Here a border, there a border… what’s a little invasion between friends? 24 October 2007Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iraq War, SCOTUS, WAR!.
TAKING POSITIONS: Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels storm a hilltop during military exercises in the mountains of northern Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region in this 2006 file photo. [hindu.com]
Both bay and moiv posted this to the previous thread, within a minute or so of each other:
Russia’s Novosti says the Turks have crossed the border.
ANKARA, October 24 (RIA Novosti) – Units of the Turkish army have crossed the Iraqi border in a special operation against Kurdish militants, local newspapers said Wednesday.
The Yeni Safak newspaper reported that Turkish commandos supported by helicopters were chasing militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and F-16 Falcon fighter-bombers and artillery were delivering pinpoint strikes at militant bases about 50 kilometers (30 miles) deep into the Iraqi territory.
Zaman, Turkey’s third largest newspaper, said the Turkish Armed Forces had stepped up their bombardment of the Iraqi border as part of an operation launched in retaliation for Sunday’s terrorist attack that killed 12 soldiers and wounded 16 others.
The newspaper cited a government spokesman as saying that the U.S. had been informed about the start of the cross-border operation, although Turkey’s military has not confirmed the media reports.
The Turkish parliament sanctioned last week military cross-border operations against the PKK, based in north Iraq, following an earlier government request. The PKK says it is currently holding several Turkish soldiers hostage.
Turkey’s military said on Monday that eight military personnel were missing following clashes with Kurdish fighters on the Iraqi border, 34 Kurds and at least 12 Turkish servicemen were killed last Sunday in an ambush by Kurdish militants.
Turkey’s National Security Council is meeting Wednesday to discuss further action against the PKK insurgents and the reaction of the U.S. and neighboring countries on the Turkish incursion into northern Iraq.
The PKK, listed by the U.S., NATO and the EU as a terrorist organization, has been fighting for autonomy status in southeast Turkey for nearly 25 years. The conflict has so far claimed about 40,000 lives. [snip]
Other than that, Toobin is on with Charlie Rose, saying Hillary will put Obama on the SC.... frankly it seems nearly immaterial to me, by now. Probably convinced a listener or two of the Rose show to give her another look.
BHHM posted that his ISP Comcast is beginning to “mediate bandwidth” for overseas access, then posted this:
October 19th, 2007
EFF tests agree with AP: Comcast is forging packets to interfere with user traffic
Posted by Seth Schoen
This morning the Associated Press reported that Comcast is interfering with users’ ability to run file sharing applications over its network.
Since we spoke to Comcast last month and understood them to deny that they are doing this, we’ve been running our own tests.
The results of our tests have agreed with AP’s. Comcast is forging TCP RST packets which cause connections to drop (a technique also used by Internet censorship systems in China). These packets cause software at both ends to believe, mistakenly, that the software on the other side doesn’t want to continue communicating.
BHHM provided some additional links as well:
UPDATE, 5:54 am
Day 3, Tuesday, of the fire:
Horses move restlessly as a fire approaches on Palomar Mountain in San Diego County. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / October 23, 2007)
A rabbit runs for shelter from theapproaching flames of the Ranch Fire near Lake Piru. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times / October 23, 2007)
UPDATE, 6:18 pm – still hot in San Francisco…….
Calvin Culbertson, a maintenance worker, surveys the damage to a trailer that melted on the Rincon Indian Reservation. (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times / October 24, 2007)