Skip to comments.Iran’s intelligence service “occupies” key Iraq city [Karbala]
Posted on 09/04/2005 9:16:11 PM PDT by freedom44
London, Sep. 04 Irans notorious Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) has infiltrated key levers of power in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala, southern Iraq, according to an independent Iraqi daily.
The city of Karbala is presently under complete occupation of the Iranian regime and has been taken over, the daily Iraq al-Ghad (Tomorrows Iraq) wrote.
Thousands of intelligence agents of the Iranian regime have been given Iraqi citizenship, the daily wrote.
The sale of books on literature, arts, and philosophy is banned in Karbalas bookstores. Only religious books that the culture centre distributes at a cheap price or at times free of charge are permitted.
The paper added that 421 Iranian agents that had been arrested in Karbala at the time when Ayad Allawi was Iraqs interim Prime Minister. It said the citys police chief had been fired after complaining about the massive Iranian influence over the city.
One of the tactics used by MOIS agents to gain the support of the Iraqi people for neighbouring Iran, the paper said, was to deliberately cut off the electricity supply in the city on a routine basis and distribute portable electricity generators and food as gifts from Tehrans rulers.
All senior administrative and security posts in this city are under the control of Iranian regimes Intelligence Ministry, the Iraqi paper added.
That is why I am hoping badly the Sunnis vote, which leads to Allawi as PM again.
He will kick Iran out of Iraq for good.
Time to "delouse" Karbala.
The only good Iranian is a dead Iranian.
Time to liberate a few Iranian cities with MOABs. Knock their dicks into the dirt now. Talk later.
This sure sounds like propaganda
That's not fair and not true.
By Nicholas D. Kristof
Finally, I've found a pro-American country.
Everywhere I've gone in Iran, with one exception, people have been exceptionally friendly and fulsome in their praise for the United States, and often for President Bush as well. Even when I was detained a couple of days ago in the city of Isfahan for asking a group of young people whether they thought the Islamic revolution had been a mistake (they did), the police were courteous and let me go after an apology.
They apologized; I didn't.
On my first day in Tehran, I dropped by the "Den of Spies," as the old U.S. Embassy is now called. It's covered with ferocious murals denouncing America as the "Great Satan" and the "archvillain of nations" and showing the Statue of Liberty as a skull (tour the "Den of Spies")
Then I stopped to chat with one of the Revolutionary Guards now based in the complex. He was a young man who quickly confessed that his favorite movie is "Titanic." "If I could manage it, I'd go to America tomorrow," he said wistfully.
He paused and added, "To hell with the mullahs."
The current government is Iranian friendly (but not any more Iranian friendly then they are American friendly).
However, if the Sunnis vote in the next election and we get Allawi back they will be gone.
What did ever happen to that fat little pig Sadr?
He still has an uprising.
Al-Sadr vows revenge on Sunnis over stampede deaths
Ali Rifat, Baghdad
THE maverick Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has raised sectarian tension in Iraq by vowing vengeance against Sunnis he blames for the stampede that killed almost 1,000 pilgrims last week in Baghdad.
While more moderate clerics have avoided blaming Sunni insurgents for provoking the tragedy, al-Sadr claimed in a message from his mosque in al-Kufa, near Najaf, that civil war was already underway.
The interior ministry has said 953 Shiite worshippers died last Wednesday, trampled underfoot and drowned in the Tigris river after they tumbled from the narrow al-Aima bridge on their way towards the shrine of Moussa al- Kadhim, an 8th-century imam. An earlier exchange of mortar fire had made the crowd nervous, but pandemonium broke out when rumours spread that there were Sunni suicide bombers in their midst.
USAID's goals include the emergency repair or rehabilitation of power generation facilities and electrical grids. Teams of engineers from the Ministry of Electricity, USAID and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been working since May of 2003 to restore the capacity to Iraq's power system. Major Accomplishments to Date: By October, 2003, rehabilitated electric power capacity to produce peak capacity greater than the pre-war level of 4,400 MW. Production reached 5,365 MW on August 18, 2004. Since achieving record power production in Summer 04, the Ministry of Electricitywith assistance from USAIDhas begun the standard Fall maintenance process which will necessarily reduce the amount of power available for consumption. USAID worked with the MOE to conduct last Falls maintenance program. Repairing thermal units, replacing turbines, rehabilitating the power distribution network, and installing and restoring generators. USAID has added 685 MW of capacity through maintenance and rehabilitation work, and also repaired a 400 KV transmission line. USAID and the Ministry of Electricity are working with partners to place an additional 792 MW in the national grid by December 2005 through maintenance, rehabilitation, and new generation projects. USAID completed a project to convert two units that produce 80 MW each to operate on crude/heavy fuel oil instead of diesel which is in short supply. USAID initiated a project to rehabilitate 13 existing substations and construct 24 new substations in Baghdad. These 37 substations will improve the distribution and reliability of electricity for more than two million Baghdad residents. USAID recently handed over work on 12 of these substations to the Ministry of Electricity.