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A group claiming to have links with al Qaeda said on Wednesday it was calling a truce in its Spanish operations to see if the new Madrid government would withdraw its troops from Iraq (news - web sites), a pan-Arab newspaper said. In a statement sent to the Arabic language daily al-Hayat, the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, which claimed responsibility for the Madrid bombings that killed 201 people, also urged its European units to stop all operations. "Because of this decision, the leadership has decided to stop all operations within the Spanish territories... until we know the intentions of the new government that has promised to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq," the statement said. "And we repeat this to all the brigades present in European lands: Stop all operations."
Yes, I'm skeptical. But it sure wouldn't be a surprise to me if it turns out to be real. Update: I deleted a comment by someone called Truth Out Now, an anti-war activist who tried to speak for a dead soldier. It was rude, crude, crass and just plain wrong. So if the comments look weird to you, it's because a comment that people are referring to has been taken out.

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And remember,the only time they call a truce is so that they can regroup and strengthen up for the next wave of attacks.

And when you give the cafeteria bully your lunch money everyday he stops beating you up.

Didn't the Taliban/AlQ call some sort of truce/cease-fire in Afghanistan which only let Osama get away and continue fighting (in only the loosest terms)?

Yes, be skeptical Michele, because they're also endorsing Bush.

The statement said it supported President Bush in his reelection campaign, and would prefer him to win in November rather than the Democratic candidate John Kerry, as it was not possible to find a leader "more foolish than you (Bush), who deals with matters by force rather than with wisdom."

In comments addressed to Bush, the group said:

"Kerry will kill our nation while it sleeps because he and the Democrats have the cunning to embellish blasphemy and present it to the Arab and Muslim nation as civilization."

Actually, that last part would make a great campaign slogan: We have the cunning to embellish blasphemy!

If this fucker is claiming to speak for Bob like it implies I've got a pox for it already in the making.

Truth Out Now:

As I said, presidential elections are troll mating season. Duck, here they come.

What was that about using the tragedy of 9-11 for political gain?

Truth Out Now: It's impolite to speak for the dead. It comes back to haunt you.

Would you by any chance be affiliated with the local group - New Jersey Peace Action?

Located at:

89 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042

phone: 973.744.3263

The one that's having their annual dinner on:

Sunday, April 25, 2004
12:15 pm 4:00 pm
Friar Tuck Inn
Cedar Grove, NJ

I know some people in Montclair, including the local health inspector. He said that the problem at the Friar tuck is nearly cleared up. Just tell yourself when you see that little green thing floating in your soup - it's not a turd, it's a caper.

Don't even ask yourself why they keep the rooms so dark.

Truth out, how dare you speak for a dead man. How do you know what Bob Zangas thought. What do you know about him? Nothing.

Go back to Indymedia with the rest of the morally bankrupt creeps.

Hey Truth Out Now,

Why don't you stop exploiting Bob's death by speaking for him and attempting to score cheap points for crass political gain. How obnoxious can you get?

I think the toilet photos over at Bill's blog were a better use of bandwidth than Out of Truth's blithering.

Michele,

I see that the troll has run away from my site and infested yours.

Don't respond, it will only encourage him. Delete and ban.

I beg to differ Smash - put its head on a pike of reason with the message "This is what happens to idiots kids, and don't smoke crack!!"

As to "cunning to embellish blasphemy "

I can only add bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!

It's funny cuz it's true.

The cited article omits this information provided by the Associated Press:
But the United States believes the group, which takes its name in memory of al-Qaida's fallen No. 3, lacks credibility and its ties to al-Qaida are tenuous. In the past, the group has made claims about various events to which it was not connected -- such as blackouts last year in the United States, Canada and London. A U.S. counterterrorism official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday the latest statement should be viewed with skepticism because the group has made false claims in the past. The official said it was unclear what relationship the group has with al-Qaida. [link]

I didn't realize you delete some comments.

BTSI - It's very, very rare that I delete comments. When I do, I always make note of it, and state the reason why.

Don't get your panties in a bunch about censorship or not having an open debate policy. This comment was nothing more than hate spam and I reserve the righ to not have that garbage clogging up my bandwidth.

Speaking of Cafeteria Bullies

In early 1992, as Powell and Cheney campaigned to win congressional support for their augmented Base Force plan, Powell, casting the United States in the role of street thug, told members of the House Armed Services Committee, "I want to be the bully on the block," he said.

Shirley,

I've got a completely different take on that. If there's going to be a "bully" (and there is always one waiting in the wings), it's better to have it be one who's a benevolent one rather than a malevolent one.

Wouldn't you agree?

Well, if they are endorsing Bush, it is a sad attempt at reverse psychology.

Check the by-line. It is written by someone called: Opheera McDoom.

Sniff...sniff.....that smells like BS!

McDoom.... some refugee from Latveria?

AnthonyX, I think that's Reuter's standard anonymous byline. Writers always have an option to keep their names off an article. It might be because the author is afraid of reprisals, or perhaps even if he thinks the editor ruined it and doesn't want his name on it.

I googled my friend's name to see what she had written about Sudan and keep finding this notion in blogs all over cyberland about Opheera McDoom being an alias or 'anonymous byline' (which doesn't happen folks) or possibly a supervillain in the Hall of Doom. Hate to break this to all the right-wing conspiracy nuts but she's real and, in point of fact, drop-dead gourgeous.