Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I have been remiss in blogging with school and work taking most of my time

Peace-loving Muslims
By Walter E. Williams
All of us should give some serious thought to some of the ideas containedi n an article circulating the blogsphere titled "Why a Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant." So often our political leaders, "experts" and talking headstell us that Islam is a peaceful religion and most Muslims are not out todestroy the West. We're told it's only that 1 percent, out of 1.2 billionMuslims, who are fanatical jihadists who believe America is the GreatSatan, cause of all evil, and should be attacked and destroyed. In terms ofnational policy, it's irrelevant whether Islam is a peaceful religion andmost Muslims are peaceful.Think back to the 1930s when the Japanese murdered an estimated 3 millionto 10 million people in China, Indonesia, Korea, Philippines and Indochina;and on December 7, 1941 when they attacked Pearl Harbor, killing over 2,400Americans. I'm betting that most of Japan's at-the-time 60 millionpopulation were peace-loving people and would have wanted nothing to dowith the brutal slaughter in China and the attack on the U.S. Informulating our response to the attack, should President Roosevelt havetaken into account the fact that most Japanese are peace-loving peopleruled by fanatics? Should our military have only gone after the Japanesepilots and their naval armada? I'd also wager that most Germans werepeace-loving people and not part of the Nazi sadists wanting to wage war ontheir neighbors and exterminate the Jews. Again, should Roosevelt andChurchill have taken that into account in their response to Germanmilitarism? My answer is no and thank God it was their answer as well.Whether most Germans, Italians or Japanese were peace-loving or not wasentirely irrelevant in formulating the Allied response to their militarism.Horrible acts can be committed in countries where most of the people arepeace-loving and simply want to be left alone to attend to their affairs. Iimagine that described most of the people in the former Soviet Union;however, that did not stop the killing of an estimated 62 million peoplebetween 1917 and 1987. The same can be said of the Chinese people, but itdidn't stop the killing of 35 million of their countrymen during MaoZedong's reign. Whether most people of a country are peace-loving or not isnot nearly as important as who's calling the shots.At this particular time, fanatical jihadists are calling the terrorismshots in many Muslim countries. Their success in committing terrorist actsis in no small part the result of the actions by the millions ofpeace-loving fellow Muslims. First, there is not enough condemnation oftheir terrorist acts by the Muslim community. More important is the director indirect assistance terrorists receive through the silence of theirfellow Muslims. There is no way terrorists can carry on their operations,obtain explosive materials, run terrorist training camps, raise moneywithout the knowledge of other Muslims, whether they're governmentofficials, bankers, family members, friends or neighbors. Because thosemillions of peace-loving Muslims do not speak out and expose terrorists anddon't more fully cooperate with domestic and international authoritiestrying to stop terrorists, they become enemies of the West just as thepeace-loving people in Germany, Italy and Japan became enemies of theAllied powers during World War II. Like them, Muslims should be prepared tosuffer the full might of the West in its efforts to fight terrorism. I'mhoping that the millions of peaceful Muslims take the proper action toavoid such an outcome. I'm not that optimistic. We're involved in a clashwith a culture that has little regard for the Western values that hold thesanctity of human life and liberty dear.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

reverse spring offensive and smarmy remarks by the left

WASHINGTON - The top military commander in the Mideast said Wednesday that he does not expect Taliban forces in Afghanistan to launch a spring offensive this year. If anything, he said, he sees the momentum continuing to swing in the direction of coalition forces.
"The spring offensive is going to be by our people, as they move out and take advantage of the situation that they helped create through their good works there in the fall of last year," Adm. William Fallon told the House Armed Services Committee.
The U.S. is sending another 3,200 Marines to Afghanistan, in part to stave off any uptick in violence that might come with the warmer weather.
Fallon said the influx of troops will give Gen. Dan McNeil, head of forces in Afghanistan, the "shot in the arm he needs to really go after the security, particularly in the south, where he intends to deploy those forces."
At the Pentagon, Navy Adm. Michael Mullen told reporters that on visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan this week he emphasized the need to build stronger partnerships to defeat Islamic extremists.
Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that in Pakistan he met with President Pervez Musharraf and army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. He said he did not present them with new proposals for U.S. military assistance.
"The Pakistan military is in a tough fight against terror, especially in the border regions," Mullen said, referring to the border with Afghanistan. "And they're working very hard to better prepare themselves for that challenge. I reiterated my sincere desire to help them in whatever ways I could, whatever ways we could, when and where asked to do so."
Overall, Fallon said that while the situation in Afghanistan is not ideal, recent improvements have been encouraging.
However, independent assessments of the war suggest a grimmer view: Afghanistan now produces 93 percent of the world's opium poppy, a business that has aided the resurgence of Taliban militants. Also on the rise is terrorist violence, namely suicide bombings.
One assessment, by retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones and former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering, said Afghanistan risks sliding into a failed state and becoming the "forgotten war" because of deteriorating international support and the growing violent insurgency.
Democrats said they blame the Bush administration for diverting the nation's resources to Iraq.
"I hope that ... you can reassure us that I am being pessimistic when I say that we face potential failure in Afghanistan if we cannot reallocate some resources to that war," said Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., chairman of the Armed Services Committee.
"We should expect our NATO allies to step up and do more, but we should take the lead in demonstrating an additional commitment," he said.
Fallon said that despite an increase in violence last year, coalition forces still have degraded the Taliban's ability to attack. The rise in suicide attacks, while alarming, is confined to about 10 percent of the total districts in Afghanistan, he said.
On the drug trade, the admiral said the military is aware of the enormity of the problem.
"We've got to stop it," Fallon said. "We could use more help from the international community."

Sunday, March 2, 2008

The hits keep on coming

BOGOTA, Colombia — Security forces killed the No. 2 commander of Colombia's main guerrilla group in combat Saturday, dealing what the government called the biggest blow to the leftist force since its formation.
Raul Reyes, who became the public face of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as the group's spokesman, died in fighting just across the border in neighboring Ecuador, Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos told a news conference that was carried live on Colombia's main television channels.
"This is the strongest blow dealt to the terrorist group to date," Santos said.
A total of 17 rebels and one soldier died in the operation, which involved Colombia's army, police and air force, the defense minister said. Among the rebel dead was a senior FARC member and songwriter known as "Julian Conrado."

The hits keep on coming

BOGOTA, Colombia — Security forces killed the No. 2 commander of Colombia's main guerrilla group in combat Saturday, dealing what the government called the biggest blow to the leftist force since its formation.
Raul Reyes, who became the public face of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as the group's spokesman, died in fighting just across the border in neighboring Ecuador, Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos told a news conference that was carried live on Colombia's main television channels.
"This is the strongest blow dealt to the terrorist group to date," Santos said.
A total of 17 rebels and one soldier died in the operation, which involved Colombia's army, police and air force, the defense minister said. Among the rebel dead was a senior FARC member and songwriter known as "Julian Conrado."

Saturday, March 1, 2008

More good news

Wow all kinds of news on dead terrs today

Mosul Emir for AQI

This has made my whole day we got us a pretty good haul of fish this week.

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The terrorists killed during an operation Wednesday in Mosul have been positively identified as Jar Allah, also known as Abu Yasir al-Saudi, and Hamdan.
Abu Yasir al-Saudi was the Southeast Mosul Emir for al-Qaeda in Iraq and led a foreign terrorist facilitation network in the city. He conducted numerous attacks against Iraqi and Coalition forces, including the improvised explosive device attack Jan. 28 that killed five Coalition soldiers. Within the Mosul AQI network, Abu Yasir al-Saudi worked for an alleged AQI military leader detained by Coalition forces Feb. 18, who had reportedly moved north from his role in the Bayji network to help rebuild leadership in Mosul.
After spending time fighting in Afghanistan, Abu Yasir al-Saudi arrived in Mosul in August 2007, assuming a position as an AQI cell leader in the southeast region of the city. He had arrived with a group of foreign terrorists. He was then appointed as a key operational leader responsible for orchestrating, as well as participating in, attacks conducted by his AQI foreign terrorist network throughout the city. Operating from east Mosul, Abu Yasir al-Saudi was also believed to be responsible for attempted attacks against security checkpoints, including reports of a 5,000-lb vehicle-based improvised explosive device that, if detonated, would have resulted in the death of hundreds of Iraqi civilians.
Abu Yasir al-Saudi, a Saudi Arabian national, was a close associate of numerous terrorist leaders, to include the AQI senior leader for the northern Iraq networks and the overall AQI senior leader, Abu Ayyub al-Masri.
“Abu Yasir al-Saudi’s death is a significant setback to al-Qaeda in Iraq’s efforts in Mosul,” said Navy Capt. Vic Beck, MNF-I spokesman. “Iraqi and Coalition force operations are degrading the AQI networks in Mosul where we have captured or killed 142 al-Qaeda terrorists since January.”
During the operation, intelligence reports led Coalition forces to an area where the wanted terrorists were believed to be operating. Coalition forces confirmed their location and directed a precision helicopter strike, killing the two terrorists and destroying their vehicle. Once the area was secure, the ground force confirmed that Abu Yasir al-Saudi and another wanted terrorist, Hamdan, were killed during the strike.
Hamdan, also a Saudi Arabian national, was a close associate of al-Saudi and part of his network of foreign terrorists in Mosul. Hamdan was involved in coordinating the movement of foreign terrorists into Mosul, and led a regional anti-aircraft ring.
“Jar Allah and Hamdan were barbaric terrorists who will never again threaten innocent Iraqi civilians with their indiscriminate violence,” said Beck. “Iraqi and Coalition forces will continue operations to hunt down al-Qaeda leaders and operatives, disrupting their operations and improving security across Iraq.”

Dead Tangos

Click the title these guys be stupid and vapor

Before the U.N. Starts calling on Israel

To stop its attacks against Gaza.
Just take a step back and say what would you do if somone launched rocket, mortar, suicide attacks against you everyday.
You notice how the Hamas leadership calls for everyone to fight from hiding in Syria or some other place of hiding. Cowards. They can use their people as human shields but cannot pick up a rifle themselves.

CJTF-82 at it again

Written by SGM Curtis L. Regan CJTF-82, CJ-3 Bagram, Afghanistan 29 February 2008
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Counter-Insurgency - so easy a caveman could do it. Okay, maybe not that easy. Admittedly, Counter-insurgency operations are inherently complex and place great demands on everyone involved. Nation Building is equally difficult – the complexities even greater when insurgents are allowed to meet political and ideological objectives. Historically U.S. Forces have supported insurgents in toppling oppressive governments, and given the historical success of insurgencies,
the task of executing a well-planned counter-insurgency strategy takes on greater significance.

Finish the rest the SGM has a great well written article that should be required reading by every politician in the coalition

Conversation raging on the web

Posted by Grim at B5

Then Again at Jawa

Here is my take on the situation. To some the AK is a symbol of freedom to some a symbol of opression. My question is how to they compare as weapons systems.

AK- soldier proof, area suppression weapon so you can close and kill. The Soviet ideal weapon lots of bullets something will hit. Remember the ppsh series of SMG during the Great Patriotic War the Soviets issued them to entire battalions of troops.
For poorly trained conscripts,terrorists,freedom fighters the AK is great and even for better trained armies if that is what you have in inventory then you can make use of it. Maximum effective range about 300 meters

M-16 family. More accurate but needs to be cleaned is a weapon of the professional soldier not one that does the Beirut off hand style of shooting. Also you can hang more crap off of it interchangably unlike the AK where you have dedicated weapons to for night sights,grenade launchers etc.

I am not a fan of the M4. It is handy but the shortened barrell does not allow the 5.56 bullet to achieve the velocity it needs to be a dependable stopper. This has been helped by the use of a 77 grain bullet but a 55 grainFMJ bullet out of a 14.5" M 4 barrel doesnt do the trick.
A 20" barrel M16a4 with an ACOG scope will hit point targets at 500 meters all day but is really only useful to about 300 meters. I have shot 9 out of 10 bulls at 500 meters open sights
with an M16a2 so it is accurate enough. If you want to make it more compact put the collapsable stock on it.


I have to agree with Grim on this imagine two COIN trained and battle hardened armies that can be plugged into the NATO/US supply system. Having them on our side is a good thing arming them with our weapons is also a good thing.

Afghan Commandos


BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – As he approached the aircraft in the darkness, the rotor wash whipped dust and dirt across his face. However, amid the noise of the rotor, Afghan National Army Spc. Mohammed Ali said all he could hear was his upcoming responsibilities whirling in his head, ‘Run from the aircraft towards the target, breach the door, and clear my sector.’Ali, an ANA Commando with the 201st Commando Kandak was deployed to Helmand Province by the Afghan Ministry of Defense in response to the increasing attempts by Taliban extremists to terrorize Afghan citizens. The commandos’ mission was to develop intelligence and conduct a surgical strike against key Taliban leadership and control in Helmand Province. In preparation for their mission, the troops conducted specialized training such as day and night live-fire maneuvers and multiple insertion techniques. Commando leaders examined the most recent intelligence and targeted key individuals for capture. The mission was ambitious: conduct a night air assault against multiple Taliban command and control centers to capture or kill Taliban leadership targets deep within the Kajaki region. The commandos named the operation, “Say’Laab,” meaning “flood.” Buses containing nearly 100 ANA troops clad in black body armor and specialized weapons made their way from the 205th ANA camp to Kandahar Airfield where numerous Coalition aircraft awaited with rotor blades churning. As Ali boarded the aircraft, he said his pre-mission prayers as the high-pitched whine of the engines gave way to the formidable thumping of the rotor blades above. Moments later, a massive formation of transport and attack helicopters lifted off the runway together toward their targets. As the strike force approached its objectives, Coalition helicopters dropped to just above ground level and increased their speed. Commandos pulled their night vision goggles over their eyes bringing the black ground to green life. In spite of the intense training and mission preparation, the Commandos understood the risks associated with this operation. Pilots relayed their final checkpoints to the Commandos over radio communications, informed them to ready their weapons, and remove their seatbelts. Seconds later, the helos pitched into multiple landing zones. The Commandos quickly disembarked from their helicopters and quickly closed on their target compounds. As the roar of departing rotor blades filled the sky, Commando assaulters cleared four separate compounds in search of their elusive quarry. Within minutes of insertion, Commando assaulters seized their intended targets and secured a foothold deep within the city. Despite the advantage of tactical surprise, a fierce battle ensued. The report of multiple weapon systems rang out as insurgents put up a futile defense against the elite Afghan force. Commandos quickly and accurately eliminated threats with small-arms and machine gun fire.The speed, surprise and tenacity of the assault not only caught the enemy insurgents off guard, but also prevented the escape of a senior Taliban commander. Throughout the operation, intense anti-aircraft fire filled the night sky. Attack helicopters swarmed over their targets, placing precision-guided munitions and intense machine gun fire on enemy fighting positions. Coalition aircraft flew in support of the Afghan troops aiding in the elimination of enemy caches and drug processing facility. At mission’s end, multiple enemy fighters were eliminated. The Commandos quickly boarded their aircraft with 11 combatants in custody. On the ground, six enemy vehicles containing thousands of pounds of weapons and munitions, as well as nearly $8 million of illegal narcotics, was destroyed. As the helicopter assault force lifted off toward Kandahar, Ali shook the hands of his brothers-in-arms with an undeniable certainty that the people of Afghanistan were safer this night“The daring and complex operation highlighted the capacity of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to strategically deploy elite commando forces across the country to conduct surgical strikes in support of their national objectives,” said Army Capt. Vanessa R. Bowman, a Coalition spokesperson. “The success of Operation Say’Laab reinforced the esprit de corps and operational reach of the nation’s most dedicated warriors. Commandos continue to ensure no safe haven exists for the enemies of freedom and prosperity, and that a brighter future lies ahead for the people of Afghanistan.”

Ok did any bother to look to see how these men were armed M4s and M240g interesting.

Not a good day to be a terr.

Weapons and foreign terrorist facilitation networks targeted; six killed, 13 detained
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed six terrorists and detained 13 suspects Friday and today during operations to disrupt al-Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.
During a series of operations Friday, Coalition forces targeted alleged associates of the Samarra al-Qaeda in Iraq network’s senior leader. Intelligence led Coalition forces east of the city to a location where the associates were believed to be operating. Coalition forces observed several vehicles containing suspects departing the target area. The assault force attempted to stop the vehicles, but they refused to comply with instructions. The assault force followed escalation of force procedures, eventually firing on the vehicles to stop them. Six terrorists were killed and four vehicles were destroyed as a result of the engagement. Coalition forces also detained one suspect on site and recovered several weapons.
North of Tarmiyah today, Coalition forces captured an alleged weapons dealer reportedly associated with the northern belt al-Qaeda in Iraq network senior leader. The network is responsible for the majority of improvised explosive device attacks in the area, and is involved in extortion, intimidation, weapons trafficking and the facilitation of foreign terrorists. The wanted individual identified himself to the ground force and was detained along with three suspected terrorists.
During separate operations west of Samarra and in Sharqat, three suspected terrorists were detained today while Coalition forces targeted associates involved in the facilitation of finances and weapons for the al-Qaeda in Iraq networks in Samarra and Mosul.
In northern Iraq, Coalition forces detained three suspected terrorists during two precision operations. In southeast Mosul Friday, Coalition forces detained two suspected terrorists while targeting a weapons facilitator for the al-Qaeda in Iraq networks throughout the city. Another suspect was detained west of Shammar Jarbah today, during operations targeting an associate of a senior level foreign terrorist facilitator.
Coalition forces conducted an operation Thursday and Friday east of Tikrit, near the Hamrin Mountains, targeting associates involved in an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq training facility and media network. The ground force detained two suspected terrorists, and found a weapons cache and various terrorist propaganda materials hidden behind a wall in one of the target buildings. The cache included several machine guns, a rocket propelled grenade launcher, blasting caps, improvised explosive device materials and ammunition. While they were clearing the area, Coalition forces also found and destroyed an IED to eliminate the threat to Iraqi civilians and military forces operating in the area.
“Iraqi and Coalition forces are keeping the pressure on al-Qaeda in Iraq,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman. “We’re finding the places they hide, and disrupting their supply of weapons and foreign terrorists. Al-Qaeda will find no safe haven in Iraq.”

well isn't that special

OK the need to ever go to work again is over. We got a deal at the office now that makes driving to work un-needed!! But you know what the bosses will never see it that way so I guess on Monday I will go in.

Charges filed in the Bhutto killing

From the AP.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani police on Saturday formally accused the top Taliban leader in the country and four others of planning the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.
Police filed preliminary charges in court against Baitullah Mehsud, who had been named by the Pakistani government in the Dec. 27 killing of Bhutto in a homicide and gun attack during a public rally. Mehsud, alleged to have Al Qaeda connections, is underground and it is not clear if the police are anywhere close to catching him.

Airstrikes and Car Bombs

Has anyone else but me noticed a trend in last month or so.

1. Big airstrike yesterday kills 13 really bad guys
2. In January we got Abu Laith al Libi
3. Car bomb kills Imad Mugniyah on February 13

doesnt seem like a really good time to be a senior leader these days.

Asian Times Brings a thought provoking point

KARACHI - With the United States missile attack on an important Taliban compound in Azam Warsak village in the South Waziristan tribal area in the early hours of Thursday, a new phase in the regional "war on terror" - joint Pakistan-North Atlantic Treaty Organization strikes - has begun.

A top al-Qaeda member of Pakistani origin summed it up in commenting to ATol on condition of anonymity, "We were eyeing developments in Islamabad after the elections [last week] but it seems that nothing is going to change and our new strategy will surface like broad daylight in the coming few days."


The next day a suicide bomber kills 40 in Pakistan at a funeral...The suicide bomber is the poor mans smart bomb.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Michael Totten at Contentions

My Contentions colleague Abe Greenwald takes a gloomy view of a new Gallup survey that shows 93 percent of the world’s Muslims are moderates. “We need to find out from one billion rational human beings why they largely refuse to stand up for humanity and dignity instead of cowering in the face of fascist thugs,” he wrote
First of all, I’d like to agree with Abe’s point that even this sunny survey suggests we still have a serious problem. If seven percent of the world’s Muslims are radical, we’re talking about 91 million people. That’s 65 times the population of Gaza, and three and a half times the size of Iraq. One Gaza is headache enough, and it only took 19 individuals to destroy the World Trade Center, punch a hole in the Pentagon, and kill 3,000 people

While Michael brings up some very good points and there are brave Lebanese, Iraqi, and Afghanis fighting against the mainstream what can we do to make sure the so called radicals are not given the press they are.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Losers

From Senator's Reid and FeingoldSECTION
1. SAFE REDEPLOYMENT OF UNITED STATES TROOPS FROM IRAQ.
(a) Transition of Mission- The President shall promptly transition themission of the United States Armed Forces in Iraq to the limited andtemporary purposes set forth in subsection (d).(b) Commencement of Safe, Phased Redeployment From Iraq- The Presidentshall commence the safe, phased redeployment from Iraq of members of theUnited States Armed Forces who are not essential to the limited andtemporary purposes set forth in subsection (d). Such redeployment shall becarried out in a manner that protects the safety and security of the UnitedStates Armed Forces.
(c) Use of Funds- Effective 120 days after the date of the enactment ofthis Act and except as provided in subsection (d), no funds appropriated orotherwise made available under any provision of law may be obligated orexpended to continue the deployment in Iraq of members of the United StatesArmed Forces.
(d) Exception for Limited and Temporary Purposes- The prohibition undersubsection (c) shall not apply to the obligation or expenditure of fundsfor the following limited and temporary purposes:
(1) Conducting targeted operations, limited in duration and scope, against members of al Qaeda and affiliated international terrorist organizations.
(2) Providing security for personnel and infrastructure of the UnitedStates Government.
(3) Providing training to members of the Iraqi Security Forces who have notbeen involved in sectarian violence or in attacks upon the United StatesArmed Forces, provided that such training does not involve members of theUnited States Armed Forces taking part in combat operations or being embedded with Iraqi forces.
(4) Providing training, equipment, or other materiel to members of theUnited States Armed Forces to ensure, maintain, or improve their safety andsecurity.
(5) Redeploying members of the United States Armed Forces from Iraq.


OK hold the truck here. I hope these jerkoffs are just grandstanding because this load of horse manure doesnt fly. Also when did AQ and foreign terrorist organizations get to Iraq???

Obamessiah




Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Marines watching the firefight

It is good to see the Iraqi Army and Police handle this. Please think of the Iraqi troops killed and keep them and their families in your thoughts as well. Taking on the kind of guys that strap bombs to their chests and fill their care with explosives is a brave brave thing.

HABBANIYAH, Iraq (Feb. 26, 2008) -- In the early morning hours of Feb. 23, Marines of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, heard gunshots in the distance, which quickly escalated into a spontaneous gunfight. The Marines located the source of the fire, after a short assessment of the situation, and upon request from Provincial Security Forces (PSF), they patrolled to a warehouse where the gunfight was taking place. With the PSF already battling the insurgents, the Marines quickly set up a cordon and provided security for the Iraqi police. “The PSF immediately responded to the incident and requested our support,” said Sgt. Robert K. Breese, the Co. G watch officer during the attack. “The PSF battled and neutralized the insurgents, with the Marines providing security just in case (the firefight) turned bad.” This incident shows how the Iraqis are no longer relying on the Marines to come in and eliminate threats; rather they are taking matters into their own hands, fending off enemies themselves, for the safety of their country. “Golf (Company) showed tremendous discipline when they arrived, allowing the Iraqi police to finish what they started,” said Maj. Gary A. Bourland, the battalion watch officer at the time. “A year ago, the Marines would have shown up to a situation like this and immediately eliminated the enemy themselves. Now, it’s almost as if we look over their shoulders and, if necessary, take down the enemy.”The insurgent forces detonated two Personnel Borne Improvised Explosive Devices during the battle, killing themselves. There was said to be a third PBIED, but the Iraqi Police neutralized the insurgent before it could be detonated. The Iraqi police also reported that the vehicle the insurgents were traveling in was a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device, which resulted in the Marines widening their cordon to accommodate for the possible VBIED. “They’re learning to take initiative and eliminate threats on their own,” said Breese, a 30-year-old from White Water, Wis. “Although two PBIEDs detonated, the PSF did a good job and gave us good (intelligence), which caused us to widen our security.”Bourland agreed and said, “The IPs and PSF are becoming more proactive and aware, not just complacent on their posts. There was a Sheikhs meeting going on later in the day about five or six miles from where this all happened. Their insight stopped a potential attack at the meeting or to another hard target.”Though the threats were eliminated with minimal friendly casualties, three members of the PSF were killed-in-action and one was wounded-in-action.“In the Iraqi security forces continuing efforts to achieve independence, these soldiers unselfishly put their lives on the line for the good of the Iraqi people,” Bourland said. “This is just another good example of how the civilian populace and Iraqi Army are standing up against the insurgents and making a difference.”

Obama

I have been reluctant to put this out there but here it is.
Obama has 5 pillars he wants to run the country by. Islam has 5 pillars. It is ok for muslims to lie to us heathens. I have serious issues with this guy and when my queen can listen to him for 5 minutes and go uh no thanks that tells you something.

Here is Obamessiahs Ideas on the military:
Only candidate who opposed the war from the beginning and as President, I will end it: WTF over we are winning this thing across the board. Violence is down construction and reconcilliation are up. I guess if we pull out we will just sit and watch the genocide commence.
I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems: Huh we just shut down a freaking satillite in freaking out space from a freaking BOAT.
Slow the development of future combat systems: Oh really so you will get rid of the F-22, F-35 better body armor, MRAP, new small arms etc
Independent defense priorities board to ensure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending: This is what the Defense review is supposed dumbass
Set a goal of a world without Nuclear Weapons: Really??? Tell that to the Russian, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, Britian, France, Iran etc...
Not develop new nuclear weapons: Really again shut the F up
Seek a Global ban in Fissile material: Huh I am not a nuclear scientist but do you need that for nuclear reactors??
Negotiate with the Russians to take our ICBMs off "hair trigger" alert and achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals: Didn' t we win this war? This is so 1987

The Long War Journal

Iran undermines Iraq's Awakening movement
By Bill RoggioFebruary 27, 2008 4:15 PM

US and Iraqi security forces continue to pressure the Iranian-backed Shia terror cells even after Muqtada al Sadr's extension of the Mahdi Army's unilateral cease-fire. Today, Baghdad's chief intelligence officer said Iran is working to destroy the Awakening movements, while raids against the Special Groups terror cells have not abated

Have I mentioned that Iran is just about to tick me off? Here is my problem they are playing both sides against the middle to become the big cheese in the muslim world. All the while growing fat and happy of the price of oil. Meanwhile they are busy arresting women for not wearing the hajib. Between the 7th century Saudis and 7th century Iranians I say lets send them back to the 7th century.
I am all for assisting middle eastern countries that really want to be our friends but the others can just go away.... I guess that is why I will never be president.

Talib rockets goes bad

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – An insurgent rocket landed near a group of civilians in Helmand Province killing five and wounding one Feb. 25. Afghan National Army and Coalition forces witnessed the errant 107 mm rocket and immediately responded to the site in Karez de Baba and treated the wounded, who suffered sharapnel wounds to their lower extremeties. The injured Afghan was medically evacuated to a nearby treatment facility. The insurgent attack followed a successful five-day mission in the Kajaki District area to disrupt insurgent operations. The combined force eliminated several enemy fighters during the operation. The ANA also destroyed an extensive tunnel and cave system, insurgent command positions, weapons and ammunition caches as well as IED-making materials. “This is another example of the insurgent’s blatant disregard for innocent Afghans similar to the suicide bombings in Kandahar and Lash Kah Ghar Central Mosque,” said Army Capt. Vanessa R. Bowman, a Coalition spokesperson.

I read an interesting quote today about how the Talib and AQ Afghanistan should be theirs by the will of god. I guess the think god will forgive them for killing muslims, blowing up roads, blowing up power lines etc. This does nothing but hurt the people they supposedly want to live in the perfect utopia that is islam.

The Diggers




You know being hooked up to the Australian MOD news feed is very very cool


If this is the construction workers....




The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, said the sporadic Taliban probing occurred over several days, culminating in an RPG attack onto the construction site. “The immediate and aggressive response by RTF soldiers caused the enemy to break off their attack and abandon their weapons in hastily prepared caches. These were recovered through aggressive follow-up patrolling, which was sustained for a number of days.“Importantly, the effectiveness of RTF force protection measures caused the Taliban to launch their attacks from the extreme range of their weapons systems in low-light conditions, which degraded their ability to target Australian troops.“Our troops in Oruzgan Province are performing magnificently in difficult and demanding operational conditions. They continue to demonstrate great perseverance, resilience and composure in undertaking this important work. I continue to be impressed by their quality and spirit.“During my visit to Afghanistan with the Prime Minister and Defence Minister just prior to Christmas, I was able to pass on my thanks and for the outstanding work they are doing to help the people of Afghanistan.“Australians can be justifiably proud of the professionalism of Australian troops and their ability to respond quickly and aggressively when attacked. The response by RTF soldiers to repeated Taliban aggression is a testament to the quality of their skills, training, leadership and equipment,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

Monday, February 25, 2008

ANSF, Coalition forces clear enemy stronghold in Helmand


Let me start this by saying a US commander that sent his men out in a ski mask would get beat down by the press. I Think the ANSF is going to be fine.









BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces, advised by Coalition forces, cleared Karez deh Baba and Kajaki in Helmand Province of insurgents and returned the area to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s control Feb. 20-22.Before the fall of Musa Qaleh, insurgents used these villages and the surrounding area as part of a supply line to move weapons and drugs into the city. Insurgents were using the villages to launch attacks on Musa Qaleh and the upper Sangin Valley.ANSF conducted operations to disrupt the insurgents’ ability to engage friendly forces with small-arms, rocket and indirect fire from the prepared fighting positions in the area in the first two days of fighting. Friendly forces also used precision air strikes.“Throughout the day, insurgents kept trying to fight the ANSF,” said Army Capt. Vanessa R. Bowman. “The result was always the same … they defeated.”The ANSF spoke with the local populace to ensure they understood the purpose of the mission to restore security and to improve the civil infrastructure in the area. “We have been impressed by the efforts in Musa Qaleh and want the same for our village,” a local Afghan said.Other villagers said they will welcome ANSF and GIRoA’s leadership along with the security and stability they can provide. Villagers also provided crucial information about common insurgent practices and the locations of insurgent safehouses.“The insurgents were taxing everyone traveling and said they would tax our crops in the spring,” a local Afghan said. “Please establish a permanent ANSF presence to keep the insurgents from returning to the area.”The corpse of a tortured Afghan male was also discovered Wednesday.During the next day of fighting, ANSF-led forces deployed in smaller units when they observed insurgents moving into fighting positions to engage them. The ANSF rooted out the insurgents and cleared the position finding an improvised explosive device and a small arms cache. The enemy reinforced different fighting positions and engaged with indirect fire when the ANSF-led force renewed their assault. They found another small-arms and ammunition cache and destroyed both with precision guided munitions. Friendly forces found approximately 400 pounds of ammonium nitrate that was destroyed in another insurgent safehouse. “This was an enormous find because this substance is a common explosive additive that could be used in IEDs,” Bowman said. “The ANSF prevented future attacks and saved innocent civilians with this discovery.” The ANSF-led force eventually discovered the insurgents’ command center and a 100-foot deep interconnected tunnel system. The command center consisted of a series of caves and the tunnel was littered with spare ammunition and shell casings. The ANSF suppressed enemy forces in the immediate area before destroying the cave and tunnel system with precision guided munitions. “In the last three days, the Government of IRoA and ANSF saved numerous lives by capturing bomb-making materials,” Bowman said. “ANSF-led forces have maintained pressure on the Taliban to prevent them from accomplishing their goals of terrorizing and intimidating the Afghan populace.”

Sunday, February 24, 2008

NY Times sorta aplogizes

The New York Times failed to establish a sexual relationship had existed between John McCain and lobbyist Vicki Iseman and therefore should not have published the salacious claims it made last week suggesting otherwise, the newspaper’s public editor wrote in Sunday’s online edition.
The editors and reporters were on to a good story about the Arizona senator’s fight against special interests at the same time he had appeared to do a favor for one, wrote Times Ombudsman Clark Hoyt, but charges that the relationship went beyond politics and into romance was a distraction without evidence. He added that Executive Editor Bill Keller’s argument that the story wasn’t about an affair belies the article’s narrative.
“I think that ignores the scarlet elephant in the room. A newspaper cannot begin a story about the all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee with the suggestion of an extramarital affair with an attractive lobbyist 31 years his junior and expect readers to focus on anything other than what most of them did. And if a newspaper is going to suggest an improper sexual affair, whether editors think that is the central point or not, it owes readers more proof than The Times was able to provide,” Hoyt wrote.
On Thursday, McCain held a press conference to deny charges that he and Iseman, 40, had had an affair nine years ago while she was lobbying for his assistance to get the Federal Communications Commission to rule on her client’s application for a broadcast license. McCain, 71, who was the Senate Commerce Committee’s chairman at the time, wrote the FCC asking the commissioners to make a decision but did not ask them to rule one way or the other.
McCain, with his wife by his side, answered questions for 15 minutes, and flat out denied a sexual relationship. The focus then turned to the newspaper, which wrote that McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign staff had tried to keep him and Iseman apart for fear their relationship would hurt his campaign.
In Sunday’s post-mortem, Hoyt wrote, “The article was notable for what it did not say: It did not say what convinced the advisers that there was a romance. It did not make clear what McCain was admitting when he acknowledged behaving inappropriately — an affair or just an association with a lobbyist that could look bad. And it did not say whether (McCain aide John) Weaver, the only on-the-record source, believed there was a romance.”
Hoyt said as a result, the newspaper is in the “uncomfortable position of being the story” because “although it raised one of the most toxic subjects in politics — sex — it offered readers no proof that McCain and Iseman had a romance.”
The McCain camp knew for months that the Times had been working on the article, and staffers had been worried that the article could have been a real crusher. In the end, however, the campaign was able to put a positive spin on the story, even using the article as a fundraising tool last week, saying if the so-called liberal New York Times is trying to smear him, then it demonstrates he’s more of a conservative then Republican opponents had suggested.


In case you missed this there was a whiff if sexual innuendo in this article. With no backing at all and the gray lady digs itself deeper into a hole. So please do us all a favor finish laying off the rest of your folks and close the doors.

war pron

The week in pictures

































































Maybe just Maybe we tagged him

We owe this SOB big time anyway so who is to say we didnt hire this one out?

From the Long War Journal:
Imad Mugniyah, the senior Hezbollah military commander who was killed in Syria earlier this month, helped form the Mahdi Army, the military wing of the radical Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr, according to an Iraqi intelligence official. He was described as a “co-founder” of the Mahdi Army, Naharnet reported, based on a translation from the Iraqi daily Al Zaman.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

we blew up a satelitte

In freaking outer space from a ship.
If that does not amaze you I dont know what will?


I wonder how the Irainians felt about this today. Soon they will be saying they can do the same.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Oh they must pay

Watch this thing this is what ladies at code pink think of our country.

Oh they must pay.

Task Force 88

Senior al Qaeda in Iraq intel officer killed in Diyala
By Bill RoggioFebruary 20, 2008 10:05 AM

The ID badge for al Qaeda intelligence chief Arkan Khalaf Khudayyir. also known as Karrar.
Multinational Forces Iraq has confirmed it killed a senior intelligence officer of al Qaeda in Iraq’s network in Diyala. Arkan Khalaf Khudayyir, also known as Karrar, was killed during a raid by “Coalition forces” in Khan Bani Sa’ad on February 17. Multinational Forces Iraq uses the generic term Coalition forces to describe Task Force 88, the special operations hunter-killer teams tasked with dismantling al Qaeda in Iraq’s senior leaders and wider network.
Karrar was described as a senior intelligence leader for al Qaeda in Iraq’s network in Baqubah. Karrar facilitated suicide bombing attacks in the Diyala River Valley. This network also has been responsible for attacks in Baghdad, “to include attacks by female suicide bombers.”


Now reportedly renamed to TF-88, this cream of Western Special Operators consists of several elements:
TF Black - operating chiefly in Southern Iraq - made up of an SAS sabre squadron, supported by a Company of SFSG (TF Red). Some SBS operators are thought to be attached to TF Black.
TF Blue - US Navy SEALs from DEVGRU (Seal Team 6)
TF Green - 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - or 'Delta Force'
TF Orange - electronic intelligence gathers
Elements of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), US 24th Special Tactics Squadron, the UK's 7 and 47 RAF Squadrons provide specialised air support for TF-88. CIA operatives alongside the UK's Joint Support Group and SRR are believed to be attached to the Task Force to provide intelligence support. 18 UKSF Signals and their US equivalents (Task Force Orange) provide secure comms and eavesdropping capabiltiies.
The primary role of TF-88 is to hunt down senior members of Al-Qaeda operating in Iraq. To this end, the Task Force has had several successes including the killing of Al-Zarqawi. Elements of the Task force have also been active in hunting down Al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan.

its not just about killing durkas

CJTF-82 RSS Feed
CJTF82 Week in Review 09 Feb - 16 FEB 2008
Posted: 19 Feb 2008 11:40 PM CST
The Combined Joint Task Force 82 (CJTF82) Week in Review is compiled to highlight events that occurred in the previous week, and is authored by SGT Ryan Wagner, CJTF82 Public Affairs Office, Broadcast Journalist. CJTF82 Mission: In conjunction with the Islamic Rebublic of Afghanistan (IRoA), joint, interagency, and multinational forces, CJTF82 conducts full spectrum operations to defeat insurgent forces in RC-East, facilitates the further development of Afghan National Security Forces, and support stability operations in order to assist the IRoA in extending its authority and influence, which contributes to security and regional stability.
CJTF82 Week in Review 02 Feb - 09 FEB 2008
Posted: 19 Feb 2008 10:04 PM CST
The Combined Joint Task Force 82 (CJTF82) Week in Review is compiled to highlight events that occurred in the previous week, and is authored by SGT Ryan Wagner, CJTF82 Public Affairs Office, Broadcast Journalist. CJTF82 Mission: In conjunction with the Islamic Rebublic of Afghanistan (IRoA), joint, interagency, and multinational forces, CJTF82 conducts full spectrum operations to defeat insurgent forces in RC-East, facilitates the further development of Afghan National Security Forces, and support stability operations in order to assist the IRoA in extending its authority and influence, which contributes to security and regional stability.
Coalition forces look to improve agriculture in Nangarhar
Posted: 19 Feb 2008 10:01 PM CST
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition forces recently deployed a team of military agricultural experts from the Missouri National Guard to the Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, to improve farming. In the mostly rural country, agriculture is an economic staple and accounts for approximately 45 percent of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product and employs more than 70 percent of the population. With this in mind, an Agricultural Development Team from the U.S. National Guard deployed to help farmers improve their current crop and livestock production. The team will be working with other organizations such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Soldiers have varying specialties, such as pest management, agricultural management, hydrology, and can tap into their civilian agricultural expertise. The ADT brings expertise, advice and training in soil sciences, irrigation, agronomy, horticulture and animal husbandry to Afghan universities, provincial-level ministries, local farmers and agribusinesses. Also, in conjunction with other organizations, the team hopes to improve the infrastructure of the Afghan agricultural economy through varying projects and the development of Afghan resources. “While deployed, we will be looking for Afghan solutions for Afghan challenges,” said Army Maj. Doug Dunlap, ADT executive officer in a Missouri National Guard press release, who has a diverse background...
ANSF secure remote villages in Helmand Province
Posted: 19 Feb 2008 09:34 PM CST
BAGARAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The 1st Company of 201st Commando Kandak, Afghan National Army, accompanied by Coalition forces, detained 11 suspected insurgents, found 1,000 lbs of heroin, and destroyed a large weapons cache in Helmand Province Feb. 20. The 201st Commandos conducted operations to establish security, disrupt insurgent activity and deny enemy sanctuary, north of the city of Musa Qaleh. ANSF cleared a compound of known Taliban members. While clearing the compound, the elite unit discovered the heroin and an opium processing lab. The Taliban use the monetary proceeds from the sale of heroin to fund their insurgency. Coalition aircraft observed insurgents emplacing IED’s and establishing defensive positions. Coalition aircraft moved in to investigate the suspected sites and were fired upon by enemy combatants. The Coalition aircraft responded with precision fires and eliminated the enemy positions. The combined force also destroyed a large weapons cache. The success of this mission confirms the resolve and ability of the ANSF to rid Afghanistan of insurgents.
11 suspected insurgents detained in Zabul Province
Posted: 19 Feb 2008 08:37 PM CST
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Eleven suspected insurgents were detained Feb. 19 during a combined Afghan National Security and Coalition forces operation to disrupt Taliban leadership networks in Zabul Province. The combined force searched compounds in the Dey Chopan District targeting a Taliban leader responsible for several attacks against Coalition forces. The individual also allegedly facilitated weapons and financial support to Taliban fighters. The joint force employed accurate, aerial-delivered conventional munitions to suppress several suspected insurgents during the search. There were no indications of deaths or injuries as a result of the engagement. Afghan and Coalition forces found and detained 11 individuals with suspected links to the targeted Taliban leader. The detained individuals will be questioned on their involvement in Taliban operations as well as other illegal activities. “Afghan National Security Forces found six of the detainees, one of whom was identified as a Taliban leader, hiding in a concealed room in a mosque on the compound,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, Coalition forces spokesman. “Mindful of cultural sensitivities, no Coalition forces members entered the mosque.” An Ak-47 assault rifle, associated with one of the detained individuals, was removed to prevent its use by extremist forces. “Afghan and Coalition forces...
ANA adds new capability to arsenal
Posted: 19 Feb 2008 06:37 PM CST
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – A new program instructing Afghan National Army soldiers to effectively provide indirect artillery fire is due to graduate its first platoon in Paktya Province Feb. 25, according to a Combined Joint Task Force-82 official. The 21-day program instructs ANA soldiers on NATO firing tactics, techniques and procedures converting them for use with Russian 122 mm howitzers. The field artillery course focuses on fire direction and gun-line procedures allowing the ANA to compute all firing data. “This program will allow the ANA to operate independently from Coalition forces,” said Army Maj. Daryl Fullerton, deputy fires chief, CJTF-82. “All indirect-fire assets are U.S. assets in eastern Afghanistan. As the ANA continues to grow and conduct operations independently, they will need a means of fire support.” Fullerton explained the ANA bases need counter battery fire in Afghanistan because insurgents routinely attack with 107 mm rockets and other less effective fire. “These platoons will be able to effectively return fire at the conclusion of their training,” Fullerton said. “Even if the ANA doesn’t kill the enemy’s point of origin, their ability to provide indirect fire will discourage the enemy from using more effective forms of...
Qarghaii, Laghman Province, officially announced as Peace District
Posted: 19 Feb 2008 04:32 PM CST
The district of Qarghaii, located in eastern Laghman Province, Afghanistan was officially deemed an Afghanistan “Peace District” Feb 11. This achievement was formally recognized and celebrated by Laghman Governor Gulab Mangal, provincial leaders, United Nations and UNAMA in a ceremony held Feb. 12 in the Mehtar Lam Sarag Garden. Approximately two weeks before the Mehtar Lam ceremony, more than 60 weapons had been turned into the Disbandment of Illegal-Armed Group (DIAG) by Qarghaii citizens and placed on display in the Qarghaii District Center Jan. 28. I thank you all for doing such a great job to bring Laghman peace, said Mangal. But I am especially thankful to the elders. We should all try very hard to work in our province, districts and communities to bring the peace. Mangal said he encouraged Mehtar Lam’s people to join DIAG before but the efforts were unsuccessful and he is glad that they found success when they tried for a second time. Peace is a necessity in every society, said Mullah Qari Rouhullah Fayaz, Provincial Council Member. Islam wants peace in every society. It is a message straight from God, to bring peace. Forgiveness is also necessary for good relations of the...
Building Afghan National Security Forces Capacity in Tagab Valley, Kapisa Province
Posted: 19 Feb 2008 03:58 PM CST
Earlier this month, Afghan National Army in Tagab planned and led the execution of a clearing operation in Landikheyl, Tagab Valley, incorporating Coalition Forces elements as well as Afghan National Police. After extensive training was conducted. simulating the tactics involved in conducting these types of operations, Afghan Soldiers, along with Coalition Forces led the clearing of Qaleh Saleh to Adazai Village. They killed three insurgents, including a known Taliban commander. The Afghan National Army coordinated with Coalition Forces in the area and led a second clearing operation in Adazai. Little enemy contact was made and it is assessed that conditions are set for building stability in the area.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

sniper rifle on a tank????


Hmm i guess it makes sense to give a tank gunner a sniper rifle. I kinda prefered the 120mm version but I guess you dont want to kill everything in sight.

CAMP TAJI — Technicians are modifying M1-A2 Abrams tanks to make them more effective in the dense, urban Baghdad environment.
For Multi-National Division – Baghdad tankers in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division these equipment modifications are taking place in the form of the Tank Urban Survival Kit being added to their M1-A2 Abrams tanks.

From Mr. Totten

The Dungeon of Fallujah
“This is not Norway here, and it is not Denmark.” – Lebanese Forces militia leader Bashir Gemayel.
FALLUJAH – Next to the Joint Communications Center in downtown Fallujah is a squalid and war-shattered warehouse for human beings. Most detainees are common criminals. Others are captured insurgents – terrorists, car-bombers, IED makers, and throat-slashers. A few are even innocent family members of Al Qaeda leaders at large. The Iraqi Police call it a jail, but it's nothing like a jail you've ever seen, at least not in any civilized country. It was built to house 120 prisoners. Recently it held 900.

WTF moment of the day

The Earth is flat??

Iraqi Researcher Defies Scientific Axioms: The Earth Is Flat and Much Larger than the Sun (Which Is Also Flat)

Fadhel Al-Sa'd, Iraqi researcher on astronomy : The Koranic verse that I have just recited – "The breadth of Paradise is as the breadth of the heavens and earth" – attests to the fact that the Earth is flat.
[...]
Iraqi physicist 'Aboud Al-Taei: If the Earth is not round, what shape does it have? I have proof today, as a result of scientific development – using satellites, modern devices, and spaceships... In particular, considering the spaceships and space shuttles that constantly circle the Earth, and some have left Earth for the solar system... The photographs they took prove that the Earth is round.
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When you watch a ship sailing towards the shore, all you see at first is the mast. Then you see the ship's bow, and eventually the entire ship.
[...]
Fadhel Al-Sa'd: When you stand on the beach and you look into the distance, everything you see is in the visible distance. In the blurred distance, you cannot see a thing. Later on, as the ship gets closer to the shore and the harbor, you see its upper part. How do you see it? The eye, as I have said... So far, no doctor has succeeded in understanding how the eye works. How come you see things as round when they are in the blurred distance, but when they get within visible distance, you see them as straight? It happens the same way. When we stand on the ground, we are close to it. Therefore, we see with only half of the eye. If we split the iris into half, we see with the upper half things that are far, and with the lower half things that are near.
[...]
In 1999, there was a full solar eclipse. We went to Mosul, and over there we climbed to Mar Matti Monastery, the altitude of which is 3,600 feet.
The sun began to disappear slowly behind the moon. This is because the moon is half the size of the sun. The moon's diameter is 1,200,000 km, while that of the sun is 2,400,000 km.
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'Aboud Al-Taei: The figures he mentioned regarding the size of the moon... By means of scientific methods, and physical and astronomical principles, scientists have managed to determine the mass of the moon. It is one-sixth the mass of the Earth. This explains the gravity on the moon, which was determined by the astronauts who reached the surface of the moon. They proved that the moon is round. Gravity was less there. It was six times less than the gravity on the Earth, which is why the weight of things is one-sixth there.
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Interviewer: Lunar and solar eclipses, sunset and sunrise, and the changing of seasons – how would you explain all these phenomena, if the Earth is not round, as you claim?
Fadhel Al-Sa'd: The sun circles the Earth because it is smaller than the Earth, as is evident in Koranic verses.
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Have you ever seen how the sun moves? I have seen the sun moving. The sun makes one move every 24 hours.
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What I say is based on Koranic science. He bases his arguments on the kind of science that I reject categorically – the modern science that they teach in schools. This science is a heretic innovation that has no confirmation in the Koran. No verse in the Koran indicates that the Earth is round or that it rotates. Anything that has no indication in the Koran is false.

OK WTF over is up with that. The key being if it is not in the Koran it is false....No wonder they haven't added anything to the world since the 7th century except creative ways to blow themselves and other up.

NCOs the back bone of any Army

FIREBASE NAWA, Afghanistan - Police and other law enforcement officers in the U.S. are regarded as well-trained professionals and role models by the public. Army Sgt. Ronald K. Burke, a squad leader for 3rd Platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, sought the same respect for the Afghan National Police in Nawa District, Afghanistan. With the approval of his platoon leader, Burke came up with a training program to increase tactical and technical competence in the ANP by incorporating reading and writing courses with essential police training. “Being able to read and write will increase these guys’ ability in so many ways,” said Burke, a Cape Corral, Fla., native. “We are teaching both English and Pashto, so they are better able to communicate with villagers and us.” Burke said all the ANP were eager to begin the training, but it was a difficult task to incorporate into his schedule. “I’m over here pretty much all day trying to teach them when I need to be training my guys,” Burke said. “As a solution, I started involving my guys in the training. They are able to brush up on their training in some areas and also learn about different weapon systems, languages and religions.” Burke’s Soldiers assist in all facets of the training, with assistance from interpreters when teaching reading and writing. “Everyone has been very cooperative during this training,” Burke said. “As a Soldier you are expected to be proficient in certain areas, but being a teacher is quite a challenge.” Burke and his Soldiers start the day off with English, having the ANP work on letter sounds and writing short phrases. The next class is Pashto, where Burke and his Soldiers become students as well, allowing the interpreters to lead the classroom. One of Burke’s goals is that the ANP will be able to pass some of their knowledge on to the villagers as the training progresses. “Because of the location out here there are no teachers and doctors available to the villages,” Burke said. “I hope to reach a point where the ANP can go out on patrol, and while they’re in the towns they can teach classes on reading and writing along with some basic first-aid.” Burke is not the only one who is hopeful for the success of this training. “These classes are good for my soldiers,” said Sayed Amanudin Agha, ANP chief for Nawa District. “The villagers need to trust and respect their police and this training will help.” Agha said he is impressed with Burke’s willingness to help his police and finds promise in his men’s eagerness to learn. Most of the time is spent on language training, but other training includes weapons systems, first aid, map reading, tactical driving and reflexive fire, essential for close-quarter encounters. “Sergeant Burke came to me with some ideas to help the ANP,” said Army 1st Lt. Mordechai D. Sorkin, 3rd Plt. leader. “These guys haven’t had a chance to go to the police training, so it was a long list of necessary training.” Sorkin said it was Burke’s idea to add the reading and writing to the curriculum. “Burke has always been someone willing to take that extra step to help someone else,” Sorkin said. “He understands that education is one of the keys to prosperity in this country and took the initiative to do his part here in Nawa.”

Technical Sgt Dean

When an American convoy in southern Afghanistan suddenly came under small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire, Sergeant Dean immediately made contact with a flight of two US Air Force, F-15 Strike Eagle aircraft overhead. After the planes made their first strafing run, Sergeant Dean announced calmly over the radio that he’d been shot by insurgents in the stomach below his body armor. Despite his injury, Sergeant Dean continued to direct the aircraft, calling for battle damage assessments and additional strikes against the attacking insurgents. His parting words over the radio as the MEDEVAC helicopter came in were “make sure my guys get out of here.” Sergeant Dean’s coolness under fire and disregard for his own injuries, while supporting his comrades in battle, exemplify the finest traditions of heroic actions in combat! DATE: 27 October 2007 LOCATION: Southern Afghanistan UNIT: US Air Force POSITION: Joint Terminal Attack Controller

Where do we get such men as these?

Angry Men

I have to say it I am an angry man.

There is a great amount of interest in this year’s presidential elections, as everybody seems to recognize that our next president has to be a lot better than George Bush. The Democrats are riding high with two groundbreaking candidates — a woman and an African-American — while the conservative Republicans are in a quandary about their party’s nod to a quasi-liberal maverick, John McCain.
From the Aspen Times

OK I know this is going to sound like I am a sexist pig which I am not. This guy brings up very good points.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

City Of Berkeley

You traitorus vermen:
The Smith acti is still a law of the land we need to find a federal DA willing to hit them with this.

United States CodeTITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDUREPART I - CRIMESCHAPTER 115 - TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES
U.S. Code as of: 01/19/04Section 2388. Activities affecting armed forces during war
(a) Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully makes or conveys false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies; or Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully causes or attempts to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or willfully obstructs the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, to the injury of the service or the United States, or attempts to do so - Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
(b) If two or more persons conspire to violate subsection (a) of this section and one or more such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be punished as provided in said subsection (a).
(c) Whoever harbors or conceals any person who he knows, or has reasonable grounds to believe or suspect, has committed, or is about to commit, an offense under this section, shall be fined or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
(d) This section shall apply within the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the United States, and on the high seas, as well as within the United States.

great essay

Islam is currently passing through one of its most dynamic times since its rise fourteen hundreds years ago. This dynamic period started long before 9/11 as a fierce struggle, mainly against the west, but also against any nation or group that dares to stand in its way. Most Muslims take this resurgence phase very seriously and consider it as a decisive battle between Islam and the non-Islam, or the kufr, which Mohammed told them they would win. Even though the west, currently, is largely in denial about this makes no difference to the significance of this conflict to the whole world.

Islam will lose

Friday, February 15, 2008

Great Martyr He was huh


I thought Israel killed him ?? Looks like the Palis got him instead does this mean Hamas is going to go to war with Hizbullah hmm wouldn't that be neat. No virgins for him
From the Jerusalem Post
Syrian security forces have arrested several Palestinians suspects in connection with the assassination of Hizbullah commander Imad Mughniyeh, a Lebanese security source told
The source added that Hizbullah had appointed a successor to Mughniyeh within hours of his death in a car bomb blast in the Syrian capital.
Earlier Friday, Iran's state news agency reported that Syria and Iran agreed to conduct a joint investigation into the assassination of Mughniyeh,
An Iranian television station aired what it said was mobile phone video footage of the car bomb blast that killed Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
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Syria: Assassination ruined hopes of peace
The grainy, dark images appeared to have been taken moments after the blast Tuesday night. They show a vehicle engulfed in flames on a street at night time and several people, apparently bystanders, are seen running by. It cannot be seen whether anyone is in the vehicle in the images, taken from a distance and lasting a few seconds.
The video was shown on Iran's state-run Arabic channel, Al-Alam. The station did not say how it obtained the footage.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki speaks at the funeral of Hizbullah arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh.Photo: Channel 10
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met in Damascus on Friday with Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa to discuss the assassination. Iran and Hizbullah have accused Israel of killing Mughniyeh, and Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed in a eulogy to the slain militant on Thursday that his Shiite guerrilla group would retaliate against Israeli interests anywhere in the world.
In Teheran, Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Reza Sheik Attar said that during Mottaki's visit to Damascus, which began Thursday, Iran and Syria had agreed to form a joint investigation team to "look into the root causes and dimensions of the assassination to identify the perpetrators of this dirty crime," the state IRNA news agency

Big cache found

Soldiers report largest cache finds since beginning of year



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MNFI

BAGHDAD (Feb. 13, 2008) - Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division found 3,000 pounds of munitions Feb. 6, collectively the largest find since the start of Operation Marne Thunderbolt Jan. 1.
Both the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment are conducting ongoing operations in southern Arab Jabour in support of Marne Thunderbolt.
Company C, 1-30th Inf. Regt. discovered 12 55-gallon barrels of homemade explosives. Company B, 1-30th Inf. Regt. found a pressure-plate improvised explosive device consisting of three 122 mm rounds and one mine of unknown origin. Another find yielded a cache of two mines, one57 mm projectile, one jar of HME, one artillery shell filled with HME and one 155 mm artillery round.
"We try to find out how long the munitions have been there," said Maj. James Wilburn, from Las Cruces, N.M., chief of daytime operations, 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. "It may indicate whether there was a cell operating there recently, or if the weapons were abandoned long ago. It gives a sense of what our troops may be up against."
Soldiers from Company A, 5-7th Cav. Regt. discovered an anti-aircraft gun, completely operational, with an extra barrel.
Company B, 5-7th Cav. Regt. Soldiers found 45 cans of DSHKA rounds, one DSHKA barrel, 20 rockets, two 120 mm rounds, 90 rocket-propelled grenade rounds, 20 RPG fuses, 130 charges and four hand grenades. In a smaller find the same day, they located a cache of three 120 mm rockets

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Finally a Little Pay Back

Imad Mugniyah, the leader of Hezbollah’s military wing and a senior officer in Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, was killed in yesterday’s car bombing in Damascus, Syria. Mugniyah was behind multiple terror attacks against US, Israel, and other nations, and most famously the 1983 Beirut suicide attacks which killed 241 US Marines and 58 French paratroopers. Hezbollah has confirmed Mugniyah’s death.
Now of course hezbollah is threatening all kinds of mayhem lets see.
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One of the reasons I joined the Marine Corps was I wanted to avenge this attack. I never got the chance to and I am glad someone did.
May this scumbag rest in pieces.

bezerkely

vid of protestors blocking entrance to a public building and police neutrality
Sen. Demint is still fighting this.The city council of Berkeley did not give an inch of ground continue to hammer them at will.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Big Honking Ambulance


BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Doctors and medics here received a new tool today to aid in the treatment of wounded servicemembers on the battlefield. The tool, which is a little too big to carry in a medic’s aid bag, comes equipped with armor and a crew-served weapon. In the parking lot of the Combined Joint Task Force-82 Joint Operations Center here, the newest configuration of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle, the MRAP Ambulance, was shown to the CJTF-82 staff Feb. 10. “What the [MRAP Ambulance] brings is survivability,” said Army Lt. Col. Coll Haddon, the joint program manager (forward) for the MRAP. According to Hadden, the vehicles are equipped with life-saving equipment not usually found in ambulances on the battlefield such as oxygen, suction capabilities and vitals monitors. “You’re getting the medical capabilities to the Soldier as opposed to getting the Soldier to the medical capabilities,” Hadden said. With the added capabilities, Hadden said the “golden hour” doctors have for treating a patient is not lost to transporting the wounded servicemember as the capabilities are brought to the patient.Just as important as the new medical equipment on board is the armor the vehicle is wrapped in. Able to withstand large-calibre projectiles as well as being mine resistant, the MRAP Ambulance provides a safe haven for medical personnel to transport and treat as many as six patients.“It offers increased protection and allows medics to … treat casualties in a safe location,” said Army Sgt. 1st Class Patrick L. Melvin, a CJTF-82 medic. The mine-resistance also adds an advantage, Melvin said. With the improvised explosive device-threat, the ambulances CJTF-82 currently uses could not be taken on to the battlefield due to a lack of armor, he added. Now, with the MRAP’s v-shaped hull and armor, it can be used in ground evacuations when air assets are not available. Following a medical training and operator’s training, the new MRAPs will be fielded by servicemembers in the rugged terrain of Afghanistan.

Operation Iron Jarvest


I like maps always been fond of them: Isn't Powerpoint great (bleh)
A surge in military operations and a shift in local support in northern Iraq has driven many al Qaeda fighters out of cities that once provided them safe haven and into the desert, or even out of the country, a commander in the region said Monday.

In the spirit of free speech the dreaded photographs of MO






And you know what f-em if they cannot take a joke.



Berkeley

Well nothing changed. I just heard back from one of the city council members the only who has consistantly opposed the city council on this issue.

' Last night at the Council meeting we heard from a couple of hundred people on the Marine Recruiting Center issue. Both sides spoke elegantly and passionately for their viewpoints. At the end of the public comment, the Council failed to approved a motion (4 Yes, 5 abstentions) to apologize to the marines. A motion not to send a letter to the Marine Commandant and to restate the Council opposition to the war and support for the troops passed by a vote of 7 to 2. '

So folks nothing changed it all remains the same. continue to hammer them.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Berekely

It is 1900 on the west coast and the Berkeley City council is just starting to meet. Remember keep the pressure on them.

Cool Marine Helicopter


































Monday, February 11, 2008

Saturday, February 9, 2008

lots and lots of BOOM it is war pron day

The Brits in a fire fight

I need explosions

barely suppressed

I just went and sickened myself with the Berkeley City council hate on the Marine Corps and in effect my family. I do not have words that I care to share in a PG-13 blog.

I would love to wish all sorts of bad karma on these people and the fine folks from code pink and in the end they will get theirs but I really don't want to wait until the end. I am morally offended, physically ill, and just down right ticked off with these "people."

Again I would love them to try this in one of the more peaceful socialists republics of Cuba or N Korea.

I encourage people to cut of business trips, vacations to the entire Bay area. Maybe hit them in the pocketbook will work.