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Monday, July 24, 2006
More on Israel's enemies
Today we have more evidence of Iran's deep involvement in Hezbollah's campaign against Israel, the lowdown on Bashar Assad's version of Islam, and more on organ harvesting from their common benefactor - the Chinese Communist Party.
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anything and everything barbarian muslims do
who let this disease ito this country?
Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-24 7:26:02 PM
July 25, 2006
UN humanitarian chief blasts Hizbullah
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
The UN humanitarian chief accused Hizbullah of "cowardly blending" among Lebanese civilians and causing the deaths of hundreds during two weeks of cross-border violence with Israel.
Jan Egeland spoke with reporters at the Larnaca airport in Cyprus late Monday after a visit to Lebanon on his mission to coordinate an international aid effort. On Sunday he had toured the rubble of Beirut's southern suburbs, a once-teeming Shi'ite district where Hizbullah had its headquarters.
During that visit he condemned the killing and wounding of civilians by both sides, and called Israel's offensive "disproportionate" and "a violation of international humanitarian law."
On Monday he had strong words for Hizbullah, which crossed into Israel and captured two Israeli soldiers on July 12, triggering fierce fighting from both sides.
"Consistently, from the Hizbullah heartland, my message was that Hizbullah must stop this cowardly blending ... among women and children," he said. "I heard they were proud because they lost very few fighters and that it was the civilians bearing the brunt of this. I don't think anyone should be proud of having many more children and women dead than armed men."
"We need a cessation of hostilities because this is a war where civilians are paying the price," said Egeland, who was heading to Israel.
Hizbullah guerrillas crossed into Israel and captured two Israeli soldiers on July 12, triggering fierce fighting from both sides.
At least 384 people have been killed in Lebanon, including 20 soldiers and 11 Hizbullah fighters, according to security officials. At least 600,000 Lebanese have fled their homes, according to the World Health Organization. One estimate by Lebanon's finance minister putting the number at 750,000, nearly 20 percent of the population.
Israel's death toll was at least 40, with 17 people killed by Hizbullah rockets and 23 soldiers killed in the fighting, according to authorities.
During his visit to Lebanon, Egeland issued an urgent call for US$150 million to help Lebanon through the next three months.
He said the first large UN convoy of humanitarian aid is expected to depart Beirut on Wednesday for the southern city of Tyre. Similar convoys will be scheduled every second day after that.
Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-24 7:48:05 PM
another war this time muslim garbage vs. christians---it does not matter whoever is next to muslim human refuse they are at war with them
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Thousands of enraged Somali demonstrators vowed to fight troops from neighboring Ethiopia, which has sent soldiers across the border to protect Somalia's weak government from Islamic militants.
The protesters, who packed a stadium in the capital, Mogadishu, burned an Ethiopian flag and carried signs that said, "We Must Fight Them!" Ethiopia, a largely Christian country, is the longtime enemy of Somalia, which is mostly Muslim.
The rally was organized by the Supreme Islamic Courts Council militia, which seized control of the capital and much of southern Somalia after months of bloody battles. The militia, whose top leader has been linked to al Qaeda, has installed strict religious rule, sparking fears it will become a Taliban-style regime.
"I came here to show that the presence of Ethiopian troops in Somalia is illegal," said Amina Hagi, a mother of four in Mogadishu, where anti-Ethiopian sentiment runs high.
Somalia has been without an effective central government since warlords toppled dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991 and then turned on each other, carving much of the country into armed camps ruled by violence and clan law.
A new government, which includes some warlords linked to the violence of the past, was established two years ago with the support of the United Nations. But the body wields no real power, has no military and only operates in Baidoa, 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Mogadishu.
The Islamic militia stepped in and seized control of most of southern Somalia -- prompting grave concerns in the United States, which accuses the group of harboring al Qaeda leaders responsible for deadly 1998 bombings at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Ethiopian and Somali government officials deny Ethiopian troops are in the country, but Somali witnesses in several towns reported seeing them cross from Ethiopia four days ago and go first to Baidoa, the only town held by the government, and then to nearby Wajid.
"The Ethiopians have denied the occupation in our land, but we shall show the world corpses or POWs from their ranks," Sheik Muqtar Robow, deputy defense chief for the Islamic group, said during the protest in Mogadishu.
Somali government leaders may be reluctant to acknowledge Ethiopian troops have come to their aid because they don't want to appear beholden to a traditional adversary. But Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf is allied with Ethiopia and has asked for its support in the past.
Solomon Abebe, spokesman for the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, refused to address the witness accounts of Ethiopian troops Monday but lashed out at the Islamic militia's leader, calling Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys "scum" and a terrorist.
Salad Ali Jeeley, the government's deputy information minister, said Monday's rally was "aimed at igniting the conflict in Somalia."
Earlier Monday, a Somali warlord and 150 of his militiamen offered their support to the government. Mohamed Qanyare Afrah arrived in Baidoa at 4:30 a.m., said Mohamed Dooli, one of Qanyare's militia commanders.
Qanyare was among a group of secular warlords and their allies who fought the Islamic militia for control of Mogadishu between February and June.
The secular warlords were backed by the United States in an attempt to root out terrorists, but they were defeated after fierce battles that killed 400 civilians, according to a report Sunday from a Somali human rights group.
Farah Yaire, a resident of Wajid, where 200 Ethiopian soldiers moved in Saturday, said that an Ethiopian military helicopter has been landing from neighboring Ethiopia every day and taking off.
Yaire, who lives near the airport, did not know what the helicopter was carrying because the airport is closed to civilians.
Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-25 5:49:04 AM
Please stop pasting. Linking is more than enough.
Posted by: D.J. McGuire | 2006-07-25 7:29:41 AM
How the Katyusha became a potent threat
According to the IDF, Hizbullah has fired more than 1,000 Katyusha rockets into northern Israel since the beginning of the most recent escalation of violence, killing 17 people, damaging roads and buildings, sending hundreds of thousands living in northern communities into bomb shelters, and shutting down the North's economy.
Hizbullah and before it the PLO have fired these rockets from southern Lebanon since the 1950s, when Lebanon and Syria acquired the weapons from Soviet and Chinese stockpiles leftover from World War II.
The Katyusha (little Katie in Russian) was initially a primitive projectile designed in the late 1930s by Swedish rocket engineer Georgy Langemak for the Red Army. It was first used in 1941, during the initial stages of the German invasion of the Soviet Union. The term Katyusha actually refers to several variants of unguided rockets based on the original Soviet design and produced over the past half-century.
Much of Hizbullah's arsenal of Katyushas consists of older versions, including the 122 mm. model, with a range of 20 to 25 km., and the 107 mm. variation, with a range of 8 to 10 km. Due to their lack of size and onboard guidance systems, these individual Katyushas do not pose a great threat to infrastructure or buildings, although the fatalities are all-too tangible proof of their potential to kill. However, Hizbullah is known to have a number of truck-mounted multi-barrel rocket launchers capable of firing salvos of 40 rockets at a time.
According to estimates by Israeli officials and military experts, Hizbullah had approximately 10,000 Katyusha rockets before the beginning of the current violence. The mobility of the multiple-rocket launchers makes them difficult for the IAF to pinpoint and destroy.
The latest barrages of rockets against northern Israel have confirmed the longstanding concerns of Israeli military experts - that with the help of Iran and Syria, Hizbullah has also been able to acquire 240mm. versions of the standard 122mm. Katyusha, as well as the Iranian Fajr-3 rocket, a third-generation Katyusha with a range of 35-45 kilometers. Iranian Fajr-5 rockets have a 70-km. range. And variants of the Zelzal missile have ranges of 150-km. and even 200-km., bringing Tel Aviv well within potential range from Lebanon.
These systems are, potentially, capable of being armed with conventional high explosives, chemical, biological and radiological dispersion warheads. Israeli intelligence is understood to have assessed that Hizbullah does not a non-conventional weapons capability.
The Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 rockets are much less accurate than Iran's Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 missiles, which have onboard guidance systems. As a very general rule of thumb, Hizbullah's rockets are said to be accurate to only one percent for every kilometer traveled. In other words, a rocket fired from 40 kilometers would be accurate to approximately 400 meters.
Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-25 8:46:01 AM
some of those links are from private sites
Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-25 8:49:48 AM
Once again the western standard posters, Kevin Jeager or whomever the idiot this time is, demonstrate there complete stupidity. For Christs sake, first they kill Canadian citizens, now they kill Canadian U.N members and instead you critisize Kofi Anan, hahahaha, what a joke this site is! Just like the Israelis attacked Gaza diproportionately after ONE of their soldiers was kidnapped, I hope China retaliates as well (since one of their citizens was killed/not kidnapped) and hopefully flatten this terrorist state of Israel.
Posted by: Superman | 2006-07-26 6:09:11 AM
Yup Kofi Anan really needs to be fired, thats for sure.
Israel troops 'ignored' UN plea
UN peacekeepers in south Lebanon contacted Israel 10 times before an Israeli bomb killed four UN personnel, sources familiar with a UN report say.
The post was hit by a precision-guided missile after six hours of shelling nearby, diplomats familiar with the initial probe into the deaths say.
The news comes during crisis talks in Rome seeking to end the fighting between Hezbollah and Israel.
The UN secretary general has called for a ceasefire, as fighting continues.
Posted by: Superboy | 2006-07-26 6:58:15 AM
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