Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Mohammed Kamel Mostafa

How did this guy get through? "Mohammed Kamel Mostafa, son of jailed Islamic cleric Abu Hamza...was convicted of plotting to sabotage economic and tourist sites in Yemen in August 1999, when he was 17-years-old. He has recently been working as a labourer for a company contracted to Tube Lines, one of London Underground's maintenance firms...Bearing in mind what happened on 7/7, he should not have been working on the Underground." Read more. + Israeli Defense Force kills five Palestinian terrorists in the northern Gaza Strip +++ About 400 people charged with terrorist offenses in U.K. since Sept. 11, 2001 +++ Pakistan used intelligence provided by U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan in a raid that killed 80 suspected militants

Soldiers from Alpha Company (A Coy) conduct operations in the Panjwaii District of Kandahar Province A Coy is from 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI) based out of CFB Shilo, MB
(both photos) 14 Sept 2006 ~ Kandahar, Afghanistan
At first light soldiers from Alpha Company (A Coy) conduct operations in the Panjwaii District of Kandahar Province as part of Operation MEDUSA. In these harsh conditions the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’S), small arms fire and Booby traps are a genuine concern.

A Coy is from 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI) based out of CFB Shilo, MB, and is part of the Task Force 3-06 Battle Group (TF 3-06 BG), which is centred around 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment based out of CFB Petawawa, ON.

Op MEDUSA was conducted with an aim to clear insurgent forces from the Panjwaii District. TF 3-06 BG was the main manoeuvre unit in Op MEDUSA, which also had significant participation from US, Dutch and UK air and ground forces, as well as the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police. Op MEDUSA commenced on 2 September 2006.
Photo by: Sgt Lou Penney.+ +
Master Corporal (MCpl) Maurice Anglehart, Cpl Kris Daum and MCpl Elizabeth Churchill from Health Support Services
1 July 2006 ~Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan
From the left, Master Corporal (MCpl) Maurice Anglehart, Cpl Kris Daum and MCpl Elizabeth Churchill from Health Support Services, show Canadian pride by displaying the National Flag while participating in Canada Day festivities held at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
Photo by: MCpl Robert Bottrill
+ +
U.S. Army Spc. Robert D. Casturao (foreground) and Staff Sgt. Matthew Carothers provide security during an engagement with insurgents in the Shaab neighborhood of northeast Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 2, 2006. They are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division
U.S. Army Spc. Robert D. Casturao (foreground) and Staff Sgt. Matthew Carothers provide security during an engagement with insurgents in the Shaab neighborhood of northeast Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 2, 2006. They are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Keith W. DeVinney.

+ Farzana Hassan knows the very sight of her unveiled face angers the men who despise her outspoken views. Last week, the president of the Muslim Canadian Congress learned how deep the divisions might be.
+ Going easy on Muslim rapists
+ Hizbollah has stepped up the rebuilding of its military infrastructure in southern Lebanon despite the deployment in recent weeks of thousands of Lebanese troops and international peacekeepers to limit the Islamic militant group's activities.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Al-Qaeda Warns Canada, 50K For US Soldier

The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of International Cooperation, and Minister for Official Languages and La Francophonie, today during her visit to Afghanistan announced three new investments, including two new projects to support the role of women and girls in society. She made the announcement during a meeting with the Afghan Ministers of Education and Women's Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul. During her visit the Minister was presented with a drawing picturing Afghan women and education.

From The National Post: An al-Qaeda strategist has warned Canada to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan or face terrorist attacks similar to 9/11, Madrid and the London transit bombings. The threat, attributed to a member of the al-Qaeda information and strategy committee, condemns Prime Minister Stephen Harper...It also refers to Canada's "fanatic adherence to Christianity" as well as its purported attempts to "damage the Muslims" and its support for the "Christian Crusade" against al-Qaeda....It is the second reference in recent weeks to al-Qaeda singling out Canada because of its role in Afghanistan. Last month, Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, referred to Canadian troops in Kandahar as "second-rate Crusaders."

The increasing focus on Canada in jihadist propaganda follows last June's arrest of 17 terrorist suspects in Toronto and comes as Canada is debating its role in NATO-led combat operations in southern Afghanistan. The text of the threat suggests that al-Qaeda is aware of divisions within Canada over the mission, pointing to public opinion polls and opposition within Parliament. It is also consistent with analysis by Canadian intelligence officials who report that al-Qaeda views Canada as a "priority target" because of the country's high-profile role in Afghanistan and its close relationship with the United States in the war on terrorism. Read more.

From FreeCyprus to al-Qaeda: First, you're wrong. Our hatred is not towards the United States but towards you. We show it every day in Afghanistan. Second, we Canadians have never backed away from a peace keeping mission nor from a fight (please no hockey jokes). Not a single TRUE Canadian (that includes the majority of our 2% Muslim population) will get on his or her knees, heads bowed down, and submit to you.

Wherever you want to fight us, we are ready to defeat you.

1st photo: Mujahideen during training in Pakistan.

Lovely: A woman who lost her son in battle in ar-Ramadi with Americans offered a reward to anyone who would help her kill an American soldier, the Al Basrah reported. "The woman entered one of the mosques of the city at the time of midday prayers when worshippers, reportedly including many Resistance men (ie. terrorist scum -- FreeCyprus), were assembled and interrupted them by saying, "I have a question before I talk with you - are you men or just males?" Those present responded that they were men and asked her to continue. She then said, "I'm offering you one earthly prize and another delayed until we meet God. That is that I will give 75 million Dinars (about US 50,000) to anyone who can bring me an American soldier alive so that I can butcher him with these two hands."
Read more.

Lieutenant (Navy) Meghan Marsaw joined the Canadian Forces in 1995 and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1999. She was part of the Media Awareness Training team for Exercise Cooperative Best Effort 2002 in the Republic of Georgia and deployed for 7 months on Operation PALLADIUM in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her first deployment with Combat Camera was to Pangnirtung, Nunavut for Exercise Narwhal 2004 and she has since deployed to Afghanistan for Operation ATHENA and supported the Canadian Navy in Scotland for the HMCS CHICOUTIMI fire.

Corporal Rob Barrett, of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (2RCR), and his sister Captain Norma Ellis, of the Joint Operations Group, pose in front of a Canadian flag at the Canadian International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) camp in Kabul, Afghanistan. Both soldiers are serving in Afghanistan as part of the Canadian Forces Theatre Activation Team (TAT). The TAT is made up of soldiers from the Canadian Forces Joint Operations Group based in Kingston, Ontario, and a defence and security platoon from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Gagetown, New Brunswick. The TAT deployment will establish the necessary in-theatre support infrastructure for Operation ATHENA, the Canadian contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, scheduled to begin late in the summer of 2003. Photo by Sgt Frank Hudec, Canadian Forces Combat Camera

Corporal Yvan Bélanger and Master Corporal Stéphane Poirier of C Company, 3rd Battalion Royal 22e Régiment Battalion Group (3rd R22eR BG) are on patrol in an Afghan village in the C Company area of responsibility when a householder greets Cpl Bélanger and a group of children engage MCpl Poirier in conversation.Canadian soldiers conduct regular day and night patrols in their area of responsibility to maintain a climate of security and to help the local police and civil authorities keep order and preserve the rule of law.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

First Ever Military Valour Decorations.

Sergeant Patrick Tower, Sergeant Michael Thomas Victor Denine, Master Corporal Collin Ryan Fitzgerald, Private Jason Lamont
General Rick Hillier, the Chief of the Defence Staff, introduced today four Canadian soldiers who have been awarded Military Valour Decorations. The following honoured soldiers will be introduced to the media:

Sergeant Patrick Tower, of Victoria, British Columbia – The Star of Military Valour;
Sergeant Michael Thomas Victor Denine, of Edmonton, Alberta – Medal of Military Valour;
Master Corporal Collin Ryan Fitzgerald, of Morrisburg, Ontario (great town!) – Medal of Military Valour; and Private Jason Lamont, of Greenwood, Nova Scotia – Medal of Military Valour.

The Military Valour Decorations were created in 1993 so today is a historic moment in Canadian military history. Military Valour Decorations are national honours awarded to recognize acts of valour, self-sacrifice, gallantry and devotion to duty in combat in the presence of the enemy. They consist of the Victoria Cross, the Star of Military Valour and the Medal of Military Valour. Below is a snippet from
the CBC story:

"Incredible soldiers. Canadians have heard me go on endlessly about what treasures they have in uniform and what credentials they are in fact for Canada internationally." The Star of Military Valour is going to Sgt. Patrick Tower, who is based in Edmonton and is originally from Victoria. On Aug. 3, Tower led a platoon medic and another soldier across 150 metres of open terrain and under heavy enemy fire to help wounded comrades. After learning the acting platoon commander had been killed, he assumed command and successfully got his troops out under continuous fire from small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. "People use the terms hero and things like that. When I think of the 3rd of August and what happened that day — that's the worst day of my life," said Tower, 34. "We lost four guys in my platoon that day, and one of them was my best friend and to use the term hero, that's what I would use to describe them."

Sgt. Michael Thomas Denine of Edmonton exposed himself to enemy fire on May 17 after the main cannon and machine gun on his light armoured vehicle malfunctioned. Denine moved to the machine gun on top of the vehicle and laid down a steady stream of fire, forcing the enemy to withdraw. "I was pretty scared but I wanted to get it done. I knew what I had to do," Denine recalled. "Anybody in my platoon in that car that day, if they were in the same position they would have done the same thing."

On May 24, Master Cpl. Collin Ryan Fitzgerald of Morrisburg, Ont., and based at CFB Shilo in Manitoba, repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire by entering and re-entering a burning platoon vehicle and successfully driving it off a roadway, permitting remaining vehicles trapped in the enemy zone to break free. The final medal will go to Pte. Jason Lamont of Greenwood, N.S., who is also based in Edmonton. He is being recognized for his actions July 13, when members of a reconnaissance platoon were cut off during a firefight. The medic sprinted through open terrain to administer first aid to a wounded soldier.

+ 70 terrorists killed in Afghanistan +++ Foreign militants turn attention from Iraq to fight in Afghanistan +++ Egypt moves 5,000 troops near Gaza border +++ Gunmen opened fire on a convoy of Iraqi Sunni pilgrims bound for the holy city of Mecca on Sunday, killing at least one person meanwhile U.S. and Iraqi forces killed about 17 terrorists in a battle north of Baghdad

"Sadly, in asymmetric warfare, when you're battling an insurgency, typically the insurgents do not play by the same rules that we would like to play by," U.S. Gen. James L. Jones said.

+ Canadian spies worked on the ground this year in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan and are increasingly taking part in operations abroad, the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has revealed.

23 September 2006 the US Navy christened Freedom, the first littoral combat ship (LCS) during a ceremony at Marinette Marine Corp
On 23 September 2006 the US Navy christened Freedom, the first littoral combat ship (LCS) during a ceremony at Marinette Marine Corp. in Marinette, Wis. The nation’s first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1) – the inaugural ship in an entirely new class of U.S. Navy surface warships. A fast, agile, and high-technology surface combatant, Freedom will act as a platform for launch and recovery of manned and unmanned vehicles. Its modular design will support interchangeable mission packages, allowing the ship to be reconfigured for antisubmarine warfare, mine warfare, or surface warfare missions on an as-needed basis. The LCS will be able to swap out mission packages pierside in a matter of hours, adapting as the tactical situation demands. These ships will also feature advanced networking capability to share tactical information with other Navy aircraft, ships, submarines and joint units. Freedom is the first of two LCS seaframes being produced. Freedom is an innovative combatant designed to operate quickly in shallow water environments to counter challenging threats in coastal regions, specifically mines, submarines and fast surface craft. The LCS is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots and can operate in water less than 20 feet deep. Read more (more pics too).

Lt. Michael McCave consoles a widow with four children in Kirkuk, Iraq
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael McCave consoles a widow with four children in Kirkuk, Iraq. McCave is from Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.

In cooperation with NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing Phantom Works soon will begin ground testing of its X-48B Blended Wing Body (BWB)
EDWARDS, Calif., Oct. 27, 2006 -- In cooperation with NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing Phantom Works soon will begin ground testing of its X-48B Blended Wing Body (BWB) concept in preparation for flight testing early next year. Read more.

Photo: Engineers have installed a small-scale blended wing body prototype in an historic wind tunnel that once hosted some of America's greatest aviation pioneers, including Orville Wright, Howard Hughes and Charles Lindbergh. Designated the X-48B by the U.S. Air Force, the prototype was developed by Boeing Phantom Works. It is being tested in the Full-Scale Tunnel at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.
NASA's X-48B site.

A New Playground for Terrorists: "Counter-terrorism authorities are concerned with the growing ability and skills of terrorists to spread their propaganda through the conversion of the Internet into a globally efficient recruitment tool. It is all the more worrying since the second-generation of Jihadis are able to indoctrinate, train and take actions through the help of the Internet alone."
The Islamic Movements' Achievements in Nine Arab Countries' Parliaments: "In light of Hamas' victory in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections and the establishment of a terrorist government, and in light of the prominent achievements of the Muslim Brotherhood in the 2005 elections to the People's Assembly in Egypt, it is interesting to examine the Islamic Movements' achievements in other Arab countries."

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Because freedom doesn't come for free.

Some of you may have already seen these. You may have to click the play button twice to get them going.

To those who do their duty, regardless of the price...we thank you.

Alpha Co., 2nd Platoon, "Red Devils" from Edmonton, Canada are ambushed 7/15/'06 in Sangin, So. Afghanistan:

+ Ethiopian doctors battling an AIDS epidemic are learning new methods of treatment in Israel from local physicians
+ Christian Aid is launching its Autumn/Winter 06 Present Aid gifts catalogue. People can buy an unusual gift from www.presentaid.org for a loved one who will receive a card and the money goes to a project fund that is relevant to the gift: • agriculture and livestock • emergency and disaster preparedness • healthcare inc. • power and energy • training and education • water and environment

There is a good editorial on Former NBC TV reporter and current documentary film-maker Arthur Kent's views on the war in Afghanistan. Although I don't share his views on the US-UK effort in Iraq, I post the editorial as I agree with his reasons on why we cannot leave Afghanistan at this time:

"Canada owes it to the people of Afghanistan to try to root out the oppressive Taliban...The Taliban are brothers-in-arms with al-Qaida terrorists and find refuge in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Osama bin Laden is widely thought to be hiding out in Pakistan, says Kent...admits some are "extremely good" fighters but many aren't and could be made to surrender...I wanted to see what my Afghan friends were feeling ... The majority despise the Taliban and want help...You can't negotiate with the Taliban or Osama bin Laden. They kidnap, kill and behead people. You're talking about Grade-A ghouls. They're a nasty bunch.

"Despite dozens of casualties, Kent came away from his latest visit to Kandahar convinced our troops are doing a stellar job, led by Gen. David Fraser, whose home base is Edmonton. "I was deeply impressed with the Canadian troops, with their sense of purpose, with their officers, their leadership, their preparedness and their weapons. While some have carped that Canadians have the hardest task in highly dangerous Kandahar, Kent figures both the British and American forces also have tough assignments. The veteran newsman believes Western politicians must help win the fight by putting more diplomatic heat on Pakistan. "Most of the Taliban war effort is the result of the safe haven the Taliban and al-Qaida enjoy in the tribal regions of Pakistan. "

Young Canadians are flooding into military recruiting centres even as top commanders caution that more and more of these future soldiers can expect to see frontline service in Afghanistan, whether they want to or not. "Kids are flocking to our recruiting centres across our country," Gen. Rick Hillier, the chief of defence staff, said yesterday.
+ Masked vandals set ablaze two buses near Paris overnight, police said on Thursday, in an upsurge of violence on the eve of the anniversary of riots in France's multi-ethnic suburbs...In the first six months of 2006, some 21,000 cars were burnt out and some 2,882 attacks registered against the police, fire and ambulance services, the RG police intelligence service said.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Appeasement of Terrorists

"I don't see much future for the Americans" -- Adolf Hitler

Photo: The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) — nicknamed the "Screaming Eagles" - were an instrumental part of the Allied defeat of Nazi Germany.

"...our boys...realized that the American soldier was just a paper tiger." -- Osama Bin Laden
+ Number of terrorists killed or captured in Iraq continues to rise +++ Iraq & terrorists

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last." -- Sir Winston Churchill

This is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace in our time. -- Neville Chamberlain, on returning to England from his Munich meeting with Hitler in 1938

"If ever that silly old man comes interfering here again with his umbrella, I'll kick him downstairs and jump on his stomach in front of the photographers. " -- Adolf Hitler after meeting with Neville Chamberlain

"The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies — civilians and military — is an individual duty for every Muslim...Every Muslim, from the moment they realize the distinction in their hearts, hates Americans, hates Jews and hates Christians. " -- Osama Bin Laden

Nicholas Berg (April 2 1978 – May 7, 2004) was an American businessman who was abducted and later beheaded in May 2004 by Islamic militants. The CIA claimed that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi personally beheaded Berg. +
Appeasement of fanatics does not work. I feel silly that I even have to type that. However, there are many who believe that we can "talk" and "negotiate" with terrorists. Many feel that we can pay them off. The Orthodox Christian priest who was beheaded recently in Iraq...well his kidnappers had asked for a ransom. The family, with the help of friends, managed to collect the large sum of money in order to pay off the terrorists. Then the terrorists abruptly broke of communications and killed the priest anyway.

Appeasing terrorists will destroy non-Muslim and Muslim together. I am happy to see that more and more brave Muslims are speaking out against Islamic terrorists. I am happy to see that more and more Muslims are actually working with their respective countries to help hunt down the bad guys. That is a distinct bravery that I much admire.

"Britain needs a new generation of Muslim leaders who are untainted by association with, or sympathy for, Islamic extremism and who are proud of their British identity. They must be willing to condemn terrorism unequivocally and help root out extremists from Muslim communities. Their role in helping defeat Islamic terrorism will be invaluable...The open letter by Muslim leaders is a cynical act of disloyalty toward Britain. It echoes the propaganda of militant Islamic extremist organizations like al-Qaeda, expounding the view that the West is to blame for terrorist attacks because of its support for Israel and its actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other parts of the Islamic world."

1993 Mumbai bombings: Retaliation by the Muslim underworld and militant Islamic groups for the Babri Mosque demolition in December, 1992 (no loss of life). The retaliation by Islamic groups led to 257 dead with 1,400 others injured (some news sources say 317 people died; this is due to a bomb which killed 60 in Calcutta on March 17). Several days later, unexploded car bombs were discovered at a railway station. Islamic terrorist groups based in Pakistan were suspected to be responsible for these bombings, and evidence uncovered pointed to the involvement of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

August 25, 2003: Two explosions in quick succession in Mumbai, India , are estimated to have killed about 48 innocent civilians. One of these explosions took place near the Gateway of India in the vicinity of the Taj Hotel, a five-star hotel, which attracts many affluent foreign tourists from the world of business, from the West as well as the Gulf. No action has been taken against Lashkar activities in the other countries of the Gulf either. The Mumbai blasts of August 25, which have come in the wake of four other blasts with less casualty earlier, would show that the security agencies have so far not been able to identify and neutralise all the sleeper agents of the Lashkar who have burrowed into not only Mumbai, but also Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Many undetected networks continue to operate...

On July 13, 2006, Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Keshri Nath Tripathi blamed the "politics of appeasement" for the 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings.

Dead bodies of the 2003 Mumbai serial blasts, lie at the Bhagwati hospital in Borivili. Seven bomb blasts in different suburban trains on the Western Line killed more than 200 people and leaving several hundrends injured.

If you're unwilling to condemn these violent acts against humanity what does that say about you?

The terrorists we are fighting feel strongly that what they are doing is just. They are more than willing to die for their beliefs. In their hearts and minds they see America and it's allies as having "lost their humanity" and as enemies of Islam. Killing them therefore is justified based on their perverted interpretation of Islam. They are more than willing to die for their cause and I believe that we should help them towards that goal.

"Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country.
He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."
-- General George S. Patton

+ Islamic insurgents kill 2 Pakistani soldiers +++ Six people were killed and 31 wounded when a bomb hit a crowded shopping area in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Friday, the sixth such explosion in the city in a month, police said. +++ Two Eritrean Christians Tortured to Death ~ For the third year in a row, the U.S. State Department named Eritrea a “Country of Particular Concern” in its annual religious freedom report last month, designating it one of the worst violators of religious freedom in the world. +++ After the Thai government promises PEACE...at least six people were killed in a series of bomb and gun attacks in Thailand's rebellious Muslim south

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Images, images...

"We live our days in a place of harsh realities, of danger, of intense heat, of learning the hard way, of brotherhood, of war, of sacrifice, of bold action, of bitter tears, of love, of hate, of regeneration, and of history."

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Dan Gordon, from Headquarters Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, gives school supplies to Afghan children in Gomal, Afghanistan, Oct. 4, 2006. The supplies were donated by a school in North Dakota. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Thomas Childs

U.S. Army Spc. Jennie Baez provides security for fellow soldiers during an operation in the Al Anbar province of Iraq on Sept. 27, 2006. Baez is assigned to the 47th Force Support Battalion. DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Clifton D. Sams.

+ "The sectarian cleansing is complete. Whoever is in a minority in a particular neighborhood -- Sunni or Shia -- has been driven away or killed. " +++ Pres. Bush, Commanders Meet to Review Iraq Strategy

AH-64D Apache Longbow pilots

Sandstorm in Iraq.

Afghanistan - U.S troops disembark from a Chinook helicopter in southern Afhganistan last week

A Danish soldier on watch in Uruzgan, Afghanistan.

An Afghan girl carrys water in an abanodoned government complex where refugees live in Kabul. Taliban Islamic extremists shot dead eight men employed at a US base in eastern Afghanistan as they were driving home for a Muslim holiday while a suicide bomber threw himself at an Afghan army convoy and killed a soldier, officials said.(AFP/Farzana Wahidy)

British soldiers try to secure the site of a suicide attack in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, October 19, 2006. (Abdul Qodous/Reuters)

A British soldier with the NATO force runs to secure the site of a suicide attack in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, October 19, 2006. (Abdul Qodous/Reuters)

Photo by Amanda M. Mahovic, U.S. Central Command.

Distributing rice in Iraq. Photo by Amanda M. Mahovic, U.S. Central Command.

An Iraqi man talks to an interpreter and U.S. Army soldiers about recent criminal activity in his northeast Baghdad neighborhood, Oct. 2, 2006. The soldiers were on a routine patrol when they encountered locals congregating and stopped to investigate. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Keith W. DeVinney.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Billy Brothers.

Sgt. Maj. Bradley E. Trudell, battalion sergeant major, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, took time to learn a few words of Arabic during Operation Matador in Fallujah, Iraq. Photo by Cpl. Brian Reimers.

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Hults listens to the breathing of a patient during a medical civic action program in Ali Adde, Djibouti, Sept. 20, 2006, in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.

Engineers Complete Road in Eastern Afghanistan +++ Shiite militia seizes Iraqi city +++ Iraq Has Tenuous Relations with the Sadr Militia +++ Iraqi Army, Sadr's Mahdi Army Battle in Amara; Sadr's Mahdi Army must be reined in +++ Over over 54 Taliban and al-Qaeda were killed during the battles with zero Coalition or Afghan casualties

The Filipino Army is
throwing 3 extra battalions, about 1,500 men, into the fight against Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah on Jolo Island. This raises the number to 7,500 troops. JI peratives Dulmatin and Umar Patek have been spotted on Jolo. Dulmatin's wife will be deported to Indonesia. Four captives escaped from their Muslim kidnappers on Jolo.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I Beheaded A Policeman, Fatwas For Sale

+ Polygamy Is the Solution to Homosexuals and the Surplus of Women in New York and around the World -- Indian Imam Dr. Zakir Naik
+ Islam and Extremism: A 'Reformation' in the Making?
+ Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abd Al-'Aziz: We Will Cut Off the Tongues of People Who Try to Distort Islam with Claims of Reform and Corrupt Progress. They Are Employed in the Service of the West

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Wendy Halsey, NAVFAC, Hawaii, hands out shoes to some of the local people of Guistir, Djibouti in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph McLean

An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the bow as another is directed onto the steam-driven catapults aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing 1 are currently on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of the Maritime Security Operations. Official U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Milosz Reterski.

A translator attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, writes prescription instructions on medication for an Iraqi woman during a medical operation in Baghdad’s Ghazaliyah neighborhood Oct. 1.

U.S. Army soldiers provide over watch security while fellow soldiers react to insurgent activity in the Adhamiyah area of northeast Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 2, 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik A. Wehnes.

A Soldier from the 549th Military Police Company takes a rest with his sniffer dog during Operation Medusa in Mosul, Iraq. This photo appeared on www.army.mil and was taken by Sgt Thomas Wheeler.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Canada At War

This happened in Canada way back in June. I'm refreshing everyone's memory. Many people dismiss terrorists as those who've "lost their humanity." I don't buy it. There has to be something deeper than that. Here are a group of Muslims living in the best damn country on planet Earth (imho), with all the best that it has to offer - education, health care, great economy, low crime rate, social security, the freedom to practise your religion unfettered - a country that gave them everything they could possibly dream of, more than any Islamic country could ever give them. Canada. A country that one of my visitors once called "Heaven on Earth." And how did these guys repay Canada?

They planned to murder as many people as possible (and behead our Prime Minister).

In the largest operation ever carried out under Canada's Anti-terrorism Act, more than 400 police officers conducted a series of raids in southern Ontario on June 2-3, 2006, and arrested 17 suspects. An 18th suspect was arrested in August. Search warrants were executed on homes in Mississauga, Toronto and Pickering. Most of the suspects were taken under heavy guard to be processed at a police station in Pickering, east of Toronto. Police officers carrying automatic weapons ringed the building. Snipers were perched on nearby rooftops. It was a show of force rarely seen on Canadian soil.

The men and youths were accused of knowingly participating in a terrorist group and either receiving or providing terrorist training. Police allege the suspects were inspired by al-Qaeda and planned to make bombs to attack targets in Ontario. " +
(photo) Canadian bravery: Mubin Shaikh, paid police informant who helped infiltrate a group of 18 Islamic potential terrorists in Canada. Watch a video of Shaikh speaking of his experience. Watch part 2 of the video.

Targets mentioned in court documents: » Parliament Buildings, Ottawa » CBC Broadcasting Centre, Toronto » CSIS offices, Toronto » Unspecified military installation, Toronto » Toronto Stock Exchange » CN Tower, Toronto » Prime Minister Stephen Harper (terrorists planned to behead our PM)

Items seized in police raids, including flashlights and walkie-talkies, are shown during a press conference in Toronto. The suspects were 'inspired by al-Qaeda,' said a CSIS official.(Aaron Harris/Canadian Press) All of the suspects involved were Canadian Muslims from the Toronto area, most of them of South Asian origin and two from Somalia. That prompted comparisons with the made-in-Britain London bombings of last July.

The CBC program The Fifth Estate reports that a second man became a mole for Canadian authorities because he wanted to help prevent a civilian calamity. "He really felt, as a loyal Muslim Canadian, (that) he owed Canada something," a close friend of the man told the CBC. "It's not surprising to see that he did that for the cause of Canada." The engineer, who is from a wealthy Toronto family of Egyptian background, is now in a witness protection program, the CBC reported. He can't be named out of concern for the safety of his immediate family.

Police allege that the group tried to acquire three tonnes of ammonium nitrate — a common fertilizer used to devastating effect in the Oklahoma City bombing — to blow up the Toronto Stock Exchange and an office of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, among other targets. The agricultural engineer, who is in his 20s, provided evidence to authorities that the conspirators had material they thought could be used to make bombs, the CBC reported. "His significance is that he crystallized the investigation," said journalist Linden MacIntyre, who prepared the story for The Fifth Estate.

"In that sense, he is probably of greater significance than the first mole."

+ Egyptian-Canadian engineer helped foil terror plot: CBC ++++ He embraced Islam, then terrorism ++++ Alleged terror group participants came from all walks of life ++++ The Economist: The plan to behead the prime minister ++++ Homegrown extremism

"This morning, Canadians awoke to the news that our law enforcement and national security agencies have arrested 17 individuals for terrorism-related offences. These individuals were allegedly intent on committing acts of terrorism against their own country and their own people. As we have said on many occasions, Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism. Through the work and co-operation of the RCMP, CSIS, local law enforcement and Toronto's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET), acts of violence by extremist groups may have been prevented. Today, Canada's security and intelligence measures worked. Canada's new government will pursue its efforts to ensure the national security of all Canadians."
-- Prime Minister Stephen Harper

"This shows that the Canadians are on the job. That's what it really shows."
-- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

"It had been happening here in Canada to the extent that hate was being spouted through places of worship and by people who make it their day job to incite young people in this hatred. Towards what they perceive to be the imperial powers, the western occupation of parts of the world." -- Raheel Raza, author of Their Jihad, Not My Jihad

"I think it's a disproportionate number of al-Qaeda in Canada because of their very liberal immigration laws, because of how political asylum is granted so easily."
-- New York Republican Peter King, chairman of the House of Representatives homeland security committee. (more quotes)

Canadian Hero: Sitting in the Crew Commanders hatch, a Canadian soldier awaits orders before moving out on route to Kandahar Air Field (KAF). During Operation MEDUSA, resupply convoys were used extensively for transporting food, water and other supplies to areas in and around Patrol Base Wilson. Op MEDUSA was conducted with an aim to clear insurgent forces from the Panjwaii District. TF 3-06 BG was the main manoeuvre unit in Op MEDUSA, which also had significant participation from US, Dutch and UK air and ground forces, as well as the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police. (Canadian Dept. Of Defense)

Canadian Bravery: The crew of 29A from left to right in the front row Master Corporal Randy Joy the Company Pronto, Corporal Pedro McKelvey the drive of 29A, Captain Max Michaud-Shields the Company second in command and on the back row Corporal Jonathan Caballero the gunner. Task Force Afghanistan is part of Canada’s contribution to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. This mission is about Canadians and their international partners helping Afghans rebuild their lives, their families, their communities and their nation. (Canadian Dept. Of Defense)

Zhary District Center, Afghanistan: Each section in turn of Bravo Company of the Task Force 3-06 Battle Group (TF 3-06 BG) are getting their rations and water for the next 48 hours during a re-supply run at Patrol Base Wilson (PBW). The PBW is used as a staging area during OP MEDUSA. (Canadian Dept. Of Defense)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Orthodox Christian Priest Beheaded, Walid Shoebat

No amount of appeasement, no amount of money, no amount of love and kindness will satisfy their hunger for death and violence.

The beheading of Syrian Orthodox priest Boulos Iskander Wednesday is among the latest in a spate of attacks on religious minorities in Iraq, according to a human rights group. "The church subsequently put up 30 large billboards all around Mosul stating their disagreement with the Pope's statements and the family managed to raise the ransom money. However, all contact abruptly ceased Tuesday night, Christian rights group Middle East Concern (MEC) said. Father Iskander was discovered the following day with his arms and legs severed and arranged around his head, which rested on his chest. His remains were brought to a local hospital, which then contacted his church, MEC said. "
The Assyrian International News Agency published a letter from an Iraqi priest who fled to Sweden, describing what amounts to a full blown campaign of terror against Christians in Iraq. Based on accounts from Christians still living in the country, Fr Adris Hanna warns that "Christians are living a terrified life in Mosul and Baghdad. Several priests have been kidnapped, girls are being raped and murdered, and a couple of days ago a fourteen-year-old boy was crucified in the Christian neighbourhood of Albasra." Father P. Hanna also reported that he spoke "to a group of nuns who were robbed and treated brutally on their way between Baghdad to Amman in Jordan." He ended his letter with a plea: "We must do what we can to stop [the massacre] . . . . We must do something." + Beheading of Iraqi priest latest attack on minorities ++++ Call for American Protection ofPope and Ecumenical Patriarch Meeting in Turkey ++++ Fr Adris Hanna warns that "Christians are living a terrified life" in Iraq

One of many Christian churches bombed in Iraq.

Spreading love: Handing out school supplies to smiling Iraqi children.

Walid Shoebat is a Palestinian author, who converted from Islam to Evangelical Christianity and came to public attention by becoming an ardent critic of Islam and supporter of Israel. He describes himself as a former member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation who took part in terrorist attacks against Israeli targets. He is the founder of the Walid Shoebat Foundation, an organization that seeks to combat anti-semitism and promote peace in the Middle East.

"As a six-year-old, in Kindergarten, I sang a song, 'Arabs are beloved and Jews are dogs,' constantly repeating the song. I remember the news broadcasts when I was a child, that they would throw the Jews into the sea. When the Six Day War erupted, the males in Jericho left their posts before a shot was fired. They took off their uniforms, except for their underwear." The reason? They were afraid of "what those monsters, the Jews would do to them" if those conquering Israelis discovered they were soldiers. Muslim Arab hatred of Jews goes back far earlier than the creation of the State of Israel, Shoebat added. His wealthy grandfather, a Muslim chieftain, was a close friend of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the anti-Semitic grand mufti of Jerusalem and friend of Adolf Hitler. Al-Husseini helped organize the "8th Division of Hitler's Army", and had a lot to do with Arab "pogroms against Jews" in British Mandate Palestine. He also persuaded the Nazis not to let "half a million Hungarian Jews" or "5,000" European Jewish children emigrate to Palestine. "They went to death camps as a result of his intervention."

He eventually moved to California, where he met his current wife, a Catholic from Mexico.
"I wanted her to convert to Islam," he said. "I told her Jews had corrupted the Bible and she asked me to show her some examples of this corruption. At this point I had to go and buy a Bible and I started reading it and I saw the word 'Israel' all over it. I had to be brutally honest - the very word I hated the most was throughout this book! I thought: 'How do you explain this?' Then I started thinking, really the Jews didn't do us any harm but we hated them and accused them of all this horrible stuff. I began to think more openly." In the mid-1990s, Walid went to a family reunion in southern California where a row broke out after he defended the biblical matriarch Rachel, whom his uncle had called a "Jewish whore". 'You deserve to be spat at', "my uncle said, and they threw me out the house. I realised they knew nothing about history, all they knew was the same propaganda that I had been taught."

+ Video of Walid Shoebat on FOX News ++++ Video featuring Walid Shoebat, Zak Anani and Ibrahim Abdullah on CN8, subtitled in French ++++ Walid Shoebat tells his story to hundreds in Winnipeg ++++ Walid's new book: Why I Left Jihad

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