We landed safely and then he announced that they had some kind of threat from someone and that’s why he landed the plane.A passenger on Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK709 • Discussing the reason the flight was diverted to an airport near London, rather than landing at its expected destination of Manchester, England. Fighter jets guided the plane to safety, and two men were arrested for endangering an aircraft Friday. Despite the nature of the incident, officials are treating the incident as criminal, not terror.
I would expect it will be significant, which means thousands, not hundreds, but I would not expect it to be the majority.British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond • Discussing the planned troop withdrawals out of Afghanistan next year. Roughly 500 troops will get removed by the end of 2012, leaving about 9,000 still in the country — so based on Hammond’s statement, as many as 4,500 troops will get withdrawn in 2013.
We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping. We have informed our commanders in Helmand to do whatever they can to eliminate him.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid • On the manpower and resources the Taliban plan to divert towards accomplishing their new top priority: killing Britain’s Prince Harry. Only two weeks removed from his naked escapades in a Las Vegas hotel, the 27-year-old British royal is now flying helicopters in Afghanistan. For what it’s worth, the head of NATO forces in the region isn’t particularly worried about young Harry’s health. ”We do everything we can to protect all our troops deployed to Afghanistan ,” said Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, adding, “Whatever might be their personal background.”
It’s not that Romney struck out against a major league pitcher. I mean, here, he struck out playing t-ball. This should have been easy and it wasn’t for him apparently.Obama campaign aide Colin Kahl • Pulling out the dagger against Mitt Romney, who spent a week overseas, stretching out his foreign policy legs in other countries. Problem — he kept making headlines for doing stupid things. First, he criticized Britain for being unable to handle the Olympics. Then he made a negative comment about Palestinian culture. Finally, he bashed Obama for scrapping a missile defense system — a criticism which the Slovakian foreign minister didn’t like. So yeah, kinda rough — though he did score points with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, for what it’s worth.
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I am so rooting for you tomorrow not just as a personal friend but because professionally we’re definitely in this together. Speech of your life? Yes, he Cam!Former News International exec Rebekah Brooks • In a text message to current British Prime Minister David Cameron, on the brink of a speech Cameron was about to make at a Conservative Party conference. News International had to hand over the text messages between the two as part of the Leveson Inquiry that grew out of the company’s phone-hacking scandal. It’s been a fun one so far, with such luminaries as Tony Blair (who also had a tight relationship with Brooks) and Rupert Murdoch being forced to testify. Today was Cameron’s turn.
» The NATO action, according to British PM David Cameron, was “extraordinarily difficult” to decide to go through with. He nonetheless approved the plans after increased concern as to the hostages’ safety, among them 28-year-old Brit Helen Johntson. The kidnapped four (two of whom were Afghans) who were held in Gulati, a town in Afghanistan’s northern region near the Tajikstan border. It’s reported that numerous Taliban members were slain in the operation, but the NATO forces escaped unscathed. “We will never be able to publish their names,” Cameron said, “but the whole country should know we have an extraordinary group of people who work for us who do amazingly brave things.”