Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Embassies in Iran, NATO camp in Afghanistan attacked

For a second day in a row, islamists have attacked the Danish embassy, trying to set in on fire with molotov cocktails. Kept at a distance by police, they only managed to hit a janitorial building, though. Later in the day, the Norwegian embassy was also hit. Though windows were smashed by stone-throwers, as with the Danish embassy, police managed to keep them at a distance so their molotov-kocktails didnt do any appreciable damage.

In Afghanistan, on the other hand, Norwegian NATO-forces have come under attack by armed demonstrators, with 4 of the latter shot dead when Afghan police opened fire:

Afghan police have shot and killed four of the protesters who attacked the Norwegian-led SAF-camp in Maimana in northwestern Afghanistan, according to an afghan security source.

Another 18 protesters have been wounded.

Six Norwegian soldiers have also been wounded in the clashes.

Two of the soldiers have been evacuated from the place, and have been brought to Mazar-i-Sharif, east of Maimana. The Norwegian armed forces announced in the afternoon that all six are lightly wounded. At least one of the Norwegian soldiers is mentioned as having been hit by shrapned from a hand grenade. ..

The protesters both fired guns and threw hand grenades and stones.

The dead protesters are said to have been killed when Afghan police shot into the crowds with sharp ammunition.

According to the Norwegian armed forces, the military forces in the camp used tear gas, rubber bullets and warning shots against the protesters. ..

The attack began this morning at 6.30 norwegian time (to my best knowledge, that is 10.00 Afghan time, or 5.30 GMT - Henrik). ..

The protesters forced their way through the first gate to the military base in Maimana in Afghanistan.

- An armed mob of 200-300 people partially managed to force their way into the ground. They tore down the gate and got into the font yard. There they opened fire and threw hand grenades at the Norwegian forces, says Diesen (head of the Norwegian armed forces - Henrik). ..

ISAF HQ in Kabul sent out fighter jets to support the Norwegian and Finnish soldiers in the base.

Two Netherlands fighter planes have fired warning shots at the protesters.

Several protesters are said to have fled when the planes began shooting. Also two American A-10-planes from the Enduring Freedom-operation overflew the area.

- This is very dramatic and serious. It is an attack on a NATO-camp in Afghanistan, says Knustad (

- Dette er veldig dramatisk og alvorlig. Det er et angrep på en NATO-leir i Afghanistan, sier Knustad.

10 Comments:

Blogger Mike H. said...

We haven't stopped 'being at war.' The battlefield is coming into focus now. We should see more clarification in the near future

11:03 AM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Check this out supposed Jyllands Posten cartoon

1:56 PM  
Blogger Renwaa said...

Good job, Mike! I was just about to post this info as well.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Renwaa said...

Here's another very interesting artcle:

Muslims: integration or separatism?

http://www.newcriterion.com/archives/24/02/integration-separatism/

2:04 PM  
Blogger Renwaa said...

Now here's an interesting development. Wonder if the muzzies will react the same way in Russia when Putin isn't afraid to take on the Chechens with carpet bombs....

Moscow museum to exhibit Mohammed cartoons

MOSCOW, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A Moscow museum has announced it will exhibit the entire series of cartoons of Mohammed that have caused riots throughout the Islamic world.

Yury Samodurov, director of the Sakharov Museum and Public Center, said on Russian television that the center was ready to organize a public exhibition of the cartoons satirizing the founder of Islam that originally were published in a Danish newspaper, Pravda.ru reported Monday.

"We must show the whole world that Russia goes along with Europe, that the freedom of expression is much more important for us than the dogmas of religious fanatics," Samodurov said.

The exhibition reportedly will open in March. Lawyer Yury Shmidt has said he will invite French philosopher Andre Glucksmann and French novelist Michel Houellebecq to the opening ceremony to read lectures about the threat of Islamic fundamentalism.

http://upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060207-072431-9805r

3:28 PM  
Blogger Leonidas said...

you are doing a great job here ! (created an account to tell you this)!

3:45 PM  
Blogger heather said...

Mike,
I'd read about that extra "cartoon" but never saw where it came from--thanks for the information. That's why I love the blog world, you find out so much more than you ever could from the MSM.

Renwaa,
Now, THAT is interesting coming from the repressive former Soviet Union, and an interesting choice of guests speakers as well.

Henrik,
Here is a link to an outstanding Iraqi blog (my apologies if you are already aware of this) with their take on the Danish cartoon controversy. The last paragraph is very interesting indeed.

IRAQ THE MODEL

4:04 PM  
Blogger Henrik said...

@ Leonidas:

Thanks, Im trying :-)

@ mike h.

Thanks for the tip - already blogged

@ Renwaa:

Putin has condemned the drawings. Same with China. The AA (my pet name for the Anti Alliance - the Shanghai 7 and hangers-on in Africa and Latin America).

As to the article you posted, Ill see if I can put it in somewhere.

So many projects going on...

Henrik

12:33 AM  
Blogger Henrik said...

@ Heather

I already know about that blog. My IT guy is the one responsible for the outlook of the blog, and Ill see if I can get him to do the links to Danish and foreign blogs. For the moment, he is quite busy, though...

Henrik

12:35 AM  
Blogger heather said...

Henrik,
Hats off to your IT guy! He does an outstanding job. No need to add any more work to the poor guy, he sounds busy enough.

6:56 PM  

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