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Iraqi, US forces capture senior Special Groups (Iran) operative in Hillah

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 11, 2008

With Muqtada al Sadr set to decide on the status of the Mahdi Army ceasefire on Feb. 23, US and Iraqi security forces continue to step up operations against the Iranian-backed Special Groups and Sadr’s Mahdi Army. The latest raid netted a senior regional Special Groups leader and ten others. According to the Iraqi press, two senior members of the Sadrist current were detained in the raid.

The senior Special Groups leader was captured in Hillah during a raid conducted by a joint Coalition Special Forces team and elements of Iraqi police. The leader is believed to be a regional commander of Special Groups teams in Wasit, Babil and Najaf provinces, as well as a coordinator for weapon shipments, and a planner and operational leader of attacks against Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces. Eleven Special Groups operatives were reported captured in the raid.

Two of those captured were senior leaders in Muqtada al Sadr’s political movement, according to Voices of Iraq. A raid by “joint Iraqi Scorpion forces and U.S. troops arrested Basim al Kilabi, the tribal affairs official at al Sadr’s office, and ten others following a raid on one of Hilla’s villages on Sunday,” a member of Sadr’s media office told the Iraqi newspaper. Also captured was Qassem al Fatlawi, another member of the Sadrist current.

While it is unclear if either Kilabi or Fatlawi are the captured senior Special Groups operative, it is likely Kilabi was the target of the raid. As tribal affairs officer, Kibali would have contacts cutting across the provincial boundaries, and his position would mask his movements and contacts.

The Special Groups was created by Iran’s Qods Force, the special operations branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, to destabilize the Iraqi regime, strike at US and Coalition forces, and extend Iran’s sphere of influence in southern and central Iraq. Iran established the Ramazan Corps as a sophisticated command structure to coordinate military, intelligence, terrorist, diplomatic, religious, ideological, propaganda, and economic operations. The Special Groups falls under Qods Force’s Ramazan Corps.

Source: Long War Journal

Be sure to visit the website for the rest of the story, and a flash presentation of how the ratlines into Iraq from Iran work. In my opinion, this puts us in a state of war with Iran.

With this continued Iranian involvement in Iraq, will the Legacy Media notice?

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(VIDEO) Yellowtop Mountain Estates Fire

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 11, 2008

Video from WLOS and WHNS of the Yellowtop Mountain Estates Fire this past weekend.

ASHEVILLE – About 50 firefighters are working today to contain a brush fire in the Broad River community near Old Fort Road in southeast Buncombe County.

The blaze, which began yesterday afternoon, has already consumed more than 100 acres in the area, said Terry Gentry, Buncombe County assistant fire marshall.

Emergency crews are also still working to put out a fire in Rutherford County that has already burned more than 300 acres, emergency officials said.

Crews have worked to contain about 30 percent of the fire and hope that the rest will be under control by the end of the day.

No buildings or residential homes are in danger, Gentry said.

“They’ve got control over it, but it’s not fully contained yet,” said Sgt. Forrest Hollifield with the Rutherford County Emergency Communications.

Source: Asheville Citizen-Times

This kind of fire scares the willies out of me, with the winds whipping, the steep terrain…houses where you don’t have a clue if anyone is in them or not…uggh.

Don’t be doing any burning, even if you have a burn barrel. Here is the current Fire Danger Statement from the National Weather Service. If you do any burning, this should be the first place you check out.

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Congressional Candidate Carl Mumpower in Barnardsville, NC

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 11, 2008

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(VIDEO) Tallent’s Produce, Franklin, NC

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 11, 2008

I found this video while searching through videos of local places, it is of a produce market in Franklin, NC. Below is a link to the Google Map if you want driving directions. Sorry, they have no website.

Talent’s Produce

Ain’t technology grand?

I just never would have figured someone would think it an out of the ordinary place.

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GOP Delegate Counts and Options

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 11, 2008

Here is an update on the GOP Delegate count, and what it means for the party convention this fall:

  1. 714/720 John McCain 60.7%
  2. 286/279 Mitt Romney 24%
  3. 217/197 M. Huckabee 18.2%
  4. 16 Ron Paul 1.3%

The first number is the CNN reckoning, and the second from Real Clear Politics. The number needed for the nomination is 1,191 delegates.

Okay, let’s flip the tally to reflect the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination on the first ballot, and agian the first number is from CNN, the second from RCP:

  1. 477/471 John McCain
  2. 905/912 Mitt Romney
  3. 974/994 Mike Huckabee
  4. 1175/1177 Ron Paul


Going forward, there are about 160-200 delegates to be awarded through the end of February, and another 300 or so in March, and 74 in April.

This means that by the end of April, McCain will very likely have enough delegates to take him to the very edge of being put over the top if Huckles stays in, and perhaps sometime in March, sooner if he comes to his senses and drops out. (265 delegates will awarded on March 4th alone).

I am really so not looking forward to McCain in the White House. As bad as he is, he will only be marginally better than his Democrat Opponent, who ever it turns out to be. The thing I see the most important about the elections this fall is to get conservatives elected in the House and Senate so that they can hold the line against who ever gets the win in November.

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Wherein Ron Paul Wakes Up To The Possibility of Losing His Seat

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 11, 2008

Fringe candidate Ron Paul (R-TX14) is scaling back his 2008 Presidential Sign-Waves and Overpasses Tour in favor of not losing his Congressional seat.

His challengers are Andy Mann and Chris Peden. I will be providing some information on both of the campaigns with the goal of identifying a candidate that Republicans tired of Ron Paul can support…since Ron Paul is getting funds from across the nation to support his re-election bid, it is only fair that we return the favor.

I think the only proper name for such a project would be: Operation Blowback: Texas Style! I am sure his supporters can appreciate the irony of that title…

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