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  • Truce crumbles amid gunfire in Ukraine, at least 20 dead

    02/20/2014 6:01:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/20/2014 | By Phil Black, Nick Paton Walsh and Ben Brumfield
    Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- A shaky truce crumbled Thursday as gunfire erupted at Independence Square, the center of anti-government protests and an increasingly violent crisis that has left at least 48 people dead and hundreds injured in recent days. At least 20 protesters died Thursday, said Oleg Musiy, head of the protesters' medical service. A police officer also was killed, the interior ministry said. It's unclear what prompted the gunfire just hours after the government declared a truce. But CNN crews at the scene reported that as security forces were moving away from the area, a group of protesters pursued...
  • Truce declared in bloodied Ukraine, but will it last through talks?

    02/19/2014 4:39:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/19/2014 | Nick Paton Walsh. Greg Botelho and Victoria Butenko
    <p>Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- Just before midnight Wednesday, Ukraine's president declared a truce in his nation, as well as the start of negotiations aimed at not only preventing further bloodshed but forging a lasting peace.</p> <p>The statement -- agreed upon with leaders of Ukraine's three top opposition parties -- seemingly offered a welcome respite from the violence and acrimony that's been emanating from the tumultuous Eastern European nation.</p>
  • Hamas: Ending arms smuggling not part of truce

    11/24/2012 8:08:15 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 9 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/24/2012 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas does not call for stopping the flow of weapons into the Gaza Strip, a top Hamas leader announced Saturday. Ezat Risheq, member of the Hamas "political bureau," said that reports claiming that the agreement calls for an end to the smuggling of weapons were untrue. Risheq was commenting on reports that claimed that special US army units would be deployed along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt to stop the flow of weapons to Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups. The Hamas official claimed that Israel was behind the reports...
  • Gaza truce agreed, Hamas says, to take effect in hours

    11/20/2012 9:08:09 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Gaza truce agreed, Hamas says, to take effect in hours By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller | Reuters – 30 mins ago GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the Gaza conflict will go into effect later on Tuesday, a Hamas official said. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier he was open to a long-term deal to halt Palestinian rocket attacks on his country. "An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9 o'clock (1900 GMT) and go into effect at midnight (2200 GMT)," Hamas official Ayman Taha told Reuters...
  • June 10 - Personal Thoughts

    06/12/2012 12:33:34 AM PDT · by kathsua · 13 replies
    town Hall ^ | June 09, 2012 | William D. Dannenmaier
    I had a bad night last night, one filled with dreams and memories of my time in combat – six months of front line duty with the 15th Infantry Regiment, four of them as a scout for which I foolishly volunteered. Tomorrow is the 10th of June. Sixty years ago, on the 10th, I was on a daytime patrol. I never enjoyed those, you always got shot at by someone and if you have once heard a bullet go past your head from a sniper, you would just as soon not have another one. Anyway, after returning safely, I was...
  • Are you an ABO like me PO'd at JR for getting called a RINO? Truce declared! Please DONATE!

    05/06/2012 8:09:35 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 1,342 replies
    Attention "Anyone But Obama" (ABO) FReepers! If you go to the thread at the link you will will see that JimRob has "declared a truce" and hundreds of ABO FReepers are now vigorously defending their belief, which I share, that the ineligible Marxist Manchurian MUST BE DEFEATED to preserve the Republic...without fear of "the ZOT"! Please consider a DONATION not just to fund renewal of expression and amplification of your ABO views, but let's over-achieve this FReepathon to get JR his new equipment! IMO, Free Republic and FReepers could be vital in swing states in rallying just enough conservatives to...
  • Romney Must Clarify Positions on Auto Bailouts and Energy Subsidies

    05/06/2012 11:41:13 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    nlpc.org ^ | May 4, 2012 | by Mark Modica
    A couple of stories surfaced recently that should be of concern to voters that are analyzing how a Romney presidency would differ from the current administration. President Obama has a track record that can be examined to get a grasp of his agenda, but Governor Romney needs to further explain his positions on two key areas that many voters would expect to see a divergence with our present leader. The reports bring in to question whether or not Romney would be any different from the administrations over the past 12 years when it comes to dumping billions of taxpayer dollars...
  • Frank discussion re our loss to Obama/Romney and the future direction of FR and tea party movement

    05/04/2012 6:31:27 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,524 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | May 4, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    My FRiends, we might as well face the reality that we the combined pro-life conservative movement and tea party coalition have lost this round (the presidential election) in the larger battle to reclaim our constitution and our inalienable rights. Rove, Romney and the GOP-e have successfully destroyed and driven off each and every pro-life conservative tea party candidate from the race and all have surrendered to the Romney camp. It is no secret that Romney is not one of us. There is absolutely no doubt that he has never accomplished a single conservative thing in his entire political career (one...
  • Daniels Closer to 2012 Bid, But Has He Overcome Abortion Truce?

    05/13/2011 8:25:12 AM PDT · by julieee · 56 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | May 13, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Daniels Closer to 2012 Bid, But Has He Overcome Abortion Truce? Indianapolis, IN -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels appears closer than ever to indicating he will seek the Republican nomination for president, but, for pro-life voters, one key question remains about his talk of an abortion truce. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/13/daniels-closer-to-2012-bid-but-has-he-overcome-abortion-truce/
  • Rick Santorum Chides Daniels on Abortion-Social Issues Truce

    02/04/2011 8:20:07 AM PST · by julieee · 15 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | February 4, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Rick Santorum Chides Daniels on Abortion-Social Issues Truce Washington, DC -- In an interview with conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, potential Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum slammed Mitch Daniels, also a potential GOP hopeful, on his abortion-social issues truce. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/02/04/rick-santorum-chides-daniels-on-abortion-social-issues-truce/
  • Somali Leader Calls for Ramadan Truce

    08/23/2009 11:59:07 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies · 351+ views
    VOA News ^ | August 22, 2009 | VOA News
    Somalia's president marked the beginning of Ramadan Saturday by calling for a truce with Islamic militants and talks to end the country's bloodshed. President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed told VOA Saturday he believes peace and stability are attainable through dialogue, and he called on militants to lay down their weapons. Somalia's fragile transitional government is engaged in a fierce battle to regain large parts of the country from Islamist militants led by the al-Shabab group. In the capital of Mogadishu, heavy fighting between government forces and insurgents has killed at least 100 people since Thursday, many of them civilians. Residents...
  • Hamas offers Israel year-long truce

    01/25/2009 2:35:55 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 32 replies · 1,318+ views
    Hamas officials in Cairo have proposed a year-long truce with Israel and an opening of the crossings into the Gaza Strip, in the latest round of diplomatic meetings to build on a fragile ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Hamas official Ayman Taha told reporters in Cairo on Sunday that his delegation was briefed by the Egyptians on an Israeli proposal for a year-and-a-half long truce with only partial opening of the border, which they rejected. Instead, Taha says the group made a counter offer of a year with open borders, which they now must discuss with their leadership in Damascus.
  • Hamas: Continued rocket fire by Fatah armed group harms Palestinian interests

    06/26/2008 4:22:48 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 96+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 06/26/08 | Avi Isacharoff and Yuval Azoulay
    The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip lashed out at rival militants after two Qassam rockets were fired at southern Israel yesterday, causing no injuries but further straining the shaky truce between Israel and Hamas that went into effect last Thursday morning. In view of the continued rocket fire, Israel will keep the crossings into the Gaza Strip closed today, for the third straight day. The Fatah-affiliated group Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility for yesterday's rocket fire and demanded that the cease-fire be extended into the West Bank. In a statement carried by the official Palestinian news agency Maan, Hamas...
  • Qassam lands in Sderot backyard

    06/24/2008 8:18:30 AM PDT · by ASA Vet · 7 replies · 128+ views
    YNet ^ | 6/24/08 | Shmulik Hadad
    Ceasefire seems shakier than ever as Palestinians launch three Qassam rockets from Gaza. House damaged in Sderot, two women suffer from shock. Olmert: This is a blatant violation of ceasefire. Islamic Jihad vowed reprisal earlier for IDF operation in West Bank Shmulik Hadad Published: 06.24.08, 15:53 / Israel News Ceasefire shattered? Residents of Israel's south were rattled to hear the 'Color Red' rocket alert sirens blare throughout their towns twice on Tuesday afternoon as Palestinian terror groups launched three Qassam rockets from Gaza. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack. One of the rockers landed in the backyard of...
  • 2 Islamic Jihad men killed in Nablus, truce at risk

    06/23/2008 10:34:55 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 156+ views
    YNet ^ | 06.24.08 | Efrat Weiss
    Joint IDF, Shin Bet operation to arrest senior commander from Jenin ends with his death. Army says imminent terror attack thwarted. Though ceasefire limited to Gaza, Islamic Jihad has warned attacks on its people in West Bank would bring Qassam reprisals A senior commander of the Islamic Jihad and an additional gunman belonging to the group were killed in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the West Bank city of Nablus. The two were killed in an exchange of fire with IDF and Shin Bet forces who had entered the city to arrest several wanted Palestinians. Troops belonging to...
  • Why is Hamas Interested in a Temporary Truce with Israel?

    06/19/2008 1:26:00 PM PDT · by jerusalemjudy · 20 replies · 184+ views
    Jerusalem Center ^ | June 19 2008 | Jonathan Dahoah Halevy
    • Hamas regards the temporary cease-fire as a tahdiya and not a hudna. A tahdiya – “a period of calm” – is used by Hamas to describe a simple cease-fire. A hudna implies recognition of the other party’s actual existence, without acknowledging its legitimacy.
  • It looks like a peace deal has been cut with Syria

    06/17/2008 12:06:34 PM PDT · by tedbel · 13 replies · 152+ views
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | JUNE 17/08 | Ted Belman
    While media attention has been focused on the Palestinian track where no progress has been made and no real pressure applied, serious work has been going on with Syria. You will recall that the Iraq Study Group under Baker recommended in November ’06, that the US should engage Syria and Iran about Iraq without preconditions. While Bash and Rice rejected the recommendations publicly, they went about following them. The Annapolis Conference held one year later was part of that new dialogue. Syria was induced to attend because, there was added to the agenda, under the title “Comprehensive Peace”, the Syrian...
  • Hamas Says It's Reached Cease-Fire With Israel

    06/17/2008 11:00:59 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 153+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 17, 2008 | Ibrahim Barzak
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza's Hamas rulers on Tuesday said they have reached a long-awaited cease-fire with Israel meant to end months of Palestinian assaults on Israeli border towns and bruising Israeli retaliation. The announcement came shortly after Egypt, which has been trying to broker the truce for months, said the cease-fire would go into effect on Thursday. Israel refused to confirm a deal, but said a "new reality" would take hold if Palestinian attacks end. In a last-minute jolt, Israeli aircraft attacked three targets in the southern Gaza Strip. One of the airstrikes destroyed a car, killing...
  • Israel rules out Gaza invasion now to seek truce

    06/11/2008 12:45:26 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 61+ views
    AP ^ | 06/11/08 | MARK LAVIE
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders decided Wednesday against mounting a major attack on militants in the Gaza Strip, saying they would give Egypt more time to broker a truce with the territory's Hamas rulers. But with bloodshed on both sides, including the death of a 6-year-old Gaza girl, the government said it would push ahead with preparations for a possible invasion and keep attacking Palestinian militants to try to stop daily rocket and mortar barrages on southern Israel. Israeli aircraft fired a missile at militants in northern Gaza, but it hit a house instead, killing 6-year-old Hadeel al-Smari in the...
  • Hamas Offers Israel 10-Year Truce in Exchange for Border Reform

    04/21/2008 11:16:05 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 67 replies · 807+ views
    Trans World News ^ | 4/21/2008 | Staff
    Khaled Mashaal, the leader of Palestinian militant group Hamas, has said their organization would be willing to offer Israel a 10-year truce if Israel were to remove itself from the lands it seized during the 1967 Middle East War. Mashaal has said he made the offer on Saturday while speaking with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and while the Hamas leader hinted that a Palestinian state would be limited to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem there was no outright declaration that they would recognize Israel. During Carter’s talk with Mashaal the Hamas leader said his organization would...
  • Iraq Shiite radical leader threatens to end truce

    04/08/2008 6:00:45 AM PDT · by DGHoodini · 7 replies · 43+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | April 8, 2008 | Unknown
    (Too short to excerpt) NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) — Iraqi Shiite radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday threatened to end the ceasefire of his feared Mahdi Army militia which he announced last August. "The Jaish al-Mahdi (Mahdi Army) is hand in hand with the Iraqi people to achieve security, stability and liberation. If it is of interest to lift the ceasefire to achieve the aims and goals, it will be announced in a separate statement," Sadr said in a communique released by his office.
  • Officials Confirm Iran's Role in Truce

    04/05/2008 2:04:37 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 272+ views
    AP ^ | April 5, 2008 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI – 1 hour ago
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Officials in Iran confirmed for the first time Saturday that the country played an important role in brokering a recent truce between the Iraqi government and anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.Iran's Shiite government helped end the clashes between Iraqi government troops and al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia for the sake of Shiite unity, said a senior Iranian official who deals with Iraq."It is in Iran's best interests to see unity among Shiite factions," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki heads a Shiite-dominated government in...
  • Pressure mounts on Sadr to end truce

    02/06/2008 4:56:02 PM PST · by Flavius · 10 replies · 65+ views
    arab times ^ | 2/5/08 | kuwait
    NAJAF, Iraq (Agencies): Influential members within the movement loyal to Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have told him they do not want his Mehdi Army militia to extend a ceasefire when it expires this month, Sadr’s spokesman said on Monday. The US military says the Shi’ite cleric’s announcement on Aug. 29 to freeze the activities of the feared Mehdi Army for six months has been vital to cutting violence. A return to hostilities could seriously jeopardise those security gains. Sadr has been gauging the mood among senior figures and five main committees had reported back with their views on the truce,...
  • Group calls for end to Christmas Culture wars

    12/29/2007 11:27:39 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 47 replies · 195+ views
    Journalstar.com ^ | 12-29-2007 | Bob Reeves
    Group calls for end to Christmas Culture wars The outrage by some people over department stores using the phrase “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is a distraction from real moral and social issues, according to a group of concerned Catholics and evangelical Christians. The group has called for a “cease-fire in the Christmas culture wars,” and challenged conservative talk-show host Bill O’Reilly and others who have lashed out against a so-called secular “War on Christmas.” In an “Open Letter to Christmas Culture Warriors” published as an advertisement in the New York Post, Washington Times and the National Catholic Reporter,...
  • Christmas Truce.

    12/25/2007 12:36:10 AM PST · by Dawnsblood · 3 replies · 153+ views
    Snopes.com ^ | 12/25/07 | Snopes
    During World War I, in the winter of 1914,the battlefields of Flanders, one of the most unusual events in all of human history took place. The Germans had been in a fierce battle with the British and French. Both sides were dug in, safe in muddy, man-made trenches six to eight feet deep that seemed to stretch forever. All of a sudden, German troops began to put small Christmas trees, lit with candles, outside of their trenches. Then, they began to sing songs. Across the way, in the "no man's land" between them, came songs from the British and French...
  • Philippines, separatist rebels reach deal on Muslim homeland

    11/16/2007 3:48:11 PM PST · by Loyalist · 11 replies · 103+ views
    Agence France Presse ^ | November 16, 2007 | Staff
    KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — The Philippines government and separatist rebels have struck a deal on creating a Muslim homeland in the country's south which is expected to lead to a peace accord next year, officials said Thursday. The agreement on the extent of territory to be handed over had been a major stumbling block in the peace talks that opened when a ceasefire was forged with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2001. The two sides did not disclose the new borders agreed after two days of talks here, but Malaysian officials said the territory would be greater than...
  • Palestinian killed in West Bank, Hamas ready for one year truce

    06/03/2007 6:46:48 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 184+ views
    Arab News ^ | June 03 2007
    Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian gunman in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, witnesses and military officials said. According to Reuters, they said the 19-year-old member of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades was shot dead in an exchange of fire with troops in Jenin refugee camp. After dark Saturday, Israeli troops entered Nablus in an arrest operation. In the center of the city, soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian in his shop and seriously wounded another Palestinian, witnesses and rescue workers said. In another incident, Israeli troops fired at rock throwers, injuring two of them in the legs, witnesses said. Meanwhile, Hamas...
  • Lebanon says will hit terrorism as truce holds (Lebanon vows to crush Fatah al-Islam militant group)

    05/24/2007 9:38:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 534+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/24/07 | Laila Bassam
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese leaders vowed on Thursday to stamp out an Islamist militant group that has been fighting the army at a camp in the north of the country. Relief workers planned aid deliveries to thousands of Palestinians forced from a refugee camp by fighting between the army and militant group Fatah al-Islam as a fragile truce held. "We will not surrender to terrorism," Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said in a televised speech to his nation, referring to Fatah al-Islam and three bomb attacks in Lebanon this week. "We will work on uprooting terrorism and finishing it off." Dozens...
  • Palestinians flee after truce in Lebanon (Follow the link -- Check the photo)

    05/23/2007 7:16:17 PM PDT · by Cornpone · 7 replies · 537+ views
    Reuters (via Swissinfo) ^ | 24 May 2007 | Yara Bayoumy
    NAHR AL-BARED, Lebanon (Reuters) - Thousands of Palestinians fled a badly damaged refugee camp on Wednesday, reporting bodies in the streets after a fragile truce halted fighting between the Lebanese army and al Qaeda-inspired militants. Vehicles choked the main road out of the Nahr al-Bared camp, where the Lebanese army had been battling the Fatah al-Islam militant group since Sunday in Lebanon's worst internal fighting since the 1975-1990 civil war. Lebanon's defence minister warned the militants to surrender or face further military action. "There are two options to solve this matter. The option we prefer is that they surrender to...
  • One day into fragile truce, Gaza militants fire rockets at Israel

    11/27/2006 6:28:54 AM PST · by Sabramerican · 11 replies · 335+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 11/27/2006 | Haaretz
    Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two Qassam rockets at Israel on Monday, despite a day-old cease-fire that was intended to end five months of violence in the area, Palestinian witnesses and police said. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed offshoot of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks. Israel Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld confirmed the rockets were fired at Israel, but said police were unsure where they had landed. The rescue services said there were no reports of injuries from the rockets.
  • US Envoy Attacks British Truce With Taliban

    10/24/2006 7:07:23 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 680+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-25-2006 | Tom Coghlan - Damien McElroy
    US envoy attacks British truce with Taliban By Tom Coghlan in Kabul and Damien McElroy in Washington Last Updated: 2:10am BST 25/10/2006 America's ambassador to Afghanistan yesterday expres-sed deep unease over the British military's ceasefire with the Taliban and subsequent withdrawal from a flashpoint town. British troops on operations in Helmand British troops moved out of the town of Musa Qala in north Helmand last week after a truce negotiated by tribal elders acting as intermediaries with the militia. After months of heavy fighting in which eight British soldiers and hundreds of Taliban fighters died, they handed over to an...
  • Israel Rejects UN (Three Day) Aid Truce Call

    07/29/2006 1:25:26 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 531+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-29-2006
    Israel rejects UN aid truce call> Many have been forced from their homes, but others remain trapped Israel has rejected a United Nations call for a three-day truce in southern Lebanon, as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in Israel. The UN says children, the elderly and disabled people are trapped and supplies are short. But an Israeli spokesman said there was no need for a truce as a humanitarian corridor to the area had been opened. Israeli missiles landed near the main Lebanese border crossing into Syria on Saturday, witnesses and officials said. In a separate incident, two...
  • French foreign minister deplores Israel's rejection of 72-hour truce

    07/29/2006 5:35:49 AM PDT · by Hadean · 28 replies · 577+ views
    Ynet ^ | 07.29.06
    French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy on Saturday criticized Israel's rejection of a 72-hour halt to fighting to evacuate the injured, children and elderly from southern Lebanon. "I actively regret" the refusal, Douste-Blazy told a news conference in Paris. He said he would immediately renew France's appeal for such a temporary truce through the United Nations. (AP) (07.29.06, 13:56)
  • GAZA TERRORISTS' BOGUS TRUCE

    07/23/2006 9:53:38 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 3 replies · 440+ views
    NY Post ^ | 24 July 2006
    July 23, 2006 -- GAZA CITY - Senior Palestinian officials said terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to stop firing missiles at Israel at midnight last night, if Israel launches no new raids into Gaza. But two main terror groups denied that any agreement had been reached. The Palestinian officials said the unilateral cease-fire was aimed at ending an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip that began June 28, three days after kidnappers raided an Israeli army post, killing two soldiers and capturing 19-year-old Cpl. Gilad Shalit.
  • Rice: Truce must also address root cause of Lebanon violence

    07/21/2006 5:48:25 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 25 replies · 609+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 7/21/06
    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday dismissed growing pressure for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon, calling it a "false promise" if the root causes of the conflict are not addressed. "An immediate cease-fire without political conditions does not make sense," she told reporters at the State Department. Rice will arrive for a brief visit to Israel on Monday, during which she is expected to receive an updated synopsis of the Israel Defense Forces' offensive in Lebanon. "Syria knows what it needs to do and Hezbollah is the source of the problem," Rice said...
  • Takiyya: Hamas offers to renew truce with Israel

    06/15/2006 12:23:09 PM PDT · by Alama · 20 replies · 342+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 16 2006 | IBRAHIM BARZAK,
    The Hamas-led government offered Thursday to restore a cease-fire with Israel, several days after calling off the truce to protest a deadly explosion on a Gaza beach, but said the calm would depend on Israel's response. ADVERTISEMENT Hamas said it is ready to put pressure on other militant groups to halt rocket fire against Israel. The rocket attacks have drawn tough Israeli reprisals and raised the possibility of a broader conflict. "This is very clear for us. We are interested to keep the situation and quiet, especially in the Gaza Strip," said government spokesman Ghazi Hamad. "We have contacts with...
  • A Look at Islamic Jihad /&/ Suicide Bombings Since Truce -/- AP 2-fer

    04/17/2006 7:30:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 268+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/17/06 | AP
    Islamic Jihad, a virulently anti-Israel group backed by Iran and Syria, claimed responsibility for Monday's suicide attack in Tel Aviv, the deadliest Palestinian attack in 20 months. The group has been behind most of the Palestinian attacks against Israel since the sides declared a truce in February 2005. It says the violence is a legitimate response to an Israeli crackdown on its members. Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for eight of nine suicide attacks in Israel and the West Bank since the cease-fire declaration, and its militants in Gaza continue to fire homemade rockets at Israel on a daily basis....
  • Naval Graduate School Professor, Rumsfeld Advisor Want Truce with bin Laden

    01/30/2006 11:21:14 AM PST · by Venator · 2 replies · 182+ views
    Never Yet Melted ^ | 1/30/06 | JDZ
    Would anyone living outside America’s coastal enclaves of leftism actually believe that any major American newspaper would run an editorial arguing that we ought to be accepting Osama bin Laden’s recent truce offer? Remarkable, isn’t it? But we can top that. Would you also believe that the editorialist, one John Arquilla (a man with these kinds of views) is employed by the Defense Department as a professor of Defense Analysis, no less (in his case, clearly: Surrender Analysis), at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Arquilla is additionally a senior consultant for the RAND Corporation, and an advisor to...
  • Why we should take Osama's olive branch ,It's the first step in winning the peace

    01/29/2006 9:15:24 AM PST · by Pikamax · 74 replies · 1,658+ views
    SFGate ^ | 01/29/06 | John Arquilla
    Osama bin Laden's offer of a truce has sunk from sight without leaving a ripple, but it should have made waves. When the audiotaped proposal was made 10 days ago, the White House dismissed it out of hand. That was a politically logical move, given the need to appear tough on terror at all times. An image of strength and determination may be particularly important in the months ahead because Republican Party leaders have put security issues at the heart of their 2006 congressional election campaign strategy. But there are reasons why bin Laden's overture should be carefully weighed and...
  • Semi-News: Bin Laden Seeks Truce

    01/26/2006 10:02:45 PM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies · 86+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 22 Jan 2006 | John Semmens
    Hurting from the attrition in al-Qaeda’s ranks, Osama bin Laden is proposing a truce, according to a tape aired by al-Jazeera. “Many of my friends and closest collaborators have been killed by the infidel crusaders,” said bin Laden. “We haven’t been able to plan anything big. We need time to regroup. That is why I am asking Mr. Bush for a truce.” The recent death of key al-Qaeda operatives, including Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, an al-Qaida explosives expert, in an air strike by the U.S. is believed to be the proximate cause of bin Laden’s desire for a ceasefire. Bin...
  • Al Qaeda's Big Boast (BARF ALERT)

    01/26/2006 8:29:20 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 11 replies · 768+ views
    New York Slimes ^ | 01/25/2006 | DANIEL BENJAMIN and STEVEN SIMON
    Al Qaeda's Big Boast By DANIEL BENJAMIN and STEVEN SIMON IF Osama bin Laden's aim in releasing an audiotape was to gauge his enemies' reaction, he must have been gratified to find that America's leaders and opinion-makers understand him little better than they did on 9/11. The proof is in how his offer of a "long-term truce" was treated. The White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, declared: "We do not negotiate with terrorists." Vice President Dick Cheney saw Mr. bin Laden's offer as "some kind of ploy." SNIP Yet, while Osama bin Laden has seldom used the word "truce," the vision...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 1-23-2006

    01/23/2006 6:39:05 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 3 replies · 209+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 1-23-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See this thread first. Osama has offered a truce Afghanistan is his excuse He wants to rebuild? Justice goes unfulfilled 'Till we've put his damn head in a noose!
  • Al Qaeda's Olive Branch

    01/23/2006 4:06:14 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 11 replies · 624+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 23 january 2006 | Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
    By now, there can be no doubt that al Qaeda's message to the West has been distilled down to two simple concepts. The first is that the terrorist group can be appeased. The second is that, if they aren't appeased, Westerners face grave consequences. The latest Osama bin Laden audiotape, released on January 19, makes these points explicit and shows how bin Laden intends to fashion his message for Western ears. In the tape, bin Laden offers a truce in return for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. "We have no objection to responding to a long...
  • Send to the DNC-Times and all Lefties

    01/22/2006 10:36:21 AM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 1,262+ views
    Editorial Cartoons ^ | Jan 22, 2006 | Robert Ariail
  • Bin Laden Expert: Muslim Tradition to Offer Truce Before Attack

    01/21/2006 5:18:21 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 77 replies · 2,952+ views
    Human Events ^ | Jan. 20, 2006 | Robert B. Bluey
    The former chief of the CIA’s Osama bin Laden unit says bin Laden’s “truce” offer comes from a long-established Muslim tradition of warfare -- sending a clear signal to the United States that an al Qaeda attack is more than likely. Twenty-two-year CIA veteran Michael Scheuer, who wrote “Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror,” says bin Laden has offered his final warning before launching his next strike. “Warning your enemy before you attack him is very much a tradition in Islam from the prophet to the times when Saladin was fighting the Crusaders, he would...
  • MEMRI: Bin Laden Makes Promise in Advance to Accept and Uphold A Long-Term Truce

    01/20/2006 8:08:18 PM PST · by dervish · 40 replies · 1,032+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 1/20/05 | MEMRI
    On January 19, 2006, Al-Jazeera TV broadcast excerpts from a new audiocassette by Osama bin Laden, in which the Al-Qaeda leader threatens further attacks on the U.S., "immediately with the completion of the preparations.” At the same time, bin Laden makes a plea to accept and uphold a long term truce under fair conditions [if America offers it to him], which will provide security and stability to both sides and will make it possible to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan. "We are a nation forbidden by Allah to betray and lie," promises bin Laden. Contrary to mistranslations in the media, from...
  • Osama's 'Peace' Pitch

    01/20/2006 3:23:41 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 3 replies · 665+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 20, 2006 | Amir Taheri
    Is Osama bin Laden looking for contracts for his family's construction firm? -- snip -- The second reason for issuing the tape is to prepare Arab opinion for the turning of the tide against the Jihadists in Iraq. With the Arab Sunnis now part of the democratic process in Iraq, the foreign Arab Jihadists fear that they will soon face the ire of the Iraqis rather than occasional operations launched by the U.S. forces. And if things come to that, the Jihadists know that the Iraqis will not be fighting them in accordance with the Marquis of Queensbury rules.
  • Bin Laden 'Truce' Offer Reveals Terror Network in Tatters

    01/20/2006 7:33:26 AM PST · by teddyballgame · 15 replies · 1,411+ views
    HumanEventsOnline ^ | 1/20/06 | Editorial
    Osama bin Laden's taped message is the strangest evidence to emerge that the U.S. is winning the "information war" with al Qaeda and is new proof that al Qaeda's famed media unit is in tatters, says Rich Miniter, author of Disinformation: 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror. (Click here to order from Amazon.) It was not long ago that the propaganda arm of al Qaeda could easily get videotapes onto al Jazeera in hours. But the new tape played on al Jazeera took upwards of five weeks to move from bin Laden to al Jazeera. Could al...
  • Bin Laden Offers truce In Purported tape

    01/19/2006 8:49:06 AM PST · by snowrip · 264 replies · 10,977+ views
    Reuters | 1/19/06 | Yara Bayoumy
    Bin Laden Offers Truce in Purported Tape Terrorist Leader Threatens New Attacks Against U.S. By Yara Bayoumy, Reuters DUBAI (Jan. 19) -- Osama bin Laden warned that al-Qaida was preparing new attacks inside the United States, but said the group was open to a conditional truce with Americans, according to an audiotape attributed to him on Thursday. Al Jazeera television, which aired the tape, said it was recorded in the Muslim month that corresponded to December. "The operations are under preparation and you will see them in your houses as soon as they are complete, God willing," said the speaker...
  • Palestinian militants call off truce

    Palestinian armed groups ended a year-long truce with Israel yesterday in a move which could lead to new violence and derail elections in the West Bank and Gaza already threatened by lawlessness and political infighting. The so-called "cool down" by militants has been frequently interrupted by rocket attacks launched from Gaza, and Islamic Jihad has continued to carry out suicide bombings on Israeli targets. Palestinian's examine the bomb-damaged United Nations club in Gaza City yesterday But it has brought the most enduring calm in the region since the latest Palestinian uprising, or intifada, began five years ago.