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632 d C       Morte di Maometto (8 giugno)

632-634       Conquista araba della Mesopotamia e della Palestina

635              Conquista araba di Damasco

638              Conquista araba di Gerusalemme

642              Conquista araba di Alessandria d’Egitto

647              Conquista araba della Tripolitania

649              Inizio delle guerre sul mare e conquista di Cipro

652              Prima spedizione contro la Sicilia

667              Occupazione araba di Calcedonia (Anatolia)

669              Attacco a Siracusa

670              Attacco ai berberi e conquista del Maghreb

674-680       Primo assedio arabo di Costantinopoli

698              Gli arabi prendono Cartagine ai bizantini

700              Assalto arabo a Pantelleria

704              L’emiro Musa proclama la guerra santa nel Mediterraneo occidentale; infesta il Tirreno e assale la Sicilia

710              Attacco arabo a Cagliari

711              Sbarco arabo nella Spagna meridionale Inizia la conquista della penisola iberica

715-717       Secondo assedio arabo di Costantinopoli

720              Attacco alle coste della Sicilia

727-731       Aggressioni alle coste della Sicilia

738              Liutprando sconfigge gli arabi ad Arles

740              Primo sbarco in Sicilia di un esercito saraceno

753              Ulteriore sbarco in Sicilia

778              Il giorno 8 settembre, Franchi e Longobardi sconfiggono gli arabi a Sabart, sui Pirenei

806              I mussulmani occupano Tyana, in Anatolia, e avanzano fino ad Ankara. Ademaro, conte franco di Genova, combatte i saraceni in Corsica

812-813       I saraceni attaccano Lampedusa, la Sicilia, Ischia, Reggio Calabria, la Sardegna, la Corsica e Nizza

819              Nuovo attacco alla Sicilia

827              Il 14 giugno, sbarco in Sicilia di un esercito, per la conquista dell’isola

829              I saraceni sbarcano a Civitavecchia

830              I saraceni invadono la campagna romana e saccheggiano le basiliche di San Paolo e di San Pietro

831              A settembre, Palermo si arrende agli arabi

838              Attacco saraceno a Marsiglia

839              Incursioni saracene in Calabria, sbarco e conquista di Taranto

840              Scontro navale, davanti a Taranto, tra saraceni e veneziani, che non riescono a fermare l’attacco. Saccheggio di Cherso, del Delta del Po e di Ancona

841              Gli arabi si spingono nel Quarnaro e distruggono la flotta veneziana all’isola di Sansego

842              Il 10 agosto Bari viene conquistata e vengono saccheggiate le coste della Puglia e della Campania

843              L’emiro di Palermo scaccia i bizantini da Messina

844              I normanni sbarcano in Spagna e occupano Siviglia

846              Spedizioni saracene a Ponza e a Capo Miseno. Il 23 agosto, gli arabi sbarcano alla foce del Tevere, assediano Ostia, saccheggiano nuovamente le basiliche di San Pietro e di San Paolo e l’entroterra fino a Subiaco, assediando poi Roma. Ritiratisi, depredano Terracina, Fondi, e assediano Gaeta

849              I saraceni saccheggiano Luni e Capo Teulada, in Sardegna

850              Attacco arabo contro Arles

852-853       Assalto alle coste calabresi e campane

856              Incursioni arabe a Isernia, Canosa, Capua e Teano

859              Gli arabi prendono Enna

867              Gli arabi saccheggiano il monastero di San Michele sul GarganoI saraceni occupano alcune città dalmate e assediano Ragusa. La flotta veneziana, guidata dal doge Orso, li insegue e li sbaraglia davanti a Taranto

868              Re Ludovico libera Matera, Venosa e parte della Calabria

869              Bande di saraceni invadono la Camargue

870              Gli arabi occupano Malta e saccheggiano Ravenna

879              Gli arabi prendono Taormina

879              I saraceni saccheggiano Teano, Caserta e la campagna romana

881              Il Papa scomunica il Vescovo di Napoli per la sua alleanza con i saraceni

885              I saraceni saccheggiano Montecassino e la Terra di Lavoro

890              I mori di Spagna attaccano la costa provenzale e stabiliscono una base a Frassineto (La Garde-Freinet)

898              Saccheggio saraceno della Badia di Farfa

912              Incursione saracena all’Abbazia di Novalesa

913              Attacco alla Calabria

914              Gli arabi stabiliscono basi a Trevi e a Sutri

916              Incursione saracena nella Moriana (Savoia)

922              Incursione e saccheggio di Taranto

924              Presa di Sant’Agata di Calabria

925              Incursioni saracene in tutta la Calabria, fino in terra d’Otranto; assedio e massacro di Oria

929              Saccheggio delle coste calabresi

930              Paestum viene saccheggiata

934              Assalto alla costa ligure

935              Saccheggio di Genova

936              Fallito attacco saraceno ad Acqui, difesa dal conte Aleramo

940              Incursione saracena al passo del San Bernardo

950              L’emiro di Palermo assale Reggio e Gerace e assedia Cassano Jonio

952              Gli arabi, alleati con Napoli, colonizzano la Calabria

960              San Bernardo da Mentone vince e insegue i saraceni in Val d’Aosta, fino a Vercelli

965              Gli arabi prendono Rametta, ultima roccaforte siciliana e in seguito sbarcano in Calabria

969              Saccheggi saraceni nell’Albesano

977              I saraceni prendono Reggio, Taranto, Otranto e Oria

978              I saraceni saccheggiano la Calabria

981              Ancora saccheggi in Calabria

986              I saraceni saccheggiano Gerace

987              I saraceni saccheggiano Cassano Jonio

988              Gli arabi prendono Cosenza e la terra di Bari

991              Presa di Taranto

994              Assedio e presa di Matera

1002            Incursioni a Benevento e nelle campagne napoletane, assedio di Capua

1003            Incursioni nell’entroterra di Taranto Attacco a Lérins, in Provenza

1009            Il califfo Al-Hakim tenta di distruggere il Santo Sepolcro

1029            Saccheggio delle coste pugliesi

1031            Saccheggio di Cassano Jonio

1047            Incursione saracena a Lérins

1071            Gli arabi vincono la battaglia di Manazkert e iniziano la conquista dell’Anatolia

1074            Sbarco di saraceni tunisini a Nicotera, in Calabria

1080            I saraceni saccheggiano Roma

1086            Gerusalemme cade in mano ai turchi

1096            Inizio della Prima crociata

1122            Scorreria saracena a Patti e a Siracusa

1127            Attacco a Catania e nuovo saccheggio di Siracusa

1144            L’atabeg di Mossul Zengi, con un colpo di mano, s’impadronisce di Edessa assumendo nel mondo islamico ruolo e fama di “difensore della fede”

1145            Papa Eugenio III bandisce la seconda crociata. A causa dei contrasti interni si rivelerà inutile

1187            Salah-ad-Din riconquista Gerusalemme

1190            Papa Clemente III organizza la terza crociata. Riccardo Cuor di Leone sconfigge per due volte Salah-ad-Din ma, sempre a causa dei dissensi interni alla coalizione, non poté liberare Gerusalemme Concluse però una tregua di tre anni, che prevedeva garanzie per i pellegrini (1192)

1195-1204   Si susseguono diversi tentativi pressoché inutili di organizzare una quarta crociata Anche in questo caso mancherà la necessaria coesione e le lotte interne la renderanno pressoché inutile

1213            Papa Innocenzo III tenta di bandire un’altra crociata che però non avrà luogo

1217-1221   Quinta crociata. Nel 1219 le cronache riportano la visita di Francesco d’Assisi al campo crociato Francesco predirà la sconfitta a causa delle faziosità e delle divisioni interne. La Chiesa non riconoscerà la quinta crociata

1221            Fallisce la conquista de Il Cairo e anche la quinta crociata si risolve con un nulla di fatto

1229            Federico II accordatosi con il sultano d’Egitto al-Kamil (Trattato di Giaffa) ottiene Gerusalemme, Betlemme, Nazaret e alcune località costiere fra San Giovanni d’Acri e Giaffa e tra Giaffa e Gerusalemme; e conclude anche una tregua decennale

1244            I mussulmani riconquistano Gerusalemme

1245            Papa Innocenzo IV bandisce la settima crociata Luigi IX, re di Francia, la organizza con le sue sole forze ma non riesce a conquistare Gerusalemme Ulteriori tentativi si concluderanno nel 1270 con pochi esiti.

Dalla seconda metà del sec XIV, la progressiva avanzata dei turchi ottomani verso il cuore dell’Europa ridiede una certa attualità alla crociata, intesa però in senso non di guerra santa per la riaffermazione del cristianesimo in Oriente, ma di guerra per la difesa dell’Occidente stesso dall’islamismo sulla via di sempre più ampie conquiste.

Le crociate fallirono quanto al loro scopo originario, cioè la liberazione dei Luoghi Santi dai mussulmani. Restano tuttavia un fenomeno storico di grande rilevanza non solo religiosa, ma politica, economico-sociale, culturale. Politicamente, impegnarono i mussulmani contenendone e ritardandone l’avanzata in Europa, e ciò permise lo sviluppo degli Stati centro-occidentali

1308            I turchi prendono Efeso e l’isola di Chio

1326            I turchi conquistano Brussa

1329            I turchi prendono Nicea (Urchan)

1330            I turchi sconfiggono i bulgari, a Velbuzhd

1337            I turchi conquistano Nicomedia e si installano sul Mar di Marmara

1356            I turchi prendono Gallipoli, sul Mar di Marmara

1371            I turchi sconfiggono i serbi sulla Martz

1382            I turchi occupano Sofia

1386            I turchi occupano Nis, in Macedonia

1423            I turchi prendono il Peloponneso e la Morea

1425            Abbandono dell’isola di Montecristo a causa delle continue incursioni saracene

1430            I turchi prendono Tessalonica, la Macedonia, l’Epiro e la città di Giannina

1453            Maometto II prende Costantinopoli

1455            I turchi prendono Focea, Tasso e Imbro, nell’Egeo

1458            Maometto II conquista tutte le terre cristiane in Grecia, tranne le colonie veneziane Dopo due anni di assedio, cade l’Acropoli di Atene

1459            La Serbia diventa provincia ottomana

1460            I turchi occupano tutto il Peloponneso

1461            Cade anche Trebisonda, ultimo Stato bizantino. I turchi occupano la colonia genovese di Salmastro

1462            Maometto II occupa la Valacchia e Prende Mitilene ai genovesi

1465            Costantinopoli diventa la capitale dell’impero ottomano. La cattedrale di Santa Sofia viene trasformata in moschea

1470            I turchi occupano la veneziana Negroponte

1471            Scorrerie ottomane in Carniola, in Istria, nel Monfalconese e nel Triestino

1472            Scorrerie ottomane in Croazia

1473            Scorrerie ottomane in Carniola e Corinzia

1474            Scorrerie ottomane in Croazia e Slavonia

1475            Incursioni turche in Stiria inferiore e Carniola I turchi prendono Kaffa e tutta la Crimea ai Genovesi

1476            Incursioni turche in Carniola, Stiria, e in Istria, fino a Gorizia e Trieste

1477            Incursione in Friuli

1478            Scorreria in Carniola, Istria e Dalmazia

1480-1481   I turchi conquistano Otranto e ne massacrano la popolazione compiendo un’orribile strage

1482            Incursione ottomana in Istria e Carniola

1483            Incursione in Carniola Annessione turca dell’Erzegovina

1484            Conquista turca dei porti sulla Moldava

1493            Scorrerie in Istria, Carniola e Corinzia

1498-1499   Scorrerie ottomane in Carniola, Istria e Corinzia

1499            Grande scorreria turca in Friuli, fino ai confini della Marca Trevigiana

1511            I turchi conquistano la Moldavia

1516            Saccheggio di Lavinio, sul litorale romano

1521            Suleiman II prende Belgrado

1522            I turchi prendono Rodi ai Cavalieri di San Giovanni di Gerusalemme, che si trasferiscono a Malta, assumendo il nome di “Cavalieri di Malta”

1526            Suleiman II sconfigge gli ungheresi a Mohàcs

1528            I turchi assoggettano il Montenegro

1529            Suleiman II intraprende il primo assedio di Vienna. Occupazione della Georgia e dell’Armenia

1531            Khaireddin saccheggia le coste dell’Andalusia

1543            Suleiman II conquista gran parte dell’Ungheria

1551            Dragut saccheggia Augusta, in Sicilia

1554            Dragut saccheggia Vieste

1555            Dragut assale Paola, in Calabria

1556            Ivan IV conquista Astrachan

1558            Dragut saccheggia Sorrento e Massa Lubrense

1566            Una flotta turca entra in Adriatico e bombarda Ortona e Vasto. I turchi prendono Chio ai genovesi

1571            Il 6 agosto, i turchi prendono Famagosta, ultimo caposaldo veneziano di Cipro. Il 7 ottobre, la flotta turca, guidata da Selim II, è sconfitta, a Lepanto, da quella cristiana

1575-1600   I pirati moreschi attaccano sistematicamente le coste della Catalogna, dell’Andalusia, della Linguadoca, della Provenza, della Sicilia e della Sardegna

1582            Saccheggio di Villanova-Monteleone in Sardegna

1587            Gli arabi attaccano Porto Vecchio, in Corsica

1588            Hassan Aghà saccheggia il litorale laziale e Pratica di Mare

1591            Il Pascià di Bosnia invade la Croazia austriaca

1618-1672   Gli arabi attaccano sistematicamente le coste siciliane

1623            Gli arabi saccheggiano Sperlonga

1636            Gli arabi occupano Soltanto

1647            Gli arabi saccheggiano parte della Costa Azzurra

1672            I turchi attaccano la Polonia e conquistano la fortezza di Kamenez. Con il Trattato di Bucracz ottengono la Podolia

1680            I turchi saccheggiano Trani e Lecce

1683            I turchi assediano Vienna dal 14 luglio. L’imperatore Leopoldo I si allea con Giovanni Sobieski, re di Polonia. Vienna è liberata dall’esercito austro-polacco del duca Carlo Leopoldo V di Lorena, con la battaglia di Kalhenberg, del 12 settembre

1703            Ahmed III fa guerra a Pietro I e lo sconfigge sul Prut

1708            Algeri riprende Orano agli spagnoli

1714            I turchi saccheggiano la zona di Lecce

1727            I mussulmani saccheggiano San Felice al Circeo

1741            I Bey di Tunisi cacciano i genovesi dall’isola di Tabarca

1754            Saccheggio arabo di Montalto di Castro

1780            I mussulmani saccheggiano Castro, in Puglia

1799            Dopo la partenza di Napoleone, i turchi riprendono l’Egitto

Maggiori dettagli con le descrizioni prese da autori arabi le trovate da “inchiesta storica

1915-1916   Genocidio degli armeni da parte dei turchi

1920-1922   I turchi respingono il Trattato di Sèvres e cacciano i greci dall’Anatolia

1923            Con la Pace di Losanna, la Turchia si riprende la costa dell’Anatolia È una vera pulizia etnica con la deportazione di intere popolazioni

1928            Hassan al-Banna fonda l’Associazione dei “Fratelli mussulmani”

1944            Fondazione della “Lega degli Stati arabi” (Lega Araba dal 1945)

1948            Proclamazione dello Stato di Israele

1965            Inizio di forti migrazioni maghrebine e turche nell’Europa occidentale

1968            Inizio del terrorismo di Al Fatah

1974            I turchi occupano la parte settentrionale di Cipro. Massacri effettuati dai Palestinesi in Alta Galilea

1975            Inizio dello sterminio dei cristiani maroniti del Libano

1979            Rivoluzione islamica dell’Ayatollah Khomeini, in Iran Per anni rimase esiliato e al sicuro in Francia

1980            Aumento degli attentati islamici nel mondo Primi disordini nei quartieri islamici in Europa

1981            Un terrorista turco attenta alla vita di papa Giovanni Paolo II (13 maggio)

1990            Occupazione siriana del Libano Il generale Michel Aoun si oppone tenacemente all’inglobamento del Libano nella “grande Siria” La debole politica occidentale lo porterà a cedere

1991            Inizio delle guerre nel Caucaso Rivolte in Cecenia

1991            Inizio degli sbarchi clandestini di massa in Italia

1992            Formazione di uno stato islamico in Bosnia

1993            Primo attentato al “World Trade Center” di New York

1996            Numerosi attentati di Hamas, in Israele. Attentati anti-americani, in Arabia Saudita. I talebani prendono il potere in Afghanistan

1998            Rivolta anti-serba nel Kosovo

2001            L’undici settembre il “World Trade Center” di New York viene completamente distrutto

2003            Operazione “Enduring Freedom” Guerre in Afghanistan e in Iraq La dittatura di Saddam Hussein viene abbattuta Strage contro gli italiani a Nassiriya, in Iraq (12 novembre)

2004            Numerosi attentati in Iraq Stragi a Madrid (11 marzo) con 190 morti, e a Beslan (3 settembre): oltre 300 le vittime, per lo più bambini, vilmente assassinati in Ossezia del Nord Strage di Taba, in Egitto (8 ottobre) Numerosi altri attentati in tutto il mondo

2005            Numerosi Attentati in Iraq Strage nella metropolitana e negli autobus londinesi (7 luglio): oltre cinquanta morti e centinaia di feriti L’attentato avviene in contemporanea con l’assemblea del G8 in Scozia. Il 23 luglio seguono gli attentati di Sharm El-Sheik con oltre 60 morti e decine di feriti. Attentato a Bali (Indonesia) il 1° ottobre (23 morti e 150 feriti) Dal 27 ottobre al 16 novembre: violenze e rivolte delle comunità immigrate nelle periferie di Parigi e di altre città. L’8 novembre il governo impone misure d’emergenza, tra cui il coprifuoco. Due le vittime, circa 4500 arrestati, oltre 10000 le auto incendiate, distrutti 200 edifici pubblici. Il 9 novembre ad Amman (Giordania) tre attentati suicidi in tre alberghi frequentati da turisti provocano 60 morti e oltre 90 feriti. Il 10 novembre Al Qaeda rivendica la paternità degli attentati

E continua …

Islamic Terror Attacks for First Part of 2010

Islamic Terror Attacks for 2009

Islamic Terror Attacks for 2008

Islamic Terror Attacks for 2007

Islamic Terror Attacks for 2006

Islamic Terror Attacks for 2005

Islamic Terror Attacks for 2004

Islamic Attacks from September 11th, 2001 through 2003

Afganistan : sotto inchiesta i blindati Lince

Secondo quanto riportato dal Corriere della Sera, dopo la morte del paracadutista Di Lisio, le procure penale e militare starebbero indagando sulla rispondenza degli equipaggiamenti in dotazione al nostro contingente in Afghanistan alle necessità della missione. In particolare nel mirino degli inquirenti sarebbe proprio il veicolo Lince, forse il blindato più avanzato al mondo nella classe delle 7-8 tonnellate, e che tante vite ha salvato in quel tormentato teatro. Se ne starebbe valutando, secondo il quotidiano, la sostituzione con il Freccia, “esternamente quasi identico al Lince” (sic… non si può pretendere che un giornalista conosca sempre ciò di cui scrive …) ma tecnologicamente più avanzato, con i militari “in grado di tenere sotto controllo la situazione attraverso i monitor”.  Sì, avete capito bene, alcuni magistrati starebbero verificando se le armi ed i veicoli in dotazione all’esercito presentano adeguate garanzie di sicurezza, se rispondono ai requisiti della missione e se le attività del contingente rispecchino il mandato ricevuto. Torna, a opera della  magistratura italiana, il mito della ricerca della sicurezza assoluta nelle operazioni militari, dopo le sorprendenti inchieste sulla strage di Nassirya e sul rifiuto degli elicotteristi in Iraq di volare con velivoli ritenuti inadeguati. Assisteremo nuovamente, nel nome di ineludibili “atti dovuti”, all’esame delle perdite in combattimento o per attentati alla stessa stregua delle vittime di un incidente stradale avvenuto sull’autostrada del Sole, con tanto di indagati per omicidio colposo o per “omissione colposa di fornitura di sicurezza”. Se la faccenda non risultasse grottesca, come deve apparire agli occhi di un qualunque osservatore di un Paese “normale”, e se non avvenisse all’indomani di un tragico lutto, potremmo domandarci se non si sia in presenza di uno stravolgimento epocale delle tematiche relative all’acquisizione degli equipaggiamenti militari ed al loro impiego nelle operazioni, e se l’intervento della magistratura non possa generare significativi limiti alla libertà d’azione del governo e del parlamento in queste delicate materie. Innanzi tutto chi deciderà se un equipaggiamento è adeguato oppure no, e sulla base di quali parametri? E poiché qualunque protezione può risultare insufficiente con l’aumentare della minaccia, a quale livello di sicurezza ci si potrà arrestare per porsi al riparo da eventuali, successive azioni legali? Naturalmente chiunque abbia una visione almeno parziale della realtà operativa comprende che la chimera della massima protezione dei mezzi, oltre che temporanea e relativa per definizione, cozza contro altre esigente non meno pressanti, quando non addirittura prioritarie, come l’opportunità di mantenere un’adeguata consapevolezza della situazione esterna, non sempre garantita dalle immagini di uno schermo, o  l’opportunità di assicurare  un maggiore contatto con la popolazione civile (i Marines statunitensi agiscono preferibilmente appiedati, per marcare il possesso del territorio, monitorare gli umori e le intenzioni della folla e controllarne pulsioni ed intenzioni: non si fa controinsurrezione all’interno delle basi, né a bordo dei blindati). Inoltre, alla luce di recenti prese di posizione, sembra emergere la necessità “legale” che ogni contingente inviato in missione all’estero venga munito di armi ed equipaggiamenti modernissimi, allo stato dell’arte, altrimenti i soldati potrebbero legittimamente rifiutarsi di utilizzarli: chi verificherà le effettive caratteristiche dei materiali e come si reperiranno le risorse per far fronte alle nuove esigenze?  Infine, tornando al caso specifico, perché agire ora nei confronti del Lince, dopo tanti attentati i cui effetti sono stati vanificati o comunque fortemente ridotti proprio dalle grandi doti di incassatore del blindato dell’Iveco, mentre nessuna indagine di questo tipo è scattata precedentemente, quando vittime delle azioni ostili erano veicoli VM-90 del tutto privi di protezione?  Sono molti gli interrogativi inquietanti generati dall’indagine rivelata dal Corriere, non ultimi quelli relativi alle possibili ingerenze con gli atti del governo in politica estera, atti  sostenuti nel caso dell’Afghanistan dalla più alta maggioranza trasversale mai espressa dal parlamento italiano. Si apre un nuovo possibile fronte nella lotta tra poteri dello Stato: che non avvenga sulla pelle dei militari italiani.

di Alberto Scarpitta 28 luglio –

Napalm – Fosforo

Aggiornamento all’articolo “Falluja e le armi di distruzione di massa”. Attenzione il post è lungo ma vale la pena di leggerlo tutto, vi farete un’idea di come è nato lo scoop di RAINWES

Vorrei ricordare per chi ancora non lo avesse capito che cosa è il napalm :

Il Napalm è un derivato dell’acido naftenico o naftoico e dall’acido palmitico (si trova nelle noci di cocco).

E’ prodotto dalla saponificazione tramite alluminio dei due acidi, precipitano saponi di alluminio che vengono usati per preparare un gel altamente infiammabile.

E’ usato per costruire bombe, mine e combustibile per i lanciafiamme.
La preparazione risale al secondo conflitto mondiale precisamente nel 1942. Il nome Napalm deriva proprio da NAftenico e PALMitico che sono i maggiori costituenti.
Maggiori informazioni possono essere trovate consultando:”Encyclopedia of Chemical Tecnology” (Interscience – New York 1964) p. 888

Quindi quando mangiate il cocco e bevete dalla lattina di alluminio state facendo il di Napalm!

Per chi ancora non avesse capito : questo è quello che resta di Dresda dopo il bombardamento con il napalm, subito nella II guerra mondiale, non mi sembra che si possa paragonare a falluja.

Dresda dopo il bombardamento con il napalm
Dresda dopo il bombardamento con il napalm

 

Queste sono esplosioni del Napalm

Esplosione di una bomba al napalm
Esplosione di una bomba al napalm

 

Bombardamento con Napalm
Bombardamento con Napalm

 

Altro bombardamento al napalm in vietnam
Altro bombardamento al napalm in vietnam

 

bombardamento con napalm
bombardamento con napalm

 

Lanciatore napalm
Lanciatore napalm

 

effetti del napalm sul corpo umano
effetti del napalm sul corpo umano

Credete che se a Falluja fosse stato usato il napalm sarebbe passato inosservato? Il napalm è un liquido ed è appiccicoso, il fosforo è un metallo ed farinoso, una polverina.

Il Napalm lascia tracce di idrocarburi (riconoscibile dal tipico odore), il fosforo è inodore ( l’odore che si sente deriva dal supporto sul quale è stato depositato) e lascia depositi di fosforina che è fluorescente (avete presenti i braccialetti e le collanine che i vù gumbrà vi voglio rifilare?).

E questo è il Fosforo…bella differenza vero?

Truppe al riparo dalla cortina fumogena alimentata col fosforo
Truppe al riparo dalla cortina fumogena alimentata col fosforo

 

Soldato segnala la sua posizione con fumogeno al fosforo
Soldato segnala la sua posizione con fumogeno al fosforo

 

fosforo bianco cortina fumogena
fosforo bianco cortina fumogena

 

fosforo bianco segnalazione posizione
fosforo bianco segnalazione posizione

 

fosforo bianco lancio con artiglieria
fosforo bianco lancio con artiglieria

 

fosforo bianco lancio notturno
fosforo bianco lancio notturno

Da Takrouna a Herat

Esistono pochi ambiti professionali che, come quello militare, traggono dalla storia, dalle battaglie del passato, non solo gli insegnamenti ma anche lo spirito di corpo e di emulazione nei confronti di coloro che hanno dimostrato coraggio, valore ed eroismo. Caratteristiche non certo scontate, importanti anche nella vita civile ma che in quella militare acquisiscono un significato più intenso perché chi esercita il mestiere delle armi mette sempre in gioco la propria vita.

Il 19 aprile nella caserma che a Forlì ospita il 66° Reggimento Fanteria Aeromobile “Trieste” (Brigata Aeromobile “Friuli”) la Festa di Corpo ha ricordato il sacrificio del reggimento durante la battaglia di Takrouna dell’aprile 1943. Nell’ultima grande battaglia combattuta in Nord Africa, l’importante posizione sulla linea del Mareth venne tenuta fino all’ultimo colpo dal 1° battaglione del 66° rinforzato da scarne compagnie della “Folgore”, dei “Granatieri di Sardegna e di fanteria tedesca. Uno scontro impari per le forze messe in campo dall’Ottava Armata britannica (che per prendere Takrouna aveva schierato l’intera Seconda Divisione Neozelandese) nel quale le truppe italiane mostrarono un valore riconosciuto anche dal nemico.  Il colonnello Antonio Bettelli, comandante del 66°, ha ricordato quella battaglia e il ruolo che successivamente i militari del “Trieste” ebbero durante la Campagna d’Italia combattendo con gli alleati.

“I soldati che furono al fianco delle truppe germaniche in Africa Settentrionale nelle vicende di Takrouna si immolarono contro le medesime unità tedesche durante gli episodi conclusivi del conflitto bellico. Ciò che potrebbe apparire paradossale, e che ancora oggi è talora tema di accalorata discussione, è invece per noi uomini e donne in armi fermo e intangibile esempio di come il soldato operi: non per giudizio ideologico, non certo per odio nei riguardi della parte avversa, ma solo per affermazione di virtù umane poste al servizio dello Stato che rappresenta.”

Sulle gesta e i protagonisti di Takrouna, gli eroi di ieri, dal capitano Mario Leonida Politi all’ultimo soldato, sappiamo tutto. Nulla invece ci è consentito sapere degli eroi di oggi del 66° Reggimento. Una novantina di soldati della “Task Force Cobra” rientrati da poche settimane da Herat dove hanno operato per circa sei mesi e che erano orgogliosamente schierati con le altre compagnie sul piazzale della caserma.

Sulle operazioni che hanno effettuato in Afghanistan il riserbo è totale in base alle disposizioni del Ministro della Difesa che da un anno ha congelato ogni informazione sulle attività operative con l’esclusione delle donazioni di viveri agli orfani e le ristrutturazioni di scuole.

Sappiamo che i soldati del 66° a Herat facevano parte della forza di reazione rapida costituita insieme a una compagnia spagnola per intervenire in ogni area del Settore occidentale. Abbiamo appreso da fonti alleate che si sono distinti nell’autunno scorso in una grande operazione condotta con le truppe americane e afgane nella provincia di Farah, l’Operazione “Wyconda Pincer” della quale “Analisi Difesa” si occupò compatibilmente con le scarse informazioni disponibili. Sappiamo che alcuni militari della Task Force “Cobra” hanno compiuto atti di valore, di eroismo, dal momento che durante la cerimonia nove di loro hanno ricevuto un encomio. Ovviamente le motivazioni non sono state rese note e la stampa non è stata autorizzata a intervistarli.

Un copione già visto con i reduci delle Battaglie dei Ponti di Nassiryah, decorati nei mesi scorsi quasi in silenzio, come se l’Italia avesse vergogna di chi ha combattuto con valore portando il tricolore sull’uniforme.

Probabilmente tra tre o quattro anni anche i nove soldati del 66° riceveranno importanti decorazioni lontano dai riflettori mediatici. Per questo, pur nel rammarico di non poter svolgere il nostro mestiere raccontando ai lettori le loro storie e i loro atti di valore, pubblichiamo i loro nomi:
capitano Matteo Luciani, tenente Giordano Gemma, sergenti Domenico Loiaconi e Fabio Cappai, caporal maggiore capo Stefano Ibba, caporal maggiore scelto Amerigo Minadeo, 1° caporal maggiore Salvatore Roccuzzo, caporal maggiori Giovanni Piga e Gioacchino Alberti.

Uomini di età compresa tra i 20 e i 30 anni (quelli che la nostra società solitamente chiama “ragazzi”) che un Paese appena decente dovrebbe portare ad esempio soprattutto alle giovani generazioni, lasciando che la loro storia venga raccontata nelle scuole, da televisioni e giornali. In fondo hanno preso parte, distinguendosi, a una missione della Repubblica Italiana gestita dalla NATO sotto l’egida dell’ONU.
Basta visitare i siti ufficiali anglo-americani o leggere i loro giornali per trovarvi le storie di tanti soldati distintisi in Iraq o in Afghanistan, con le motivazioni dettagliate degli encomi e delle decorazioni. Storie che non violano certo segreti militari e che non impediscono ai media di quei paesi di criticare le scelte politiche e la partecipazione a quei conflitti.

Il sito della Difesa britannico (www.mod.uk) ha pubblicato i dettagli delle azioni di guerra condotte in Afghanistan da due soldati che hanno ricevuto la Victoria Cross, in quel caso alla memoria. Storie di audacia, di cameratismo, di sacrificio per i commilitoni ma anche di dedizione al dovere, all’uniforme e alla bandiera. Storie di soldati che hanno preso parte alla stessa missione ISAF/NATO alla quale partecipano gli italiani.

Storie che, come a Takrouna, accomunano tutti gli eserciti, incluso quello italiano.

Togliere la pesante censura che circonda le attuali operazioni militari vorrebbe dire parlare anche di guerra, di combattimenti, di quelle cose che i militari fanno e per le quali vengono arruolati, addestrati, armati e inviati oltremare, a Takrouna come ad Herat. Quelle cose per le quali qualcuno a volte merita encomi e decorazioni. Comprendiamo bene il timore del governo per i sussulti di disgusto dei pacifisti che dai centri sociali e da tante parrocchie correrebbero in piazza mettendo in serio pericolo la stabilità politica dell’Italia.

Anche Tony Blair ha avuto i suoi problemi interni alla maggioranza ma non si è mai sognato di nascondere l’operato dei militari britannici che di morti ne hanno già avuti oltre 200 tra Iraq e Afghanistan. Forse perché in una democrazia vera e matura ci sono limiti insuperabili che riguardano il rispetto dovuto agli elettori/contribuenti ma anche al sacrificio di chi veste l’uniforme.

Invece in Italia impazza da anni una fiera dell’ipocrisia che ha come regola fondamentale il divieto di dire all’opinione pubblica una verità che in fondo tutti sanno ma che alcuni fingono di non sapere per tenersi strette poltrone e carriere.
In una Nazione che annovera tra i parlamentari criminali e terroristi, che celebra i caduti ma si vergogna dei valorosi può apparire quasi normale che la codardia nasconda l’eroismo militare
(periodo modificato dal blogger).

di Gianandrea Gaiani

40 anni di terrorismo

Dopo la conferenza tricontinentale tenutasi all’Avana dal 3 al 15 gennaio del 1966 (fondazione dell’OSPAAAL) , la Connessione cubana al terrorismo, dopo l’intervento di ernesto che guevara, scatenò la guerra contro l’occidente … quando l’invasione dell’Iraq e dell’Afganistan non erano ancora avvenute e non potevano essere prese come scusa.
… After tricontinental conference held in Havana from January 3-15, 1966 (foundation OSPAAAL), the Cuban connection to terrorism, after participation of ernesto che guevara, unleashed the war against the West … When the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan had not yet occurred and could not be taken as an excuse

For whom the bell tolls…

July 23, 1968: An Israeli El Al flight en route from Rome to Tel Aviv, Israel with a crew of ten and thirty-eight passengers, was hijacked by four Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Islamic terrorists and forced to land in Algiers, Algeria – an OPEC, Marxist Muslim fiefdom.
August 10, 1968: While it was relatively meaningless by itself, it was part of a bigger campaign. In Turkey today, two firebombs were thrown into the USIS office in Izmir. The anti-American climate in Islamic Turkey would continue to fester and grow.
August 10, 1968: Yasser Arafat’s al-Fatah detonated three grenades in Jerusalem’s Jewish section, injuring eight Israelis and two Americans.
August 19, 1968: Yasser Arafat’s al-Fatahdetonated a bomb near the Parliament building in Jerusalem. No one was hurt.
August 21, 1968: Al Fatah terrorists bombed the U.S. Consulate building in East Jerusalem demonstrating their hatred for Americans.
September 4, 1968: Palestinian Muslims detonated three bombs in the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv killing one Israeli and wounding 71 more. Attacking soft civilian targets was becoming a hallmark of Fatah terrorists.
September 13, 1968: Syrian al-Sa’iqa terrorists attacked the Israeli police headquarters in Baniyas in the Golan Heights. The facility was destroyed and all five Jews who were inside were killed.
October 26, 1968: In the Federal Republic of Germany, three prominent anti-Communist Croatians were assassinated in a Munich apartment. Throughout much of 1968, Communists in Croatia were attacking targets all across Europe.
October 26, 1968: Armed with a revolver, a member of the Black Panthers, Raymond Johnson hijacked a National Airlines flight to Cuba. The Black Panther was arrested and held by Cuba. No one was injured and there were no prisoner exchanges or ransoms.
October 26, 1968: Two Italians hijacked an Olympic Airways jet from Paris en route to Athens to publicize their opposition to the military junta in Greece. The terrorists brandished a pistol and a grenade. They gave the 130 passengers handbills telling them that they had just been punished for going to Greece. No one was injured and no prisoners were exchanged.
November 22, 1968: Islamic terrorists in Israel used a large bomb to kill 12 Jews and wound 52 more in Jerusalem’s most crowed open-air market.
December 26, 1968: Still basking in their July 23rd success, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine attacked another El Al aircraft in Athens, shooting and killing one passenger. In response, Israel destroyed 14 Lebanese planes in Beirut. The two Palestinian hijackers who perpetrated the attack were freed in September of 1970 as the result of a quad hijacking by the PFLP and subsequent prisoner exchange.
December 29, 1968: Yasser Arafat’s al-Fatah claimed “credit” for shelling the Israeli town of Beisan in northeast Israel.
December 31, 1968: In Israel, al-Fatah Islamic terrorists attacked the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Shmona in the upper Galilee. The rockets they deployed had been fired from Lebanon. It was the beginning of a foreboding trend.
January 2, 1969: A lone Islamic terrorist hijacked an Olympic Airways flight that had departed from Crete en route to Athens. The plane was flown to Cairo, Egypt.
February 3, 1969: Yasser Arafat, in the afterglow of the Time Magazine cover story on his violent and victorious defeat at the village of Al-Karameh, and flush with OPEC funding and jihadist recruits, was appointed Director of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in their meeting in Cairo, Egypt. The ugly face of Islamic terror had a new “Commander-in-Chief of the Palestinian Revolutionary Forces.” The “Chairman of the PLO’s Political Department” was now Yasser Arafat.
February 18, 1969: Palestinian Muslims attacked an Israeli El Al airliner in Zurich, Switzerland as it was preparing to take off en route to Tel Aviv. The cockpit of the airliner was machine-gunned by the four Islamic terrorists who belonged to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The terrorists fired 200 bullets and lobbed incendiary grenades from their car as the plane taxied down the runway.
February 25, 1969: The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian “claimed credit” for detonating a bomb inside the British Consulate in Jerusalem. .
March 1, 1969: In Germany, Islamic terrorists corrupted by the Muslim Brotherhood used a bomb to destroy an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 707 jet at the Frankfurt Airport. Several cleaning women were injured in the blast.
The Government of Ethiopia blamed the attack on the Syrian-Egyptian Movement for the Liberation of Eritrea. The Islamic Eritrean Liberation Front claimed credit for the bombing.
March 6, 1969: Muslims belonging to the PFLP thought it would be a good idea to detonate a bomb in the Hebrew University cafeteria, so they did, mutilating and burning the bodies of 29 Jewish students.
May 22, 1969: The attempted assassination of the first Israeli Prime Minister, Ben-Gurion, failed but the would-be killers were freed by Denmark.
June 18, 1969: In Pakistan, three armed members of the Islamic Eritrean Liberation Front assaulted an Ethiopian airliner at the Karachi airport. The Boeing 707 was burned in the attack. The terrorists, all of whom were captured, told authorities that they carried out the attack to dramatize their opposition to Ethiopian rule in Eritrea. Since the Islamic Pakistani government was sympathetic to their cause the three men were jailed for less than one year.
July 17, 1969: In India, a bomb was detonated inside of a USIS reading room in the American Consulate in Calcutta, burning one employee.
July 18, 1969: In London, England, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorists fire-bombed a department store owned by Jewish citizens of the U.K.. The PFLP claimed responsibility for the bombing and warned that there would be more bomb attacks on Jewish-owned establishments in London and in the United States.
PFLP leader George Habbash said, “We shall expand our operations everywhere, in all parts of the world. The enemy camp includes not only Israel but also the Zionist movement, world imperialism led by the United States.” As a Muslim Marxist, Habbash had to please his Islamic and Communist financiers. Terrorism is, after all, expensive.
July 19, 1969: Islamic jihadists associated with the Sudan government firebombed a United States Information Services library in Khartoum. The fundamentalist Islamic regime in control of the Sudan would soon unleash the most deadly genocide in modern history, killing 2.7 million African Animists and Christians.
July 22, 1969: Muslims in the Philippines threw hand grenades into a USIS library in the American Consulate building in Manila, killing one Filipino. They did this because Muslims are hostile to the truth. Honest, open, and informed discussion is the one thing that is lethal to their religion – and thus to the terror Islam inspires.
August 17, 1969: In London, England, PFLP Islamic terrorists planted several bombs inside the Marks and Spencers Department Store.
August 18, 1969: Six Islamic terrorists hijacked an Egyptian Misrair Anatov-24 flying from Cairo to the tourist destination of Aswan on the Nile River. The plane was forced to land in Jidda, Saudi Arabia.
August 18, 1969: The Israel Touristy Office in Copenhagen, Denmark was bombed by Muslim militants.
August 19, 1969: TWA flight 840 from Rome to Athens was hijacked to Syria, where President Assad was sympathetic to Islamic terrorism. The Palestinian terrorists destroyed the aircraft.
August 29, 1969: In France, a TWA Boeing 707 flight from Paris was hijacked by two Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorists and forced to land in Damascus, Syria. The plane carried a crew of 12 and 101 passengers.
After the hijack the Islamic terrorists announced to the passengers that the PFLP had taken command of the flight, and they ordered the plane flown to Damascus. Immediately upon landing, the passengers managed to jump from the plane before a bomb went off, destroying the aircraft. Four passengers were injured.
The PFLP said the hijacking and destruction of the TWA jet, along with the hijacking of an El Al Israeli Airlines plane to Algeria in July l968, the attacks on El Al planes in Athens in December 1968 and in Zurich in February 1969, were all part of their plan to strike at “imperialist interests within and outside the Arab world.” Acknowledging their Muslim overlords, they also asserted that “the action was in reprisal for American assistance to Israel.”.
September 8, 1969: Arafat’s al-Fatah recruited two teenage boys and motivated the young Muslims to throw hand grenades into the El Al Airlines offices in Brussels, Belgium. Four people were wounded in the blast.
What’s interesting is that while the perpetrators admitted that they had conducted their mission on behalf of Fatah, yet the PFLP claimed credit for the attack.
September 8, 1969: Two Islamic terrorists calling themselves “Palestinians,” bombed the Israeli Embassy in Bonn, Germany. The PFLP claimed credit.
September 8, 1969: In the Hague, Netherlands, Muslim militants threw hand grenades into the Israeli Embassy.
September 9, 1969: In Asmara, Ethiopia, the American Consul General Murray Jackson, was kidnapped along with a British businessman by Muslims corrupted in Cairo. After signing a document stating that he had been instructed in the terrorist’s objectives, and that he had not been mistreated, Mr. Jackson was released.
September 12, 1969: In Jordan, a bomb went off on the porch of the Amman home of the U.S. assistant army attaché.
September 13, 1969: Three armed members of the Islamic Eritrean Liberation Front hijacked an Ethiopian Airlines DC-6 with 66 passengers aboard. The flight, bound for Djibouti from Addis Ababa was forced by the Muslim militants to land at Aden, Southern Yemen. One of the hijackers, Muhammad Sayed, 18, was shot by an Ethiopian secret police official who had been a passenger on the flight.
October 7, 1969: An undisclosed group of Argentinean terrorists bombed a number of American businesses for reasons they never disclosed. Although there were nine attacks, no one was injured.
October 21, 1969: Marxist Muslim Muhammad Siad Barre assumed dictatorial power in a military coup d’etat following the assassination of Somalia’s second President, Abdi Rashid Ali Shermarke. Barre nationalized the economy with the help of Soviet advisers and Cuban troops. His Supreme Ruling Council formulated political and legal institutions based on the Qur’an, Marx, Mao, Lenin, and Mussolini. Siad Barre explained: “The official ideology consists of three elements: my own conception of community, a form of socialism based on Marxist principles, and Islam.”.
December 5, 1969: Four Muslim Militants were caught before they could attack an airliner in London. The subsequent plot on the 17th failed as a result.
December 12, 1969: Islamic terrorists bombed the West Berlin office of Israeli El Al Airlines. No one was injured in the blast.
December 12, 1969: Muslim militants associated with the Islamic Eritrean Liberation Front armed with pistols and explosives were killed by plainclothes security guards as they attempted to hijack an Ethiopian Airlines jet shortly after takeoff from Madrid on a flight to Addis Ababa.
In Damascus, Syria, the Eritrean Liberation Front admitted that the two slain men were members of their organization but claimed that they had not intended to hijack the airliner, merely to hand out leaflets. But on December 10, Spanish police had arrested a third ELF member at the Madrid airport for carrying explosives.
December 20, 1969: In Islamic Turkey, a bomb was detonated outside the United States Information Services building in Ankara.
December 21, 1969: Three Lebanese Muslims were caught as they tried to hijack a TWA plane in Athens. The flight was bound for Rome and then on to New York. The three Muslim militants, who used handguns and explosives, said that they were members of the PFLP, and that they had received orders to divert the airplane to Tunis where they were to evacuate the passengers and blow up the aircraft.
One of the hijackers confessed that he and his colleagues had planned to destroy the plane “to warn the Americans to stop providing air communications with Israel.” The three Islamic terrorists were freed after the hijacking of an Olympic Airways plane to Cairo on July 22, l970.
December 29, 1969: Philippine terrorists attempted to assassinate U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew by bombing his car. No one claimed credit for the assault but these same tactics were deployed countless times by local Islamic groups such as the Abu Sayyaf, Jemaah Islamiyah, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
January 1, 1970: In Turkey, an explosion occurred at the entrance of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul. Islamic Turkey was becoming a dangerous place to be an American.
January 9, 1970: In France, a TWA 707 airliner en route from Paris to Rome with just 20 passengers and crew aboard was hijacked to Beirut by a lone French terrorist. He said that he wanted to spite Americans and Israelis for their aggression in the Middle East. Considered a hero by Muslims, when the hijacker was taken into custody in Lebanon he was only sentenced to nine months in jail essentially the time he served awaiting trial. He was promptly released and returned to France, where he was tried for illegal possession of weapons and sentenced to eight months in prison, once again, the length of the trial process.
The Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine thought their criminal act was a good thing, so they claimed responsibility for the murder and mutilations. However, since the word has a problem understanding the benefits of being judgmental, and fails to appreciate the concept of responsibility, the murdering Muslim terrorists were set free after the September 6, 1970 hijacking of one Swiss and two U.S. airliners.
January 11, 1970: In Ethiopia, Islamic jihadists shot and killed a U.S. soldier. The Eritrean Islamic Jihad Movement was responsible for the shooting the American.
The Eritrean Islamic Jihad Movement was composed of Islamic terrorists who are financed, trained, and armed by the fundamentalist Islamic government in neighboring Sudan. The terrorist club sought to depose the current secular government in Eritrea and replace it with an Islamic theocracy based upon Sharia Law.
January 21, 1970: In the Philippines, a car bomb exploded behind the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group headquarters in Manila. Three support staff were injured.
February 10, 1970: In Germany today, three Islamic terrorists killed an Israeli citizen and wounded 11 other Jewish passengers in a grenade attack on a bus at the Munich airport. The militants deployed guns and grenades in their assault on the El Al airport shuttle. The carnage was minimized because the Israeli pilots wrestled the weapons away from the Islamic terrorists.
February 17, 1970: The Germans foiled a PFLP hijacking of an El Al aircraft. However, their temporary success only served to encourage terrorism because the German government foolishly freed the kidnappers two months later.
February 21, 1970: A Swiss Air flight 330 from Zurich bound for Tel Aviv was bombed in mid-air nine minutes after takeoff by the PFLP General Command, a PFLP splinter group. Forty-seven innocent souls lost their lives to Islam, 15 of whom were Israelis. The bomb, placed in the cargo hold, was triggered by a change in atmospheric pressure. While the crew attempted to turn the plane back to the airport, smoke in the cockpit and the loss of electrical power thwarted their efforts,.
February 21, 1970: On the same day that the PFLP-General Command destroyed a Swiss aircraft, killing everyone aboard, the main branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine exploded a bomb aboard an Austrian Airlines Caravelle flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Vienna, Austria. Fortunately, the damage was not catastrophic and the plane returned to Frankfurt safely with its 33 passengers.
The bomb was detonated twenty minutes after takeoff by an altimeter reading of fourteen thousand feet.
March 1, 1970: In Italy, a bomb was found in the luggage of an Islamic terrorist aboard an Ethiopian airliner in Rome. The device had been placed by members of the Eritrean Islamic Jihad Movement.
March 4, 1970: Two hours after a violent anti-American demonstration in the Philippines, a bomb rocked the embassy area and damaged a passing tanker truck carrying gasoline.
March 14, 1970: A United Arab Airlines Antonov 24 flight flying from Athens to Cairo via Alexandria was four minutes out of its stopover when a bomb exploded in the landing gear well of the rear of the left engine, causing extensive damage to the undercarriage and injuring two of the ten passengers.
March 20, 1970: In Ethiopia, five members of a National Geographic film crew, including an American producer, were taken hostage by members of the Eritrean Islamic Jihad Movement. They held the five hostages for 17 days.
March 28, 1970: The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) fired seven rockets into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon and into the JFK Library, also in Beirut. The PFLP later said that the attack was in retaliation for “plans of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut to foment religious strife and create civil massacres in Lebanon aimed at paralyzing the Palestine resistance movement.”
September 11, 1970: In India, a fifth jetliner, a BOAC VC-10, from Bombay to Beirut carrying 150 passengers, was hijacked by the PFLP sympathizer. The plane was also flown to Zarqa, Jordan. The passengers were held hostage pending the release of Miss Khaled from Briton and six other sub-human species. Once they were freed, the plane was blown up. No Islamic country has ever built an airplane, but their citizens became quite apt at destroying them.
September 16, 1970: In what was justified as retaliation for the plane hijackings the week before, but was actually a response to the three assassination attempts on the Jordanian King Hussein’s life, the Islamic nation’s Army attacked Palestinian communities within the kingdom. Since most Jordanian Arabs (70% of the total population) were related to those who call themselves “Palestinians,” and since the ruling monarchy wasn’t among them, this was a preemptive strike designed to keep the majority population subservient to the Hashemite minority. The armed assault on Palestinian refugee camps and communities would continue through July of 1971.
Late September, 1970: In Jordan, the terrorist organization known as Black_September was formed. An outgrowth of Arafat’s Fatah, the Arab League’s PLO, and Egypt’s Fedayeen, they claimed to be descendants of Hasan’s Hashshashin/Assassins of Persian and Crusade infamy.
February 2, 1971: In India, two armed Kashmiri Muslims hijacked an Indian Airlines plane to Pakistan. They demanded that the Indian government release 36 convicted Islamic terrorists held in Kashmir jails. When the government rejected their demands, they blew up the plane.
February 10, 1971: In Sweden, two Croatian Muslims seized control of the Yugoslav consulate in Gothenburg in an unsuccessful attempt to ransom its occupants in exchange for convicted terrorists held in Yugoslav jails. The Yugoslav government refused to meet their demands, and the terrorists surrendered the next day to the Swedish authorities. They were tried and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment. But on September 16, 1972, they were released and flown to Madrid after three Croatians hijacked a Scandinavian airliner and demanded their freedom, along with the release of five Croatians involved in the assassination of the Yugoslav ambassador on April 7, 1971.
April 8, 1971: In Sweden, Croatian terrorists assassinated the Yugoslav ambassador and wounded two Yugoslav diplomats in Stockholm. These murdering jihadists were released from jail when three Croatians militants hijacked a Scandinavian airliner on September 16, 1972, and demanded their freedom.
May 29, 1971: In their second attack since this timeline began, Basque nationalists attempted to kidnap Henri Wolimer, the French Consul in San Sebastian. He resisted and escaped. There were no injuries in either mission.
June 4, 1971: PFLP terrorists carried out an assault on the Liberian-registered oil tanker Coral Sea. Using a speedboat, the jihadists fired 10 bazooka shells at the tanker, causing some damage but no casualties. The attack occurred in the Strait of Bab el Mandeb at the entrance to the Red Sea. It was intended to deter tankers from using the Israeli port of Eilat.
August 24, 1971: In Madrid, Spain, a bomb placed by Al Fatah’s Black_September Organization exploded in a Boeing 707 owned by the Royal Jordanian Airline. The aircraft was parked at the Barajas Airport.
September 26, 1971: In Yemen, three bombs exploded at a U.S. Consular officer’s home. The bombing was believed to be part of an Islamic terrorist campaign against the government.
December 15, 1971: In London, the Black_September Organization attempted to assassinate Zaid Rifai, the Jordanian Ambassador.
December 16, 1971: Three people were injured by parcel bombs sent by the Black_September Organization to the Jordanian mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Muslims first genocide in SudanDecember, 1971: The first Islamic war in the Sudan was nearing resolution. However, Arab Muslims trying to Sharia Law in all of the Sudan had already killed 500,000 Africans, 80% of them being unarmed civilians, leaving a million more homeless.
British bungling had set the stage for the slaughter in Sudan. As part of the UK’s strategy in the Middle East, the Arab Muslim north and the African animist and Christian south were merged into a single administrative protectorate. In 1953 Egypt and the UK granted “independence” to the Sudan because it was becoming impossible to control under these circumstances. Muslims don’t share power with anyone. When this happened, the Arab Muslims in the north immediately recanted the agreements they had made with the African south, and began attacking them. A succession of Islamic dominated administrations did nothing to stop the terror. It was only when a fundamentalist Muslim vs. Muslim Marxist rift in the north emerged, that the genocide temporarily lost momentum. In 1971, Joseph Lagu became the first to organize Africans in the south, providing a voice for the oppressed.
May 11, 1972: A series of bombs placed by the Baader-Meinhof Gang exploded at the Fifth U.S. Army Corps headquarters in West Germany, killing Colonel Paul Bloomquist and wounding 13 others.
The Baader-Meinhof Group was a violent communist association that acted in partnership with the PFLP. They emerged from the Federal Republic of Germany in the late 1960s. On April 2, 1968, Andreas Baader, the group’s founder, and his girlfriend Gudrun Ensslin, bombed a Frankfurt department store. The well-known German journalist Ulrike Meinhof, helped Baader flee custody. Following the prison break, Meinhof and Baader enrolled in a terrorist training camp run by the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and became infamous.
Returning from the Islamic terrorist training camp, Baader, Meinhof, and Ensslin engaged in a violent spree of bombings, abductions, and firearm attacks. They professed a hazy mix of Marxism, Maoism, and Muslim beliefs as the terrorized West Germany.
May 24, 1972: In Zimbabwe, a South African Airways Boeing 727 flying from Salisbury to Johannesburg with 66 passengers and crew on board was hijacked by two Lebanese Muslim terrorists who threatened to blow up the aircraft.
May 31, 1972: After receiving the $5 million ransom from the German government, the PLO/PFLP/BSO financed and dispatched members of the Japanese Red Army to attack Lod Airport in Tel Aviv. They bombed the terminal and used automatic weapons to gun down and kill 27 people milling in the crowd, wounding 75 to 80 more. Yes, Islam has always found soulmates in Communist, Socialist, and Fascist circles.
June 10, 1972: The West German embassy in Dublin, Ireland was damaged by a bomb that had been placed by supporters of the Baader-Meinhof Gang of Muslim-trained Marxists.
July 18, 1972: An attaché case containing fifteen pounds of explosives was discovered in the USIS Cultural Center in Manila. The device was set to explode at 1 AM Saturday. The guard did not check the case until Monday morning, and the building was spared only because of the failure of the timing device.
July 31, 1972: A group of hijackers, including George Edward Wright, George Brown, Melvin McNair, his wife Jean Allen McNair, and Joyce T. Burgess, who said they were Black Panther Party sympathizers, took over a Delta Air Lines jet over Florida and directed the plane to Algeria after collecting $1 million in ransom.
August 5, 1972: The PFLP/PLO/BSO attacked an oil refinery in Trieste, Italy. The damage they wrought in the ensuing fire in large oil storage tanks was considerable, estimated at over $7 million. The attack was justified because Germany and Austria allegedly supplied oil to Israel.
Attack on the Munich Airport, February 10, 1970: Three terrorists attacked El Al passengers in a bus at the Munich Airport with guns and grenades. One passenger was killed and 11 were injured. All three terrorists were captured by airport police. The Action Organization for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.
settembre nero attacco terroristico di monacoMunich Olympic Massacre, September 5, 1972: Eight Palestinian “Black September” terrorists seized eleven Israeli athletes in the Olympic Village in Munich, West Germany. In a bungled rescue attempt by West German authorities, nine of the hostages and five terrorists were killed.
Ambassador to Sudan Assassinated March 2, 1973: U.S. Ambassador to Sudan Cleo A. Noel and other diplomats were assassinated at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum by members of the Black September organization.
Attack and Hijacking at the Rome Airport December 17, 1973: Five terrorists pulled weapons from their luggage in the terminal lounge at the Rome airport, killing two persons. They then attacked a Pan American 707 bound for Beirut and Tehran, destroying it with incendiary grenades and killing 29 persons, including 4 senior Moroccan officials and 14 American employees of ARAMCO. They then herded 5 Italian hostages into a Lufthansa airliner and killed an Italian customs agent as he tried to escape, after which they forced the pilot to fly to Beirut. After Lebanese authorities refused to let the plane land, it landed in Athens, where the terrorists demanded the release of 2 Arab terrorists. In order to make Greek authorities comply with their demands, the terrorists killed a hostage and threw his body onto the tarmac. The plane then flew to Damascus, where it stopped for two hours to obtain fuel and food. It then flew to Kuwait, where the terrorists released their hostages in return for passage to an unknown destination. The Palestine Liberation Organization disavowed the attack, and no group claimed responsibility for it.
Ambassador to Afghanistan Assassinated, February 14, 1979: Four Afghans kidnapped U.S. Ambassador Adolph Dubs in Kabul and demanded the release of various “religious figures.” Dubs was killed, along with four alleged terrorists, when Afghan police stormed the hotel room where he was being held.
ostaggi americani in iranIran Hostage Crisis, November 4, 1979: After President Carter agreed to admit the Shah of Iran into the US, Iranian radicals seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 66 American diplomats hostage. Thirteen hostages were soon released, but the remaining 53 were held until their release on January 20, 1981.
Grand Mosque Seizure, November 20, 1979: 200 Islamic terrorists seized the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, taking hundreds of pilgrims hostage. Saudi and French security forces retook the shrine after an intense battle in which some 250 people were killed and 600 wounded.
Threats from Libya
When intelligence reports surfaced that Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi had plans to assassinate American diplomats in Rome and Paris, President Reagan expelled all Libyan diplomats from the U.S. (May 6, 1981) and closed Libya’s diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C. Three months later, Reagan ordered U.S. Navy jets to shoot down Libyan fighters if they ventured inside what was known as the “line of death.” (This was the line created by Qaddafi to demarcate Libya’s territorial waters, which he said extended more than 100 miles off the country’s shoreline; the U.S. and other maritime nations recognized Libyan territorial waters as extending only 12 miles from shore.) As expected, the Libyan Air Force counter-attacked and Navy jets shot down two SU-22 warplanes about 60 miles off the Libyan coast.

Bombing of U.S. Embassy in Beirut, April 18, 1983: Sixty-three people, including the CIA’s Middle East director, were killed and 120 were injured in a 400-pound suicide truck-bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
beirut attentato alla ceserme dei marines
Bombing of Marine Barracks, Beirut, October 23, 1983 : Simultaneous suicide truck-bomb attacks were made on American and French compounds in Beirut, Lebanon. A 12,000-pound bomb destroyed the U.S. compound, killing 242 Americans, while 58 French troops were killed when a 400-pound device destroyed a French base. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
Bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, Dec. 12, 1983
The American embassy in Kuwait was bombed in a series of attacks whose targets also included the French embassy, the control tower at the airport, the country’s main oil refinery, and a residential area for employees of the American corporation Raytheon. Six people were killed, including a suicide truck bomber, and more than 80 others were injured. The suspects were thought to be members of Al Dawa, or “The Call,” an Iranian-backed group and one of the principal Shiite groups operating against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

Kidnapping of Embassy Official, March 16, 1984: The Islamic Jihad kidnapped and later murdered Political Officer William Buckley in Beirut, Lebanon. Other U.S. citizens not connected to the U.S. government were seized over a succeeding two-year period.

TWA Hijacking, June 14, 1985: A Trans-World Airlines flight was hijacked en route to Rome from Athens by two Lebanese Hizballah terrorists and forced to fly to Beirut. The eight crew members and 145 passengers were held for seventeen days, during which one American hostage, a U.S. Navy sailor, was murdered. After being flown twice to Algiers, the aircraft was returned to Beirut after Israel released 435 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners.
Air India Bombing, June 23, 1985: A bomb destroyed an Air India Boeing 747 over the Atlantic, killing all 329 people aboard. Both Sikh and Kashmiri terrorists were blamed for the attack. Two cargo handlers were
killed at Tokyo airport, Japan, when another Sikh bomb exploded in an Air Canada aircraft en route to India.
Bombing in Copenhagen : July 22, 1985
Two near-simultaneous bombs in Copenhagen, at the Jewish synagogue and at the offices of Northwest Orient, explode, killing one and injuring 32. The bombers are interrupted while placing a third, more powerful, bomb, which they later dispose of in the city’s harbour. The bombs are later linked to Islamic Jihad.

Soviet Diplomats Kidnapped : September 30, 1985: In Beirut, Lebanon, Sunni terrorists kidnapped four Soviet diplomats. One was killed but three were later released.
Achille Lauro Hijacking, October 7, 1985: Four Palestinian Liberation Front terrorists seized the Italian cruise liner in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, taking more than 700 hostages. One U.S. passenger was murdered before the Egyptian government offered the terrorists safe haven in return for the hostages freedom.
Egyptian Airliner Hijacking November 23, 1985: An EgyptAir airplane bound from Athens to Malta and carrying several U.S. citizens was hijacked by the Abu Nidal Group.
Airport Attacks in Rome and Vienna December 27, 1985: Four gunmen belonging to the Abu Nidal Organization attacked the El Al and Trans World Airlines ticket counters at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport with grenades and automatic rifles. Thirteen persons were killed and 75 were wounded before Italian police and Israeli security guards killed three of the gunmen and captured the fourth. Three more Abu Nidal gunmen attacked the El Al ticket counter at Vienna’s Schwechat Airport, killing three persons and wounding 30. Austrian police killed one of the gunmen and captured the others.
Aircraft Bombing in Greece, March 30, 1986: A Palestinian splinter group detonated a bomb as TWA Flight 840 approached Athens airport, killing four U.S. citizens.
Berlin Discoteque Bombing, April 5, 1986: Two U.S. soldiers were killed and 79 American servicemen were injured in a Libyan bomb attack on a nightclub in West Berlin, West Germany. In retaliation U.S. military jets bombed targets in and around Tripoli and Benghazi.
Kidnapping of William Higgins February 17, 1988: U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel W. Higgins was kidnapped and murdered by the Iranian-backed Hizballah group while serving with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization (UNTSO) in southern Lebanon.
Naples USO Attack, April 14, 1988: The Organization of Jihad Brigades exploded a car-bomb outside a USO Club in Naples, Italy, killing one U.S. sailor.
Pan Am 103 Bombing, December 21, 1988: Pan American Airlines Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, by a bomb believed to have been placed on the aircraft by Libyan terrorists in Frankfurt, West Germany. All 259 people on board were killed.
Bombing of UTA Flight 772, September 19, 1989: A bomb explosion destroyed UTA Flight 772 over the Sahara Desert in southern Niger during a flight from Brazzaville to Paris. All 170 persons aboard were killed. Six Libyans were later found guilty in absentia and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Argentina, March 17, 1992: Hizballah claimed responsibility for a blast that leveled the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, causing the deaths of 29 and wounding 242.
Hotel bombing in Somalia Dec. 29, 1992
In the first al-Qaida attack against U.S. forces, operatives bomb a hotel where U.S. troops — on their way to a humanitarian mission in Somalia — had been staying. Two Austrian tourists are killed. Almost simultaneously, another group of al-Qaida operatives are caught at Aden airport, Yemen, as they prepare to launch rockets at U.S. military planes. U.S. troops quickly leave Aden.

World Trade Center Bombing, February 26, 1993: The World Trade Center in New York City was badly damaged when a car bomb planted by Islamic terrorists exploded in an underground garage. The bomb left 6 people dead and 1,000 injured. The men carrying out the attack were followers of Umar Abd al-Rahman, an Egyptian cleric who preached in the New York City area.
Attempted Assassination of President Bush by Iraqi Agent. April 14, 1993: The Iraqi intelligence service attempted to assassinate former U.S. President George Bush during a visit to Kuwait. In retaliation, the U.S. launched a cruise missile attack 2 months later on the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
Kashmiri Hostage-taking, July 4, 1995: In India six foreigners, including two U.S. citizens, were taken hostage by Al-Faran, a Kashmiri separatist group. One non-U.S. hostage was later found beheaded.
Jerusalem Bus Attack August 21, 1995: HAMAS claimed responsibility for the detonation of a bomb that killed 6 and injured over 100 persons, including several U.S. citizens.
Saudi Military Installation Attack November 13, 1995: The Islamic Movement of Change planted a bomb in a Riyadh military compound that killed one U.S. citizen, several foreign national employees of the U.S. government, and over 40 others.
Egyptian Embassy Attack November 19, 1995: A suicide bomber drove a vehicle into the Egyptian Embassy compound in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing at least 16 and injuring 60 persons. Three militant Islamic groups claimed responsibility.
HAMAS Bus Attack February 26, 1996: In Jerusalem, a suicide bomber blew up a bus, killing 26 persons, including three U.S. citizens, and injuring some 80 persons, including three other US citizens.
Dizengoff Center Bombing March 4, 1996: HAMAS and the Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ) both claimed responsibility for a bombing outside of Tel Aviv’s largest shopping mall that killed 20 persons and injured 75 others, including 2 U.S. citizens.
West Bank Attack May 13, 1996: Arab gunmen opened fire on a bus and a group of Yeshiva students near the Bet El settlement, killing a dual U.S./Israeli citizen and wounding three Israelis. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but HAMAS was suspected.
Empire State Building Sniper Attack February 23, 1997: A Palestinian gunman opened fire on tourists at an observation deck atop the Empire State Building in New York City, killing a Danish national and wounding visitors from the United States, Argentina, Switzerland, and France before turning the gun on himself. A handwritten note carried by the gunman claimed this was a punishment attack against the “enemies of Palestine.”
Israeli Shopping Mall Bombing September 4, 1997: Three suicide bombers of HAMAS detonated bombs in the Ben Yehuda shopping mall in Jerusalem, killing eight persons, including the bombers, and wounding nearly 200 others. A dual U.S./Israeli citizen was among the dead, and 7 U.S. citizens were wounded.
Murder of U.S. Businessmen in Pakistan November 12, 1997: Two unidentified gunmen shot to death four U.S. auditors from Union Texas Petroleum Corporation and their Pakistani driver after they drove away from the Sheraton Hotel in Karachi. The Islami Inqilabi Council, or Islamic Revolutionary Council, claimed responsibility in a call to the U.S. Consulate in Karachi. In a letter to Pakistani newspapers, the Aimal Khufia Action Committee also claimed responsibility.
Tourist Killings in Egypt November 17, 1997: Al-Gama’at al-Islamiyya (IG) gunmen shot and killed 58 tourists and four Egyptians and wounded 26 others at the Hatshepsut Temple in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor. Thirty-four Swiss, eight Japanese, five Germans, four Britons, one French, one Colombian, a dual Bulgarian/British citizen, and four unidentified persons were among the dead. Twelve Swiss, two Japanese, two Germans, one French, and nine Egyptians were among the wounded.
Attack on U.S.S. Cole, October 12, 2000: In Aden, Yemen, a small dingy carrying explosives rammed the destroyer U.S.S. Cole, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39 others. Supporters of Usama Bin Laden were suspected.
Bus Stop Bombing, April 22, 2001: A member of HAMAS detonated a bomb he was carrying near a bus stop in Kfar Siva, Israel, killing one person and injuring 60.
Philippines Hostage Incident, May 27, 2001: Muslim Abu Sayyaf guerrillas seized 13 tourists and 3 staff members at a resort on Palawan Island and took their captives to Basilan Island. The captives included three U.S. citizens: Guellermo Sobero and missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham. Philippine troops fought a series of battles with the guerrillas between June 1 and June 3 during which 9 hostages escaped and two were found dead. The guerrillas took additional hostages when they seized the hospital in the town of Lamitan. On June 12, Abu Sayyaf spokesman Abu Sabaya claimed that Sobero had been killed and beheaded; his body was found in October. The Burnhams remained in captivity until June 2002.
Tel-Aviv Nightclub Bombing, June 1, 2001: HAMAS claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a popular Israeli nightclub that caused over 140 casualties.
HAMAS Restaurant Bombing, August 9, 2001: A HAMAS-planted bomb detonated in a Jerusalem pizza restaurant, killing 15 people and wounding more than 90. The Israeli response included occupation of Orient House, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s political headquarters in East Jerusalem.
Suicide Bombing in Israel, September 9, 2001: The first suicide bombing carried out by an Israeli Arab killed 3 persons in Nahariya. HAMAS claimed responsibility.
Death of “the Lion of the Panjshir”, September 9, 2001: Two suicide bombers fatally wounded Ahmed Shah Massoud, a leader of Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance, which had opposed both the Soviet occupation and the post-Soviet Taliban government. The bombers posed as journalists and were apparently linked to al-Qaida. The Northern Alliance did not confirm Massoud’s death until September 15.
Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Homeland, September 11, 2001: Two hijacked airliners crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Soon thereafter, the Pentagon was struck by a third hijacked plane. A fourth hijacked plane, suspected to be bound for a high-profile target in Washington, crashed into a field in southern Pennsylvania. The attacks killed 3,025 U.S. citizens and other nationals. President Bush and Cabinet officials indicated that Usama Bin Laden was the prime suspect and that they considered the United States in a state of war with international terrorism. In the aftermath of the attacks, the United States formed the Global Coalition Against Terrorism.

… and we know terrorism has not stopped…. it continues and we must be vigilant. We must not forget. We must not put our heads in the sand. We must demand that our elected officials stop playing politics. This isn’t a game. The common thread in all the attacks is that there is a deep seeded hatred for us.

According to them, we must submit or die. That is their goal- it is just that simple… What is our goal? I hope it is live free or die… All preceding information is an incomplete sampling of terrorist activity pulled directly from:
U.S. Department of State – Significant Terrorist Incidents, 1961-2003: A Brief Chronology

Additional sources:
Terrorism Awareness Project : What everybody needs to know about Jihad
Terrorism Awareness Project : The Islamic Mein Kampf
Prophet of Doom
Religion of Peace
Steve Spak

Palestine Facts
Wikipedia

** please note: many of the “old” organizations have morphed or simply changed their name. FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists!

Terrorist logos
List of Current Terrorist Organizations
islamic Terrorism goal
By Cathy

OBSESSION

L'operazione Achille coinvolge gli Italiani

La furia di Achille complica la vita al governo italiano.
Come ampiamente previsto dagli analisti militari l’offensiva scatenata da 4.500 soldati britannici, statunitensi canadesi e olandesi affiancati da un migliaio di governativi afgani nelle province di Helmand e Oruzgan sta spingendo i talebani nella provincia di Farah che rientra nel Comando regionale Ovest a guida italiana. Il coinvolgimento delle truppe italiane e spagnole era stato del resto pianificato dal quartier generale dell’International Security Assistance Force proprio per chiudere la via di fuga ai talebani nell’area di confine tra Helmand e Farah e soprattutto lungo la strada che conduce a Laskargah, già utilizzata in febbraio dai talebani per occupare temporaneamente il distretto di Bakwa, dove in un attentato sono stati uccisi il capo della polizia e nove agenti.

Sul ruolo italiano nell’operazione bellica si è scatenato l’ormai consueto balletto di conferme internazionali e mezze smentite italiane. Fonti militari al comando Sud della NATO di Kandahar hanno confermato, il 14 marzo che “i militari italiani e quelli spagnoli operano lungo il confine tra la provincia di Farah e quella di Helmand a supporto dell’operazione Achilleâ€Â. Una notizia già anticipata da alcune indiscrezioni e confermata da un portavoce di Madrid che aveva rivelato che forze spagnole e italiane erano state schierate lunedì a Farah per rendere “impermeabileâ€Â il confine con Helmand alle forze talebane. Con una mezza rettifica la Difesa spagnola non ha poi voluto confermare ufficialmente la notizia.

Confusa anche la rettifica del Ministero della Difesa italiano, che conferma l’operazione in corso ma con l’impiego di sole truppe spagnole, senza riuscire ad evitare la richiesta di chiarimenti in Parlamento da parte di Rifondazione Comunista e PDCI. I chiarimenti sono arrivati dal sottosegretario alla Difesa, Lorenzo Forcieri, che ha confermato le attività militari in corso lungo i confini del settore ovest negando che gli italiani conducano “operazioni d’attaccoâ€Â e che vi siano violazioni delle regole d’ingaggio. D’altra parte se i “caveatâ€Â impediscono alla NATO di impiegare i soldati italiani e spagnoli fuori dal settore occidentale (salvo nei casi d’emergenza, e l’Operazione Achille lo è sicuramente), le regole d’ingaggio dall’aprile scorso sono comuni a tutti i contingenti alleati e prevedono anche l’attacco preventivo contro le formazioni talebane.

Sul piano operativo l’Operazione Achille prevedeva fin dall’inizio l’impiego delle truppe guidate dal generale Antonio Satta quanto meno per sigillare l’area di confine con Helmand. Una pianificazione che ha ovviamente coinvolto il Comando Regionale Ovest di Herat e lo stesso quartier generale di Kabul dove lavorano una cinquantina di ufficiali e sottufficiali italiani incluso il generale di divisione Vincenzo Lops che è uno dei vice capi di stato maggiore di ISAF.
Difficile quindi affermare che l’Italia non è coinvolta nelle operazioni alleate, anche in quelle offensive, indipendentemente dalla presenza o meno di nostri reparti sul campo di battaglia.
In termini tattici a Farah è stata dispiegata la forza di reazione rapida italo-spagnola dotata di veicoli Lince e BMR oltre a 3 elicotteri CH-47 italiani e 6 Couguar iberici. Di fatto l’unica pedina di manovra a disposizione del generale Satta che deve controllare quattro province con appena 2.000 militari, si tratta di una compagnia di fanteria aeromobile spagnola e una di fanti del 151° reggimento (brigata “Sassariâ€Â), reparto che schiera ad Herat altre due compagnie necessarie però al presidio delle basi e del Provincial reconstruction team. Il 15 marzo il colonnello Pierluigi Monteduro, comandante del 151° Reggimento della Brigata Sassari, ha assunto la guida del PRT di Herat, il Team di ricostruzione provinciale che opera nell’area occidentale dell’Afghanistan.
Monteduro, che è stato da poco decorato per il ruolo sostenuto durante la battaglia dei ponti a Nassiryah, è subentrato al colonnello Filippo Ferrandu al vertice del PRT impegnato tra l’altro in un programma che prevede la costruzione di 13 scuole in diversi distretti della provincia, con un budget di 2,4 milioni di euro. Alle dipendenze di Monteduro operano 300 militari del 151° Reggimento ”Sassari”, 11 dei quali donne, inclusa una compagnia assegnata alla Forza di Reazione Rapida italo-spagnola. Dopo che negli ultimi mesi la situazione a Farah si è fatta più incandescente una delle due compagnie, a rotazione, è stata dislocata nella provincia. Attualmente è il turno degli spagnoli, che verranno avvicendati a fine marzo dai fanti italiani che però schierano ormai da tempo proprio a Farah anche alcuni distaccamenti del Task Group di forze speciali assegnato al settore ovest e che collaborano con le special forces americane di “Enduring Freedomâ€Â. Secondo indiscrezioni gli incursori del Col Moschin e del COMSUBIN insieme ai ranger del 4° reggimento effettuano pattugliamenti a lungo raggio lungo il confine con Helmand mentre i team del 185° reggimento acquisizione obiettivi controllano le vie d’accesso a Farah per individuare i movimenti talebani.

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