NEWS: Explosions in Eilat and Aqaba port

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posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 03:45 AM
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At 9:30 a.m a Katyusha rocket landed near the airport in Eilat. There were no reported wounded. Around the same time, in the Aqaba port in Jordan, three explosions were heard on an American ship in the port.
 



www.haaretz.com
Simultaneously, three rockets hit the port of Aqaba near a facility used by U.S. military vessels, but the cause of the blast was still unclear.

At least one blast was heard at about 9 a.m. local time near Aqaba, a Red Sea port 350 kilometers south of the Jordanian capital Amman, according to an official at the Aqaba Port Authority who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


(Israeli ) Army radio reported, Eilat explosion seems caused by missile launched from Aqaba.
The Associated Press reported, U.S. Navy confirmed that a mortar was fired at an American vessel docked in Jordan's Aqaba port but missed and hit a pier warehouse.


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posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 03:54 AM
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Some other sources;
CNN
&
Yahoo/Reuters

Now to see where te follow ups lead. Good to see multiple sources, sort of leaves out al-Jazeera propaganda.
Good catch.



posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 04:03 AM
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News here is reporting that a Mortar was fired at a U.S. Navy Vessel, docked in Jordanian Port, but missed the ship. Two ships were docked there at the time, the ships have since left the port.

hmm, what to make of it?

Edit:

Just came across this:

www.haaretzdaily.com...

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said those who fired the rocket intended to hit Eilat. Mofaz said he was in Jordan last week and spoke to King Abdullah about security cooperation and that Israel had issued a travel warning for Jordan based on intelligence information that Al-Qaida was planning to attack Israeli targets.



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posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 04:05 AM
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Yup.. The Mortar hit a warehouse instead..
Although sources say many rockets were fired at Eilat FROM Jordan..

Now that should raise eyebrows..



posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 04:18 AM
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Although sources say many rockets were fired at Eilat FROM Jordan..


Aqaba and Eilat are about 10 miles apart and located on either side of the Jordan-Israeli border at the northern end of the Red Sea close to the Sinai Peninsula.

The attacks were intended to hit the Israeli side and the Jordanian side as well



posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 04:46 AM
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The story is reported here...

click this

This quote from the above source gave me a giggle.



Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz speaking said the attacks were "intended to hit the Israeli side and the Jordanian side as well".
"We still don't know who is behind this act," he said, adding that the Israeli and Jordanian authorities were co-operating over the incident.


I would have thought it was obvious who was behind the attacks.
US ships in the Gulf = attacks by "insurgents"/freedom fighters".

OK, there is no proof that it was those people, but lets all hazard a guess here.



posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 04:56 AM
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For what it's worth . . .

Al-Jazeera.net

Al-Jazeera.com

At least for this incident they seem to be [reporting] pretty much the same as other sources.

[remembering the old Dragnet phrase, ". . . just the facts ma'am . . . just the facts]

There also seems to be some differences in the actual number of rockets, but at least three are currently being aknowledged.



posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 05:05 AM
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Anyone remember the movie "The Cell", you know, the one where all Muzzies are rounded up, and where the good Arab turns out to be the bad guy...


Really,who says it is insurgents here?

Everyone?

And who thinks it could be an Intel Op, ie. an Intelligent Operation meant to resemble an attempted insurgent attack.

No one?

Well, that there we call a success in Intel prior to conducting the mission.



posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 07:25 AM
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So now it seems that Iraqi insurgents are spreading out and attempring to attacks US targets outside of Iraq. This could get really bad if this was not an isolated incident.



Reuters
A Jordanian security source said authorities were searching for three men in the Katyusha missile attack, which was launched from an industrial warehouse area near the entrance to the city.

"We are searching for a Syrian and two Iraqis who are in Aqaba and used Kuwaiti number plates," the source said.



posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 07:37 AM
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I'm betting they were trying to make it look like the attack came from the ship and vice versa. Hoping everyone would start shooting at each other. With all that is going on right now in that area, it seems like it would not take much to start something.



posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 07:45 AM
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Again, Israeli minister's presence preceeds a terrorist attack. People might start to talk!

Theres only so long before you stop believing in coincidences.



posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 08:45 AM
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A group claiming links to al Qaeda claims responsibility.

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paraphrased:

They claim this is their debut and are demanding the release of jailed brothers and the Jordanian tyrant abdicating the throne.

This will be interesting to follow.

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posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 06:36 PM
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Hmmm.

This attack apparently caused the oil prices to go up again...

Daily Times: Oil prices up after attack on US ships





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