Question: Has Bush caused the US to be dangerously compromised?
The main Trend we have seen at Maravot News is that Bush's hostile policies worldwide have created new alliances among the EU, China, India, Russia, the Middle East and South America, with realignments away from the US. His mismanagement in diplomacy, wars, disasters and economics reflects an incompetence perhaps unparalleled in US history. Mel Copeland
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8.13.06 Charity funds sent to PoK for UK plot
LONDON (PTI) August 14 Certain UK-based Muslim charities had transferred "huge sums" to banks in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) to pay for the airline bombing plot, and some of the terror suspects visited al-Qaeda camps posing as quake relief workers, reported The Mail on Sunday. Key members of the terror gang travelled to Pakistan¹s lawless border region with Afghanistan as well to learn bomb-making techniques, the report said, adding that security services and Pakistani intelligence were trying to piece together exact movements. [expressindia.com]
8.13.06 Britain's Al-Qaeda leader seized
August 13 Security sources believe that a man arrested in last week¹s anti- terror raids in Britain is Al-Qaeda¹s leader in this country. Home Office officials say that one of those arrested is suspected not only of masterminding the foiled plot to bring down up to nine transatlantic airliners, but also of involvement in other planned atrocities over the past few years. They believe that he was instrumental in sending the ringleader of at least one previous British terror plot for training at a camp in Pakistan last year. He is described by counter-terrorist officials at MI5 as the senior figure in a British terror network involving Kashmiri, north African and Iraqi cells. [More>>timesonline.co.uk ; See also independent.co.uk, August 13, "Target Britain: Wave of attacks planned, say investigators."]
8.13.06 Syria still transferring supply of rockets, missiles to Hezbollah
August 13 Syria continues its efforts to transfer large quantities of war materiel, including rockets, to Lebanon, in an effort to assist Hezbollah in its war against Israel, a senior Israel Defense Forces source told Haaretz on Saturday. According to the IDF source, the air force has succeeded in partially stemming the arms transfers, but intelligence shows that supply convoys have managed to cross into Lebanon from Syria. Senior Syrian army and intelligence officers are involved in the arms smuggling, according to the senior IDF source, who says it is unlikely this continues without the explicit support of the regime in Damascus. [More>>haaretz.com ; See related story, Jerusalem Post, August 13, "Lebanese Cabinet meeting indefinitely postponed."]
8.13.06 Me siento muy feliz (I feel very happy)
August 13 Photos of Castro in hospital wearing a red, white and blue suit reading newspaper with his photo appeared today with the caption: Al arribar a sus 80 años de edad, el Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro envía mensaje alentador sobre su estado de salud, que ha mejorado considerablemente. Asegura que el país marcha perfectamente bien (When arriving at the age of 80 the Commander-in-Cheif Fidel Castro encouraging that his state of health has improved considerably). [More>> juventuderebelde.cu]
8.12.06 Nasrallah: Hezbollah will abide by UN-backed cease-fire
August 12 Hezbollah Leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday that if a UN-endorsed agreement were reached that would end the hostilities, then his organization would abide by it. In a televised speech on Hezbollah-run al-Manar television, he said that he would allow for the deployment of the Lebanese army, augmented by UNIFIL forces, to deploy in southern Lebanon. Still, he said he had some reservations against the resolution, but noted he would bring those up at the Lebanese cabinet meeting that would be convened on Saturday evening. His strongest reservation was against the arms embargo that the cease-fire agreement called for.
8.12.06 Al Qaeda active in India-controlled Kashmir: security agencies
NEW DELHI (Xinhua) August 12 Security agencies in India-controlled Kashmir said they have found the existence of Al Qaeda militants, suspected to be mainly from Afghanistan or other countries, in the forests of Bandipore in the region. "We are convinced that the global terror network has firmly established itself in Kashmir," Indo-Asian News Service on Saturday quoted an Indian intelligence agency official on condition of anonymity as saying. "That Bandipore in north Kashmir has become home to some Al Qaeda militants that was first known in an intercepted militant's conversation. The inputs have been verified and found to be correct," the official said.
8.12.06 US army says 26 insurgents killed in Iraq's Ramadi
BAGHDAD (AFP) August 12 The US military said Saturday 26 insurgents were killed in Iraq¹s restive Al-Anbar province following a series of attacks on US bases in the area a day earlier. On Friday, marines and soldiers in Ramadi "were attacked at multiple locations with rocket-propelled grenades, medium machine-gun fire and small arms fire from buildings targeting outposts in the northwest portion of the city," it said. The attacks came "from non-combatant and protected locations, such as homes and mosques," the statement said.
8.12.06 Airline plot had support in Pakistan, officials say
August 12 US and European officials described Pakistan yesterday as the hub of a plot to down transatlantic flights, saying the young British men allegedly behind the planned attacks drew financial and logistical support from sponsors operating in Karachi and Lahore. At least 17 suspects in British custody for the aviation plot have family ties to Pakistan, and several had traveled there in recent months to seek instructions and confer with unknown conspirators, intelligence officials said yesterday, discussing several elements of the investigation on the condition of anonymity. Pakistan's government, portraying itself as a reliable ally against terrorism, said it had made at least seven arrests connected to the plot but insisted that the conspiracy was centered in neighboring Afghanistan. Two of the men in custody there were British citizens... "The Pakistan connection is the big focus now," said one intelligence source. "Everything is coming out of there." [Full story>>washingtonpost.com]
8.12.06 British planes plot: members of outlawed organizations nabbed
LAHORE, August 12 On suspicion of involvement in disruptive plot of British planes, some members of the outlawed organizations have been arrested and shifted to an undisclosed place where they are being interrogated. An important person in Punjab, on the condition of anonymity, told Geo News that the banned organizations¹ members were being raided on suspicion of their implication in mass disruptive plot in London. He said that some agencies of the federal government are carrying out the operation; however, the Punjab government was helping it. He said important maps and heavy ammunitions were recovered from the alleged terrorists arrested from Faisalabad, Kahina and Muredke and on their tip-off, raids were being carried out at different places in Punjab. [thenews.com.pk]
8.12.06 Airline terror plotters 'linked to 7/7 bombers'
August 12 The capture of a British national in Pakistan was the trigger for the arrests of 24 men suspected of plotting to blow up transatlantic airliners. Government sources indicated to The Times that the apprehension of Rashid Rauf was the key event that forced British police to raid addresses in London, Birmingham and High Wycombe. One of those arrested in Birmingham was Rauf¹s brother, Tayib, 21. Police brought the raids forward because they were concerned that the alleged plotters would realize they were under surveillance once they lost contact with a central figure in their plans, and either go into hiding or carry out an attack.
8.12.06 Tracing terror plots, British watch, then pounce
WASHINGTON, August 12 The disclosure that British officials conducted months of surveillance before arresting 24 terrorism suspects this week highlighted what many terrorism specialists said was a central difference between American and British law enforcement agencies. The British, they say, are more willing to wait and watch. Although details of the British investigation remain secret, Bush administration officials say Britain¹s domestic intelligence agency, MI5, was for at least several months aware of a plot to set off explosions on airliners flying to the United States from Britain, as well as the identity of the people who would carry it out.
8.12.06 Bush links Hezbollah and 'plot'
August 12 US President George W. Bush says Hezbollah and alleged UK air plot suspects share a "totalitarian ideology" they are seeking to spread. Linking their actions with insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said they all wanted to "establish safe havens from which to attack free nations." Mr. Bush said the UK terror plot was a "reminder that terrorists are still plotting attacks to kill our people." He made the comments in his weekly radio address to the American people. "The terrorists attempt to bring down airplanes full of innocent men, women, and children," Mr. Bush said. "They kill civilians and American servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they deliberately hide behind civilians in Lebanon. They are seeking to spread their totalitarian ideology." [More>>bbc.co.uk]
8.12.06 Suspects' money trail may not lead to wealth of information
August 12 The order to freeze the bank accounts of 19 suspects in the alleged airline bomb plot was issued fast but may have a limited impact if the sums are small, said financial crime experts yesterday. Financial authorities and banks might find it increasingly hard to track terrorist financing because plots involving British citizens might involve neither international transfers nor unusually large transactions, said people familiar with the banking industry. The Bank of England's order, which was issued at the Treasury's request, takes to 85 the number of people whose assets are frozen under a special measure introduced shortly after the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks on the US.
8.11.06 American companies continue to be the primary providers of internet service to Hezbollah : Report
August 11 Haganah.org reports: "...Despite the fact that Hezbollah is a designated Terrorist entity in the United States, American companies have been, and continue to be, the primary providers of service to Hezbollah. We now know of 40 domains of Hezbollah, based largely on a list provided by Hassan Nasrollah on a previous incarnation of his own web site. Of those 40 domains, 23 are now or have been provided DNS services by Alabanza Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland. No other provider comes close. Alabanza's domain name registration business, Bulkregister, is Hezbollah's registrar of choice. See our report regarding the registrars of Hezbollah's domains..."[More>>haganah.org]
August 11 Two of the suspects held in connection with the plot to down jetliners with explosives had contact with a Pakistani suspected of being an al Qaeda operative, U.S. and British officials said Friday. The officials allege that Matiur Rehman, described as an explosives expert in Pakistan who is now at large, met two of the British suspects in Pakistan. But officials, who say the plot displays signs of al Qaeda participation but who are still investigating that angle, do not know whether Rehman was involved in the plot. After the two people returned to Britain, they received a wire transfer of money from Pakistan, the officials said. [More>>cnn.com]
8.11.06 Day of terror strikes was planned for August 16
August 11 Terrorists were planning to unleash a series of deadly mid-air explosions on flights between London and America on August 16, it has been revealed today. Members of the terror group, who were arrested in a series of raids by anti-terror police yesterday, were due to mount a dry run today to check if they could smuggle components for liquid explosives through Britain's airports. United Airline tickets dated next Wednesday were found by police at the home of one of the raided addresses. [dailymail.co.uk via counterterrorismblog.org]
8.11.06 Heavy clashes between IDF troops, Hezbollah in Rashaf
August 11 Violent clashes continued in southern Lebanon on Friday between IDF troops and Hezbollah gunmen. An elite IDF reserve unit was embroiled in fierce gun battles with Hezbollah on Friday afternoon in the eastern sector village of Rashaf. Four soldiers were lightly wounded in the fighting. Meanwhile, IDF forces killed several Hezbollah gunmen and discovered a weapons cache near the village of Rajamin in the western sector. Earlier Friday, it was released for publication that an IDF reserve officer was killed and 19 others were wounded - nine of them seriously - during heavy clashes between the IDF and Hezbollah operatives in southern Lebanon on Thursday. [More>>Jerusalem Post ; See related story, aljazeera.net, August 11, "Diplomacy intensifies as Beirut hit."]
8.11.06 No end in sight to Sidoardjo mudflow
SIDOARJO, Indonesia, August 11 Hot mud that has been flowing from a gas well in Sidoarjo, East Java, since May 29 breached a dam Thursday morning, forcing thousands of more people from their homes. Later in the day Vice President Jusuf Kalla led an emergency meeting to discuss the continuing environmental and human disaster. The dam, which was built to contain the mud and keep it from nearby villages, was breached for a second time at around 9 a.m. This comes days after the local turnpike operator declared the toll road linking East Java towns to the provincial capital Surabaya had to be closed for a third time because of the mud. The operator said the turnpike would be closed indefinitely.
8.11.06 Britain releases frozen account holders names
LONDON, August 11 9 people early on Friday, naming them as people arrested Thursday in connection with an alleged terror plot to bomb British passenger jets. "On the advice of the police and security services, the Treasury has instructed the Bank of England to issue notices to effect a freeze of the assets of a number of individuals arrested in yesterday's operations," a Treasury statement said. The 19 men named by the Bank of England were Ahmed Abdula Ali, Cossor Ali, Khuram Shazad Ali, Nabeel Hussain, Tanvir Hussain, Umair Hussain, Umar Islam, Wassem Kayani, Abdullah Assan Khan, Arafat Waheed Khan, Adam Osman Khatib, Muneem Abdul Patel, Tayib Rauf, Usman Muhammed Saddique, Assad Sarwar, Ibrahim Savant, Asmin Amin Tariq, Mohammed Shamin Uddin, and Waheed Zaman. [thenews.com.pk ; See more details, washingtonpost.com, August 11, "Names of 19 terror suspects."]
8.11.06 US issues terror warning in India
NEW DELHI (AP) August 11 The US Embassy in India's capital warned Friday that foreign militants, possibly al-Qaeda members, may be planning to carry out bombings in two major Indian cities in the coming days. An e-mail sent to American citizens registered with the embassy said New Delhi, the capital, and Bombay, the country's financial and entertainment hub, were the targets of the alleged plot, and that the attacks were believed to be planned around India's Independence Day, which falls on Aug. 15. The embassy confirmed that it had sent the e-mail, and the chief secretary of India's Maharshtra state, where Bombay is located, confirmed that authorities had intelligence about a possible terror plot.
8.10.06 Britain freezes assets of 19 terror suspects
LONDON, August 11 The Bank of England froze the assets of 19 people early on Friday, naming them as people arrested Thursday in connection with an alleged terror plot to bomb British passenger jets. British police have arrested 24 British nationals involved in a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the United States, using explosives smuggled in carry-on luggage. According to An American television, 22 of the arrested people are Pakistani descent, while the two of Iranian and Bangladeshi. All of them are between the ages of 17 and 35. British police is conducting raids to arrest the remaining five suspects believed to be a part of the conspiracy.
8.10.06 Pakistan helps UK foil planes' bombing
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, August 11 The lead that enabled the British security agencies in foiling a terror plot for blowing US-bound airliners was squeezed out of three suspects held in Karachi Tuesday morning, The Nation has learnt. "These three terror suspects were held after the interception of a communication regarding the deadly plot to explode several mid-flights," highly placed security sources revealed on condition of anonymity. The information was immediately passed on to MI5 which thwarted the terror plan to simultaneously blow up several flights destined to US by using explosives concealed in carry-on luggage, the sources added.
8.10.06 Red alert after police 'foil air terror plot'
August 10 A terrorist plot to blow up aircraft in mid-flight has been thwarted, Scotland Yard said. Hand luggage has been banned at UK airports and MI5 has raised the threat level to "critical." A statement on the MI5 website said: "This means that an attack is expected imminently and indicates an extremely high level of threat to the UK."
Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson said that the plot was intended to bring down a number of aircraft through mid-flight explosions. He said: "This was intended to be mass murder on an unimaginable scale." Searches were on-going at a number of addresses, he added. Sources said detectives had found "a number of things that are causing interest."
It is believed the covert investigation has been going on for several months and it is understood that officers made the arrests overnight not because they feared an attack was likely to happen today but for other intelligence reasons which meant they had to act quickly. The head of Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch, Peter Clarke, said the plot has "a global dimension." The investigation had involved an "unprecedented" level of surveillance and had involved police forces in the UK and internationally. [More>>independent.co.uk ; See related stories,
nytimes.com, August 10, "Plot echoes one planned by 9/11 mastermind in '94" : JAKARTA, Aug. 10 The plot to blow up several airliners over the Atlantic, uncovered by British authorities, bears a striking resemblance to a plot hatched by Al Qaeda operatives 12 years ago to simultaneously blow up airliners over the Pacific. That plot was hatched in Manila by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was starting his climb to be a top lieutenant to Osama bin Laden, and by Ramzi Yousef, who was the mastermind of the first bomb attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. It was financed by bin Laden.
Mr. Mohammed gave the operation the codename "Bojinka," which was widely reported to have been adopted from Serbo-Croatian, and to mean "big bang." But Mr. Mohammed has told Central Intelligence Agency interrogators that it was just a "nonsense word" he chose after hearing it on the front lines in Afghanistan, where he was fighting with Muslim rebels against Russia, according to "The 9/11 Commission Report." Mr. Mohammed was seized in Pakistan in 2003, and is now being held by the C.I.A. at an undisclosed location...
cnn.com, August 10, "US: Airline terror plot 'close to execution.'"
8.10.06 San Francisco puts impeachment on the November Ballot
SAN FRANCISCO, Ca., August 10 Four City San Francisco Supervisors have put their pens to a document that will allow the city's 421,000 registered voters an up or down vote on the merits of impeaching both President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney this November 7th. The San Francisco Impeachment Ballot Initiative, like the Berkeley Impeachment Ballot Initiative approved on June 27th, 2006, was drafted in close coordination with Constitution Summer, a nonpartisan, national coalition of students at the nation's law schools and universities. Champaign-Urbana, Illinois quietly approved the first municipal presidential impeachment initiative in American history on April 11th, 2006.
8.10.06 Suicide bomber kills 33 near Iraqi Shiite shrine
NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) August 10 A suicide bomber has detonated his explosive vest in a market in the ancient Iraqi city of Najaf, killing at least 33 people a short distance from Shiite Islam's holiest shrine. The blast was triggered Thursday at the entrance to a market in the old city, 150 metres (yards) from the Imam Ali mausoleum and close to the offices of Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, police said. "The total casualties are 33 killed and 94 wounded, including four Iranian visitors. One of them is in serious condition," said Doctor Munther al-Athari, head of the Najaf health directorate.
8.10.06 Turkey builds up forces near border with Iraq: report
ANKARA (Xinhua) August 10 Turkey has been building up forces near the border with Iraq as of Wednesday, the Daily News reported on Thursday. The move came days after Washington hinted that it was no longer concerned over earlier warnings by Ankara that it might opt for military action inside northern Iraq to fight the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) there. Hundreds of tanks and military vehicles arrived in the southeastern town of Yuksekova in Hakkari province last week, the Dogan News Agency reported on Wednesday. Commando units from divisions based in the central provinces of Kayseri and Isparta and the northwestern province of Tekirdag have been sent to several towns in Hakkari and deployed near the border, the agency said. [More>>xinhuanet.com]
8.10.06 Hezbollah rockets kill boy, mother in western Galilee village
August 10 Hezbollah gunners renewed their attacks on northern Israel on Thursday morning, killing a five-year-old Fathi Assadi and his mother Miriam, 26, in the western Galilee village of Dir al-Assad. Eleven other people were wounded in the attack, including Faris, the three-year-old brother of the boy who was killed, who sustained serious injuries. The dead woman's mother-in-law was also seriously hurt. One other person was moderately hurt and eight suffered light wounds.
8.10.06 Hezbollah denies Iranian fighter report
August 10 Hezbollah has denied that Iranian fighters were among its forces battling Israeli troops who have begun to advance deeper into southern Lebanon. Israel's Channel 10 television reported on Wednesday that members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard force had been found among dead Hezbollah members killed by Israeli forces in the south of Lebanon. Citing diplomatic sources, the report said the Iranians were identified by documents found on their bodies, but gave no further details on how many were discovered or when. [More>>aljazeera.net]
8.09.06 Suspected kidnappers of US reporter in Baghdad, arrested
BAGHDAD (AFP) August 9 US forces in Iraq have arrested four men they suspect of involvement in the kidnapping of American reporter Jill Carroll and raided three houses where they think she was held, a spokesman said Wednesday. US-led coalition forces spokesman Major General William Caldwell said the four captives included a member of the Mujahideen Shura, an umbrella body of Sunni insurgent groups in Iraq which is led by the Al-Qaeda Islamist network.
8.09.06 40,000 soldiers await word to enter southern Lebanon
August 9 Tens of thousands of IDF troops amassed along the northern border Wednesday evening in preparation for Israel's largest and deepest ground incursion into southern Lebanon since the beginning of Operation Change of Direction last month. The security cabinet on Wednesday approved a plan presented by IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz, under which military forces by the thousands will head up to the Litani river over 20 kilometers from Israel and beyond in an effort to prevent the incessant Katyusha rocket attacks on northern Israel.
8.09.06 Exile sets up Saudi opposition group in France
PARIS, August 9 The son of the last ruler of part of present-day Saudi Arabia has said he was setting up an opposition party in Paris to seek democratic rule in the oil-rich kingdom.
8.09.06 Fifteen Taliban killed in attack
(AFP) August 9 US-led soldiers and warplanes killed 15 Taliban militants who attacked a coalition compound with rockets and rifles in mountainous eastern Afghanistan, the coalition said. Two US soldiers and an Afghani policeman were wounded in yesterday¹s battle in the remote province of Nuristan which borders Pakistan, it said in a statement. It said 30 insurgents had attacked a provincial reconstruction team base in Nuristan's Kamdesh district and coalition forces responded with small arms and mortar fire. "Coalition soldiers killed 15 extremists" during the firefight, the statement said, adding that the base was undamaged. [More>>theaustralian.news.com ; See related story, xinhuanet.com, August 9, "Taliban-linked militants hang 70-year-old woman in S. Afghanistan" : KABUL Taliban-linked militants have hanged two persons including an aged lady for alleged espionage to Americans in the troubled Helmand province in south Afghanistan, Deputy provincial governor Hajji Mullah Amir Akhundzada said Wednesday. "The anti-government Taliban insurgents hanged a 70-year-old woman and her 13-year-old grandson on charge of spying for the American forces in Tigh village of Musa Qala district on Tuesday morning," Akhundzada told Xinhua. He also termed the incident as a heinous crime and condemned it...
8.09.06 Bird flu toll climbs to 45 in Indonesia
August 9 With two more people succumbing to bird flu within hours of each other Tuesday, health experts warn the human toll will continue to climb unless there is an intensified campaign to eradicate H5N1 in poultry. Health Ministry officials said Tuesday that local tests had confirmed that two teenagers died of the virus, bringing the country's death toll to a world record of 45.
8.09.06 Male circumcision 'lowers risk of HIV infection by 60%'
August 9 It used to be called the unkindest cut. But now the head of the one of the world's largest Aids charities believes we are on the brink of a revolution in attitudes to circumcision. Richard Feachem, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said research revealing the protective effect of circumcision against HIV was set to change parental expectations and medical practice across the world. Instead of viewing the operation as an assault on the male sex, it was increasingly being seen as a lifesaving procedure which every parent would want for their sons.
8.08.06 Opportunity approaches the Bowl of Beagle Crater
August 7 NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity acquired this false-color image of the rim of the 35-meter (115-foot) diameter Beagle Crater on Martian day, or sol, 894 (July 30, 2006) using the panoramic camera's 753-nanometer, 535-nanometer, and 432-nanometer filters. At the time the rover was about 25 meters (82 feet) from Beagle Crater, looking east-southeast. The image reveals ejecta blocks near the rover, the largest of which is about 50 centimeters (20 inches) across. The image also shows a portion of the eastern interior rim of Beagle Crater, which appears composed of jumbled, angular blocks of brighter and darker outcrop rocks. The rover will drive to the rim of Beagle and acquire an extensive color panorama of the crater rim and interior in the coming sols. [marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov]
8.08.06 US troops assault journalists in Kirkuk
August 8 Several journalists in Kirkuk have accused American and Iraqi security forces of assaulting them and their crews as they tried to report on the worsening security situation in the northern city. In at least six separate incidents since June, Iraqi reporters said they had been physically beaten, had their equipment confiscated and been falsely accused of "terrorism."
8.08.06 Israeli minister says Russian weapons arming "terrorists"
MOSCOW (AFP) August 8 Israeli Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter said in an interview published Tuesday that ³all the terrorists surrounding Israel² are using Russian weapons. "All the terrorists surrounding Israel are using Russian and Soviet-made arms: Kalashnikov assault rifles and Katyusha rockets," Dichter told the Russian daily Vremya Novostei. "We don¹t have information about direct contacts between Hezbollah combatants and Russia, but we know quite well about Hezbollah¹s direct contacts with Syria and Iran," Dichter said.
8.08.06 Lebanese vow never again to be burned by US
BEIRUT, August 8 As smoke continues to billow from an 11-storey building that was blasted by an Israeli airstrike into a heap of rubble burying four inhabitants, a woman looks over and yells: "Look what [George W.] Bush has done to my home." Ash covers the ground for many blocks, leaving no mistake warplanes have revisited Beirut for the fourth straight night as part of attacks on Lebanon now into their fourth week.
8.08.06 Roadside bombs kill 19 people in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (Reuters) August 8 Four separate roadside bomb attacks killed at least 19 people in Baghdad on Tuesday, police sources said, as US troops made new efforts to try to rid the capital of powerful militias and defeat insurgents. The deadliest bombing killed at least 10 people and wounded 69 in the al-Shorja market in central Baghdad. Earlier, two blasts targeting police and another aimed at one of Baghdad's busiest bus stations killed nine people, the police sources said. Eight people were wounded in those attacks. The United States has boosted its troop levels in the Iraqi capital to try to stop insurgent and sectarian violence, which has raised fears of full-blown civil war, from escalating. But the campaign is likely to hit political mine fields. [More>>thestar.com.my]
8.08.06 PM mulls Lebanon deployment plan
August 8 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert termed the Lebanese decision to move its army southward an "interesting" one that needs to be considered carefully. At a press conference after a meeting with President Moshe Katsav, Olmert said that since the beginning of the military operation Israel has said its goals were the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1559, which calls for the deployment of the Lebanese army on the border with Israel, and the dismantling of Hezbollah.
LISBON, May 21 Adam Porter reports: Labour politician and former UK environment minister Michael Meacher has slammed Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush for starting a war, he says, to secure oil interests.
August 9 (Maravot News, Mel Copeland) A trend in combatting terrorism has to do with what constitute's extremist activity, including teachings by immams, publication of books and retail book stores, etc. Statements like (8.09.05) Bakri Mohammed's, "...it would be 'against Islam' for him to inform the police of any terrorist attacks that he knew were being planned in Britain..." are better understood through an examination of modern scholastic trends in reinterpreting the Koran. See:
SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, 2005 Update. While the Federal Reserve continues to increase interest rates, the Exponentially rising Federal Debt is not being reported. What is not being reported is the fact that interest rates are tied to the US National Debt. This year the deficit is expected to exceed $420 billion, and interest on the debt which exceeds $8.2 trillion, is about $1 billion per day. Because the annual deficits are financed via the bond market, and because the amount of the bonds being sold exceeds demand, it is necessary to raise interest rates to attract investors in the US bonds financing the US debt. This routine of increasing debt on an exponential scale was experienced under the administration of George H. W. Bush. I predicted increasing interest rates "to sell bonds" in my conversation with Wm. F. Buckley Jr. at that time, in 1993, and I have repeated the prediction with regard to the current Bush administration's excesses and need to sell more bonds to finance the extraordinary deficits. The rate increases will continue in order to sell the overabundant US bonds. In a few words, George Bush's debt is causing your mortgage rates to increase, and they will continue to increase until the US assumes fiscal responsibility. Click here for details on this trend.
05.23.06 Architect of New War on the West and Bin Laden via As-Sahab website
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