Looks like you're on a roll, Siraj!
You know when people say, 'don't shoot the messenger', you better hope it's not you that they're talking about, cause one of these days, someone just might, y'know, take a shot.
Be careful, dude –I mean it–
From Al Jazeera International
UPDATED ON: TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2007
7:29 MECCA TIME, 2:29 GMT
NEWS: AMERICAS – THE WAR ON EVIL
By Siraj Talal (Embedded in North Carolina)
COMBINED MUSLIM AND HINDU FORCES UP ANTE IN SEARCH FOR CHRISTIAN EXTREMISTS
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Calls Surge 'Disappointing'
Ninety advance troops from India arrived in Asheville, NC, today. An additional battalion of roughly 800 troops from Indonesia, by way of Venezuela, are expected to arrive next week.
It is the first small wave of troops in a Combined Forces strategy that is expected to put more than 1,500 additional PMC troops on the ground in US territory, significantly escalating the search for Oliver Lowell and members of his organization, on the premise that he may be in possession of materials enabling him to build weapons of mass destruction.
The arrival of additional forces in North Carolina comes four days after leaders of the Combined Forces approved a 'surge' of additional military force, while attending a special emergency conference in Bali, Indonesia.
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-N.M., also responded to the report, calling the arrival of foreign troops on American soil "deeply disappointing."
Reid has said on previous occasions that Americans won't tolerate foreign forces in North Carolina, or anywhere in the country, and that he has been considering plans for an offensive offered by his congressional colleagues, in direct contrast to what the public now knows President Bush calls a policy of 'limited cooperation'.
Split Troops to Secure City
PMC Military commanders say there is more to this plan than boots on ground –it's also how they'll be used.
The idea is for members of Special Forces to become a more integral part of Appalachian neighborhoods like Asheville, which was secured earlier this month, only to see violence spike immediately after PMC forces declared their mission accomplished.
Under the new plan, the city of Asheville will be divided into nine separate sections at the request of Indian government who want one Army and police battalion devoted to section.
The additional PMC troops being sent to southwestern part of North Carolina will be divided among those nine sections of the city, nearly doubling PMC combat power in the region.
In a surprising switch from the current course of action, these PMC forces will be housed –not in encampments in the mountains– but rather in the very neighborhoods they patrol. Military planners told Al Jazeera International there will eventually be about 30 mini-bases, called joint security stations, scattered around the region housing both Indian and Indonesian troops primarily.