Posted: 27 Nov 2008 12:31 PM CST
Washington Post has a piece out, which explains so much.
So much for the wisdom of The People.
Read the whole thing... commentary not even needed.
Posted: 27 Nov 2008 11:26 AM CST
It appears to have been ten separate attacks in Mumbai, India, explosions rocking the city with CNN reporting 125 dead and hundreds injured.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh suggested the group behind the terrorist attacks, which killed 125 people, was based outside the country.
According to the same report, witnesses heard gunfire as well, hostages were taken.
A fire from earlier billowed smoke through one of the hotel's windows, as firefighters poured water over the plumes.
The Foreign Ministry opened up a situation room, news via YNet:
The Foreign Ministry has open it's situation room following Wednesday's terror attack in Mumbai, India.
The Times of India gives more details:
In one of the most violent terror attacks on Indian soil, Mumbai came under an unprecedented night attack as terrorists used heavy machine guns, including AK-47s, and grenades to strike at the city's most high-profile targets -- the hyper-busy CST (formerly VT) rail terminus; the landmark Taj Hotel at the Gateway and the luxury Oberoi Trident at Nariman Point; the domestic airport at Santa Cruz; the Cama and GT hospitals near CST; the Metro Adlabs multiplex and Mazgaon Dockyard -- killing at least 101 and sending hundreds of injured to hospital, according to latest reports. ( Watch )
Times of India say the number opf injured could be as high as 900.
It also appears that British and American citizens were heavily targeted and one of the reasons the attackers had the ability to do so much damage could be the fact that the witnesses are saying they were "very young, like boys really, wearing jeans and T-shirts."
"They said they wanted anyone with British and American passports and then they took us up the stairs. I think they wanted to take us to the roof," he said. He and another hostage managed to escape when they reached the 18th floor, he said.
Hot Air points to a Google map page, via Danger Room, showing how spread out the attacks were and a Flickr page with photos.
The Deccan Mujahideen is claiming credit for this organized unprecedented attack an d Weekly Standard has more on that group.
There are still a lot of questions about how any group could organize an attack of this magnitude with ten separate sites and as more information comes out, I will update.
[Update] Haaretz reports that although it is unlcear what the hostage takers want, they are continuing with hostage negotiations, moving slowly to try to save as many as possible.
One man, a who identified himself as a Pole but did not give his name, told reporters he had seen many bodies inside, but refused to give more details, saying he had promised the police not to discuss details of the rescue operation.
Posted: 26 Nov 2008 11:07 PM CST
On this American Thanksgiving Day 2008, I have much to be thankful for. For ALL my American coalition partners, both at home and in the sandbox, no fancy words. I am the richer for having each of you in my life. To "my" soldiers deployed far from home (and their families here), "my" veterans, to "my" Gold and Silver Star families, to all my American Soldiers' Angel buddies, to all "my" military mums who grace me with their friendship, and for my American blogging partners, and readers. You each know who you are, and the place you have in my heart. You all teach me so much every single day, and I really AM thankful for the lessons.;) I will always be grateful to every single one of you.
Posted: 27 Nov 2008 08:20 AM CST
As the holiday season swings into high gear, there are many of our military families who are now facing new realities. Days that once held joyous celebration with family, now approach with different dynamics. TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) has put together what they are calling "Practical Tips To Help."
Go to TAPS here to find out more of the many programs they offer.
*cross-posted from Assoluta Tranquillita and also on NewsBlaze here*
Posted: 26 Nov 2008 10:07 PM CST
From BlackFive comes this:
Well, as you can see, there have been some changes, some very nice changes. If you go here to see the Team standings you can get the whole picture (Navy, we do have smelling salts standing by).
There are some people that have come through for both Team Army and -- most of all -- Project Valour-IT. They have a challenge for you, and it is best expressed by malclave:
Just sent another hundred bucks for Team Army... I'd been holding it, figuring I could help out the Coast Guard team if we met our goal soon enough.
Malclave and others have issued challenges. My question to you is, will you rise to the challenge, or slink away and not even give a dollar? Folks, if everyone who comes to this site in a day pitches in a dollar, it puts us roughly ten percent (okay, closer to five) towards the goal. We are only at 27 percent for the year....Go read the rest of what Laughing Wolf has to say, here.
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