Archive for October, 2009

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DEBKAfile‘s US intelligence sources report indications of impending war preparations against Iran after Tehran’s rejections of the UN-brokered proposal to ship its enriched uranium overseas for further enrichment. These sources reveal that the administration is seeking congressional authorization to open America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). Furthermore, the US-Israeli joint US-Israel Juniper Cobra ballistic exercise is in full swing. Finally, US and Israel officials have been instructed to warn Moscow that the military option is still on the table if Iran’s nuclear program is not halted by diplomatic means.

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Saturday, president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued a veiled warning: “We hope the negotiations continue and evil powers don’t indulge in mischief because the Zionist regime and other domineering powers are unhappy with the talks,” he said in an Iranian state TV interview: “Today, Westerners know that without engaging Iran, they cannot rule the world, because Iran… rules world public opinion.”


Within hours, fellow hardliners in Tehran chipped in: Deputy parliament speaker Aleddin Boroujerdi said the second time this week: “We are completely opposed to the proposals. We have deep mistrust of Westerners.”

Ten suspected militants and one police officer have been killed in the volatile southern provinces of Dagestan and Chechnya in three separate incidents, officials said.

Regional Interior Ministry spokesman Mark Tolchinsky said that four militants were killed Saturday in the Sergo-Kala district in Dagestan after they opened fire on a police patrol from their car. Two AK-47 rifles and explosives were found in the car, and militants’ identities are being verified, he said.

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It’s been confirmed there are 23 Russians on board a ship hijacked by pirates, which is believed to be heading for Somalia. The vessels operator says the crew also includes two from The Philippines and one from Ghana.
An EU Naval patrol confirmed the Thai fishing trawler was captured off the coast of the Seychelles, early on Thursday.


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A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off Japan’s southern coast Friday, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The agency said there was no danger of damage from a tsunami, though there may be a small tidal increase.

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Oct. 29: Pakistani soldiers display seized photos, passports, ammunitions and weapons during operations against Taliban militants in South Waziristan. AP

Pakistani soldiers battling their way into a Taliban stronghold along the Afghan border have seized passports that may be linked to 9/11 suspects, as they confront an enemy skilled in operating in a mountainous terrain with endless ways to wage a guerrilla war.

The military on Thursday took foreign and local journalists for a first look inside the largely lawless territory since it launched a ground offensive here in mid-October. The U.S.-backed operation is focused on a section of the tribal region where the Pakistani Taliban are based and are believed to shelter Al Qaeda.

Soldiers displayed passports seized in the operation, among them a German document belonging to a man named Said Bahaji. That matches the name of a man thought to have been a member of the Hamburg cell that conceived the 9/11 attacks. Bahaji is believed to have fled Germany shortly before the attacks in New York and Washington.

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Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri could have gotten 15 years in prison on a charge of “conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization”.  U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mihm decided to give credit for the 71 months al-Marri spent in a Navy brig, and time held as a material witness.  In addition, Mihm credited him with 9 more months, to make up for the harsh treatment of al-Marri while he was in custody.

If the US prison system also gives him credit for the time held before and after the brig, defense attorneys say he may only wind up with less than 5 years behind bars.

Al-Marri, a 44-year-old Qatar native, has admitted training in Al Qaeda camps and then traveling to the United States to offer his help to terrorists after the Sept. 11 attacks.   The government says he was also researching cyanide and other poisons, and obtaining maps of bridges and waterways at that time.

The European Union naval force says Somali pirates have hijacked a Thai fishing vessel north of the Seychelles islands.

The attack occurred 200 miles north of the Seychelles and 650 miles off the Somali coast.

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Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested several members of a radical Sunni Islam group in the U.S., killing one of its leaders at a shootout in a Michigan warehouse, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Agents were trying to arrest Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, at a Dearborn warehouse on charges that included conspiracy to sell stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms. Authorities also conducted raids elsewhere to try to round up 10 followers named in a federal complaint.

Abdullah refused to surrender, fired a weapon and was killed by gunfire from agents, FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said.

In the 43-paged complaint unsealed Wednesday, the FBI said Abdullah, also known as Christopher Thomas, was an imam, or prayer leader, of a radical group named Ummah whose primary mission is to establish an Islamic state within the United States.

Naval force closing in on British couple’s hijacked yacht