Concerns Grow over Al Qaeda, U.S. Election
All Things Considered NPR (audio link)
Aug. 6, 2004
Is al Qaeda planning attacks that could influence the November presidential election in the United States? Some say political reverberations from the March pre-election bombing in Spain can only embolden terrorist planners. But it's unclear which U.S. candidate al Qaeda would like to see in the White House. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly reports.
Michael Ledeen is included in the debate.
Iranian defence minister says Iran will test missile
8 August 2004
TEHERAN - Iran will soon test a more advanced version of its Shahab-3 missile, Iranian Defence Minister Ali Shamkhani said, the Tehran Times said on Sunday.
Shamkhani said the rocket would be tested not only in range but also in other areas. The test is necessary so that the country will be prepared for an attack.
Iran has several times warned of a probable attack by the United States or Israel, and Shamkhani said Iran should be prepared for the worst-case scenario.
A society which does not prepare itself for threats will meet the same fate as Saddam Hussein, the minister was quoted by the daily as saying.
The minister rejected Israeli accusations that its missiles were a threat to Europe, saying Irans military strategy was no threat to any country and aimed solely at defensive purposes.
Iran tested the missile in June last year when it was delivered to the armed forces. The medium-range ballistic missile has a range of 1,300 kilometres, meaning it could reach Israel if launched from Iran.
Iran has several times rejected harsh criticism by Tel Aviv on the missile tests and said the tests were the legitimate right of the Islamic state.
The last missile under production in Iran is the Shahab-4, which was, however, solely designed for launching satellites and not for military purposes.