Archive for the ‘supplies’ Category

Gaza: Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney Tries To Land Relief Supplies; Turned away

December 30, 2008

A boat carrying international peace activists, including former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and medical supplies to the embattled Gaza Strip sailed back into a Lebanese port on Tuesday after being turned back and damaged by the Israeli navy, organizers of the trip said.

The crowds on the docks in the Lebanese port city of Tyre were jubilant and cheering as they welcomed the vessel.

By Craig Schneider 
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Monday, December 29, 2008
The boat, which set off from Cyprus Monday wanted to make a statement and deliver medical supplies to embattled Gaza. The trip’s organizers said the boat was clearly in international waters, 90 miles off the coast of Gaza, at the time of its close encounter with the Israeli navy.

“Our boat was rammed three times, twice in the front and one on the side,” McKinney told CNN Tuesday morning. “Our mission was a peaceful mission. Our mission was thwarted by the aggressiveness of the Israeli military.”

She called on President-elect Obama to address the Gaza crisis, saying the weapons being used by Israel were supplied by the United States.

She denied that the incident was an accident, caused whent he captain of the Dignity tried to maneuver past the Israeli blockade. “What the Israelis are saying is outright disinformation,” she said. “What happened to us last night was a direct threat to our mission, but not our cause.”

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Pakistan Closes NATO Supply Line to U.S., Afghanistan

December 30, 2008

Pakistani security forces launched an operation against Taliban militants in the nation’s tribal region along the border with Afghanistan on Tuesday, shutting down NATO supply routes, Pakistani military sources said.

Eight people — two suspected Taliban militants and six civilians — died in the operation in the Khyber Agency that involved military helicopter gunships, according to Pakistani intelligence sources. The fighting was taking place near the town of Jamrud.

The Khyber Pass, a key transit link for NATO and U.S. military supplies from Pakistan to Afghanistan, has been closed as a result of the operation, said Tariq Hayat, Khyber’s political agent. He said he didn’t know when it would reopen.



Ibrahim Shinwari

Pakistan suspended supplies going to foreign forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday as security forces launched an offensive against militants in the Khyber Pass region, a government official said.

Militants have launched a string of attacks in recent months aimed at choking off supplies trucked to foreign forces in landlocked Afghanistan through northwest Pakistan from the port of Karachi.

Khyber’s top administrator, Tariq Hayat, told reporters that a curfew had been imposed and the main road leading to the Afghan border had been sealed.

“Supplies to NATO forces will remain suspended until we clear the area of militants and outlaws who have gone out of control,” he said.

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Israeli warplanes pursue Gaza weapons warehouses

December 28, 2008

Gazans cowered in their homes Sunday as Israeli warplanes pressing one of Israel‘s deadliest assaults ever on Palestinian militants unleashed missiles on weapons warehouses, a police station, the homes of militant field commanders and dozens of other targets across the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

More than 270 Palestinians — most of them militants — have been killed and more than 600 people wounded since Israel’s campaign to quash rocket barrages from Gaza began midday Saturday. Israeli military spokesman Avi Benayahu said some 250 attacks were carried out since the offensive began.

By IBRAHIM BARZAK and AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press Writers

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks during a press conference ... 
Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks during a press conference at the Prime Minister’s office in Tel Aviv, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. Israeli warplanes retaliating for rocket fire from the Gaza Strip pounded dozens of security compounds across the Hamas-ruled territory in unprecedented waves of air strikes Saturday, killing more than 200 people and wounding nearly 400 in the single bloodiest day of fighting in years.(AP Photo/Moti Milrod)

Militants, unbowed, kept up the pressure on Israel, firing dozens more rockets and mortars at Israeli border communities early Sunday.

One rocket struck close to the largest city in southern Israel, Ashdod, some 23 miles from Gaza. It reached almost twice as deep into Israeli territory as ever before and confirmed security officials’ concerns that militants are capable of putting major cities within rocket range.

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Taliban fighters destroy crucial Nato supplies in Pakistan

December 7, 2008

Hundreds of Taliban fighters have stormed a crucial Nato depot outside the Pakistani city of Peshawar, destroying over 100 lorries which would have taken supplies to American and British forces in Afghanistan.

The Telegraph (UK)

destroyed Humvees and military trucks at the Portward Logistic Terminal in Peshawar

Destroyed Humvees

The gunmen overpowered and disarmed the security guards, before setting fire to the vehicles, many of which were laden with Humvee armoured cars intended for Western forces.

About three quarters of all the ammunition, food, weapons and other supplies needed by Nato’s troops in Afghanistan, including 8,000 British soldiers, pass through Pakistan. The Taliban have clearly identified this route as a crucial vulnerability.

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Rows of destroyed Humvees and military trucks are seen at the ... 
Rows of destroyed Humvees and military trucks are seen at the Portward Logistic Terminal in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008. Militants blasted their way into two transport terminals in Pakistan on Sunday and torched more than 160 vehicles destined for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan, in the biggest assault yet on a vital military supply line.(AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)