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Article by Matthew Alexander

One Dead Monster, Another Rears His Ugly Head

Issa, Grassley tell Holder 'word games' won't do

BREAKING: Issa, Grassley tell Holder ‘word games’ won’t do

Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley told Attorney General Eric Holder in a new letter that the Justice Department, rather than live up to an agreement to provide full responses to questions about Operation Fast and Furious, is playing disappointing “word games.”


Article by Dave Workman

SOF Daily Update - 17 August, 2011

Senator John Cornyn blasted the promotions of three ATF agents involved in the "Fast and Furious" sting.

Cornyn rips ATF promotions

Cornyn rips ATF promotions; NW activists disgusted

Texas Sen. John Cornyn has ripped the “promotions” of three key figures in the botched Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Operation Fast and Furious, but Northwest gun rights activists watching this controversy seem more disgusted than surprised.


Article by Dave Workman

Nine Turks Killed in Kurdish Rebel Ambush

Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz has vowed a strong retaliation against the Kurdistan Workers Party after Kurdish rebels launched a deadly attack on Turkish soldiers in Hakkari province near Turkey's border with Iraq.

The defense minister says eight Turkish soldiers and a village guard were killed Wednesday when their military convoy was ambushed by the PKK rebels in the country's southeast. Four roadside bombs exploded as a Turkish military convoy passed by. Eleven Turkish soldiers were also wounded in the attack.

Lebanon Tribunal Releases Indictment in Former PM’s Murder

The U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 murder of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has released its indictment against the four Hezbollah members who prosecutors say carried out the attack.

The court said Wednesday it has confirmed the charges against the suspects and made the indictment public after prosecutors showed there is sufficient evidence to bring the case to trial.

Mexican Troops Kill 7 Suspected Drug Traffickers

Authorities in Mexico say seven suspected drug traffickers have been killed in a gunfight with army troops in the western state of Michoacan.

News reports say the gunbattle erupted early Tuesday in the town of Tacambaro, as troops patrolled the area and encountered the traffickers. Tacambaro is south of the state capital, Morelia.

Michoacan is the base for the drug cartel known as La Familia and has been the site of bloody, drug-related violence. It is also the region where a drug gang calling itself "Knights Templar" has emerged.

China Launches Police Crackdown in Xinjiang

Security forces have launched a two-month crackdown in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang in response to a string of deadly incidents.

Officials say they have established dozens of police checkpoints throughout Xinjiang, along with around-the-clock street patrols in city squares, bus and train stations and shopping centers.

The security crackdown coincides with the annual China-Eurasia Expo, which will be staged in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi in September.

Vehicle maintainers keep JBB rolling

While the drawdown is in progress, there are about 1,000 vehicles still on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, that all require maintenance.

The 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Maintenance flight supports the flying and security missions, while also keeping the people moving at JBB, by keeping anything on wheels operational.

The flight is broken down into three sections: up-armored vehicles such as humvees and mine resistant ambush protected vehicles, general purpose vehicles and vehicles for the flight line such as forklifts.