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  • Syria's female tank drivers: Battalion of 800 women commandos in fierce clashes with rebels

    06/06/2015 10:12:36 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 25 March 2015 | FLORA DRURY
    Four years ago, it would have been unheard of for a woman to be part of the Syrian Army, let alone driving one of the tanks and shooting rockets. But the women pictured here are now part of the Syrian regime's most elite force, the Republican Guard, tasked with defending Damascus' suburbs from rebel attacks. Women were first recruited to the elite group of soldiers - the only battalion allowed within the boundaries of Damascus - nearly a year ago. Today, 800 are on the streets of the city, filling in for the soldiers who have been sent out to...
  • The Secret U.S. Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

    10/14/2014 8:07:35 PM PDT · by ironman · 126 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 10/14/14 | C. J. CHIVERS
    The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West. The New York Times found 17 American service members and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to nerve or mustard agents after 2003. American officials said that the actual tally of exposed troops was slightly higher, but that the government’s official count was classified. The secrecy fit a pattern. Since the outset of the war, the scale of the United...
  • New tape says Zarqawi death 'great loss'

    06/16/2006 4:10:50 PM PDT · by ARealMothersSonForever · 44 replies · 1,175+ views
    AP ^ | June 16, 2006 | SALAH NASRAWI
    CAIRO, Egypt - A key insurgency leader in Iraq said the U.S. killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was a "great loss," but one that will strengthen the militants' determination, according to an audio tape broadcast Friday. The Al-Jazeera network said the voice on the tape was that of Abu Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi, the head of the Mujahedeen Shura Council, which groups five Iraqi insurgent organizations including al-Qaida in Iraq. But the authenticity of the tape couldn't immediately be verified. "This is a message to the enemies of God, the crusaders, the rejectionists and the renegades," the voice says, referring respectively...
  • Iran's navy offers to escort Gaza ships

    06/06/2010 8:25:58 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 78 replies · 1,184+ views
    Official: Elite Revolutionary Guards are prepared to intervene TEHRAN - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards are ready to provide a military escort to cargo ships trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, a representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday. "Iran's Revolutionary Guards naval forces are fully prepared to escort the peace and freedom convoys to Gaza with all their powers and capabilities," Ali Shirazi, Khamenei's representative inside the Revolutionary Guards, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Mehr news agency. Any intervention by the Iranian military would be considered highly provocative by Israel which accuses Iran of...
  • Pentagon Cites Proof Of Iran's Growing Role

    04/26/2008 9:37:46 AM PDT · by Fennie · 32 replies · 103+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | Saturday, April 26, 2008 | By Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON - Iran is ratcheting up its support for militias in Iraq, providing them with newly manufactured weapons and bringing them across the border to receive training from members of Tehran's elite Republican Guard, U.S. military officials said Friday. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military is preparing to roll out evidence, such as date stamps on newly found weapons caches, that shows that recently made Iranian weapons are flowing into Iraq at a steadily increasing rate. Mullen would not detail the evidence, which is expected to be unveiled by military leaders in Iraq...
  • Al-Jazeera to air interview: Iraq ex-Republican Guard Chief of Staff to reveal all? (Jack of clubs)

    04/07/2007 9:30:58 PM PDT · by Int · 30 replies · 2,151+ views
    BBC Monitoring service ^ | 6 April 2007 23:06
    Al-Jazeera to broadcast interview with former Iraqi commander on 8 April Doha Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel Television in Arabic at 1028 gmt on 6 April carries the following announcement: "In the first interview with the media, Staff General Sayf al-Din al-Rawi, commander of the Iraqi Republican Guard and number 14 on the playing cards list of most wanted people, will speak about why the Baghdad defence plan collapsed and where the Iraqi Army's weapons and equipment went following the occupation of the Iraqi capital. The commander of the Iraqi Republican Guard will speak to Al-Jazeera in an exclusive interview. The first...
  • US 'misread Saddam's order'

    03/14/2006 2:59:01 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 80 replies · 2,610+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 15 March 2006
    US intelligence analysts misunderstood intercepted Iraqi communications, believing the orders were meant to deceive UN weapons inspectors searching for chemical or biological agents, a new report says. Instead, the conversation between two Iraqi Republican Guard Corps commanders that included the order to remove reference to "nerve agents" from "wireless" communications was intended to ensure the regime was in compliance with international demands to disarm, the Foreign Affairs magazine reported in its online edition this week. That conversation was intercepted by the United States in 2002. The article was based on a recently declassified US Joint Forces Command report assessing Iraqi...
  • Al Qaeda`s Neo-Nazi Connections

    03/02/2004 5:42:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies · 13,200+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | 2/25/2004 | William Grim
    On the surface there would seem to be little to unite the Aryan racialists of the neo-Nazi movement with the terrorists of radical Islam. To the neo-Nazis, Muslims are almost all members of ``inferior`` races; and to the Islamic terrorists, the neo-Nazis are almost without exception either atheists or members of fringe quasi-Christian sects. But the reality is that there has been close cooperation between Muslim extremists and Fascists ever since the founding of the Nazi movement in the 1920`s. For all of their differences, Muslim extremists and Nazis have always been united by a common group of beliefs and...
  • This is genuine, says Saddam's ex-aide (GALLOWAY ALERT)

    04/23/2003 4:24:07 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 47 replies · 1,433+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 24, 2003 | Nicole Martin
    Nicole Martin shows a confidential handwritten memo found in the rubble of the looted Iraqi foreign ministry to the man who used to arrange the dictator's scheduleSaddam Hussein's former head of protocol said yesterday that the document found by The Daily Telegraph saying that George Galloway received substantial payments from the Iraqi regime was "100 per cent genuine". Haitham Rashid Wihaib, who fled to Britain with his family eight years ago after death threats, said he had no doubt that the handwritten confidential memorandum addressed to the dictator's office apparently detailing how the Labour MP benefited from Iraq's oil sales...
  • U.S. Sends in Secret Weapon: Saddam's Old Commandos

    11/27/2004 8:06:26 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 24 replies · 2,553+ views
    Excite News ^ | 11.27.04 | Alastair Macdonald
    U.S. Sends in Secret Weapon: Saddam's Old Commandos By Alastair Macdonald NEAR ISKANDARIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Twenty months after toppling Saddam Hussein, U.S. troops still battling his followers in the heartland of Iraq's old arms industry are hitting back with a new weapon -- ex-members of Saddam's special forces. For five months, Iraqi police commandos calling themselves the Black Scorpions have been based with U.S. Marines in the region along the Euphrates south of Baghdad, which roadside bombs, ambushes and kidnaps have turned into a no-go areas and earned it the melodramatic description "triangle of death." "All of them were...
  • U.S. Sends in Secret Weapon: Saddam's Old Commandos

    11/27/2004 7:04:31 AM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 11 replies · 1,467+ views
    NEAR ISKANDARIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Twenty months after toppling Saddam Hussein (news - web sites), U.S. troops still battling his followers in the heart of Iraq (news - web sites)'s old arms industry are hitting back with a new weapon -- ex-members of Saddam's special forces. For five months, Iraqi police commandos have been based with U.S. Marines in charge of the region along the Euphrates river immediately south of Baghdad, which roadside bombs, ambushes and kidnaps have turned into a no-go area for outsiders and earned it the melodramatic description "triangle of death." The performance of these police is...
  • Senior Commander of Former Iraqi Republican Guard Captured (Led Elite Baghdad Troops)

    07/18/2004 1:51:34 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 5 replies · 778+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | 7/18/2004 | china view
    Sufyan Maher Hussein, a senior commander of the former Iraqi Republican Guard was captured in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit in northern Iraq, the US military said Sunday.Sufyan was arrested on July 16, according to US Miliary spokesman Major Neal O' Brien.'He is suspected of planning and financing attacks against the Iraqi people, Iraqi security forces and multinational forces,' O'Brien said.The 201st Iraiq National Guard Battalion, backed by multinational forces, captured Hassan in a raid in Tikrit on Friday, he added.End item
  • U.S. Holding Top Ex-Republican Guard Leader

    07/18/2004 12:08:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 612+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/18/04 | AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — American troops have detained a senior commander of the former Republican Guard (search), U.S. forces said Sunday.
  • Iraqi official at 9-11 plot meeting: U.S. finds documents tying Saddam's man to al-Qaida

    05/27/2004 11:28:26 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 839+ views ^ | May 27, 2004
    Recently translated documents captured by U.S. forces provide new evidence of a direct link between Saddam Hussein's regime and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Rosters of officers in Saddam's Fedayeen list Lt. Col. Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, who was present at the January 2000 al-Qaida "summit" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at which the 9-11 attacks were planned, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Fedayeen was the elite paramilitary group run by Saddam's son Uday, which was deployed to do much of the regime's dirty work. The U.S. has never been sure Shakir was at the Kuala...
  • New evidence of Saddam link to 9-11: records indicate Atta meeting with Iraqi official in Prague

    05/06/2004 10:57:15 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 58 replies · 2,252+ views ^ | Friday, May 7, 2004
    New evidence about a meeting in Prague between September 11 plot leader Mohamed Atta and Iraqi intelligence officer Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani has been uncovered, reports Geostrategy-Direct, the global intelligence news service. Investigative journalist Edward J. Epstein has uncovered Czech government visa records indicating al-Ani was posted to the Iraqi embassy in Prague between March 1999 and April 21, 2001, and was involved in handling Iraqi agents. A search of the Iraq Embassy in Prague after the fall of Baghdad to coalition forces revealed al-Ani had scheduled a meeting for April 8, 2001, with a Hamburg student, according to...
  • US abruptly demotes Saddam general in Fallujah

    05/03/2004 9:44:42 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 48 replies · 269+ views
    Telegraph ^ | May 3, 2004 | Toby Harnden
    The general selected by the US marines to command a new Iraqi force in Fallujah has been abruptly replaced after he denied that there were foreign fighters in the insurgent city and blamed America for fomenting the bloody rebellion there.Maj Gen Jassim Mohammed Saleh, a former member of Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard, was trumpeted by local US commanders as the type of strong man who could pacify the 2,000 gunmen in Fallujah.   Gen Saleh: appointment angered Iraqi politicians But in an indication of American desperation, it emerged that Gen Saleh had been selected even though little was known about...
  • Former Iraqi brass pledges to guard Fallujah

    04/30/2004 3:59:59 PM PDT · by saquin · 77 replies · 433+ views
    North County Times ^ | 4/30/04 | Darrin Mortenson
    FALLUJAH, Iraq ---- A dozen former Iraqi generals and intelligence officers met Friday with U.S. military leaders and pledged to lead a brigade of 1,000 Iraqi soldiers to replace the Marines fortifying the city's borders. But U.S. military officials cautioned that the arrival of the Iraqi forces in this embattled city, possibly as early as today, does not necessarily mean peace. "They are still doing some planning on how to do a transition from U.S. forces to Iraqi security forces in Fallujah," Marine Col. John Toolan said Friday, choosing his words carefully while describing the new arrangement that other officials...
  • Ex-Hussein General to Lead Iraqi Forces

    04/30/2004 12:13:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 266+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 30, 2004 at 12:02:24 PDT | BASSEM MROUE
    FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi forces took over positions from withdrawing Marines and raised the Iraqi flag at the entrance to Fallujah on Friday under a plan to end the monthlong siege of the city and shift security responsibilities to Iraqis led by a former general who served under Saddam Hussein. Moves to end the siege, which drew strong criticism internationally and from America's Iraqi allies, began despite a suicide car bombing that killed two Marines and wounded six at a garrison on the outskirts of the city. U.S. officials provided no further details on the attack. Negotiations were also...
  • U.S. Marines Hand Falluja to Former Saddam General

    04/30/2004 3:56:58 AM PDT · by The_Victor · 565 replies · 498+ views
    Yahoo (Reuters) ^ | 4/30/04 | Fadel Badran
    FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. Marines handed control of Falluja to a former general in Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s feared Republican Guard on Friday in bid to end a month-long siege that killed hundreds in the city and infuriated Iraqis. In what appeared to be a reversal of Washington's policy of excluding members of Saddam's Baathist regime from power, Jasim Mohamed Saleh told Reuters his force would help police and other Iraqi security forces bring order to the town. The commander of the Marines, who were pulling back from siege positions around the city of 300,000, was quoted...
  • Saddam's Republican Guards worst nightmare

    02/25/2004 6:37:07 AM PST · by marktuoni · 47 replies · 285+ views ^ | 2/25/04 | markktuoni
    My buddy, a Chinook pilot, posted some of the videos he shot while serving in Iraq. This is one HUGE formation of Chinooks and Blackhawks landing