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Archive for February, 2011
A new bullpup 50BMG rifle.
Washington (CNN) — “Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110.
Lawmakers Monday began to move ahead with proposed resolutions that would allow his casket to be displayed at the Capitol Rotunda, and plans were already in the works for his burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
Buckles “died peacefully in his home of natural causes” early Sunday morning, the family said in a statement sent to CNN late Sunday by spokesman David DeJonge.”
Remington has been awarded the contract to produce the XM2010, the army’s new sniper rifle.
From: Michael Yon
27 February 2011
Filed from Tarin Kot, Urozgan Province
Panjwai has been one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan. Much Canadian, American, and Afghan blood has soaked into this ground.
All prices on 5.11 products will increase on March 1st an LA Police Gear. Beat the price increase.
Jihadist Opportunities in Libya is republished with permission of STRATFOR.
By Scott Stewart
As George Friedman noted in his geopolitical weekly “Revolution and the Muslim World,” one aspect of the recent wave of revolutions we have been carefully monitoring is the involvement of militant Islamists, and their reaction to these events.
Militant Islamists, and specifically the subset of militant Islamists we refer to as jihadists, have long sought to overthrow regimes in the Muslim world. With the sole exception of Afghanistan, they have failed, and even the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan was really more a matter of establishing a polity amid a power vacuum than the true overthrow of a coherent regime. The brief rule of the Supreme Islamic Courts Council in Somalia also occurred amid a similarly chaotic environment and a vacuum of authority.
However, even though jihadists have not been successful in overthrowing governments, they are still viewed as a threat by regimes in countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. In response to this threat, these regimes have dealt quite harshly with the jihadists, and strong crackdowns combined with other programs have served to keep the jihadists largely in check.
As we watch the situation unfold in Libya, there are concerns that unlike Tunisia and Egypt, the uprising in Libya might result not only in a change of ruler but also in a change of regime and perhaps even a collapse of the state. In Egypt and Tunisia, strong military regimes were able to ensure stability after the departure of a long-reigning president. By contrast, in Libya, longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi has deliberately kept his military and security forces fractured and weak and thereby dependent on him. Consequently, there may not be an institution to step in and replace Gadhafi should he fall. This means energy-rich Libya could spiral into chaos, the ideal environment for jihadists to flourish, as demonstrated by Somalia and Afghanistan.
Because of this, it seems an appropriate time to once again examine the dynamic of jihadism in Libya. Read the rest of this entry »
Tactical Wire just wrote a a review of the Smith and Wesson revolver as a good choice for a backup carry gun.
A backup gun to complement the excellent M&P auto pistols and M&P15 carbines, the M&P340 is a Scandium frame super-light Magnum revolver. I’d avoided flyweight Magnums before this one. The steel small-frame guns got to be too much for me to shoot with any regularity.
“My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders. “I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line.”
(Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) More than 7,000 murders in Ciudad Juárez over the past three years attributed to the drug war, have left nearly 8,500 children orphaned, according to an official source for the state of Chihuahua.
To support these children, the government of Chihuahua has created a trust fund to benefit those minors under 14 years old.
Ciudad Juarez is considered the most violent city in Mexico with 3,100 murders in 2010. So far this year, there have been 350 people killed, according to the Attorney General.
MEXICO CITY- Mexican soldiers have arrested an alleged Zetas drug cartel member who allegedly confessed to killing a U.S. immigration agent, but said the attack was a case of mistaken identity.
Suspect Julian Zapata Espinoza – known by the nickname “El Piolin,” or Tweety Bird, apparently because of his short stature – told soldiers that a group of gunmen from the Zetas mistook the officer’s vehicle for one used by a rival gang.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata was shot to death and fellow agent Victor Avila was wounded while driving on a highway near the northern city of San Luis Potosi on Feb. 15.
“Whether it was the Columbine tragedy, or the Virginia Tech massacre, gun-grabbers never hesitate to blame law-abiding Second Amendment supporters for the actions of bloodthirsty lunatics and criminals.
And when the pressure is on, weak-kneed Republicans and so-called “blue dog” Democrats who mouthed pro-gun rhetoric in their campaigns seem all too willing to just “fall in line.”
Supposedly “pro-gun” Republicans like former Vice President Dick Cheney, U.S. Senator Richard Luger (IN) and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (NY) have all joined in on the anti-gun hysteria, as well.
You and I can’t let that happen again. Just consider what is at stake, including:
* A new so-called “Assaults Weapon Ban” — targeting ALL semi-automatic rifles and shotguns — which, unlike the Clinton ban, will NEVER expire;
* An outright BAN on “high capacity” magazines — banning the sale and manufacture of magazines holding more than just a handful of rounds;
* A National Concealed-Carry “Standard” — designed to make it even more difficult for law-abiding citizens to carry a gun to protect themselves and their families from murderers like Jared Loughner;
* Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Catch All Gun Control Scheme” — to create a national “cannot buy registry,” allowing citizens to be stripped of their Second Amendment rights on a Justice Department whim and effectively banning all private gun sales.”
“Moments ago, the Department of Justice announced that an investigation by the FBI’s Dallas Joint Terrorism Task Force has led to the arrest of 20-year-old Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, who was born in Saudi Arabia but came to the United States in 2008 on a student visa so he could attend South Plains College in Levelland, just outside Lubbock.
The feds allege that Aldawsari attempted to buy chemicals needed to make an improvised explosive device, posted repeatedly to blogs promising to help defeat “the infidels” and kept a list of “potential U.S. targets.” Says the Department of Justice:
On Feb. 6, 2011, the affidavit alleges, Aldawsari sent himself an e-mail titled “Tyrant’s House,” in which he listed the Dallas address for former President George W. Bush. The affidavit also alleges that Aldawsari conducted research that could indicate his consideration of the use of infant dolls to conceal explosives and possible targeting of a nightclub with an explosive concealed in a backpack.”