August 19, 2005


U.S. questions Jordan rocket strikes (The Associated Press, August 19, 2005)

The Bush administration was trying to determine Friday whether rocket strikes from Jordan that narrowly missed a U.S. Navy ship were aimed at U.S. interests and how seriously to take the claim of responsibility from an al-Qaida linked group.

"We condemn all such attacks," said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, who is with the vacationing President Bush here. "We are investigating the matter and will cooperate with local Jordanian officials on the attacks."

Early Friday, three rockets were fired that Israeli and Jordanian authorities said were launched by militants from a warehouse.

One sailed over the bow of the USS Ashland, docked at the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba, and slammed into a Jordanian army warehouse nearby, killing a Jordanian soldier. That warehouse is also used by the U.S. military to store goods bound for Iraq, according to Jordanian authorities.

Another rocket fell close to a nearby airport in neighboring Israel, officials said. The third landed near a public hospital about a mile away, according to a Jordanian officia

It sounds about like what post-Osama al Qaeda has been reduced to--ineffective rocket lobbing within a Muslim country.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2005 3:53 PM

Sounds like what Clinton had reduced us to.

Posted by: Dave at August 19, 2005 4:42 PM

It sounds to me like the Navy turned tail and now is claiming they weren't actually shooting at them.

Hey, 'bout a story on the illegal aliens that won an American's ranch in a court settlement? Can't wait.

Posted by: NC3 at August 19, 2005 8:01 PM