wednesday, killing 12 people and wounding 14, police in the Iraqi capital said. (Full story)

    Elsewhere, two U.S. troops died in Iraq's Anbar province and five people were also killed in a bombing in Baghdad and a shooting in Diyala province.

    On Tuesday, several dozen people were killed in attacks. (Full story)

    Talabani's pronouncement on a security transition is seen as optimistic. The U.S. military is largely in control of the country's security, and the British and Polish militaries each head a division.

    Those multi-national forces have had their hands full for years, facing obstacles from the Iraqi insurgency and sectarian hostilities in their efforts to establish security in the country.

    U.S. officials indicated that the sooner such a transition could take place, the better. But no one could say it would occur quickly.

    Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters Wednesday that while he didn't see the context of the remarks or the translation of it, "obviously, the hope of the Iraqis, the hopes of the Americans, the hopes of the troops is that the Iraqis will continue to take over responsibility for the security of their country and that over time we'll be able to draw down our forces as conditions permit."

    A senior Bush administration official told CNN the focus should be on what Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, not Talabani, says.

    The official wouldn't call Talabani's comment premature but said any formal announcement on the matter would come from al-Maliki, in consultation with the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey.

    In his address last week before a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, al-Maliki didn't provide a time frame for a security leadership transition.

    "The completion of Iraq's forces form the necessary basis for the withdrawal of multinational forces. But it's only then, only when Iraq's forces are fully capable, will the job of the multinational forces be complete," he said.

    "Our Iraqi forces have accomplished much and have gained a great deal of field experience to eventually enable them to triumph over the terrorists and to take over the security portfolio and extend peace through the country."

    Lt. Col. Michael J. Negard, a public affairs officer from the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, reacted to the remarks, saying "we are confident we can accomplish our task of training and equipping Iraqi security forces by the end of the year."

    However, he said, "any handover of security must come after" any given unit "is fully trained and equipped."

    A senior coalition official said that by September, five of the Iraq's 10 army divisions will be take control from coalition forces in different regions across the country. He didn't specify the regions.

    Sir Jock Stirrup, chief of Britain's defense staff, told BBC radio on Wednesday that British forces were likely to hand over control of the southern port of Basra early next year, The Associated Press reported.

    "We are now on a good path to hand over provincial control of Basra some time in the first part of next year," Stirrup said.

    "But these are difficult issues we are grappling with and I can't forecast what will happen over the next several months. This is a dynamic situation and we have to be able to react to any changes that occur. At the moment, we are making good progress."

    According to data from the Brookings Institution's Iraq Index, there were 269,600 Iraqi security forces -- 154,500 police and 115,100 army -- as of the end of July.

    Of Iraq's provinces, only Muthanna province is under Iraqi security forces' control. Iraq forces, however, do control districts here and there throughout the country.

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    Surge = Iraqi detainees grows 50%

    AFP: Number of Iraqi detainees grows 50 percent: report
    25 August 2007 | 07:02 | FOCUS News Agency
    WASHINGTON. The number of detainees held by coalition forces in Iraq has grown by 50 percent under a troop increase known as "the surge" ordered by President George W. Bush, AFP reported quoting The New York Times' website.

    Citing unnamed US military officers in Iraq, the newspaper said that the inmate population in Iraq grew to 24,500 from 16,000 in February.

    The detainee increase is due to US forces operating in areas where they had not been present for some time, and to more units being able to maintain a round-the-clock presence in some areas, the report said.

    Nearly 85 percent of the detainees in custody are Sunni Arabs, according to the report. Military officers said that among the Sunni detainees, about 1,800 claim allegiance to Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, a homegrown extremist group that US intelligence agencies have concluded is foreign-led, The Times said.

    About 6,000 more identify themselves as takfiris, or Muslims who believe some other fellow Muslims are not true believers, according to the paper.

    Those statistics would seem to indicate that the main inspiration of the hard-core Sunni insurgency is no longer a desire to restore the old order, but religion and ideology, The Times said.

    But the officers say an equally large number of Iraqi detainees say money is a significant reason they planted roadside bombs or shot at Iraqi and US-led forces, according to the paper.

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    Friday, August 24, 2007

    Shaped IDE ( do slow motion ) vid

    This projectile is comming from the exhaust.

    This again comes from exhaust not impact.

    Again straight up.

    The next video is
    Great example of shaped charge, blast goes across frame and the exhaust straight up
    ( black smoke ).

    There is a small flash going across the road ( if you slow it way down ) followed by a great blast, that occurs just after the shaped copper sabot, molten, fires across the road. Note the three colors of smoke, light busness end, grey and black exhaust, up.

    Now the al qaeda media arm tries to make us believe they can blow a body out of the "Buffalo" everytime with this video, but there is something wrong here, look at the stop action shots, are these bodies?

    Again the terrorist media arm shows a dead body flying up from the exhaust THE DARK SMOKE and claim they blew it out of the Buffalo, FAKE, FRAUD....
    Funny how every one has a flying dead body ( because they put it in the exhaust ) and I have never seen a flying body from a Humvee?
    faked propaganda.......

    ....And the USA DOD has looked at what it takes to "kill" a Buffalo and that is out of reach of the terrorists, RIGHT GUYS?


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    16 Iraqi captured while trying to sneak into USA

    We need more boots on the ground on the border.

    of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said.

    Later, addressing a question about security along the U.S.-Mexico
    border, McConnell said that people linked to terrorist groups had
    sought to enter the United States from the south, but "not in great numbers."

    Referring to the southwestern border, he said: "Would they use it as
    a path, given it was available to them? In time they will."

    He said that a "significant number" of Iraqis have been smuggled
    across the border in the past year. A spokesman for McConnell
    clarified that the Iraqis were asylum-seekers, who have been
    apprehended at border crossings in increasing numbers. So far this
    year, 178 Iraqis seeking asylum have been detained along the southern
    border; 16 were captured while trying to sneak into the United
    States, the spokesman said.



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    India Jahidist IT advisors

    Bangladesh security forces have arrested four university professors on suspicion of instigating violent protests that led to a curfew being imposed on six cities, school officials said.

    The arrests came in raids early on Friday, as the government said it was temporarily suspending a curfew imposed after three days of unrest in the country.

    The detained academics were applied physics professors Saidur Rahman Khan, also a former head of the university, and Abdus Sobhan, leader of a left-leaning teachers' group.

    Hossain said: "Their families said security forces in civilian dress picked up the teachers from their homes."

    "At least 10 army officers came to our house in the night and said that my father had to go with them to the police station"

    Dipannita, daughter of Dhaka University professor Anwar Hosain
    In the capital, where the protests first began, security forces had earlier on Friday arrested two Dhaka University professors, Yusuf Haider, the school's acting vice-chancellor, said.

    He said Harun ur Rashid, dean of the university's social science faculty, and Anwar Hossain, dean of bioscience and general secretary of the university's teachers' association, were arrested.

    Our efforts to track the jahidists IT experts also lead us to Bangladesh Universities with computer science degrees.


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    Tora Bora Bleeds Taliban, al qaeda

    The eastern Afghanistan offensive


    Nangarhar province. Click to view.

    Senior al Qaeda leader may have been wounded in the ongoing battle at Tora Bora

    The battle at the Tora Bora mountains in Nangarhar province has completed its first week, the fighting has intensified as Afghan Army and US forces hunt Taliban and al Qaeda fighters who have infiltrated the region. Scores of Taliban and al Qaeda operatives are reported to have been captured after upwards of 50 terrorists were killed in the initial fighting. A senior al Qaeda leader was also reported to have been wounded in the attack.

    Dr. Amin al Haq, who serves as Osama bin Laden's security coordinator, was reported to have been wounded in the fighting, The Telegraph's Tom Coghlan reported from Tora Bora. Al Haq is said to have fled across the border into Pakistan's Kurram agency. As bin Laden's security coordinator, al Haq commands the elite Black Guard, the fanatical praetorian bodyguards devoted to the security of al Qaeda's leader.

    Al Haq was born in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, was educated as a doctor, and practiced medicine in Pakistan. He accompanied Osama bin Laden during the 2001 battle at Tora Bora, and helped senior al Qaeda leaders escape the US and Afghan militia assault on the cave complex.

    Several senior al Qaeda leaders -- such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Saif al Adel, and Walid bin Attash -- rose through the ranks in al Qaeda by serving in the Black Guard. A Special Forces raid against the Black Guard camp in Danda Saidgai in North Waziristan, Pakistan in March 2006 resulted in the death of Imam Asad and several dozen members of the Black Guard. Asad was the Danda Saidgai camp commander, a senior Chechen al Qaeda commander, and associate of Shamil Basayev, the Chechen al Qaeda leader killed by Russian security forces in July 2006.

    US and Afghan commanders believe they have a large force pinned down in the valleys in southern Nangarhar. "Five hundred infiltrated the area," Gen. Qadim Shah, the commander of 1st Brigade of the Afghan Army, told Mr. Coghlan. "We have captured 57 fighters from the Taliban and al-Qaeda. They include Chechens, Arabs and Uzbeks." Local tribesmen are also saying Chinese Muslims, or Uighurs, and "a large contingent of Uzbeks led by Tahir Yuldashev" of the al Qaeda affiliate Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan are fighting in the area.

    The fighting has been reported to be heavy in the Tora Bora region. The United Nations reports over 400 Afghan families have been displaced due to the ground combat and NATO airstrikes.

    The news of the recent fighting in Tora Bora comes as al Qaeda and Taliban camps in North and South Waziristan recently emptied of fighters. Also, evidence recently emerged the US military has approval to conduct raids inside Pakistani territory. Pakistani troops are reported to have reinforced the border in the Kurram agency.

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    Censorship, cowards, yellow, but politically correct


    Many papers are refusing to run the latest Opus cartoon for fear of offending Muslims.
    Guess they don't fear offending Americans and Customers, cancel your subscriptions, for a month.
    Hat tip Rusty



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    New York Times, GUILTY OF TREASON?

    Mysterious disappearances (and releases) in Pakistan
    By Paul Woodward, War in Context, August 23, 2007

    On July 13, 2004, Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, a 25-year-old computer engineer, was detained by Pakistani military intelligence. The following month a Reuters report quoted a Pakistani intelligence source saying that:
    "After [Khan's] capture he admitted being an al Qaeda member and agreed to send emails to his contacts... He sent encoded emails and received encoded replies. He's a great hacker and even the US agents said he was a computer whiz."

    Last weekend US officials said someone held secretly by Pakistan was the source of the bulk of the information justifying the [elevated Homeland Security "orange"] alert [which, just by chance, coincided with the Democratic National Convention] .

    The New York Times obtained Khan's name independently, and US officials confirmed it when it appeared in the paper the next morning.

    None of those reports mentioned that Khan had been under cover helping the authorities catch al Qaeda suspects, and that his value in that regard was destroyed by making his name public.

    NEW YORK TIMES IS A PROXY FOR AL QAEDA's INTELLIGENCE ARM. WOULD nyt have disclosed that the Germans code had been broken in WWII? If they had they would have been arrested in WWII, nyt also broke the story about USA intercepting Binnys cell phone, which gives rise to the Question as to who's side is nyt on? While I support the freedom of speech, I draw the line when it cost USA troops lives. Why hasn't nyt been prosecuted, USA is at war and nyt is giving away SECRETS that cause USA DEATHS.
    I just canceled my subscription to NYT.
    I hope many others will cancel also.

    A day later, Britain hastily rounded up terrorism suspects, some of whom are believed to have been in contact with Khan while he was under cover.

    Washington has portrayed those arrests as a major success, saying one of the suspects, named Abu Musa al-Hindi or Abu Eissa al-Hindi, was a senior al Qaeda figure.

    But British police have acknowledged the raids were carried out in a rush.
    For the following three years, Khan remained in detention -- but was never charged. This week, his case -- along with that of over 200 other missing people -- came before Pakistan's Supreme Court. It was then revealed for the first time that Khan had in fact been quietly released a month earlier (July 24, 2007). The New York Times reports that, "American officials declined to speak for the record on Monday, but said they were dismayed at the news of his release." They may have been dismayed but that's not quite the same as saying they weren't already aware of what had happened.

    This story is hard to unravel and so far no one in the U.S. media seems to think it's worth the effort. But there are numerous questions that need to be answered. Did the Bush administration receive advance notice of Khan's release? Does the administration support the efforts of Pakistan's Supreme Court to uphold the law and secure the release of uncharged detainees? Or, is the administration currently looking for new venues of secret detention outside Pakistan in order to avoid the risk of detainees being granted their legal rights?

    Given the focus that this administration has generally had in finding ways to maneuver around the law, one assumes that it is currently busy exercising its well-honed skills in the outlaw domain where it most comfortably operates.

    But as for America's attitude towards Pakistan's invisible prisoners -- what does it say about us if we have more concern about a government's efficiency in clamping down on terrorism than we have about its use of what at other times would have been seen as the instruments of state terrorism?

    Who wields the more dangerous power? The terrorist who might blow up innocent people, or the government that can make suspicious people "disappear"?

    WHY HASN'T nyt been indited, charged, investigated, for TREASON?

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    Taliban raising Moral, diving team

    Taliban raising Moral, fields Olympic diving team

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    Thursday, August 23, 2007

    Secret Operation: Taliban and al Qaeda

    Bullseye: Our Paradigm Intel forsaw this on 8.17.07

    Gen Dan McNeill, the Nato commander, moved a battalion from 82nd Airborne, which makes up his operational reserve in Afghanistan, from Helmand to support the operation. Pakistani troops are also reported to have taken up blocking positions along the border.

    Western intelligence has placed bin Laden close to the border, probably in the tribal agency of Khurram, which lies opposite Tora Bora, during recent months.

    Tora Bora locator, return to the lair of bin Laden
    Osama bin Laden's cement-lined swimming pool fed by a mountain stream still lies, half destroyed, at the entrance to his cave complex at Tora Bora.

    Close to the caves, which have been dynamited shut, is a rusting 1980s vintage Soviet tank; bullets and scraps of camouflage clothing litter the ground. An air of brooding gloom hangs about the cloud-wreathed mountains.

    A week ago American forces launched a major operation to counter a rejuvenated al-Qa'eda, which has been steadily regrouping in the tribal areas of Pakistan, and has in the past three months moved back into the Tora Bora area of Afghanistan.

    American military officials say much of what is happening around Tora Bora remains "classified". Discreetly, Western officials in Kabul describe it as "very successful", trapping insurgents in a series of adjacent valleys.

    Local people report that the fighters include Arabs, Chinese Muslims, Chechens and a large contingent of Uzbeks led by Tahir Yuldashev.

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    100 Americans, thousands overseas monitored.

    National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell pulled the curtain back
    on previously classified details of government surveillance and of a
    secretive court whose recent rulings created new hurdles for the Bush
    administration as it tries to prevent terrorism.

    During an interview with the El Paso Times last week, McConnell made
    comments that raised eyebrows for their frank discussion of
    previously classified eavesdropping work conducted under the Foreign
    Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA.

    McConnell said it takes 200 hours to assemble a FISA warrant on a
    single telephone number. "We're going backwards," he said. "We
    couldn't keep up."

    _ Offering never-disclosed figures, McConnell also revealed that
    fewer than 100 people inside the United States are monitored under FISA warrants. However, he said, thousands of people overseas are monitored.

    Even as he shed new light on the classified operations, McConnell
    asserted that the current debate in Congress about whether to update
    the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act will cost American lives
    because of all the information it revealed to terrorists.

    "Part of this is a classified world. The fact that we're doing it
    this way means that some Americans are going to die," he said.

    Spy Chief Reveals Classified Details
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    Helmand::Kinder, Gentler Taleban? DRUGS

    Helmand: A Kinder, Gentler Taleban?

    As combat operations rage across Helmand province, Musa Qala district is quiet – and firmly under Taleban control.

    By Aziz Ahmad Tassal (ARR No. 264, 21-Aug-07)
    Musa Qala, in the north of Helmand province, is unusually peaceful these days. Children are getting ready to go to newly-opened schools, and farmers in this opium-rich region are busy preparing their fields for autumn planting.

    In contrast to the rest of Helmand, security is good in Musa Qala. There is little crime, and the bitter battles that have scarred surrounding areas seem far away.

    Nor do residents live in fear that the Taleban are coming – they are already here.

    "The Taleban control everything in Musa Qala," said Mohammad Aref, 26, a shopkeeper in Musa Qala bazaar. "They have reinstated some traditions from their old regime of five years ago. They collect food rations from every house, and they drive around in their trucks.

    "But the Taleban don't treat people badly, the way they did before. They are very calm and they respect people. Everyone is happy with them."

    The Taleban took over Musa Qala in early February, after a tenuous truce brokered by tribal elders collapsed. So far, there is little sign that either the Afghan government or the International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, is ready to intervene and change the status quo.

    "We have no plans to recapture Musa Qala," said Ghulam Mahayuddin Ghuri, commander-in-chief of the Third Corps of the Afghan National Army.

    Face to face with the Taleban, residents like Mohammad Aref are making the best of things.

    "People are very happy that the Taleban have brought security," he said. "And they are not forcing families to give them a male fighter, like they used to."

    During the Taleban regime, from their capture of Kabul in 1996 until the United States-led Coalition drove them into retreat in late 2001, they would conscript soldiers from the local population. They levied one male member from each household, or from everyone who owned a shop or plot of land. Anyone who could not afford to pay someone else to go in his place was forced to join the Taleban.

    In addition, the Taleban instituted a brutal regime to impose their strict interpretation of Islam on the general population. Music, films, television, photography, even kite-flying were banned. Men could be beaten for wearing their beards too short, women could not work or study, and in some places they could not even leave the house unless accompanied by a male family member.

    Even in this conservative southern province, people chafed under such restrictions, and most welcomed the freedom that came with the new government and the international presence in Afghanistan from the end of 2001.

    But in the past few years, disillusionment has set in. The promised reconstruction has been slow to arrive, and the Kabul government is seen as weak and ineffectual, unable to provide security or development. Local government and the police are plagued with corruption, crime is booming, and the drugs industry is taking over the economy.

    The foreign military presence is also becoming increasingly unpopular. As ISAF mounts operation after operation to clear away the insurgents, the civilian casualties climb.

    Musa Qala was the scene of intense fighting between ISAF and the Taleban throughout the late summer and early autumn of 2006. In October, the British-led forces withdrew from the district after reaching an agreement with tribal elders designed to keep the Taleban out of the district centre.

    But that agreement broke down in early February 2007, after an ISAF air strike, which the Taleban claimed fell within an agreed exclusion zone, killed the brother of a powerful commander.

    The Taleban swept in and established their own regime, complete with district governor, police chief and Sharia courts.

    But according to residents, they have learned a bit about winning hearts and minds since the fall of their government in Kabul.

    "If people want to watch television in their homes or listen to music, they can do as they wish. We won't say anything to them," said a Taleban commander, who did not want to be named.

    "Everyone gives zakat [Muslim tithe] to their own mullah. It is voluntary. If they don't give it, no one will force them."

    The commander said the rules imposed by the Taleban were "Afghan Islamic law", and he said people were very happy with it.

    "No one tells people what to do," said one local resident, who did not want to be named. "They can shave their beard or let it grow. And no one bothers you if you are cultivating poppy. Opium is bought and sold on a very high level."

    Helmand alone will supply close to half of the world's heroin this year. Its poppy crop increases annually despite all the rhetoric from the Kabul government and the international community linking the war on drugs with the war on terror.

    The Taleban eradicated opium production almost entirely, in a one-year campaign conducted in 2000-2001. But this time around, they are being more lenient, perhaps because they too are benefiting from the profits of the trade.

    Musa Qala is now known locally as "Smugglers' District", and some observers say that many of the factories that process opium paste into heroin have relocated here, since it is a no-go zone for the government and its counter-narcotics forces.

    But it would be a mistake to assume that the Taleban have gone all soft, say residents.

    "The Taleban are not forcing people, the way they did before," said Sher Mohammad, 20, a resident of Musa Qala. "But still, people are changing themselves, they are going back to the way they were during the first Taleban regime. For example, instead of playing music in the shops they now play Taleban songs. Women still go out, but not too much."

    The Taleban have also expanded their radio station, the Voice of Sharia, to Musa Qala, backed by a wealthy patron from the district. It broadcasts a daily ration of exhortation to join the jihad, news and analysis, and music such as national, jihadi and fighting songs, always sung without musical accompaniment. Staffed by volunteers, its major message is of resistance to the government and to the foreign presence in Afghanistan.

    A local Taleban, Mullah Ezatullah, praised the new regime, noting that there is a new district governor, Mullah Matin, while Mullah Mohammad Hassan doubles up as deputy governor and town mayor. The chief of police, Mullah Torjan, has managed to get the security situation under control, he added.

    "If someone commits a crime, he is punished," said Ezatullah. "If a person steals, his hand is cut off. All things are done according to our law.

    "Our government is not like [President Hamed] Karzai's," he told IWPR. "In Kabul, when someone is a high-ranking official, people have to fear his friends and relatives. But in the Taleban government, all people are equal. And all the people support the Taleban."

    That may be a bit of an overstatement. Despite the welcome calm in the district, there is tension in the air.

    "People are not happy," said one resident, who would not give his name. "Many are afraid to come to the bazaar from neighbouring villages. They are afraid that the foreigners will come and bomb the district. They are afraid of an attack from the air, as well as from ground troops."

    After the Taleban took over in Musa Qala, hundreds of families fled in fear of both the Taleban and the expected retribution from the foreign forces. Many are still living elsewhere, camping out in ruined buildings, as they are afraid to return to their homes.

    The Taleban do enjoy broad support among the population, said this resident, but there was an element of fear in the people's acquiescence.

    "The Taleban are very serious in this district, and when they say something, they do it. People give them food, and other kinds of help, not because they are forced to but because they don't want to upset the Taleban," he said. "People don't play music at weddings unless they get permission from the Taleban."

    Abdul Bari, another Musa Qala resident, is also disgruntled with the new government.

    "Who knows how much they have changed?" he grumbled. "We can't watch television, we can't watch the news, and there are other restrictions that upset us."

    The Taleban are also taxing local businesses, added Abdul Bari, although he would not disclose the percentage or amount.

    The Taleban have allowed some privately-run schools to open.

    In Musa Qala, as in much of the rest of Helmand, most schools have been closed due to security concerns. Many schools have been burned, and teachers and schoolchildren have been killed. The mayhem is most often attributed to the Taleban, although they have denied the charges.

    "I am now back in school, and very happy," said Faiz Mohammad, a local teacher. "But the schools have been flattened, ruined by the bombs. So I have made my own house into a school. People are very happy, but unfortunately we don't have desks, chairs, or anything else."

    "I love going to school," said sixth-grader Ahmadullah. "I am very happy that I am going to be studying again."

    "The Taleban have encouraged us to send our children to school," said Zia ul-Haq, a resident of Musa Qala's bazaar district. "We are very happy now, because literacy is light and without it a person is blind."

    At present, however, most girls are still denied an education. While the Taleban do not publicly oppose girls going to school, they will not allow co-education. Until the situation improves and separate new schools are built, girls will most likely stay at home.

    "We are not opposed to education," said a Taleban commander. "We support schools that are in accordance with Afghan culture and Sharia law. Boys and girls should not study together."

    He insisted that the Taleban did not close schools to hamper education, and certainly did not burn them. "When schools are closed, it is because they have been bombed or there's been fighting in the area. And those who burn schools are criminals and anti-Islamic," he said.

    He said the Taleban keep a tight rein on the curriculum. As an example of the kind of schooling they favour, he said, "We like schools that teach 'A is for Allah' instead of 'A is for Anor' [pomegranate]. Not 'J is for Jawari' [maize], but 'J is for Jihad'."

    Aziz Ahmad Tassal is an IWPR staff reporter in Helmand. IWPR trainees in the province contributed to this report.


    Everyone's a Winner at Helmand's Drug Bazaars
    The arrangements are quite open and operate semi-officially, according to Hajji Aligul, 55, a tribal leader in Nadali.

    By IWPR trainees in Helmand (ARR No. 255, 1-June-07)
    A distinctive odour ( sweet purfume, flower smell ) hangs over the local bazaar in Chan Jir, a small village in Nadali district, just 15 kilometres from the Helmand's provincial capital Lashkar Gah. Most of the two dozen or so shops in the market specialise in just one commodity – opium.

    Sayed Gul, a tall young man of 25, stands outside his shop, his hands covered in sticky brown paste. A merchant with a bulky bag under his cotton patu, or scarf, passes by, and Sayed Gul springs into action. Running so fast that his sandals kick up the dust behind him, he catches up to the stranger and takes his arm.

    "Where are you going, man?" he says, leading him into the shop

    Once out of the burning sunshine, serious negotiations begin. Sayed Gul calls for his young son to bring the Hajji Sahib, or respected guest, some tea. He is eager to offer him some of his poppy paste – the man is a small-time trafficker buying up opium in Chan Jir to sell on to larger dealers in Pakistan.

    "I attended a shura [council] where we negotiated with the government," he told IWPR. "We agreed that we would give 220 grams of poppy paste per jerib. The police commander told us, of course, that if we did not reach agreement, they would take the paste by force."

    The poppy harvest is in and everyone from the Taleban to local government officials is cooperating to get the opium crop to market.

    But cooperation has been so close that farmers say the Taleban scaled down their "spring offensive" this year so as not to interfere with bringing in the crop.

    "It is not beneficial to have fighting during the harvest," said Shah Mahmud. "The Taleban and the government both receive money from poppy – they lose out if the crop is destroyed by bombing or fighting."

    In several places, villagers have requested that the Taleban leave the area until after the harvest. more.

    The first story was pro-Taliban, second was not.
    Which is true?

    From the 1960's "History of the Poppy", hasn't changed much.

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    Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, battleground in global jihad.

    Terror Goes Digital
    By Omar El Akkad
    The Globe and Mail | 8/23/2007

    Welcome to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia – pivotal battleground in the global jihad.

    The town of 7,000 doesn't look the part. Its quietly beautiful downtown lives and dies by tourists. The coastline puts postcards to shame. The New York Islanders have held their training camp here for the past two years. But unwittingly, Yarmouth has become an example of the sort of unassuming places that are serving as relay stations in a virtual war.

    The town is home to a branch of, one of its largest employers and one of the most popular Internet domain-name registration services in the world. For a fee, the company allows users to register website names – the .com, .net or .org addresses you type into your web browser to surf the Internet. Normally, when anyone signs up new domains, they have to provide a name, address and contact information, all of which become publicly available to anyone who's even remotely net-savvy. (The information is copied to one of the central databases that form the backbone of the Internet, to ensure there are no conflicts, such as two separate entities owning the same domain.) But for a few extra dollars, also offers an anonymous registration service: Try to find out who registered any one of these websites, and you'll be handed the same address and phone number in Yarmouth.

    This service is hugely popular: Civil-liberties advocates and anyone else who values their privacy flock to it. But it's also very useful to another group of people, halfway around the globe: On one of the world's largest pro-Hamas websites, viewers can download martyrdom videos that feature the diatribes of masked men shortly before they launch deadly attacks. Look up the registration info for that site, and you'll get that Yarmouth address and phone number.

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    6 yr old Taliban, guns

    Lesson in war ... video shows adult terrorist giving boys weapons drill

    BRITISH troops in Afghanistan are facing a new enemy — child soldiers as young as SIX.

    Recruitment of youngsters is the latest chilling tactic by ruthless al-Qaeda leaders.

    Little terror ... lad with rifle on sling
    Little terror ... lad with rifle on sling

    The Sun has video evidence of boys barely old enough for school handling AK47 assault rifles.

    Military expert Chris Dobson warned: “This is very worrying. Terrorist commanders are gambling on our troops fatally hesitating before pulling the trigger if confronted with a boy. Modern weapons are so light children would have no problem getting 30 or 40 rounds off. And these children are being brainwashed to kill.”

    Fanatical ... gun kid at jihad camp
    Fanatical ... gun kid at jihad camp

    A video of the child recruits was posted this month on an al-Qaeda website which has attracted ten million visitors since 2003.

    Experts believe it was shot at a Taliban training camp over the border from Afghanistan in Uzbekistan.

    The camp is almost certainly run by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan — which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

    An accompanying message claims they are the next generation of Mujahideen fighters in training.

    Al-Qaeda warlord Osama Bin Laden made his own children take jihad training. Using child soldiers is a crime under international law.

    So far 47 British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.

    Bin Laden ... child recruits
    Bin Laden dead ... child recruits,,2-2007390138,00.html

    The Sun told yesterday how Taliban fanatics had tapped British soldiers’ phones and called relatives with death threats. Top Brass had to ban troops’ mobiles.

    ...( note the childrens eyes, they are being forced to do this.)

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    Wednesday, August 22, 2007

    pathetic effort, "bin laden alive" NOT


    He is dead.

    There are 8 or 9 new sources on the Internet stating he is alive and something about a video.

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22

    Daily Times

    Thursday, August 23, 2007

    Gulf Times Newspaper
    Published: Thursday, 23 August, 2007, 02:16 AM Doha Time

    Click Here For The Peninsula Home Page
    Web posted at: 8/23/2007 3:45:10
    Source ::: AFP

    Kuwait Times Newspaper
    Published Date: August 22, 2007

    Why would all these ME countries carry this misleading, old story.

    The video is from June 15, 2007, and has been posted all over the net, the video and the news is not new. It seems this is a pathetic attempt to boost insurgent moral, ole Binny is dead.

    "Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is still alive but maintaining a low profile, Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said in a latest video release.

    "According to my information Osama is still alive," Hekmatyar, a former Afghan prime minister, said in the video aired by Al-Arabiya television late on Sunday.

    "It is good" that Bin Laden "does not appear in the media", and "it is wise" that he "does not issue statements or tapes, even after a long while," said the warlord."

    It is good he does not appear in the media, it is wise?
    "even after a long time"

    This guy isn't a mental giant.

    Sure sounds like they are trying to cover up something, they doth protest too much....

    Ole Binny is either dead ( HE IS DEAD,Zawahiri's tape WITHOUT BINNY more Proof ) or the advanced stages of cirrhosis, with advanced ascites, multiple parencentesis has left his protien levels below 4 and in a near comatose state unable to communicate. His edema has left him almost unrecognizable, his fingers like huge sausages. Problems with the parencentesis leaking and diuretics not working.

    Close friends were able to recognize him.

    The last video of Bin Laden was released in late 2004, and the last audio recording was made public in mid-2006.

    Thats almost two years without a video and a year with no audio.

    There is something going on,and its bad for Binny and good for the rest of the world.

    It would also indicate they think its bad for the Islamofascists moral to disclose the details of his condition or death, either way he dies in bed. NOT a martyr.

    No 72 virgins for Binny.

    Would USA let him RIP no,
    USA would dig him up to test his DNA.

    Binny has transposed jahid to Hirabah, and explain it as an Islamic obligation.

    The big picture is to form a caliphate from Spain to Northern Africa to the middle East and into Russia, a kind of Taliban control of Islamic life. This is a political movement masquerading as an Islamic cause.

    Binny's death sure would take AQ down a notch.

    not RIP
    burn in hell.


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