Thursday, January 19, 2006

Highlights 19th January 2006

Pakistan informed ahead of Al-Zawahiri strike: US intelligence officials had reliable information about a gathering of senior al-Qaeda and Taliban commanders in Pakistan's Bajour district and shared it with Islamabad before last Friday's air strike which killed 18 people, says a top Pakistani intelligence official. The official told Adnkronos International(AKI) there was authentic information about a meeting of senior personnel, but it was conjecture that those present included al-Qaeda number 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, or Taliban leader Mullah Omar. There have been widespread anti-US protests in Pakistan over the raid and no word on al-Zawahiri's fate......More

Khaplang killed or wounded in Burma action:
There are unconfirmed reports that NSCN-K leader S.S.Khaplang and two senior ULFA leaders have been wounded or killed because their cadres couldn’t stop the advancing Burmese troops. Nor has the Khaplang faction of the NSCN put out any intelligence on the status of its chief, maintaining a stony silence since then. The Myanmar army has so far killed thirty-seven rebels while losing nine men during massive search and destroy missions in Sagaing division.......More

Bangladesh terrorists ask Indian docs to leave: The Apollo Hospital came up just about eight months ago in Dhaka which has around 200 Indian doctors and nurses. Sources in Bangladesh, speaking to DNA, sought to underplay the seriousness of the threat, saying the hospital was closely connected to the country’s ruling establishment and PM Begum Khaleda Zia had inaugurated it. “The threat could be the handiwork of professional rivals,” they said...More

Debunking the "Death" of Usama Bin Laden: What is somewhat amusing about these two erroneous claims is that they are apparently both based upon the same faulty premise--that Usama Bin Laden suffers from a serious kidney or liver ailment. This is not say that Bin Laden is in perfect shape--indeed, he has his own share of long-term medical problems. However, there is virtually no evidence to suggest that his ongoing condition has been critical enough to fundamentally disrupt or incapacitate him from participating in the planning of military operations, nor the coordination of terrorist financing.....More

Bangladesh finds huge oil reserves nearby Burmese water: Bangladesh has immense potential of having huge oil reserves in and around the offshore Island of Saint Martin, situated at mourn of Naff River, close to Burma, said a report of an oil company in Bangladesh. During the hectic seismic survey near gas blocks 17 and 18 and in the Bay of Bengal around the offshore Island, St. Martine, by Tullow Oil, an Irish oil and gas exploration and production company found bubbles and petroliferous matters in the deep sea.Tullow Oil has collected water from the bubble-prone areas and examined it in their own research laboratory and become confident about discovering the first ever oil mine in Bangladesh, according to the High Official of Tullow....More

Another Undeclared War? : If the threat were imminent, Israel, which invaded Egypt in 1956, destroyed the Syrian and Egyptian air forces on the ground in a surprise attack in 1967, and smashed an Iraqi reactor before it was completed in 1981, would have acted. And with an estimated 200 nuclear weapons, Israel is fully capable of deterring Iran – and of massive retaliation if she is attacked by Iran. Iran has attacked neither Israel nor our forces in the Gulf, and the Ayatollah Khamenei is said to be reining in Ahmadinejad. So, it would seem that Iran does not want a war.....More

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