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  1. Remember those supposed hostages reportedly held a few days ago?


    Quote[/b] ]Dozens of Bodies Found in Tigris River

    1 hour, 48 minutes ago Middle East - AP

    By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS, Associated Press Writer

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - For days, Iraq was shaken by claims that Sunni Muslim militants had abducted as many as 100 Shiites from an area at the tip of Iraq's "Triangle of Death."

    Shiite leaders and government officials warned of a major sectarian conflict, only to see the reports evaporate when Iraqi security forces swept through the area and found no hostages.

    But on Wednesday Iraq's interim president said he had proof of the abductions: 50 bodies recovered from the Tigris River.

    And northwest of Baghdad, witnesses said 19 bullet-riddled bodies were found slumped against a bloodstained wall in a soccer stadium in Haditha.

    The discoveries came as insurgents unleashed a string of attacks that killed at least nine Iraqis and wounded 21. They included four suicide car bombs — one of which targeted interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's convoy — and a roadside explosion in the capital, police said. Allawi escaped unharmed, his spokesman said.

    Yes, we remember them;

    Quote[/b] ]Senior police officials at the regional headquarters for the area gave a detailed breakdown of when the bodies had been found.

    They said they had started to appear in the al-Suwayra stretch of the Tigris nearly two months earlier, on 27 February. On the first three days, 27 bodies were retrieved, while during and after the supposed hostage crisis only six corpses were pulled from the river.

    But in the 26 days between 26 March and 20 April, there was a steady flow of cadavers. A total of 33 were retrieved during that period, an average of just over one a day.


  2. I wonder why didnt the civilians notify about the strike beforehand they probably knew what was happening but only decided to rat out afterwards. I guess inwards they also wanted the insurgents to take the heli down.

    The civilian helicopter posed no threat to the civilians, what would be the motive around this? Why not target a military helicopter that could pose more of a threat to them?

    Weird reasons I presume.

    Mercs are not civilians.

  3. ... and i would like to thzx Albert, Llauma, Balschoiw ... for having patience with me and mine so called WLAN conection mad_o.gif

    most of the time i had lag, lol ... while everyone else was on island and make it clear out of enmies and deploing charges, i was steal on boat, trying to get off ... (:

    i hope for better connection on sunday rock.gif

    Just be sure that no-one else is using your wlan at the same time, its very easy to "hack" in somebodys wlan net and use it...

  4. Bulgaria Says Soldier Killed by U.S. Troops in Iraq

    Quote[/b] ]BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces in Iraq, already implicated in the killing of an Italian secret agent, faced more "friendly fire" embarrassment on Monday when Bulgaria said they had probably shot dead one of its soldiers.

    The Bulgarian soldier was killed in southern Iraq on Friday evening, around the same time that U.S. forces in Baghdad opened fire on a vehicle taking kidnapped Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena to the airport shortly after her captors freed her.


    Damn european commie magazines, how dare they publish such rubbish, when we actually dont know anything yet!!11

    U.S. Army Struggles to Coax Recruits Amid Iraq War

    Some snips from the article:

    Quote[/b] ]Recruiting for the Army's reserve component -- the National Guard and Army Reserve -- is suffering even more as the Pentagon relies heavily on these part-time soldiers to maintain troop levels in Iraq. The regular Army is 6 percent behind its year-to-date recruiting target, the Reserve is 10 percent behind, and the Guard is 26 percent short.
    Quote[/b] ]If the military fails to attract enough recruits and America maintains a large commitment in Iraq, the nation may have to consider some form of conscription, said Cato Institute defense analyst Charles Pena. "This is getting dicey," said Pena.
    Quote[/b] ]Defense analyst Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute said there has been a migration of recruits away from the ground forces toward services less likely to be in harm's way in Iraq -- the Navy and Air Force.

    "There's a bottom line to the recruiting debate. People don't want to die," Thompson said.

    Quote[/b] ]The problem is even more dire than it appears because the Army, through "stop-loss" orders, has forced thousands of soldiers designated for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan to remain in uniform when their volunteer service commitment ends, thus keeping recruiting needs artificially low, Pena said.

    Any thoughts on the draft? Is it coming, or is the current situation improving?Reuters

  5. Quote[/b] ] After the Cold War had ended, then Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti confirmed to the Italian Senate in August 1990 that Italy had had a secret stay-behind army, codenamed Gladio – the sword.

    A document dated 1 June 1959 from the Italian military secret service, SIFAR, revealed that SIFAR had been running the secret army with the support of NATO and in close collaboration with the US secret service, the CIA.

    Suggesting that the secret army might have linked up with right-wing organizations such as Ordine Nuovo and Avanguardia Nazionale to engage in domestic terror, the Italian Senate, amid public protests, decided in 1990 that Gladio was beyond democratic control and therefore had to be closed down.

    During the 1990s, research into stay-behind armies progressed only very slowly, due to very limited access to primary documents. It was revealed, however, that stay-behind armies covered all of Western Europe and operated under different code names, such as Gladio in Italy, Absalon in Denmark, P26 in Switzerland, ROC in Norway, I&O in the Netherlands, and SDRA8 in Belgium.


    (note the source)

    Page 2

    A long read but a very interesting one.

    Check google for operation Gladio for more sources.

  6. Quote[/b] ] Israeli radicals may be detained

    Ariel Sharon

    Polls show that most Israelis support Mr Sharon's plan

    Israel is considering new security measures amid increasing threats from right-wing Israelis opposed to the planned pullout from the Gaza Strip.

    Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra has called for the arrest of those threatening Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and ministers who support his plan.

    Several cabinet members revealed over the weekend that they are facing threats to their lives.

    Right-wing Israelis are strongly opposed to the disengagement plan.

    Mr Sharon on Sunday ordered his security services to plan for "reining in" extremists, Reuters news agency reports.

    Mr Sharon's is planning to pull out the 8,000 Jewish settlers from Gaza and the troops that protect them by the end of the year. Israel will maintain control of Gaza's borders, coastline and airspace.

    Four West Bank settlements are also to be evacuated.

    Polls show that most Israelis back the Gaza disengagement plan, but settler groups have mounted a campaign of protests against it.

    Weekend threats

    Several Israeli ministers - including Transport Minister Meir Sheetrit and Infrastructure Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer - said over the weekend they had received death threats.

    Mr Sheetrit received letters saying his wife and children would be killed if he continued to support the plan.

    "You will attend the funeral of your children. We will murder your wife and you," said an excerpt of one letter published in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

    The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday that as many as 84 senior officials have been put under protection amid concern for their lives.

    Administrative detention

    Settlers demonstrating against Sharon's disengagement plan

    Many Jewish settlers accuse Mr Sharon of betraying them

    "The situation we find ourselves in now, in which we invest lots of resources and time in investigating, is not working," Mr Ezra told the Jerusalem Post on Sunday, arguing that it was time to do more.

    "People [against] whom we have material - which is classified and cannot be brought to court - should be placed in administrative detention."

    Administrative detention orders which allow for suspects to be kept in custody without trial have mostly been used for Palestinian militants so far, reports AFP.

    Prominent Israeli figures and intellectuals have expressed concern over the threats.

    "Wake up before it is too late," Dalia Rabin, the daughter of assassinated Israeli Prime Minster Yitzhak Rabin, wrote in the Yedioth Ahronoth daily.

    "If we don't do enough now to stop the deterioration we will once again witness the horrible spectacle of the murder of another prime minister."

    Rabin was killed in 1995 by an ultranationalist Jew opposed to his peace moves with the Palestinians.

    Observers expect the pressure to rise further ahead of upcoming key votes, including a cabinet vote in March on the disengagement plan.


    EDIT: fixed the quote tags

  7. I recall a hearing about a story from the late 1980's where a US Army Cobra gunship crew landed at a McDonald's restaurant in Germany during an Exercise for a quick snack...they got busted too.
    does anyone recalls more info about this? like.. did it really happen? rock.giftounge_o.gif

    This is the latest one :P

    Quote[/b] ]A lieutenant has been disciplined after using an Army helicopter to deliver a pizza to his girlfriend.

    The incident on 25 January saw the unnamed officer divert from a routine training flight over Stanford, Norfolk, to take the fast food.

    The Ministry of Defence refused to name the officer, from 659 Squadron, or divulge how he was punished.

    A spokesman said: "The chain of command doesn't condone these sorts of actions. The individuals have been disciplined."

    He added: "During a routine low-level training sortie, somebody decided it would be an opportunity to use it for a delivery."

    The extra cost caused by the diversion is not known.

    The pizza was understood to have been delivered to a female officer cadet at an Army range at Thetford, Norfolk.

    The Ministry of Defence spokesman did not confirm what toppings were on the pizza.