War & politics: Sept 11th, bin Laden, Middle East news, from my own perspective.
Looks like I was wrong this morning, Al Jazeera is suffering a denial of service attack.
Web Logs: Troops' War Stories In Real Time. Some blogs from soldiers at the front line.
How allies are winning on ground, Iraqis on TV: Things don't seem to be going well again this morning. Over my morning coffee I watch the 24 hour news stations, read the usual pages on the net.
Right now, I'm watching a news conference from the Iraqi Information Ministry. Saddam always said that he wasn't worried about the empty areas, our pundits always feared a guerilla urban campaign, and this looks as it will happen. Tanks, bombs are all useless fighting around schools and hospitals. And the TV is talking about the red line Saddam has run around Baghdad, cross this and WMD will be used. Tommy Franks said the Iraqi high command was no longer 'robust,' well it doesn't look that way.
A summit of Arab foreign ministers has demanded the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of US and British forces from Iraq.
The Arab League ministers meeting in Cairo passed a resolution declaring the war on Iraq a "violation of the United Nations Charter" and a "threat to world peace."
The US are trying to get the journalists out of Baghdad already, they know that the West will not stomach the horrors of an urban campaign. And it looks as though that's the way Iraq is fighting in Basra and the other villages. No wonder there hasn't been the scenes from WWII liberated France that we were all hoping for. The Iraqis have not yet met the victors, they have the 30-40,000 Fedayeen who may kill their families spying on the ordinary Iraqi as well as terrorising the ordinary soldier. Just like the SS in WWII.
According to DEBKAfileÕs military sources, the only true fact in this terse account was that the bus was Syrian. The missile was no stray. It was deliberately fired from an F-15 fighter-bomber at a bus carrying armed Palestinian volunteers to join up with Iraqi forces, in order to make sure this was the last such Palestinian group of volunteers for Iraq. That F-15 made a piece of history; it carried out the first American air attack on a combatant Palestinian group. More will certainly be heard of this episode.
Who to believe? The rest of the world or an Israeli 'counter intelligence' site.