You'd think, after a while, al Qaeda's #4 guys would stop seeking promotions."
Thursday, January 31, 2008
WINEP:"If the Hariri tribunal proceeds like the eight-year Yugoslavia tribunal, ... the March 14 bloc may not be in power long enough to benefit..."
"The Sunni insurgency decimated in the imagination of the surge advocates, has demonstrated something of a surge of its own in recent weeks"
"... The Sunni insurgency, all but decimated in the imagination of the surge advocates, has demonstrated something of a surge of its own in recent weeks. Baghdad, Anbar and Diyala provinces, the hotbeds of the insurgency, have seen a return of high-profile suicide bombing. Prominent collaborators with the U.S., like the so-called "Concerned Local Citizens" militias, have been targeted for death by insurgents and terrorists. "Of late, though, as you’ve been seeing, is certainly an increase in the number of suicide events that occur with individuals, mostly with a suicide vest wrapped around their waist," Adm. Greg Smith, a spokesman for Multi-National Force-Iraq, said in a blogger conference call last week..."
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
America's freewheeling ambassador to the UN ran afoul of his superiors by taking part in unauthorized debate with two high-ranking Iranian Officials
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Jumblatt to 'Le Figaro': "Dialogue with assad & Ahmadinejad is futile ... they should be done with..."
Monday, January 28, 2008
That is a tall order for Bush to deliver ..."
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Saad's slain father Rafik Hariri previously was the guarantor of a deal between Sharif and Musharraf which allowed Sharif's release from jail in 2000 - he had been sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of hijacking - to go into exile in Saudi Arabia. Sharif initially denied this deal, but later admitted to it.
Retired Squadron Leader Khalid Khawaja commented to Asia Times Online, "We are fully aware of these developments, and you would be surprised to learn that I recently met a person in the UAE [United Arab Emirates] who divulged that America's real point person has always been Nawaz Sharif. The reason is simple, he has inroads to the militants and he is considered among them to be a better person in comparison to all others."
Khawaja was a close aide of Osama bin Laden's after retiring from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)and the Pakistan Air Force. Khawaja also arranged bin Laden's meeting with Nawaz Sharif in the late 1980s in Saudi Arabia to hatch a plan to topple Bhutto's government. .."
Seale: "Damascus Rumor: Syria seems no longer to trust Sleiman, believing that he has moved into the Saudi/US camp"
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Arab governments are less worried about the military power of Hamas and Hezbollah than they are about support for them among their publics
In all this, they see Iran as a detrimental force but not as the primary cause of militant sentiment. Most Arab governments believe instead that the militancy is driven primarily by the absence of Arab-Israeli peace. .."
In Cairo ...
Monday, January 21, 2008
"Syria and Saudi Arabia have taken a number of steps to reduce the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq,"
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
(Excerpts: STRATFOR Analysis & "sources" in the rank and file of M14 ... )
"...The blast, which killed three people and wounded 26, struck a U.S. Embassy vehicle, sparking fears that the perpetrators intended to hit a U.S. diplomatic target.
According to Lebanese security officials, the car bomb struck a U.S. Embassy armor-plated sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was transporting Lebanese security officers on a highway north of Beirut. The officers were part of an advance team ...was intended as a warning and was carried out against the United States by an organization such as Hezbollah, as our sources recently indicated.
At the time of the attack, U.S. President George W. Bush was still in the region, where he issued strong statements about confronting Iran and its regional militant allies — including Hezbollah. We have been informed that the Hezbollah leadership is seriously concerned about U.S. plans to help the Western-backed government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora eventually eradicate Hezbollah. Moreover, tensions between Iran and the United States have escalated significantly over the past several weeks, with Washington giving not-so-subtle hints that the military option can be put back on the table if Tehran pushes things too far... Syria, meanwhile, is busy preparing for a massive destabilization effort in Lebanon... According to a source, Syrian intelligence has a hit list of six individuals in Siniora’s March 14 coalition — parliamentary deputies Samir Franjieh, Wael Abu Faour, Nayla Mouawad and Akram Shuhayyib; former parliamentary deputy Faris Said; and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea... from the Syrian intelligence office in Rif Dimashq (NOW this is REAL Intelligence gathering by STRATFOR, ...), and they tell the March 14 leaders and activists that Syrian intelligence knows all the details of their moves, actions and whereabouts. These messages are meant to demoralize the leaders and activists of the March 14 coalition.
The Syrians also are deeply involved in supplying militants in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps, .. to instigate clashes between rival Palestinian factions — specifically between the Fatah movement and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command..."
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
How does Michel Sleiman 'explain' his refusal to conduct a meaningful relationship with Aoun, while he goes out of his way to visit Jumblatt & Geagea'
Cobban interviews Kanafani, Director of the Foreign Media Department at the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sy Hersh: On the Iraq War, Bush Foreign Policy, Private Contractors and the Prospects of War with Iran
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Top Gen. Odierno aide: "Make Awakening Councils part of government ... or face Sunni Army in civil strife"
... from Beirut, on to New York's UN-Security Council! The Arab initiative should not be seen as more than the "rite of passage" to this poisoned challis. Things should look fittingly "desperate" between now and the 27th of January (Mussa's report) as to warrant the transfer of Lebanon's ordeal to Ban Ki Moon's care.
Le Point: Michel Sleiman "impliqué dans une affaire de faux passeports, ne peut venir en France… L’action en justice suit son cours »
De retour à Paris, je trouve une télécopie, émise par un inconnu, montrant une page (20) de la revue française « Le Point » du 18 ou 8 novembre 2007 (la copie ne montre pas bien la date).
Monday, January 14, 2008
"George W. Bush will be passing on to his successor either a daunting piece of unfinished business or a full-blown crisis"
Sunday, January 13, 2008
"...But Bush appears unlikely, based on the regional reaction to his address, to find many Arabs to heed his alarms against Iran, a powerful neighbor and trading partner. Nor did many endorse his speech's other theme — a vision of "free and just society" featuring broad political participation and a voice for moderate Muslims in a region where money and family are common keys to leadership. ...Even political analysts here who share Bush's democratic vision said that his speech painted over the daily reality for most inhabitants of the Middle East, an oil-rich region where power is largely inherited and human rights violations abound.....Whether chastising Iran or praising Palestinian elections, analysts said, Bush left out key facts that would have offered a messier — and more true-to-life — portrait of the modern Middle East..." Read more From McClatchy's, here
Israeli Housing Minister speaks out against division of JERUSALEM, insists on continuing construction in city despite US objections
Saturday, January 12, 2008
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Friday, January 11, 2008
Bush, "l’encombrant" hôte d’Abbas: L’impopularité de son visiteur a rejailli sur le président palestinien.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Italian soccer team "Zassbollah", adopts Hezbollah's logo to boost players' morale & fighting spirit
SACKED: “DoD specialist on Islamic law and Islamist extremism” akin to being the Oral Roberts U expert on fellatio and anal sex..."
"Unnamed Pentagon officials said on Wednesday that the threatening voice heard in the audio clip is not directly traceable to the Iranian military"
Wednesday, January 9, 2008