Sunday, November 4, 2007


MAIN STREAM MEDIA, PELOSI, REID, MURTHA, DIMWITORATS showing their delight that the surge is working


BAGHDAD — It's Thursday night, the end of the Iraqi workweek, and Fami Ameen is scrambling in his crowded Assassin's Gate liquor store as customers clamor for everything from beer and whiskey to ouzo and arak, the popular local alcohol.

For decades, Iraq had a reputation as a modern, secular society that liked to drink and knew how to party, from wild hotel discotheques to genteel members-only social clubs.

But after the fall of President Saddam Hussein, extremists unleashed waves of firebombings against liquor stores, even killing owners, because alcohol is forbidden under Islamic law.

BAGHDAD — Elements of the 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 11th Iraqi Army Division entered the Abu Hanifa Mosque in the eastern Adhamiyah neighorhood of the Iraqi capital in an early morning operation and detained 12 individuals, including two known terrorists who were using the mosque as a base.

The captured terrorists are suspected of improvised explosive device emplacement, kidnapping, murder of Iraqi civilians and attacks against Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces throughout Baghdad.

They are also known to have links with al-Qaeda, said Capt. Phillip Dow, a staff officer with the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, the U.S. unit responsible for security in the area.

The operation was a result of tips received from local citizens.

BAGHDAD - In a dramatic turnaround, more than 3,000 Iraqi families driven out of their Baghdad neighborhoods have returned to their homes in the past three months as sectarian violence has dropped, the government said Saturday.

Saad al-Azawi, his wife and four children are among them. They fled to Syria six months ago, leaving behind what had become one of the capital's more dangerous districts — west Baghdad's largely Sunni Khadra region.

“Video: Terrorist training camps in Georgia”

Suspected Terrorist Linked To Georgia Compounds

A Channel 2 Action News Investigation delves into terror allegations involving the leader of a group with two compounds — or villages — in Georgia. He denies them. Over the last several months Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Mark Winne has been looking into both sides.

“Palestinian Terrorists Firing Mortars from Elementary School”

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Centerat the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC)

“Radical Islamic ideology versus governmental needs: Dr. Ghazi Hamad, high-ranking Hamas activist, harshly criticized the movement’s since its rise to power. He harshly criticized the military takeover of the Gaza Strip, calling it “a terrible strategic mistake” and urged the Hamas leadership to deal positively with its errors.”

Expert: Hamas, Hizbullah cells may be active in Mexico [open border alert!]Ynet News ^

The US is concerned that Hamas and Hizbullah agents may penetrate the porous US-Mexican border in order to carry out terrorist attacks, according to Robert Grenier, the former head of the US Central Intelligence Agency’s counterterrorism center.
His comments were featured in a report published by the Mexican press on Thursday.

Speaking at an event in Mexico, Grenier—who now runs his own international security firm called Kroll—said that reports indicate the United States is fearful that Iran, Hamas, and/or Hizbullah may seek to set up operations in Mexico in order to carry out terrorist attacks in the US.

According to the US counterterrorism expert, American officials are concerned that terrorists will tap into illegal immigrant and/or drug trafficking networks in order to use them to bring people and equipment into the US.

The former CIA official added that the American government is also fearful that Hamas and Hizbullah sleeper cells are already operational in Mexico; and, that Hizbullah is funneling money from Mexico into to Lebanon to fund the organization’s operations there.

Until now, the US has not given Hizbullah operations in Mexico much thought. However, in wake of the recent escalation of rhetoric between the US and Iran regarding the latter’s nuclear program, American officials have become concerned that Iran will use Hizbullah to carry out terror attacks on US targets around the world, Grenier explained

According to this scenario, Iran could also use Hizbullah networks to hit the US on its own soil.

The terrorism expert noted that it was hard to say for certain that sleeper cells already exist in Mexico. However, according to Grenier, the Lebanese Shia community in Mexico supports Iran and Hizbullah and there is speculation that members of the community could be recruited to carry out acts of terrorism.

Exclusive“ Jersey City worker triggerman in Pakistan assassination”


Note: Photos included.

“DEA Announces Marijuana Bust In Tonto National ForestDrugs were worth $50 million; 17 arrested in grow operation”

(Phoenix, AZ) – The Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies today announced the successful eradication of 25,000 marijuana plants, with an approximate street value of $50 million in processed marijuana, and the arrests of 17 individuals involved in several marijuana growing operations in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. Federal charges have been filed against 18 individuals by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Seventeen individuals are currently in custody; one remains at large.”

Hat tip to Cindy and Granny

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