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Thursday Winds of War: 15DEC05

By USMC_Vet at 07:19

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Other Topics Today Include: ElBaradei (and no one else) wants security guarantees for Iran; Trouble for Fatah; Small sharp objects no longer a threat to airlines; Rudy Giuliani doesn’t run Harvard; Fox on Fences; USA Patriot Act renewal clears House; Horn of Africa going hot; Bangladesh nets a key terrorist; Britain’s set to award citizenship to a terrorist detainee and much more...


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Thursday Winds of War: 01DEC05

By USMC_Vet at 08:14

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  • President Bush delivered a speech which outlined the National Security Council’s National Strategy for Victory in Iraq. As usual, the left was dissatisfied and the right shrugged. The banter is not-so-amusingly predictable. That means you’d better read it yourself. If you read The New York Times, they call it a ”Plan for Iraq Victory and Withdrawal”. Withdrawal is the wrong term. Withdrawal means to disengage from the enemy in order to engage him after regrouping. It’s a plan for Victory and Turn Over to Iraqi Forces. But maybe that’s hyper-technical. The New York Times (et al) prefers a withdrawal (in the sense that they mean it). We should prefer to defeat the enemy and then return home.

Other Topics Today Include: Iran Seeking NK Missile Help; Ahmadinejad’s Religious Radicalism; Bombs in Bangladesh; Bush Tougher on the Border; NoKor demands compensation; Kremlin leading Chechen elections; Clashes in Yemen and much more...


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  • Mark Buehner: "And thinking about the future of our policies in Iraq, read more
  • Colt: The difference is that we just do not see the read more

Thursday Winds of War: 17NOV05

By USMC_Vet at 05:14

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The Thursday Winds of War briefing is compiled weekly by Colt of Eurabian Times and Steve Schippert (aka USMC_Vet) of ThreatsWatch.

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  • In the aftermath of the al-Qaeda bombings in Amman, Jordan, the Jordanian Mukhabarat has been very effective in the ugly business of counter-terrorism. It causes one to wonder, if Spain were to complain about Jordanian Mukhabarat flights, would anyone in Amman give a damn? Unlike how many Americans are reacting to the same, Jordanians likely would laugh. In a poll of over 1,000 Jordanians after the attacks, 94.1 percent of those asked said al-Qaida activities did not serve Arab and Islamic interests. As the war in Iraq will be won by Iraqis (namely the Iraqi Security Forces), the War on Terror in the Middle East will be won by Middle Easterners. Count Jordan as a standard-bearing member of a slowly solidifying coalition. Security Watchtower provides personal experience as context for his outstanding assessment of King Abdullah and his struggle with Islamic terrorism.
  • Operation Steel Curtain proceeds with much success as it pushes through Ubaydi, though not without cost as five US Marines were killed. The Desert Protectors are locals recruited from area tribes opposed to al Qaeda, and they are quite effective. Not only do they have intimate knowledge of the tribes, locals and outsiders that is invaluable in gathering and/or verifying intel, they nabbed a cross-dressing al-Qaeda jihadi seeking to blend into the surroundings at a New Ubaydi hospital. Details of matching accessories were not provided.

Other Topics Today Include: Fatah attacks on Gaza polling places; Emir of Sadah removed from circulation; Iran to aid possible US blockade with boycotts of their own; Assessment of Small Arms in Iraq; Espionage and the Bush visit to China; Arabs still killing civilians in African Sudan; Hugo Chavez loves Mexico; Jaques Chirac loves Troubled Youths; Congress loves The Patriot Act; A special 'We Support the Troops' Section and much more...


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Thursday Winds of War: 03NOV05

By USMC_Vet at 06:54

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  • On one hand, Syria 'angrily rejected' the U.N. Resolution that demanded full Syrian cooperation with the Hariri assassination investigation. Pure bluster. Assad knows Syria is next, from within or without, as much to further isolate Iran (the Crown Jewel of the Global War on Terror) as to eliminate Iran’s client-state co-sponsor of terrorism. Assad’s geopolitical clairvoyance is evidenced by What’s on the other hand…Syria has given 'full access' to the UN investigative team, according to Syrian Expatriates Minister Bouthaina Shaaban. Interesting that Syria decided to put a female face to those words. Gender is the only explanation of why the ‘Expatriates Minister’ is making such a statement. She added, "Syria wants to cooperate because Syria wants to know the truth and wants to know who killed Hariri." In other developments, bin Laden has announced that he will be cooperating with US President George W. Bush because "... al Qaeda wants to know the truth and wants to know who killed 3,000 and brought down the World Trade Center towers."
  • Hamas’ Mushir Al Masri has declared the de facto truce with Israel over at year's end. Israel withdraws from Gaza, Qassam Brigades then launches rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza, Israel then liquidates a Qassam Brigades commander, Fayez Abu Al Qaraa. Yet, according to Masri, Israel “started a war” by killing the local Qassam Brigades leader. Sounds crazy, right? It’s not, because Al Masri’s boys have bigger problems as some Hamas prisoners are breaking ranks and joining al-Qaeda because Hamas apparently isn’t quite radical enough anymore. Masri’s statements have likely been fueled by the prisoners’ perceptions (among others’) more than any Israeli action. Foreign policy for domestic consumption...Hamas can ill-afford to lose membership to al Qaeda in the midst of an internal Palestinian power struggle. Anxiously awaiting the coming shootout at the (new) AQ Corral…
  • Western Embassies in Iran may be in danger of being overrun and occupied. The concerns arise after an explosion in front of the British Airways and British Petrolium offices in Tehran. "Participants at a rally to celebrate the anniversary of the 1979 occupation of the American embassy in Tehran, received a warning without any reason a few hours before the rally, not to go near the British embassy nor other British interests in the country." The bombing was "a result of anti-Iranian stances taken by 'certain countries' according to a deputy minister".

Other Topics Today Include: Iranian TNT & Iraqi IEDs; $10k per Rocket Attack on Israel; The Butcher of Basra; Tears shed for Gitmo detainees; DoD plans for Saudi invasion revealed; Bloodshed follows Ethiopian elections; Paris riots, and much more...


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  • Rich Walden: I disagree with Donald Sensing's "debunking" a suitcase bomb. To read more

October 20, 2005

Thursday Winds of War: 20OCT05

By USMC_Vet at 19:19

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The Thursday Winds of War briefing is compiled weekly by Colt of Eurabian Times and Steve Schippert (aka USMC_Vet) of The Word Unheard.

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  • Middle East News Line reports that a US military strike against Syria is not in the cards. Reuters conflicts with MENL covering the same story, arriving at the opposite conclusion. MENL is reaching a bit to arrive at such a concrete conclusion, and al-Reuters actually gets it right. Syrian operations are being held in reserve for the moment…apparently along with any bold strategy for dealing with Iran. Why held in reserve? Syria is the most easily influenced/affected by 'diplomatic' pressure and covert measures. That is not to say that either has had much of an effect on the human pipeline into Iraq, but that spigot is being addressed rather effectively from within Iraq. Long View: Why hammer at the client state while their Iranian masters continue to go relatively unaddressed? Of course, not that this thinking has anything to do with why State rejected Defense's OpPlans for Syria. State is about Carrots and Defense is about Sticks. So goes the American Foreign Policy Ballet.
    UPDATE: Arnaud De Borschgrave - Syria terror broker no more? ...more on Assisted Suicide, Syrian-style...

Other Topics Today Include: Division continues in Gaza; Iraqi Vote reactions & (missing) pictures in the media; Living with a Nuclear-Armed Iran; Movement in Africa; Islamist rise in Bangladesh; China on ‘democracy’ and much more...


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  • J Aguilar: A Spanish judge has charged three US Soldiers with the read more
  • USMC_Vet: a: By Beirut, I meant the Lebanese. Poor choice of read more
  • a: Beirut wants Palestinian bases out I think it is more read more

October 6, 2005

Thursday Winds of War: 06OCT05

By USMC_Vet at 14:00

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The Thursday Winds of War briefing is compiled weekly by Colt of Eurabian Times and Steve Schippert (aka USMC_Vet) of The Word Unheard.

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  • While caution should be exercised (several trusted sources have mentioned that something about the jihad angle doesn’t smell right), Gates of Vienna wonders, was it Jihad at the University of Oklahoma? The answer is unclear at best (or worst), but it should be noted that Hinrichs tried to buy Ammonium Nitrate and his backpack bomb was made with TATP , known to terrorists as the “Mother of Satan” for its volatility. If it is a favorite because it is so (relatively) easy to make, then it is not outside the realm of possibility that Hinrichs made his own unassisted. It did, after all, explode prematurely. Mark Tapscott questions the near-silence on the issue and Flopping Aces follows the story as well as any, with very frequent updates.

Other Topics Today Include: American espionage arrests & pleas; Al Qaeda Newscasts II; When ‘celebrated martyrs’ are those you know; Saudis lock out blogs; Nigerian clashes; Jemaah Islamiyah spiritual leader interviewed; EU to double PA funding; an eye on Kosovo and much more...


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  • Jeff Medcalf: It amazes me that people who spend so much time read more
  • USMC_Vet: Having been disconnected for much of the day, there ahve read more

September 22, 2005

Thursday Winds of War: 22 September 05

By USMC_Vet at 23:59

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The Thursday Winds of War briefing is compiled weekly by Colt of Eurabian Times and Steve Schippert (aka USMC_Vet) of The Word Unheard.

[Sincere apologies to all for the tardiness of this report. Unexpected situations Thursday prevented timely completion and publishing.]

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Late Update: This just in... EU backs off from referring Iran to Security Council, kneeling to Russia and China. As stated before here, they never meant it.

Other Topics Today Include: Iraqi Defense Corruption; Arabs Support US on Lebanon; Kyrgyz Parliament member killed; Somali Pirates and 850 tons of rice; US Warns China over vagueness; Nigerian pipeline seized; Released Gtimo terrorists rejoin in battle and more...


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  • USMC_Vet: On North Korea's latest unintelligible mumblings: We have a bomb...We're read more
  • Captain Marlow: See my post on Karzai's (!) opening to Israel. read more

Thursday Winds of War: September 08/05

By USMC_Vet at 09:55

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The Thursday Winds of War briefing is compiled weekly by Colt of Eurabian Times and Steve Schippert (aka USMC_Vet) of The Word Unheard.

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  • Word has it that last month a captured terrorist had plans for London attacks on a thumb drive just north of Qaim. Questions: What was the date/timestamp on the file saved to the thumb drive? Did it pre-date 7/7? What were this fine gentleman’s whereabouts for the 60 days prior to his August capture? Is he another terror import or is he an Iraqi? The proximity to the border with Syria and his established connection with al Qaeda may initially cause many to assume he is of the ‘imported’ variety, but consider this statement from an Iraqi spokesman: "This does not surprise me. We are noting a pattern of involvement by [Iraqi hard-liners] in terrorist plots abroad." Last question: Does it really matter whether he grew up in Fallujah, Damascus or Karachi?
  • While many seem to be panting heavily over Islamist terrorist [temporary] control over Qaim, it is important to view Tal Afar and Qaim in proper context. The sign posted outside Qaim that read “Welcome to the Islamic Republic of Qaim” was obviously for public consumption. When Zarqawi & Crew pop their heads up in an asserted effort like this, the hammer is swung…and the significance cannot be overstated regarding the fact that among those swinging the hammer are local Sunni tribes like the Albu Mahal tribe.

Other Topics Today Include: Saudi Arabia’s oil-revenues windfall is ‘good for fighting terror’; Kurds have their house in relative order; China warned over Iranian ‘energy’ quests; Spain on a Palestinian state; Sometimes Category 5 Hurricanes simply win, DHS or no DHS; Iran Defines Charity; Pakistan hunting AQ/Taliban tunnel systems and much, much more.


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  • john ryan: so the Taliban have a new source of missles and read more
  • USMC_Vet: UPDATE: UN rules out Ivory Coast election read more

Thursday Winds of War: September 01/05

By USMC_Vet at 07:39

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.

Thursday's Winds of War briefing is brought to you by Colt of Eurabian Times and Steve Schippert (aka USMC_Vet) of The Word Unheard.

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  • A general manager at Iraq's Health Ministry expects the Iraq stampede death toll to hit 1000. The stampede on a Baghdad bridge was brought on by fears of suicide bombers among the crowd during a Shi’ite pilgrimage to memorialize Imam Moussa ibn Jaafar al-Kadhim, who died in 799. With Sunni mortar attacks near the Shi'ite pilgrims' destination shrine two hours earlier putting the crowd already on edge, the massive loss of life on the bridge is surely viewed as indirect windfall dividends by Investors in Jihad. With the majority of the deaths women and children unable to withstand the human crush, the Sunni jihadists would be wise to celebrate their ‘success’ in psychological warfare very quietly.
  • Why should they celebrate quietly? In Battle at the Border, Bill Roggio ‘encourages’ the media to take a closer look at the co-opting of the Albu Mahal tribe in the Qaim region. The Sunni tribe has clearly chosen sides and is none too pleased with al Qaeda’s kidnapping and murder of 31 tribe members who joined the Iraqi security forces. The Baghdad Investors in Jihad would be wise to take careful note. Developments such as this continue to be routinely and shamefully downplayed. But if you want to know about the latest US casualty…well, just do the Google Search. Scott Johnson agrees in ’The Media Quagmire’.
  • Walid Phares summarizes recent developments in Lebanon. Lebanon has accepted UN Commission requests to interrogate former Lebanese security officials regarding the Hariri assassination, current Lebanese MP’s flee to Paris fearing Syrian/Hezbollah retaliation and American-Lebanese leaders point to an attempt by Hezbollah and pro-Syrian Lebanese officials to infiltrate communities of Lebanese natives abroad via ‘official’ émigré appointments from Beirut. It is, after all, a UN Commission investigating and interrogating them…only now while Hariri was assassinated 14Feb05. That said, four former generals and a former MP were detained Wednesday. Also see: John Batchelor.

Other Topics Today Include: Meet the new Iranian Cabinet; Iran, Nukes, the EU and comic strips; Wahhabi extremist recruitment in US prisons; Abu el-Maali (Junior Osama) in Bosnia; Chinese Cyberspies; a hunger strike at Gitmo; Two SEALS, seditious protesters, tolerance and the limits thereof and much more...


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August 11, 2005

Thursday Winds of War: August 11/05

By USMC_Vet at 17:52

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Today's Winds of War briefing is brought to you by Colt of Eurabian Times and USMC_Vet of The Word Unheard.

Normally, the Winds of War report is posted first thing on Thursdays. Apologies to our readers for the uncustomary delay this week.

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Other Topics Today Include:
More on Iranian arms smuggling; NIE says Iran Revoluiton not in cards; Shi'ites oust Baghdad Mayor, want autonomous region; Ballots vs. Ballistics in Afghanistan; PA wants control of Egypt-Gaza border; First foreign students leave Pakistan; Ex-Taliban leader controls south Waziristan; Bakri arrested in Lebanon; 107 Yemenis set to leave Guantanamo and more.


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Thursday Winds of War: July 28/05

By USMC_Vet at 06:51

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  • Egyptian authorities were tipped off to an impending attack at Sharm al-Sheikh, but tightened security around casinos rather than hotels. A passionate exchange involving an Egyptian parliament minister, Hamadein Sabahi, on an Egyptian television network is stunning. The minister praises al Qaida 'when it kills Americans...Any kidnapping and slaughtering of an Amerinca in Iraq is good.' His counterpart condemns al-Qaeda and bin Laden...because they do not lend material support to Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Palestine and Tel Aviv is still standing.
    These are among the leaders of Egypt, the country to whom Israel is going to turn over security along the Philadelphi Route along the Gaza-Egyptian border in October.
  • The British bombers who failed in their attack attempts on 7/21 were seen by neighbors returning to their apartment to rearm themselves for another attack. While British intelligence and police search their land for terrorists, Kofi Annon hopes old Irish nuns receive equal scrutiny.

Other Topics Today Include:
Iran resuming enrichment, no matter what, now; The Rise of the IRGC; Algerian diplomats killed in Iraq; Army Force Structure revised; Mullah Omar calls for Jihadist unity as Arab Afghans name an Egyptian as head; Syria in the crosshairs; Has al Qaeda infiltrated the CIA and FBI?; School for suicide bombers discovered in northern Italy and much, much more.


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Thursday Winds of War: July 07/14

By USMC_Vet at 06:22

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Other Topics Today Include:

Iran’s new position on uranium enrichment; More Zarqawi attacks on Iraqis; 19 Iraq bases now manned by Iraqi troops; A Must-Read from SEAL-turned-journalist Mark Yost; Israel's 'root canal' of Islamic Jihad; Lebanese Defense Minister survives car bomb; Chertoff's Six-Point Agenda for DHS; OTM's crossing US/Mexican border nealry double; Bombing in Trinadad; 150 Aussie Special Operators to Afghanistan; Pak/China military agreement; Thailand readies for combat in south; NoKor back to six-nations talks; Why France gets it...and Britain stumbles; London, Paksitan and Lodi, California and more.


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