McChrystal to US Troops: Limit the Night Raids

Forces in Afghanistan told to limit nighttime raids
By Barbara Starr

Washington (CNN) —

A new classified directive to coalition forces in Afghanistan puts restrictions on nighttime raids of Afghan homes and compounds, according to a senior U.S. official who has seen the document.

The official declined to be identified because a declassified version of the document has not been made public. The directive is signed by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, the official said.

The directive comes as the coalition seeks to reduce tension between its military forces and Afghan civilians in an effort to maintain Afghan public support.

Nighttime raids in which troops enter private homes have sparked problems for U.S. and NATO forces. The raids are viewed as overly invasive — a violation of the privacy of the home in Afghan culture — and they can turn violent.

The document orders forces to use Afghan troops at night “whenever possible” to knock on doors of residences and compounds, and to use them if forcible action is required for entry, the official said.

But the directive also orders troops to “conduct an analysis” of whether it is militarily essential to conduct a raid at night or whether it can be put off until daylight, the official said. If troops can keep a target under surveillance but wait for daylight, they then can enlist the aid of village elders, perhaps, in determining if a home or compound poses a threat, the official said.

The official emphasized that troops always have the right to defend themselves and are given leeway to use their best judgment on the battlefield.

McChrystal also is updating another directive, first issued last year, on conducting operations to minimize civilian casualties, the official said.

The updated version, which is yet to be published, will include “more clarity” for troops on how to operate in “escalation of force” incidents, such as when a vehicle approaches a checkpoint in a potentially threatening manner and troops must decide whether, and when, to fire at it. The official declined to offer further details but said the aim is to make sure even the most junior troops have full understanding of rules and procedures.

Some troops and local commanders have expressed concerns that recent rules can inhibit their ability to take action under fire.

These directives come as the coalition has been involved in several recent incidents in which civilians were inadvertently killed, and as the coalition conducts major operations in southern Afghanistan.

McChrystal released a video message to the Afghan populace apologizing for an incident this week in which 27 Afghan civilians were killed.

“I have made it clear to our forces that we are here to protect the Afghan people. I pledge to strengthen our efforts to regain your trust to build a brighter future for all Afghans,” he said in the message.

The official said the documents may be made public in the coming weeks, after current operations ease.

That includes the Taliban, right General?

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Trouble in Turkey 2: Islamist Govt Takes on Judges

Earlier today I posted an article about the Islamist government of Turkey cracking down on their own military, and now this article provides us with more evidence of the Islamist party’s quest for more power. Unfortunately, things across the Islamic world are getting stricter and stricter.

Turkey’s PM eyes referendum to curb judges’ powers

Turkey’s prime minister said on Monday he will take constitutional reform to parliament and hold a referendum if necessary, raising the stakes in a row between his Islamist-rooted government and powerful secular judges.

“The judicial system should be objective and independent at the same time,” said Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, signalling that his AK Party might take a brewing confrontation with the conservative judges directly to the people.

“We are willing to carry out a constitutional reform and we’re going to bring the issue to the parliament with or without support from the opposition,” he said during a visit to Spain.

“We’ll open it to a public vote if we don’t receive support. Not only society, but also NGOs demand such a reform,” he told a news conference in Madrid.

Adding to fears of instability, Turkish police detained former heads of the air force and navy as well as other senior officers on Monday in an investigation into an alleged plot to undermine the Erdogan government and trigger a military coup.

The AK Party, which swept into office in 2002, ending the secularists’ decades-old grip on power, has enough votes in the 550-seat parliament to pass a bill calling for a referendum.

Erdogan gave no timetable for a possible referendum, which would further unnerve investors already already concerned by the growing political instability. Turkey is due to hold its next general elections in 2011 and Erdogan has repeatedly said he has no plans for calling an early vote.

The confrontation is the latest in a long struggle in the European Union candidate country between the AK Party, which has roots in political Islam, and conservative, nationalist secularists, whose bastions remain the military and judiciary.

The latest clash erupted last week, when a prosecutor, who reportedly had been investigating Islamic groups in the provinces, was detained.

He was accused of belonging to an ultra-rightist militant network, named Ergenekon, alleged to have been plotting a violent campaign to destabilise Erdogan’s government.

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Trouble in Turkey: Islamist Govt Takes on Military Leaders

Just the other day I was arguing with a leftist who basically stated that since Islamic rule has not yet been forced upon us, there basically is no problem here in America. My response was advising him to take a look across Europe, that the idea is to fight Islam now before it gets as bad here. That once Islamists are in positions of power, it is extremely hard to remove them. This article is perfect example of that, and so is the situation with the Mullahs of Iran. We need to fight Islam now, or else our families future generations will suffer later. The choice is yours.

Prosecutors interrogate 51 Turkish officers

ANKARA, Turkey — Prosecutors interrogate 51 Turkish military commanders, including former Air Force and Navy chiefs, over alleged plans to destabilize the country by blowing up mosques to trigger a coup and topple the Islamic-rooted government.

It is the highest profile crackdown ever on the Turkish military, which has ousted four governments since 1960. The officers, self-appointed guardians of the country’s secular tradition, are expected to be taken to a court Tuesday after their interrogation in Istanbul.

The sweep has dramatically deepened a power struggle between the secular establishment and the government, which has strong electoral backing and the support of the European Union.

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US Missile Defense Agency Changes Logo to Obama~Islamic Crescent Hybrid!

I will never state that Obama is a Muslim, until I see him on his knees praying to Allah, but even if he is not the results would be basically the same. He is as pro-Islamic as they come and this symbol is a disgrace to America, as it is a hybrid of an Obama-Islamic crescent symbol. We are in serious trouble my friends!

Here is the old logo.

Here is the Obama campaign logo.

Here is the Islamic crescent.

Here is the hybrid.

Any questions? Where is the outrage of the Pentagon? Oh I forgot, they are afraid to face what Islam is.

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Logans Warning Back in Action!

Hello everyone, I would just like to thank all of my teammates that donated to helping me hire a computer technician, and everyone else for their support. The tech. has given me the green light to post again, and I have missed the action very much! I am sure that most of my teammates here know that this is the second time that I have been hacked.

This time I am reporting the incident to the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Division in the morning, as it is most likely the same person. I am not exactly sure who did this to me, but the first time Google stated that some sites out of Iran where sending out viruses, and then some sick obsessed leftist freak started this site about me, which can be seen HERE.

So maybe this person is the culprit. Either way, my tech. said he that has added new security measures, and my message to the hackers is that I post under my real name, why don’t you grow a set and introduce yourself on my site, instead of cowardly hiding in the shadows? I will gladly embarrass you in a debate on Islam. But you already know that, and that is why you try and silence me. The only way to silence me, is to kill me. Bring it cowards!

Flip-flop: Mayor of Lancaster California Cowers to CAIR~ Video

In an unfortunate turn of events, Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris has gone against his previous statement of not apologizing to CAIR, and has held a press conference to do so. Mayor, you were a shining star for a week, but no more.

CAIR, Muslim Leaders Welcome Calif. Mayor’s Apology for ‘Christian Community’ Remarks
Muslim civil rights group applauds mayor’s apology and ‘outreach to the diverse faith leaders in the city’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), the Islamic Center of the North Valley (ICNV) in Lancaster and the American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley (AIIAV) in Palmdale today welcomed an apology from a mayor in that state who recently said he is “growing a Christian community.”

Last week, CAIR-LA sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for an investigation into a possible violation of the Constitution’s Establishment Clause by Lancaster, Calif., Mayor Rex Parris.

SEE: Lancaster Mayor Comes Under Fire from Muslim Organization (LA Times)

In his “State of the City” address, mayor Parris said: “We’re growing a Christian community, and don’t let anybody shy away from that…I need (Lancaster community) standing up and saying we’re a Christian community, and we’re proud of that.”

[Media reports indicate that Mayor Parris is now going to reimburse the city for its cost of putting on the event in question.]

On Monday, Mayor Parris held a news conference with religious leaders to apologize for his earlier remarks. In his statement, Parris said: “I sincerely apologize to anyone who felt excluded…I think that communities are robust and vibrant when we do everything we can to facilitate all churches, all religions, all faiths to have a robust, vital part of that community.”


Also on Monday, the Antelope Valley Human Relations Task Force voted unanimously to send strong letters of condemnation to Mayor Parris and to Lancaster Councilwoman Sherry Marquez, who recently made anti-Islam statements.

SEE: Panel Votes to Condemn Remarks

“We welcome Mayor Parris’ apology and his outreach to the diverse faith leaders in the city,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “This episode demonstrates that we must all come together as Americans to uphold the constitutional principle of separation of church and state and to maintain the values of inclusiveness and fair treatment.”

Ayloush, your word games do not work with me. I am sure that you are for the separation of Church and state, but your terrorist supporting organization is not for the separation of Mosque and state.

“Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam … Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

Before he backed down, I had asked that you call his office in support. Now I ask that you call and voice your disappointment that he has bowed down to a pro-Sharia Islamic organization. Please shower him with some “Logan Love”. His contact information can be found HERE.

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