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Old 06-24-2014, 07:55 PM   #91
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If I were such an extremist, I know for sure I would have a bullseye on the "Freedom Tower", now called One World Trade Center.
I mean, what better way to get back at the U.S. than taking that down?
That's certainly much easier said than done. It seems a large chunk of the American public thinks that it's just a matter of getting some wackos to buy a few plane tickets and point it in the right direction. It takes a TON of money and planning and a huge network to pull off a job like 9/11 and not get caught, now that the intelligence agencies are focused so much more on terrorism I doubt that anything like "planes flying into buildings" will happen again soon.

On the other hand, the ports are unreasonably porous, and it doesn't take much to stick a dirty bomb in a shipping container. Enough uranium probably wouldn't be too hard to get from a shady Russian general if you offered enough cash. You wouldn't even have to get it off the boat and through customs, just set it off once the boat docks and with the right wind in the right place it could make 9/11 look like a church picnic.
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:55 AM   #92
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On a related note, this year's theme for the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (tomorrow) is "Fighting Impunity".

That islamists could come back into Iraq is mostly Maliki's fault, who estranged especially the Sunni and Kurdish factions with his sectarian politics. In 2007 it were the residents of Anbar themselves, the Sunni Awakening Movement, who kicked al-Qaeda out and forced them to go into hiding. Those tribes are still opposed to the radicals, but are not willing to fight them with the lack of support they received from Maliki.
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On a side note, is it ISIS or ISIL? I remember first hearing about this group when they were fighting in Syria and they were called "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant", now that's changed I guess?


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ISIL

Levant is way cooler than Syria
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Levant is way cooler than Syria
I agree, I like ISIL better anyways, cause you better believe that if they got control of Iraq and Syria, Lebanon would be next. I can only imagine what the Israelis would do if something like ISIS/ISIL set up shop right on their border, although I guess Hezbollah is very similar.
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It doesn't matter much. ISIL stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Levant is the Italian term for the region of the eastern Mediterranean, which originally comprised everything starting from eastern Greece.
ISIS in fact stands for Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, but is frequently being used as meaning ...and Syria (more precise would be a term like "Great-Syria"). al-Sham is Arabic and originally referred to the eastern parts of the Byzantine, which roughly is the area of today's Syria, and which were later conquered by the Muslims. But the exact borders are blurred and would have to be carved out, which currently also happens in a way. So in the end it doesn't really matter how you abbreviate it.
Iraqi and Kurdish people like to use the term Da'ash, which is the acronym of the Arabic name: al-Dawla al-Islamiyya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham. But there have been reports that leaflets were distributed threatening people to get killed should they say Da'ash, and that allegedly even happened.
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U.S. has armed drones over Baghdad, official says - CNN.com
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Get used to disappointment.

Though there's a whale of a hint in my reply to him.
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It bugs me that we used to be informed of these things and now we're not. Why did that change? Transparency was nice.
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It bugs me that we used to be informed of these things and now we're not. Why did that change? Transparency was nice.
Yeah, when I first came back I went to check out the bannings thread and was disappointed to see that it hadn't been updated in years. It was always a thrill when a new banning happened.
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You don't need to know about these bannings.



No, seriously, though, I understand. Honestly I'm not sure the exact reason those threads ended, though it did turn out to be bit too much like people gawking over the tabloids.

And for those still wondering, Buk was Sting
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I can understand locking the IO thread, it did occasionally get out of hand, but I would like to know, for example, whether or not Zoot's 3rd alter is still around, or not, because there have been times I was going to address him, but then didn't bother because, seriously, why bother if he may or may not be here. That make sense?

I assumed as much, considering the forum
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You don't need to know about these bannings.

You can go about your business.

Move along.
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