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Odysseus
09-29-2010, 03:50 PM
CIA Strikes Intensify in Pakistan Amid Heightened Threats in Europe

By SIOBHAN GORMAN
WASHINGTON—In an effort to foil a suspected terrorist plot against European targets, the Central Intelligence Agency has ramped up missile strikes against militants in Pakistan's tribal regions, current and former officials say.

The strikes, launched from unmanned drone aircraft, represent a rare use of the CIA's drone campaign to preempt a possible attack on the West.

The terror plot, which officials have been tracking for weeks, is believed to target multiple countries, including the U.K., France, and Germany, these officials said.

The exact nature of the plot or plots couldn't be learned immediately, and counterterrorism officials in the U.S., Pakistan and Europe are continuing to investigate. There have, however, been multiple terror warnings in recent days in France, Germany and the U.K.

"There are some pretty notable threat streams," said one U.S. military official, who added that the significance of these threats is still being discussed among counterterrorism officials but that threats of this height are unusual.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano plans to discuss the current European terrorism intelligence with her European counterparts at a U.N. aviation security meeting this week in Montreal. "We are in constant contact with our colleagues abroad," she told a Senate panel last week. "We are all seeing increased activity by a more diverse set of groups and a more diverse set of threats. That activity, much of which is Islamist in nature, is directed at the West generally."

The CIA has launched at least 20 drone strikes so far this month in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, a lawless region neighboring Afghanistan. That is the highest monthly total in the past six years, according to a tally by the New America Foundation think tank. The previous monthly high was 12 strikes in January, following the December suicide attack that killed seven CIA agents on an agency base in eastern Afghanistan.

The latest known drone strike occurred Monday, hitting a house in Northwestern Pakistan. Four people were killed in that attack, the Associated Press reported.

Separately, Pakistan on Monday protested NATO helicopter strikes that killed more than 70 militants, saying the attacks breached its air space. NATO said it attacked in self defense. Unlike the CIA drone strikes, manned attacks are rare in the region.

Not all of the drone strikes in the latest wave are connected to the suspected European plot. But many have targeted militants who are part of the Haqqani network, a militant group connected to al Qaeda. The group controls a key region abutting Afghanistan, where U.S. defense and intelligence officials believe Osama bin Laden could be hiding.

Since al Qaeda has been under pressure from the drone campaign and other counterterrorism operations, it has come to rely increasingly on affiliates in the region as well as in countries like Yemen and Somalia. The failed Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound Northwest flight, for example, was hatched in Yemen, authorities believe.

Last week, France stepped up its level of vigilance over what was thought could be an imminent al Qaeda threat. Authorities said that they had uncovered a suicide bombing plot to attack the Paris subway linked to al Qaeda's North African affiliate. They said the threat might be connected to France's recent vote to ban the wearing of burqas, the head-to-toe garb worn by the most conservative Muslim women.

Earlier this month, the Eiffel Tower was evacuated due to a bomb scare, but that was determined to be a false alarm.

In recent weeks, intelligence officials in the U.K. have issued warnings that the al Qaeda threat remains high.

While it couldn't be learned who is believed to be behind the plot against European targets, the targeting of the Haqqani network suggests it could be involved.

"There have been some actionable targets, including Haqqani targets, that have presented themselves," said one U.S. military official.

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More interactive graphics and photos If the Haqqani network were involved in a European terror plot, it would be the first known instance where it sought to launch attacks outside of South Asia, said Bruce Hoffman, a professor at Georgetown University who has written extensively on terrorism. The Haqqani group's involvement would be particularly worrisome, he said, because "you're talking about one of the more skilled and competent groups spreading its wings." The Haqqani network is also believed to have been involved in the December attack on the CIA base.

A U.S. official declined to speak about the strikes this month or a connection to the suspected European plot. The official vowed to continue to keep the pressure on al Qaeda and affiliated militant groups in Pakistan.

"Our operational tempo has been up for a while now, we have good information driving it, and—given the stakes involved—we hope to keep the pressure on as long as we can," the official said. "The mix of threats isn't new. Sometimes it's groups like the Haqqanis, and sometimes it's al Qaeda or the Afghan or Pakistani Taliban."

U.S. officials believe that conducting attacks in an area where militants are present can disrupt planned attacks, even if they do not hit the precise cells plotting the attack.

In advance of the Afghan elections, the military increased both targeted special operations attacks against Taliban leaders, and increased more general operations in areas considered insurgent strongholds, in hopes of making it more difficult for militants to attack polling centers on the day of the election.

While targeting militants involved in planning an attack is the most effective way to disrupt a plot, stepped up operations forces other militants to communicate less and act more carefully, making it more difficult for them to carry out plans.

"The strikes are a product of precise intelligence and precise weapons," the official said. "We've been hitting targets that pose a threat to our troops in Afghanistan and terrorists plotting attacks in South Asia and beyond."

The drone campaign has come under increasing legal pressure in recent months, with civil-liberties and human-rights groups filing suit to press for more transparency about the campaign.

—Julian E. Barnes contributed to this article.
Write to Siobhan Gorman at siobhan.gorman@wsj.com

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Gingersnap
09-29-2010, 04:47 PM
I must admit that the Huguenot option did give me pause (everybody knows how vicious they were) but I think I made the correct selection anyway. Very tricky.

Odysseus
09-29-2010, 04:58 PM
I must admit that the Huguenot option did give me pause (everybody knows how vicious they were) but I think I made the correct selection anyway. Very tricky.

It was a tough choice between them and the Zoroastrians. I also left off the B'Hais, Shintos and Lettuce-worshippers, but you only get ten choices.

asdf2231
09-29-2010, 06:25 PM
Damn Zoroastrians! :mad:

Rockntractor
09-29-2010, 06:33 PM
Damn Zoroastrians! :mad:
I never did like Zoro the gay blade!:mad:

Wei Wu Wei
09-29-2010, 06:36 PM
None of the religious groups are responsible that's just silly

asdf2231
09-30-2010, 02:14 AM
None of the religious groups are responsible that's just silly

Riiiiight.

I'm sure that they will find a multi denominational effort led by the Amish when they track down and kill these guys.

Obvious troll is obvious.

Wei Wu Wei
09-30-2010, 02:25 AM
Riiiiight.

I'm sure that they will find a multi denominational effort led by the Amish when they track down and kill these guys.

Obvious troll is obvious.

is it fair to say that the male gender is naturally responsible for all terrorism because nearly all terrorist attacks are carried out entirely by men?

Sonnabend
09-30-2010, 03:47 AM
is it fair to say that the male gender (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Male_gender) is naturally responsible for all terrorism because nearly all terrorist attacks are carried out entirely by men?

In 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by
a. Superman
b. Jay Lenno
c. Harry Potter
d. Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by
a. Olga Corbett
b. Sitting Bull
c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:
a. Lost Norwegians
b. Elvis
c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

4.During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
a. John Dillinger
b. The King of Sweden
c. The Boy Scouts
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

5. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
a. A pizza delivery boy
b. Pee Wee Herman
c. Geraldo Rivera
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

6. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
a. The Smurfs
b. Davy Jones
c. The Little Mermaid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

7.In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:
a. Captain Kidd
b. Charles Lindberg
c. Mother Teresa
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

8.In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
a. Scooby Doo
b. The Tooth Fairy
c. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

9. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
a. Richard Simmons
b. Grandma Moses
c. Michael Jordan
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

10.In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
a. Mr. Rogers
b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill' s women problems
c. The World Wrestling Federation
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

11.On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed
into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers.Thousands of people were killed by:
a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
b. The Supreme Court of Florida
c. Mr. Bean
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

12.In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
a. Enron
b. The Lutheran Church
c. The NFL
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

13. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
a. Bonnie and Clyde
b. Captain Kangaroo
c. Billy Graham
d. Muslim male extremist s mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

14. In 2002 two bombs were detonated in a crowded nightclub killing over 200 people by

a. Maxwell Smart, Secret Agent 86 of CONTROL.
b. Frankenstein Jnr and the Impossibles
c. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and River Diggers Association
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

15. In 2006, over one hundred people were murdered over some cartoons, including an elderly nun machinegunned from behind by

a. Doctor Goldfoot and His Bikini Machine
b. The London Accountants Glee Club
c. Captain Freedom and the Munchkinettes
d Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

Zathras
09-30-2010, 09:33 AM
is it fair to say that the male gender is naturally responsible for all terrorism because nearly all terrorist attacks are carried out entirely by men?

Nope, but it is fair to say that you're a fucking moron that needs to be put down before you pass your defective DNA to the rest of the human race.

Odysseus
09-30-2010, 10:01 AM
None of the religious groups are responsible that's just silly
Okay. in the name of what religion were these acts initiated?

is it fair to say that the male gender is naturally responsible for all terrorism because nearly all terrorist attacks are carried out entirely by men?
No.
There are female terrorists, but the reason that men outnumber women is the incentive program. Both genders are promised 72 virgins of the opposite sex in the hereafter, but very few women want to spend eternity at a comic book convention, where the ratio of male virgins to women is roughly 72:1. :D

Sonnabend
10-01-2010, 01:18 AM
In 1872 Muslims invented the condom, using a goat’s lower intestine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lower_Intestine).


In 1873 the British somewhat refined the idea by first taking the intestine out of the goat.

obx
10-01-2010, 07:34 AM
In 1872 Muslims invented the condom, using a goat?s lower intestine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lower_Intestine).


In 1873 the British somewhat refined the idea by first taking the intestine out of the goat.

Why do they call camels the "ships of the desert"? Because they are full of Muslim semen.
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Odysseus
10-01-2010, 10:17 AM
In 1872 Muslims invented the condom, using a goat’s lower intestine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lower_Intestine).

In 1873 the British somewhat refined the idea by first taking the intestine out of the goat.


Why do they call camels the "ships of the desert"? Because they are full of Muslim semen.

Thanks to you two, I now have to explain what happened to my monitor to our G6. :D

Wei Wu Wei
10-01-2010, 11:59 AM
In 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by
a. Superman
b. Jay Lenno
c. Harry Potter
d. Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by
a. Olga Corbett
b. Sitting Bull
c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:
a. Lost Norwegians
b. Elvis
c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

4.During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
a. John Dillinger
b. The King of Sweden
c. The Boy Scouts
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

5. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
a. A pizza delivery boy
b. Pee Wee Herman
c. Geraldo Rivera
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

6. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
a. The Smurfs
b. Davy Jones
c. The Little Mermaid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

7.In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:
a. Captain Kidd
b. Charles Lindberg
c. Mother Teresa
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

8.In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
a. Scooby Doo
b. The Tooth Fairy
c. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

9. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
a. Richard Simmons
b. Grandma Moses
c. Michael Jordan
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

10.In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
a. Mr. Rogers
b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill' s women problems
c. The World Wrestling Federation
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

11.On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed
into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers.Thousands of people were killed by:
a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
b. The Supreme Court of Florida
c. Mr. Bean
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

12.In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
a. Enron
b. The Lutheran Church
c. The NFL
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

13. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
a. Bonnie and Clyde
b. Captain Kangaroo
c. Billy Graham
d. Muslim male extremist s mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

14. In 2002 two bombs were detonated in a crowded nightclub killing over 200 people by

a. Maxwell Smart, Secret Agent 86 of CONTROL.
b. Frankenstein Jnr and the Impossibles
c. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and River Diggers Association
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

15. In 2006, over one hundred people were murdered over some cartoons, including an elderly nun machinegunned from behind by

a. Doctor Goldfoot and His Bikini Machine
b. The London Accountants Glee Club
c. Captain Freedom and the Munchkinettes
d Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

If we just look at a. male and b. female then we'll see some pretty interesting results in crime, terrorism, and so on

Wei Wu Wei
10-01-2010, 12:00 PM
Okay. in the name of what religion were these acts initiated?

No.
There are female terrorists, but the reason that men outnumber women is the incentive program. Both genders are promised 72 virgins of the opposite sex in the hereafter, but very few women want to spend eternity at a comic book convention, where the ratio of male virgins to women is roughly 72:1. :D

lol

Odysseus
10-01-2010, 12:58 PM
If we just look at a. male and b. female then we'll see some pretty interesting results in crime, terrorism, and so on

I've already explained the differential between male and female suicide bombing rates. But, the key point that you keep missing is that there is another component. For example, among female suicide bombers, what religious background do all of them hale from? Among male suicide bombers? I'll give you a hint:

I-Slam, You Slam, we all slam for Islam!