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Is the U.S. sending bunker buster bombs overseas in preparation for an attack? Sources say dozens and maybe many more Blu-387 bombs are being prepped to be shipped from the West Coast to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. What's the target? There are two schools of thought. Number one on the list is Iran. It's a fairly well known fact they have undergrounnd illicit nuclear facilities and uderground facilities are what the Blu 387s are designed for. Theory number two --an assault on an Al Qaida stronghold.
Yesterday was Osama Bin Laden's 53rd birthday. Where was he? Few people know. Where ever he was, there was probably no celebration. U.S intelligence and military forces have tightened the noose around his organization significantly since Taliban number two Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was arrested several weeks ago. Baradar, allegedly came carrying phone numbers, email addresses, plots and plans and being a fairly young, charismatic man who was rumored to be on the outs with the Taliban leadership, perhaps open to make a deal and give up information about Al Qaida.
The U.S. offensive in Marjah, Afghanistan appears to have been a success, so far, says Rear Admiral Greg Smith. "There are probably several more weeks of what we call clearing operations. Meanwhile in other parts of Marjah, bazaars are opening, life is beginning to return to pre-operational sort of levels of activity." Smith says this campaign was not designed to go after the Taliban. "The Marjah operation was not about trying to go in and kill the Taliban. It was really trying to separate the Taliban from the people."
One of the hallmarks of Al Qaida's attack methodology is to launch a strike and then once the first responders arrive and the TV cameras are rolling to launch a second wave of attacks. That's what happened on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. It happened just a few days ago as well in North Waziristan, bu the shoe was on the other foot. According to U.S. intelligence, missiles fired from drones hit a compound a compound and three vehicles in the village of Mizar Madakhel. After local militants cordoned off the area and began recovering bodies, a second volley of missiles struck.
International cocaine trafficking is still big business in Colombia and Mexico despite the best efforts of those governments to stop them. More than two and a half tons of cocaine were intercepted in he Spanish cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. Authorities say the traffickers used freight containers. And the companies where the shipments arrived had no idea drugs were being shipped through their ports. The drugs were reportedly hidden among separate cargos soft drinks and electric generators.
First, the Moscow subway attack, Now, the government of Azerbaijan says it's detained eight people including a Chechen man on suspicion of planning "terrorist acts". The targets --a school and kindergarten in the capital of Baku. They are reminders to many that the region is vulnerable to such attacks and how devastating they can be. September 1, 2004 in Beslan, North Ossetia more than 1,000 people were taken hostage at a school. 300 children, women and men died. Authorities are concerned over what they say is the rising influence of radical Islam.
The concern about the Iranian nuclear program in Israel is growing. Israeli sources say there's a possibility of some type of conflict in the near term. Most observers have been talking about an Israeli strike against Iran, but a source in Israel says the likelihood is greater that Iran will launch a pre-emptive strike in Israel using Hezbollah and Hamas. Hamas now has rockets that can reach Tel Aviv, so does Hezbollah. The thinking among some top Israelis strategists appears to be, Iran will launch this war via remote control as a distraction.
The medical examiner says an autopsy on the man who opened fire at the Pentagon nearly two weeks ago died from gunshot wounds to his head and arm. Thirty-six-year-old John Patrick Bedell approached a Pentagon security checkpoint on March 4 and started shooting. Three officers returned fire fatally wounding Bedell, who had a history of mental illness. Internet material reportedly posted by Bedell indicated he may have been upset about the suicide of a U.S. military officer that he felt was really a murder.
The CEO of the pre-paid credit card company Payoneer is worried about his safety. The blogosphere is abuzz with Yuval Tal's concerns, because the hit squad that assassinated Hamas commander Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh on Jan 19th used his company's cards. He is apparently afraid Hamas will try to retaliate against him. Now living in New York, a spokesperson told media he's been out of the country. More than a a dozen people allegedly participated in the assassination using fake identities and forged passports.
86 years in federal prison for Aafia Siddiqui. The Pakistani neuroscientist was sentenced after being found guilty of shooting at FBI agents and soldiers after her arrest in Afghanistan. Siddiqui, 38, was arrested in July 2008 by Afghan police, who said she was carrying two pounds (900 grams) of sodium cyanide and crumpled notes referring to mass-casualty attacks and New York landmarks. Siddiqui, expecting some to protest her sentencing told supporters in the gallery not to do it.