2006-10-23

10/24 - 0000Z

Hezbollah rebuilds missile positions - Debka. 'Hizballah reconstitutes its pre-war fortified lines and missile positions opposite Israel – plus the latest Iranian surveillance systems. Upon taking over the IDF’s northern command from the Lebanon war commander, Monday, Oct. 23, the incoming OC Maj-Gen. Gad Eisenkott said tersely: We are keeping close watch on Hizballah’s rearmament. The refurbished fortifications, according to DEBKAfile’s military sources, are under cover.'

Military brass blowing the propaganda war - Defense Tech. 'Many blame the media for the estrangement, but part of the blame rests squarely on the chip-laden shoulders of key military officers and on the often clueless Combined Press Information Center in Baghdad, which doesn't manage the media so much as manhandle them. So writes super-blogger Michael Yon in an essay in The Weekly Standard. Yon, a former soldier-turned- journalist who spent nine months embedded with infantry units in Iraq and Afghanistan last year, has fearlessly reported the facts from some of the worst places in the world, including Baqubah in north-central Iraq, where in January 2005 I was on the receiving end of a spectacular suicide bombing. Now Yon writes about a foe nearly as harmful to the U.S. war effort: Lieutenant Colonel Barry Johnson, departing head of the Baghdad Press Information Center.'

US troops raid Shi'a television station in Baghdad - JPost. 'US troops late Monday raided the offices of a television station affiliated with a major Shi'ite party represented in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government, the station's deputy editor said. Haidar Kadhim said the troops arrived at al-Furat television complex in the central Baghdad's Karadah neighborhood at about 9:30 p.m. (18:30 GMT), disarming the station's 40 armed guards but allowing the management and editorial teams to continue to work undisturbed.'

Gay Patriot joins Log Cabin. 'Now that the man [Patrick Guerriero] who supported the group’s decision not to endorse his party’s nominee in the 2004 presidential election, who attacked that nominee after claiming to remain neutral in the race and who even refused to indicate whom he had voted for after that good man had won a decisive reelection, has stepped down as head of the organization, I am joining in the hope that the group’s new leadership will spend more time building bridges to the party whose very name is in the organization’s name and less time trying to get along with the left-leaning gay groups.'