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Monday Winds of War: May 9/05

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Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday.

Today's Winds of War briefing is brought to you by Bill Roggio of the fourth rail and evariste of Discarded Lies. Also be sure to check out Andrew's Iraq Report and Arthur's Good News From Iraq briefings.

Top Topics

  • Russia's back in the Middle East, big time. Putin's whirlwind tour led to promises to support Egypt for the Security Council, sell missiles to Syria, support Iran's nuclear project, and use the Quartet to outmaneouvre US influence on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Other Topics Today Include:
Euros want US to offer Iran more carrot; Pakistan's Alberta restiveness Iranian fueled?; US kills 100 in a major operation on Syrian border; Iraqis learned IED tech from forgotten US Army manual; EMS departments shortchanged; Texas border county sheriffs warn on terror migrants; FBI too slow to hire analysts; local enforcement of federal immigration law; West African instability; regime change Libya; Zarqawi terror camps in Kenya and Somalia; MILF to help Flips hunt down Abu Sayyaf; Russians foil plot; Sino-Japanese relations still fragile; Russia-Georgia conflict over bases; did US sink Kursk?; setbacks for China's economic espionage effort; colorful Spanish trial for 9/11 defendants; US kills 20 Taliban; 6 ETA attacks thwarted, ETA suspected of stealing bomb stuff; hawwala and charities targeted for regulation and reform by Arabs; Negroponte moves fast; EURCOM cmdr sees resumption of mil. ties with Libya; Marines may be in battle with bad body armor; Israel shut out of JSF; technical underpinnings of EMP weapons and much more.


  • Tensions continue to simmer in Pakistan's Alberta, Balochistan, amid accusations that Iran may be arming the restive tribesmen in revenge for Pakistani cooperation with US Special Forces believed to be operating undercover in Iran. I hope it's true.


  • People unclear on the concept: the Egyptian ruling party is set to pass an election law that requires a prospective presidential candidate to be endorsed by 10% of the MPs in Parliament. Trouble is, the total number of opposition MPs in Egypt is less than 5%.







This section is an experimental addition to our usual geography-based categories, and may or may not be back in future briefings.

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Tracked: May 9, 2005 10:06 PM
Monday Winds of War is up! from Discarded Lies
Excerpt: Bill Roggio and I bring you another comprehensive look at people killing people for various reasons. Yes, it's a morbid fascination. So? Winds of Change.NET: Monday Winds of War: May 9/05 topics include: Huge Abu Farraj al Libbi overview; the...
Tracked: May 9, 2005 10:15 PM
Excerpt: The Monday Winds of War Briefing is available (late!). I am collaborating on this effort with evariste of Discarded Lies. Here are some of the items covered: More on al-Libbi; Jihad in Nigeria?; Russia's return to the ME; Euros want...
Tracked: May 11, 2005 12:04 AM
Terrorism in Nigeria? from Dean's World
Excerpt: Via All Africa A United States intelligence expert and former ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Princeton Lyman, has said that after the dreaded Middle East terro...
Tracked: May 11, 2005 2:12 AM
Terrorism in Nigeria? from Exit Zero
Excerpt: Via All Africa A United States intelligence expert and former ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Princeton Lyman, has said that after the dreaded Middle East ter...


...let me make it clear that I am entirely to blame for the lateness of this week's briefing, and my faithful partner Bill is entirely blameless. I think you'll agree it was worth the wait d8-)

evariste, my human shield, thank you.

I'll say it was, Evariste! You two do a fantastic job -- thanks so much for the time and care you bring to this feature at Winds of Change.

There was also a bloody jihad against Armenians in Azerbaijian, in the Caucausus.

Luckily, Azerbaijani Armenians, instead of being slaughtered like sheep, took arms and stopped the jihad, establishing an independent enclave - Nagorno Karabahk ("Artsakh" in Armenian).

The Azeri Islamofascist are arming themselves, mostly from the oil revenues in part thanks to the U.S. oil companies. Recent announcement in Azeri public clearly state that the jihad against Armenians is to be renewed.

Its time for Americans to stand against the Azeri jihad, and with Christian Armenians.

A visit to the Huffington blog led to a precis of a new book by Gerald Posner on a Saudi 'doomsday plan,' followed by thoughts from Daniel Pipes. Possible grist for the next WoW mill.

Noted, AMac. Thanks.

A couple of news stories from last nite and this morning ought to get your attention.

The first concerns the AP coverage of a story about Iran's submarine capabilities. The AP breathlessly states that the new subs have the capability to launch missiles and land troops.

Only after doing a little digging, does one find a Tehran Times! story that says that the subs are actually mini subs, that are designed for littoral combat scenarios (covert ops and/or terrorist actions), and not lobbing nuclear weapons much as US subs can do - either via ballistic missiles or SLCMs. (

It really makes one wonder if anyone at the AP knows anything about the military at all or whether they just make stuff up as they go along.

The second story is the continuing battles along the Syrian frontier. Who is actually fighting the US - are they Syrian troops or foreign fighters supported by the Syrians? Mudville Gazette has more.

RE: AP... they don't know much about the m,ilitary, and they do make it up as they go.

RE: Operation Matador in northern Iraq, we have your coverage right here. Looks like we have a LOT of foreign fighters there - one of the commanders said that his own skepticism about the number of foreign fighters in Iraq has been erased.

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