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Looks like Cheney's war in Afganistan isn't going too well, either

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by heyabbott, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    GARDEZ, Afghanistan — Afghan police officers working a highway checkpoint near here noticed something odd recently about a passenger in a red pickup truck. Though covered head to toe in a burqa, the traditional veil worn by Afghan women, she was unusually tall. When the police asked her questions, she refused to answer.
    When the veil was eventually removed, the police found not a woman at all, but Andre Vladimirovich Bataloff, a 27-year-old man from Siberia with a flowing red beard, pasty skin and piercing blue eyes. Inside the truck was 1,000 pounds of explosives.

    Afghan and American officials say the Siberian intended to be a suicide bomber, one of several hundred foreign militants who have gravitated to the region to fight alongside the Taliban this year, the largest influx since 2001.

    The foreign fighters are not only bolstering the ranks of the insurgency. They are more violent, uncontrollable and extreme than even their locally bred allies, officials on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border warn.

    They are also helping to change the face of the Taliban from a movement of hard-line Afghan religious students into a loose network that now includes a growing number of foreign militants as well as disgruntled Afghans and drug traffickers.

    Foreign fighters are coming from Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Chechnya, various Arab countries and perhaps also Turkey and western China, Afghan and American officials say.

    Their growing numbers point to the worsening problem of lawlessness in Pakistan’s tribal areas, which they use as a base to train alongside militants from Al Qaeda who have carried out terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Europe, according to Western diplomats.

    “We’ve seen an unprecedented level of reports of foreign-fighter involvement,” said Maj. Gen. Bernard S. Champoux, deputy commander for security of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. “They’ll threaten people if they don’t provide meals and support.”
    ...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/30/world/asia/30afghan.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

    I thought the idea of the Afgan and Iraqi wars was to stop terrorists from congregating. Seems as if Dick Cheney can't do a goddamn thing right.
     
  2. JR

    JR Active Member

  3. Return to your homes.
    All is well.
     
  4. Yawn

    Yawn New Member

    Yeah, but thanks to Lil Bush..Cheney snacks are selling better than Halliburton stock....

    [​IMG]
     
  5. JR

    JR Active Member

    Oh, oh, Cheney's turned into Fido.


    From Today's Star:

    TheStar.com - World - Dog shoots hunter

    October 30, 2007
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A hunter is recovering after he was shot in the leg at close range by his dog, who stepped on his shotgun and tripped the trigger.

    James Harris, 37, of Tama, Iowa, was hit in the calf Saturday, the opening day of pheasant season, said Alan Foster, a spokesman with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

    "He had surgery and is doing pretty well," he said today. "He took between 100-120 pellets in about a four-inch (10-centimetre) circle to his calf."

    Harris was listed in good condition today, officials at University Hospitals in Iowa City said.

    Harris was hunting with a group. The group shot a bird, and when Harris went to get it, he put his gun on the ground and crossed a fence. As he crossed the fence, his hunting dog stepped on the gun, Foster said.

    The gun was about a metre away from his leg.

    "The muzzle velocity is so great that the pellets don't have a chance to spread out," he said.

    No one else was hurt, and the dog was not injured.
     
  6. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Hate to tell you, JR, but ...

    http://www.sportsjournalists.com/forum/threads/48850/
     
  7. JR

    JR Active Member

    Damn.

    But in all fairness, it's over at Anything Goes.

    This is NEWS. :)
     
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