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    SADDLE UP THEM BOYS AND RIDE EM HARD WITH GUNS BLAZING!!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml...24/ixworld.html

    Iran and Syria aiding Iraq terrorism, says Rumsfeld
    By Patrick Bishop in Baghdad
    (Filed: 24/02/2004)


    Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, arrived in Baghdad yesterday to accuse Iran and Syria of complicity in the terrorist violence in Iraq.


    Donald Rumsfeld thanks members of Iraq's new police force
    His visit coincided with an attack by a suicide bomber on a police station in the northern city of Kirkuk which killed 13 and wounded 51.

    Mr Rumsfeld was told by senior officers that the main threat to stability now came from terrorists rather than pro-Saddam fighters, and they were switching their attacks from Americans to Iraqis.

    "Syria and Iran have not been helpful to the people of Iraq," said Mr Rumsfeld.

    "Indeed they have been unhelpful. We know Iran has harboured al-Qa'eda, we know they had people moving across the border. They were certainly aware of that.

    "We know Syria has been a hospitable place for escaping Iraqis."

    Asked if pressure should be put on Damascus and Teheran to cease their alleged activities, he replied: "That wouldn't be a bad thing."

    Attacks on American troops have declined to no more than 20 a day compared with 50 in November, said Brig Gen Mark Kimmitt, the deputy operations director for coalition forces in Baghdad.

    The violence seems more focused on local police and security forces, as yesterday's bombing underlined.

    Policemen at a station in a Kurdish neighbourhood of Kirkuk were changing shifts when a car drove into a convoy of vehicles entering the unfortified compound and exploded in a fireball.

    Another station in the northern city of Mosul was hit by a car bomb last month killing nine. Two suicide bombings on consecutive days at an army recruiting centre in Baghdad and a police station in Iskandariyah this month left 100 dead.

    Coalition officials are not clear who is behind the attacks, but outsiders connected to al-Qa'eda and home-grown Ansar al Islam extremists are increasingly accused of involvement. Mr Rumsfeld said al-Qa'eda was "clearly involved and active".

    President George W Bush and Mr Rumsfeld have named Abu Musab Zarqawi, who is said to have links to Osama bin Laden, as the architect of a strategy aimed at promoting war between ethnic and religious groups in Iraq.

    The plan was laid out in a letter to a bin Laden aide, found on a computer disk, which Mr Rumsfeld said he had been assured by American experts was genuine.

    In a radio broadcast on Sunday Mr Bush said Zarqawi, who has a $10 million (£5.3 million) price on his head, hoped that by fomenting ethnic violence and undermining the Iraqi security forces supporting the coalition he could prevent the rise of a sovereign, democratic government.

    The Kirkuk attack fits the strategy. The city has been troubled by tensions between Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen striving for control of the area and its huge oil wealth.
    “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

    Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

  • #2
    Nah, let 'em keep doin it.
    Un-Official Sponsor of Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist

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    • #3
      I might as well go out and buy my bullet-proof vest right now 'cuz it looks like the Draft will be activated.

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      • #4
        Idiot.
        When you say to your neighbor, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night if that's alright with you," what you really mean is, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by WinstonSmith@Feb 23 2004, 09:32 PM
          Idiot.
          Who is the idiot?
          “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

          Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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          • #6
            I'm sure we would invade, except for the fact that we don't have the available troops or the money or the support of US citizens. Other than that, it's a go.

            Moe
            The Dude abides.

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            • #7
              SADDLE UP THEM BOYS AND.... OOPS. WHERE DID ALL MY BOYS GO?
              “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

              Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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