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Ramadan 3,1430/ August 24, 2009, # 41
Election flop in Afghanistan. Guerrilla warfare causing
attrition of US power.
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Photo of drone strike on Islamic school.
Australian Muslim activist warns: Grave danger from expanded
US embassy in Islamabad.
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Jamaate Islami rallies in Islamabad. Protests US embassy
becoming a military base. See Photo.
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HADITH QUDSI. [With thanks to Sis. Hayat Anne Osman.]
On the authority of Abu Harayrah (radhiallahu anhu) from the
Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa salam), who said: Allah
(Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) says:
"Fasting is Mine and it is I who give reward for it. One
gives up sexual passion, food and drink for My sake.
Fasting is like a shield, and one who fasts has two joys: a
joy when he breaks his fast and a joy when he meets his
Lord. The change in the breath of the mouth of one who fasts
is better in Allah's estimation than the smell of musk."
It was collected by al-Bukhari (also by Muslim, Malik,
at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa'i and Ibn Majah).
From the Editor:
Ramadan Greetings to New Trend's Muslim readers!
Ramadan can be a transformational experience if Sunnah of
Muhammad, pbuh, is followed. Read some of the Qur'an [WITH
TRANSLATION] every day along with a few Hadith.
The ItsIslam.net web site
provides THREE good translations of the Qur'an as well as
the English translation of Sahih al-Bukhari. See:
Click on News. Search engine is on the left. Click on
Don't miss obligatory [Fard] and Sunnah prayers. After
that, do some Nafl prayers [known as tarawih] to the best of
Also, do some reading on the modern Islamic movement.
Read some of the writings of Allama Iqbal, Syed Qutb,
Maulana Maudoodi, Uthman Dan Fodio, Imam Khomeini, Dr. Omar
'Abdel Rahman, Shaykh Usama bin Laden, Syed Sulayman Nadwi,
Shaykh Badiuzzaman Nursi, Ibn Taymiyyah, Malcolm X and Imam
Jamil Abdullah al-Amin. These will help you to understand
how the Qur'an and Hadith reverberate through the global
Islamic ummah. English translations of some of their
writings are available.
From Imam Badi Ali [North Carolina]
Spotlight #1: Ramadan can help all of us break the impact of
mass culture. We are all creatures of habits, mostly shaped
by America's mass culture. Before Ramadan, we can hardly
believe that we can break out of the web weaved by mass
culture. The impact of Ramadan is so powerful that we feel
the power and are able to live and behave in new ways which
were hardly imaginable before. Now we know we can do it. We
can FEEL it. Let us establish new habits, Islamic habits,
and live with them.
An extraordinary book from a German writer. Get it before it
Why do you Kill? The Untold Story of the Iraqi Resistance by
Jurgen Todenhofer. Published in 2009 by The Disinformation
Company Ltd, 163 Third Avenue, #108, New York, NY 10003.
Phone: 212-691-1605. Distributed by: www.cbsd.com Also
available from Borders Books.
This is worth reviewing and we hope to publish a review.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News] [3 items only]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
Outreach: Appeal to Southern California Mosques: Boycott
Businesses which Support Israel
by Sis. Karen English [Los Angeles]
The new Jamaat al-Muslimeen card to BOYCOTT Israel has
been sent to 53 mosques and Islamic centers in southern
California. A cover letter went with the card appealing to
Muslims to join the boycott.
America's nine million Muslims can make a difference.
Everyone can join this form of non-violent resistance. The
apartheid entity known as Israel can be brought to is knees
if its economy declines. Around the globe, non-Muslims too
are joining the boycott. The boycott has a ripple
Ramadan can help us to stay away from Starbucks,
McDonalds and Coca Cola. That should be easy. Nestle has
many brands. Be careful of the water you buy or the
evaporated milk, etc.
Let me know if you needs copies of the letter or the
card. Let's do our part to remove the grip of Israel from
Gaza and all of Palestine.
Outreach: Baltimore African American Community Embraced
Islam in Numbers:Invite them to Boycott Israel.
by Br. Kaukab Siddique
August 21, 2009: Masjid al-Haqq is in the heart of the
city of Baltimore. Here about 200 to 300 people, mostly
African Americans, came for Juma. Years back W.D. Muhammad's
men withdrew from here or were told to leave and the
population in the area started embracing Islam, some of them
quite young, including couples to whom I gave the shahada at
our masjid on York road.
This Juma' Jamaat al-Muslimeen literature was given to
64 people. Of these, 32 were given the new card Jamaat
produced urging a boycott of businesses which support
Israel. Another 16 people were given an article about the
FBI use of informants to arrest African American Muslims in
upstate New York along with a note about chief informant
"Imam" Siraj Wahhaj who slandered the Blind Shaikh [Dr. Omar
Abdel Rahman]. Another 8 people were given a Jamaat report
about Holy Land Foundation which was unjustly closed down by
a Zionist related court in Texas. Another 8 people were
given an article about the media propaganda against the
elections in Iran plus reports on Taliban resistance to NATO
and the tragedy of the Red Mosque in Islamabad,.
The khutba was upbeat and the imam promised that Ramadan
would be based on crescent sighting Sunnah, not on
Become Part of the Power structure and this is what Happens
to you: Turning Haram into Halal
[Jamaat al-Muslimeen criticized Keith Ellison and pointed
out that election participation in a kafir power system is
Haram. One cannot change corruption by becoming part of it.
Here we have Saqib Ali, a person claiming to be a Muslim and
openly and proudly supporting HARAM. In fact he gives a
slick "reason" for doing haram. Saqib Ali could have opposed
homosexuality. If he is very weak, he could have abstained.
Instead he supports Haram. The homosexuals are very few in
numbers but they have the Zionists and the media behind
them. Saqib Ali needs them for his dunya.]
From an African American web site: With thanks to Br. Nadir
Salaam [Baltimore] author and editor.
Maryland Delegate Saqib Ali Supports Gay Marriage
Fri, 07/31/2009 - 17:16
Saqib Ali, Maryland's first Muslim State Legislator, has
come out for marriage equality. From an editorial that he
"My stance on this issue isn't politically expedient. I am
the first Muslim in the legislature. Homosexuality is
strictly forbidden in Islam. As such I have evinced much
grief from my most conservative supporters.
But I recognize that I represent people of all faiths and no
faith at all. If I tried to enforce religion by law — as in
a theocracy — I would be doing a disservice to my both
constituents and to my religion."
With thanks to our activist sister Hamdiyyah [Charlotte,
Women's Rights within U.S. Military are Violated beyond
With Its Record of Rape, Don't Send the US Military to the
Congo to Give 'Sensitivity' Training to the Congolese
Military! by Ann Wright Warning: U.S. Military Published on
Friday, August 21, 2009 by CommonDreams.org Rape Statistics
Show They Should Not be "Sensitizing" Any Other Military If
the women of the Congo should Google, "U.S. military -
sexual assault and rape," I suspect they will decline the
offer of assistance from the African Command. 1 in 3 women
in the U.S. military are sexually assaulted or raped. Women
and girls in countries with U.S. military bases are raped by
U.S. military. 8,000 U.S. Marines are being "re-located"
from Okinawa in great measure because of citizen activist
pressure following the numerous rapes of women and girls
there. Prosecution rates in rape cases in the military are
abysmal--8% versus 40% in civilian cases.
Our America #2 [New Trend Special]
Obama DaY 210
Does Obama know Mubarak? Why did he honor a tyrant,
torturer, murderer, rapist?
Is this Obama's Ramadan Message?
August 18: American Muslims can only hope that
President obama does not know Hosni Mubarak and that the
tyrant of Egypt had his way smoothed to the White House by
Obama's doorkeepeers [some say "handlers"] Rahm Emmanuel and
Check out any human rights group. Mubarak's regime
routinely carries out random and arbitrary arrests of
"suspected opponents" of the regime. Torture is part of the
routine. To crush Gamaa al-Islamiyya, Mubarak sent troops
into mosques, killed countless Muslims. The wives of
fugitive opponents were subjected to rape. Weaver exposed
the situation inside Egypt. Judith Miller tried to justify
More recently Mubarak helped Israel to squeeze and
starve the entire 1.5 million people of Gaza.
Egypt may have played a key role in creating the conditions
which led 19 men to use American planes to attack the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon. The way Egypt devastated the
lives of Islamic men and women might have led to the
emergence not only of Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman but also Dr.
Ayman al-Zawahiri and finally Muhammad Atta.
On this visit Mubarak made it clear that recognition of
Israel is no problem for the Arab rulers. The problem is
that Israel doesn't want them!
August 18, 2009: Egyptian criminal Mubarak with Obama. Is
this Obama's message for Ramadan?
The great Egyptian scholar Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman, the
spiritual leader of Egypt's Islamic masses, is in an
American "hospital prison" to please Mubarak. He was
sentenced by a Jewish-Zionist Judge, Michael Mukasey [Bush's
last attorney general], with the help of "Muslim"
collaborators "imam" Siraj Wahhaj and Al-Amoudi's group.
The best way for Obama to show that he is genuine about
not fighting Islam would be to release Shaikh Omar 'Abdel
Rahman. He has suffered enough on fake conspiracy charges.
Let him go Mr. Obama. Let him spend his last days with his
family. His message of Jihad has already spread around the
Muslim world. There is no point in keeping a blind, diabetic
man in a cell. The Qur'an which he teaches has escaped your
Torture is Mubarak's forte: New Trend readers are familiar
with reports that Bush's men handed over Muslims kidnaped by
General Musharraf to be tortured in Egypt. This was part of
the "rendition" program under Bush.
However, Mubarak's regime is based on Torture from before
For a well documented analysis read: Behind Closed Doors.
Torture and Detention in Egypt by Middle East Watch
Our America: #3
Rabbi Fraud Case in Los Angeles Echoes N.J. Scandal
Prosecutors in Los Angeles leveled charges in 2007 that
sound like headlines in a fresh New Jersey corruption
scandal: Rabbis in Brooklyn, New York, laundered money for
an undercover informant, arranged phony charitable gifts and
used secret Israeli bank accounts. In Los Angeles, U.S.
prosecutors charged Naftali Tzi Weisz, grand rabbi of a
Brooklyn-based Orthodox Jewish group, seven other people and
five charities with a scheme to evade taxes through use of
phony donations. Weisz and four other defendants pleaded
guilty today. The case may prove a window onto New Jersey's
Our America: #4
CAIR's Treachery Pinpointed [Forwaded by Br. Husayn
Statement of Position
Al-Awda (The Palestinian Right of Return Coalition) -
Al-Mahdi Foundation and Islamic Center-Tempe
CARAMA-Coalition of Arabs and Muslims in America-Arizona
We regretfully decline to accept the CAIR-AZ's invitation to
attend to and participate in its 2nd Annual Community Iftar,
which will be held on August 15, 2009 to meet governmental
officials and elected representatives due to the following
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon will be attending CAIR-AZ's Dinner
"It's not enough to just be culturally Jewish," Gordon said,
and he called upon those present to take to the streets in
support of Israel (Phil Gordon)
CAIR-AZ - The council on American Islamic Relation-Arizona
Chapter insisted over our objections and repetitive requests
to reconsider inviting Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon to CAIR's
Dinner/Iftar. Gordon is well-known of his anti-Islamic
motivations and also for being an outstanding supporter of
the state of "Israel ". On January, 2009 and while Israel
was massively bombarding schools and hospitals in the Gaza
Strip, Gordon participated in a pro-Israeli rally in
Scottsdale and expressed his support to the Zionist entity.
Locally, the city of Phoenix banned parking during Juma
prayers times by North Phoenix Islamic Center, Gordon
refused even to meet personally with the Mosque committee to
discuss the matter and remove the signs.
Senator Jon Kyle was invited to the same event
Quran is a "fascist book" and it should be banned Said
CAIR is also is inviting Senator Jon Kyle.
Kyle has a long history of hostility toward the Muslim
community. For instance, Kyle hosted and sponsored a film
screening at the Capitol building for a far-right Dutch
lawmaker Geert Wilders who claims that Islam inspires
terrorism. Wilders was denied entry to London earlier that
month because British officials said he posed a threat to
Wilders' 15-minute film juxtaposes verses from the Quran
with images of violence by Muslims. The film sponsored by
John Kyle depicted prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a very
negative and humiliating way, Wilders has called the Quran a
"fascist book" and said it should be banned.
Our organizations will not be honored to attend this event
with Gordon and Kyle.
Note: the cost of hosting the events will be divided among
Masjeds and other local Islamic institutions that are
primarily funded by your regular donations.
War News: Pakistan
American Military Base in Islamabad
by Shakil Ahmad, President, University of W Sydney-ERP
It's an open secret that the Americans use their embassies
to conduct intelligence and covert operations in the host
country. There is no need to go in the explanation of such
operations, as we clearly understand America is involved in
anti-state activities in Pakistan. Besides the official
attachments of their civil and military personnel in our
establishment and cantonments, they have created a scattered
network of minor covert command centres in different key
locations in Pakistan. Following the attacks on some of
their such centres, specially the Marriot Hotel, Islamabad
and Peshawar, they manipulated to have a formally protected
command centre along with a military base in disguise of
Embassy in Islamabad.
They secured a very precious and strategic land of 18 acres
just on the very back of the Presidency, at a dirt cheap
rate of Rs 1 billion only, as they want to live next to
their friends, the puppy and puppet rulers of this nation.
Who granted them this land? Nobody else but our democratic
leadership while ensuring their traditional commission.
Following the failure of buying the Marriot Peshawar, they
are going to make a state within state by building a de
facto military base in disguise of an embassy, the world's
second largest American embassy in the world.
It would be equipped with all necessary command, control
and communication hardware along with hundreds of soldiers
on this military base. And above all, it's around the
Presidency, Parliament, Secretariat and GHQ. What else they
may wish for? Without firing a single bullet, they are
getting a de facto control of the nerve centre of Pakistan,
to take charge of Presidency, parliament and GHQ, as they
did in Iraq. Where is the writ of Zardari and Kiyani now?
Isn't it a seamless challenge to their so called bloody
writ, which they repeat every time before their own
What is an embassy meant to do on a foreign soil. It's only
to coordinate and bridge the diplomatic ties between the two
countries. But neither they grant visas to Pakistanis easily
nor they involve in any promotion of trade and technology.
Then what are they are doing? They are simply coordinating
and facilitating the military operations, political
manipulations bedsides sponsoring the Politicians, Generals,
Journalists, Scholars and NGOs through media to destroy the
socio-political and econo-religious fabric of Pakistani
society. The current strength of 750 personnel in US embassy
is already more than the double of it's limit. Now around
1000 strategic civil and military personnel are preparing in
US to report to this new military base, in disguise of an
embassy in Islamabad.
Our civil and military leadership has turned their eyes
blind to their such activities. Just because they are their
subordinates. The planted NRO criminals are looting and
deceiving the nation in the name of democracy, whereas the
sponsored military is fighting their war to eliminate all
such elements resisting the American agenda, under the cover
of war of terror. Who are these people? They are the
traitors of this nation, who not only sacrificed the
integrity, peace and prosperity but also the honour by
selling the daughters of this nation to please their
American masters. Just wait and see, whose daughter is the
next? Don't they deserve to be made a symbol of Ibrat?
Everybody should realize the gravity of the situation and do
whatever he can in his personal, political or official
capacity to rescue Pakistan. It's constitutionally binding
upon all to disobey any unconstitutional, unlawful and any
such order which is against the interest of the nation.
Anybody who supports such a sponsored leadership, due to his
personal liking or interest, is indirectly involved in the
treason against the state and it's people and would be
responsible for any national disaster. A leader or an
officer by himself is nothing without the support of workers
or subordinates. Now it's a test of our conscience, whether
we prefer the national interest over the personal benefit or
not. If we can't, then there is no need to cry when there is
suffering from poverty, injustice and humiliation all
around. Only those nations survive and are respected, whose
people sacrifice their individual interest over the
collective benefit and sort out the evils. The choice is
simple. Be remembered like a rich but hated Mir Jafar or
live like a nationalist but honoured like in China.
A Poisonous Myth Separates Bangladesh from Pakistan & the
[New Trend note: Pakistan's corrupt military committed many
crimes in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, but this was
construed into a horrible myth meant to separate Bengali
Muslims from Pakistan forever. Here a Bangladeshi
intellectual, Dr. Firoz Mahboob Kamal, sends us a systematic
rebuttal of the myth from within the Bengali ethos.] [This
myth is similar to the Jewish myth of the Six Million.]
[This is Part I.]
Behind the Myth of 3 million
Written by Dr. M. Abdul Mu'min Chowdhury
Many myths have been formed around the creation of
Bangladesh. Among them is the fiction that the defeated
Pakistan Army savagely killed three million people and raped
three hundred thousand women during their less than nine
months unsuccessful fight to preserve the integrity of a
Recalling this 'heinous' Pakistani crime with suave moral
indignation was made into a national ritual. Not only the
beaten Pakistan Army but also the subverted Pakistan came to
be portrayed as inherently evil and her dismemberment a
triumph of civilized values over barbarism. No less a figure
than the 'Father of the Nation' was made to consecrate the
lore. With his stamp of authority behind it, his grateful
children were implicitly compelled into faithfully repeating
it. Not to accept it as 'the whole truth, nothing but the
truth' with unquestioning faith was to fall short of being a
'Bengali patriot'. In those hallucinatory days of
'liberated' Bangladesh, the premium for such a terrible
shortcoming was not merely dear, but potentially fatal. The
'permanent disappearance' of Zahir Raihan, the celebrated
writer and film director, who showed the audacity of forming
and heading 'The Buddhijibi Nidhan Tayithanusandhan
Committee' (The Fact Finding Committee on the Killing of
Intellectuals), in January 1972  was a calculated warning
to all doubting Bangladeshis. Understandably, the skeptics
kept quiet and the scoundrels and the credulous joined the
chorus masters in singing the saga of three million
'martyrs' and three hundred thousand 'heroines'.
Chapter- I: The Making of The Myth
Written by Dr. M. Abdul Mu'min Chowdhury
1.1. A Belated Bust-up:
In May 1973, Abdul Gaffar Choudhury, a well known newspaper
columnist and close associate of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,
said: 'We are now saying three million Bengali's have been
martyred. Without any survey we are telling three million
Bengali's have died.'  After openly raising doubts about
the alleged figure, Choudhury left Bangladesh for good for
It took another twenty years for the question to be raised
again. Participating in a debate in the National Assembly of
Bangladesh on 15 June 1993, Col. Akbar Hussain, a decorated
'Mukti Juddha' and a Cabinet Minister under both General
Ziaur Rahman and Mrs Khaleda Zia, returned to the question.
Making a pointed attack on the Awami League for its
'propensity to falsify history', he said that the Awami
League had created the myth of 'three million killed',
whereas in reality it was closer to a tenth of that figure.
On the following day Shudhangshu Shekar Haldar, a Hindu
member of Awami League, challenged Col. Hussain to
substantiate his assertion with 'recorded proof'. Responding
to the challenge, the Minister told the National Assembly
that after the creation of Bangladesh an announcement was
made to pay Tk. 2,000 to every family that suffered loss of
life where upon only three hundred thousand families had
claimed such compensation. Had there been three million
individuals dead, their families would have claimed for
compensation. Poignantly, Haldar could not, and did not,
challenge the figure of those actually claimed compensation.
Nor could he give any satisfactory explanation for the
missing two million seven hundred thousand. Instead, he
began inquiring as to what could have prompted the Minister
to question' a well-known fact'.
Jamaate Islami rally in Islamabad Protests US
Embassy-Marine Base Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The News report
ISLAMABAD: The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) activists on Tuesday
marched on roads in the federal capital to denounce US
policies and reported expansion in the US embassy in
JI Ameer Syed Munawwar Hassan led the 'Go America Go' rally.
It was the first rally organised by the JI after the
emergence of reports about the increase in the US mission in
Islamabad and the arrival of US Marines.
The participants of the rally, who were in hundreds of cars,
mini buses, wagons and motorcycles, were carrying JI flags ,
banners and placards chanted anti-America slogans, calling
friends of America traitors. They were demanding that
America leave Pakistan. "The establishment of American
garrison in Islamabad is not acceptable," said the rally
They started their march from Aabpara and intended to go
near Convention Centre. The demonstrators were also
displaying banners with slogans against extension in the US
mission in Islamabad. The rally ended near a highly guarded
five-star hotel where it was addressed by party leaders.
Syed Munawwar Hassan questioned silence of the Parliament
over the extension in the US embassy in the federal capital.
"The National Assembly session is in progress for the last
two week but neither opposition nor treasury members have
raised this issue."
He said the allotment of additional 18 acres of land for the
expansion in the US mission in Islamabad was yet another
example to accept slavery of America. "All this has been
done with the backing of President Asif Ali Zardari and
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani," he said.
The JI ameer termed planned expansion in the US mission a
threat to Pakistan's security and its nuclear programme. He
also referred to a statement of the US president in which he
said US forces would remain in Afghanistan and Pakistan till
the elimination of extremists. "Whereas our point of view is
that the extremism will remain here till US forces do not
leave the region," Munawwar Hassan added.
The JI chief announced that his party would continue
resisting US policies in Pakistan and the nation would not
accept America's supremacy and slavery. "We will challenge
and contest every policy against Pakistan's integrity and
security," he added.
Photo below: Jamaate Islami leader Munawar Hasan [inset]
addressing a peaceful mass rally in Islamabad to condemn
military-related expansion of U.S. embassy and U.S. attacks
on Pakistan. Courtesy Umeed Khan in Islamabad. August 19,
Pakistan: War News.
Obama; Day 213
Important Islamic School bombed by U.S. Drone: 21 killed,
Dead include children and women.
August 21, 2009: In the Darpa Kheil village of North
Waziristan an American drone fired missiles into a large
Islamic school [medressa] set up by Jalaluddin Haqqani [who
fought Soviet occupation at one time]. By August 22 the
death toll had risen to 21 including 10 women and 6
children. Many others in the village were wounded.
It is said that America was trying to kill Siraj Haqqani,
son of Jalaluddin and veteran Taliban leader.
Owing to a wave of anger in the population, Pakistan
army ordered curfew in the nearby town of Miran Shah which
is under Pak control, to pre-empt protests and
Photo shows path of destruction in the Islamic school and
three of the children killed in the US missile strike.
Afghanistan: War News
"Elections" Under US Guns Boycotted in Southern, Western and
Eastern Afghanistan. Guerrilla Warfare Wearing Down NATO
Both National Public Radio [NPR] and BBC admitted that
the election drama of August 20 was a flop in most of
Afghanistan. Only employees and paid "voters" turned up in
Pashtun areas, which are 75% of Afghanistan. In the north
and Shi'a and communist enclaves, voting did take place but
it was very thin. Abdullah Abdullah, one of America's men,
is accusing Karzai, America's man in Kabul, of rigging and
Meanwhile bands of Taliban kept on hit and run raids across
the country. Here is a sampling from AP and Reuters:
Kunar Province: August 20, 2009: An elite US trooper died of
wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit . He was
assigned to the1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd
Brigade Combat Team, 10th MountainDivision (Light Infantry),
Fort Drum, N.Y
Also Aug. 20 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, an elite US
trooper died of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive
device detonated near his vehicle. He was from the 2nd
Battalion of the same regiment as in above item.
KABUL — August 19: The U.S. military said Wednesday 3
American troops were killed in Afghanistan, as militants
killed six election workers amid growing fears on the eve of
the presidential election that insurgents would mar the
Two troops were killed in gunfire in the south on Wednesday,
the U.S. military said, while a third was killed in an
unspecified hostile attack.
Forty-four U.S. troops died in Afghanistan last month, the
deadliest month of the eight-year war.
August 18, 2009:A US Army 1st Sgt. died in Kabul,
Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive
device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to
International Security Assistance Force Kabul, Kabul,
August 17, 2009: The U.S. said a roadside bomb Tuesday in
the south killed two troops, while another died of
noncombat-related injuries. No other details were
August 20: The son of a SAS hero was one of the latest
British soldiers to be killed in Afghanistan, it has
Serjeant Paul McAleese, 29, of 2nd Battalion The Rifles,
died alongside Private Jonathan Young, 18, of 3rd Battalion
The Yorkshire Regiment, in Helmand province on Thursday,
said the Ministry of Defence.
Sjt McAleese's father, John McAleese, was at the centre of
the dramatic raid which ended a siege on the Iranian
Embassy, in London, in 1980.
The deaths took to 206 the number of UK troops killed in the
Meanwhile, the bodies of four soldiers killed in a weekend
of violence in Afghanistan have been flown back to
The coffins were carried from the C17 plane before a private
service was held at the base's chapel.
2009-08-25 Tue 19:38:45 cdt