Taliban deny US report commander captured in Pakistan 16 Feb 2010
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'It is a big lie.' Taliban deny US report commander captured in Pakistan 16 Feb 2010 An Afghan Taliban spokesman on Tuesday denied a US report that its military commander had been arrested by US and Pakistani forces in a secret operation in Pakistan. The New York Times reported that US and Pakistani intelligence forces captured Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar several days ago and that he is currently in Pakistani custody with US officials taking part in his interrogation. "The rumours reported today on the arrest of Mullah Baradar are all untrue. It is a big lie," Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location. "He is currently in Afghanistan, where he is leading all jihadi activities... He is here with us and is in contact with us," he added.
Afghan Taleban's military chief Mullah Baradar seized 'in joint operation' with CIA 17 Feb 2010 The Afghan Taleban’s top military commander has been captured in Karachi in a secret raid by intelligence agents of Pakistan and the United States, according to official reports from both countries. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar -- described as the most significant Taleban figure captured since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 [blah, blah, blah] -- was arrested in a joint operation in the Pakistani city about ten days ago, they said. "The only thing we can say at the moment is that he is in our custody," the officer said.
Occupying forces send Afghan crack only to Iran 16 Feb 2010 Deadly narcotics like compact heroin, crack, is only produced, under the guidance of certain Western countries in Afghanistan, for consumption in Iran, commander of the drug squad says. "During the latest visit to neighboring countries, we found no signs of crack use. Crack is produced in Afghanistan under the guidance of western countries and sent to Iran," Commander of the drug squad General Hossein-Abadi told IRNA. "Heroin appears to constitute 80 percent of the drugs seized by the Iranian police. It seems that western countries have direct influence in drug trafficking," Hossein-Abadi noted.
Buy this guy an atlas. 'An attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada' 16 Feb 2010 Junior Foreign Affairs minister Peter Kent is suggesting Canada stands ready to throw its full military weight behind Israel, telling a Toronto publication that "an attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada." His office says Mr. Kent, the minister of state for Foreign Affairs of the Americas, was merely "paraphrasing" what Stephen Harper has said in the past regarding Israel. "It’s not too far from what the [Prime Minister] has said," Norm McIntosh, Mr. Kent’s chief of staff, told The Globe.
Britons had passport details stolen by 'Mossad death squad' 17 Feb 2010 British authorities are investigating how six British nationals apparently had their identities stolen by suspected Mossad agents on a mission to assassinate a Hamas leader in Dubai. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed that the identities used by six members of the 11-strong hit squad were those of real British passport holders living in Israel. "We believe the passports used were fraudulent, and have begun our own investigation," a spokesman said.
'Mossad assassination squad used British passports' 16 Feb 2010 Six suspects in the assassination of a senior Hamas official in Dubai entered the country using British passports, it emerged yesterday. Police in the Gulf state announced that they were hunting for 11 suspects for the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a top Hamas commander, who was found dead in his Dubai hotel room on January 20.
Israeli Hit Squad? Dubai Police Issue International Warrants --11-Person Team Used Disguises, Fake European Passports in Plot to Kill Top Hamas Leader 16 Feb 2010 All signs point to an Israeli hit squad, using fake passports and elaborate disguises, in the assassination of a top Hamas leader in a Dubai hotel room, according to current and former intelligence officials. Police in Dubai have issued international arrest warrants for eleven people wanted in the murder of Mahmoud al Mabhouh, a Hamas military commander, who was found dead in his room at the five-star Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai.
UK Embassy spying for US, Israel: Iran MP 16 Feb 2010 The British Embassy in Tehran has been gathering intelligence on Iran for United States and Israel, a senior Iranian lawmaker says. Deputy Head of the Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Esmail Kowsari told Fars news agency that "the US and the Zionist regime have been receiving intelligence [on Iran] through the British Embassy [in Tehran]."
Iran: US acting as military dictatorship in ME [and elsewhere] 16 Feb 2010 Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says the US is acting as a military dictatorship in the Middle East by killing countless number of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran's top diplomat made the comments in response to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who said Iran is "moving toward a military dictatorship." The Iranian minister raised questions about the US military dictatorship in the region and said that Washington has killed large numbers of Iraqi and Afghan civilians while Iran has accepted and helped millions of refugees from the two countries.
Congressman says US should break Gaza blockade 14 Feb 2010 The United States should break Israel's blockade of Gaza and deliver badly needed supplies by sea, a U.S. congressman told Gaza students. Rep. Brian Baird, a Democrat from Washington state, also urged President Barack Obama's Mideast envoy to visit the Hamas-ruled territory to get a firsthand look at the destruction caused by Israeli's military offensive last year.
Hidden enemy delays advance in Marjah 16 Feb 2010 US Marines and Afghan troops were bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs on the third day of their biggest offensive since the overthrow of the Taleban in 2001. Nato and allied forces were meeting fierce resistance in their battle to seize the Taleban’s main stronghold in southern Afghanistan, and were able to advance only 500 yards yesterday. Multiple firefights broke out in various areas in and around Marjah.
'Friendly fire' probe into death of British soldier in Afghanistan 16 Feb 2010 An investigation has been launched into the death of a British soldier killed in Afghanistan amid suggestions he could have been the victim of "friendly fire", the Ministry of Defence said. Kingsman Sean Dawson, 19, from 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died in the Musa Qala area of Helmand Province on Sunday evening.
Afghanistan blast kills UK bomb expert in Helmand 15 Feb 2010 A British soldier has been killed by an explosion while trying to clear a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. The member of 36 Engineer Regiment died as a result of wounds he suffered north east of Sangin, Helmand province.
Ottawa asks US not to use shared Guantanamo evidence --US forces in Afghanistan took Khadr prisoner when he was just 15 years old in July 2002. 16 Feb 2010 The Canadian government asked the United States not to use shared evidence to prosecute Canadian Guantanamo inmate Omar Khadr. Canada's Supreme Court ruled last month that Ottawa violated Khadr's rights by sharing his statements to Canadian officials with Washington. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said Ottawa delivered a diplomatic note to Washington "seeking assurances that any evidence or statements shared with US authorities as a result of the interviews of Mr. Khadr by Canadian agents and officials in 2003 and 2004 not be used against him by US authorities in the context of proceedings before the (US) Military Commission or elsewhere."
How MI5 kept watchdog in the dark over detainees' claims of torture --Intelligence committee misled by MI5 evidence --Demands for reform after appeal court revelations 15 Feb 2010 It was in the middle of 2008 that Jonathan Evans, director general of MI5, delivered a bombshell confession to the previously compliant parliamentarians of the intelligence and security committee. He told them, in strict secrecy as usual, that assurances of MI5 innocence previously accepted without demur by the politicians had in fact been false. The committee, which was supposed to supervise MI5's policies, had already published a reassuring report on the basis of what it had been told. That report, based on testimony from Eliza Manningham-Buller, Evans's predecessor, informed the world that MI5 had been unaware of any ill-treatment dished out by its US allies to Binyam Mohamed. The opposite was true. As the appeal court has now finally revealed, detailed briefings had been supplied at the time by Washington on the CIA's "new strategy" for softening up Mohamed and others, for which it demanded British help.
Britain 'at greater risk of terrorism than US' 16 Feb 2010 Britain is at greater risk from terrorist attacks than the United States and Saudi Arabia, according to new research. The UK is ranked 41st [US is 46th] in the Terrorism Risk Index drawn up by global analysts Maplecroft - the highest position of any European Union country, apart from Spain.
Father of five 'still a terror threat' 16 Feb 2010 Reasonable grounds exist for suspecting that a father of five is the leader of a terrorist-related group in the UK, the High Court ruled today. A judge said the Home Secretary had reasonable grounds to suspect that BM, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was the leader of a group in Ilford, Essex, "involved in promoting terrorism".
Gag me with a chainsaw: Former US officials fend off simulated cyberattack [Corporaterrorist trolls seek million$ in security contracts to prevent their attacks] 16 Feb 2010 Former top US officials staged a digital doomsday simulation on Tuesday in which a huge cyberattack crashes cellphone networks, slows Web traffic to a crawl and plunges major cities into darkness. Dubbed "Cyber ShockWave," the elaborate exercise was held in a Washington hotel room transformed for the day into the White House Situation Room, where the president and his advisers typically meet to address national emergencies. Former president [sic] George W. Bush's Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff played the role of National Security Advisor as the "cabinet" sought to respond to a nightmare scenario drawn up by former CIA director Michael Hayden.
Security Scanner Firms Step Up Marketing 16 Feb 2010 Makers of scanners and other devices that aren't yet used at airports have cranked up their marketing and publicity efforts in recent weeks looking to capitalize on the near-disaster, as well as on privacy concerns raised by existing screening devices that see through clothing. The claims are bold: Intellicheck Mobilisa Inc., for example, which makes hand-held ID card-scanners, says in a product pitch that the attempted bombing on Dec. 25 "could have been prevented" by its technology.
'Covert' surveillance cameras coming to Chicago 16 Feb 2010 Blue-light surveillance cameras in Chicago's high-crime neighborhoods will someday be augmented by "covert" cameras that "fit inside of a match box" and keep the bad guys guessing, Police Supt. Jody Weis said. Now that communities have been saturated with hundreds of blue-light cameras, Weis says it's time to take Big Brother technology to "the next level." That means surveillance cameras similar to the hidden cameras used to snare corrupt politicians.
Obama: Environmental terrorist and lying sack of 'green job' sh*t: In Bid to Revive Nuclear Power, U.S. Is Backing New Reactors 17 Feb 2010 President Obama told an enthusiastic audience of union officials on Tuesday that the Energy Department had approved a loan guarantee intended to underwrite construction of two nuclear reactors [terror magnets for 'al-Qaeda,' right?] in Georgia, with taxpayers picking up much of the financial risk. In a speech in Lanham, Md., Mr. Obama announced government approval of an $8.3 billion loan guarantee to help the Southern Company build two reactors in Burke County, Ga., near Augusta.
Obama announces loan guarantees for two nuclear reactors 16 Feb 2010 President Obama announced $8.3 billion in loan guarantees Tuesday for two nuclear reactors to be built in Burke County, Georgia. The new reactors are to be part of an expansion of an existing nuclear facility near Augusta, Georgia, operated by Atlanta-based Southern Co.
Bomb explodes in front of JP Morgan bank in Athens 16 Feb 2010 A bomb explosion outside a JP Morgan bank in Athens has caused only minor damage and no injuries. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the time-bomb placed outside the offices of the second largest US bank by assets, located in the central district of Kolonaki, said a police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. On Tuesday, shortly before the bombing, a local newspaper received a warning call and in turn immediately informed the police.
Foreigners cut Treasury stakes; rates could rise --Foreign demand for short-term Treasurys tumbles, led by China; chance of higher rates looms 16 Feb 2010 A record drop in foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury bills in December sent a reminder that the government might have to pay higher interest rates on its debt to continue to attract investors. China reduced its stake and lost the position it's held for more than a year as the largest foreign holder of Treasury debt. The Treasury Department said foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury bills fell by a record $53 billion in December.
700,000 Britons swell the ranks of 'underemployed' --Number of people who cannot work as many hours as they want rises to 2.8m 17 Feb 2010 As today's expected unemployment figures show another stabilisation in the headline numbers, the Office for National Statistics has reported that the equivalent of an extra 2.8 million people are officially "underemployed" - that is having to work fewer hours than they want - in addition to the 2.6 million officially out of a job.
Economy prompts fresh look at ND's socialist bank 16 Feb 2010 It has no automatic tellers or drive-up windows, doesn't issue credit cards, and tends only a few thousand checking and savings accounts. Its only location is a glass, steamboat-shaped headquarters near the Missouri River... The Bank of North Dakota -- the nation's only state-owned bank -- might seem to be a relic. It was the brainchild of a failed flax farmer and one-time Socialist Party organizer during World War I. But now officials in other states are wondering if it is helping North Dakota sail through the national recession.
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Civilians killed as Operation Moshtarak tightens screw 15 Feb 2010 US, British and Afghan forces claimed they made steady inroads into the last big Taliban stronghold in central Helmand yesterday but their mission was clouded by the deaths of 12 civilians in a Nato missile strike. The victims, 10 of them from one family, were killed when two missiles fired by US forces missed a compound being used by 'insurgents' hitting a nearby building where they had taken shelter from the fighting.
American spy chiefs alarmed by Binyam Mohamed ruling --US intelligence sources are concerned that a British court's ruling on secret CIA interrogation records could affect the flow of information. 14 Feb 2010 Alarmed US spy chiefs are seeking urgent assurances from British counterparts that intelligence they share on terror threats will remain classified after a London court authorised the release of secret CIA interrogation records. British officials have been asked to explain the impact of the Court of Appeal ruling amid fears in the US that Britain can no longer be trusted with secrets crucial to the two country's national security.
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