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Iranian Alert -- September 12, 2003 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 9.12.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 09/12/2003 1:39:55 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movment in Iran from being reported.

From jamming satellite broadcasts, to prohibiting news reporters from covering any demonstrations to shutting down all cell phones and even hiring foreign security to control the population, the regime is doing everything in its power to keep the popular movement from expressing its demand for an end of the regime.

These efforts by the regime, while successful in the short term, do not resolve the fundamental reasons why this regime is crumbling from within.

Iran is a country ready for a regime change. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a nation. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary.

Please continue to join us here, post your news stories and comments to this thread.

Thanks for all the help.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; iranianalert; protests; studentmovement; studentprotest
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1 posted on 09/12/2003 1:39:55 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 09/12/2003 1:41:01 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Memo shows Iraq, Iran tried to contact bin Laden

September 12, 2003
The Washington Times
Eli J. Lake

The Taliban claimed in a 1997 meeting with U.S. officials that it had blocked attempts by both Iraq and Iran to contact Osama bin Laden, according to a previously confidential State Department memo made public yesterday.

The memo says that the assistant secretary of state, Karl Inderfurth, was told on Dec. 7, 1997, by the Taliban's acting minister of mines and industry, Armad Jan, that his government "had stopped allowing [bin Laden] to give public interviews and had frustrated Iranian and Iraqi efforts to contact him."

Contacted yesterday, Mr. Inderfurth said he did not believe the Taliban claim was credible at the time, and that he had no recollection of Taliban officials mentioning Iraqi or Iranian attempts to meet bin Laden in the following 19 meetings he would attend with the de facto Afghan regime for the next four years.

"I never saw any evidence in anything I was doing where there were any Iraqi connections," said Mr. Inderfurth, who was the Clinton administration's senior State Department official for South Asia.

"The Iraqis were not to my knowledge, players in the Afghan conflict. Almost every other country in the region was."

The memo, however, discloses a previously unreported link, or at least an Iraqi attempt to establish a link, with bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

The document was published by the National Security Archives, an independent institute located at George Washington University. It specializes in using the Freedom of Information Act and other legal means to obtain previously classified material for public release.

The Taliban conveyed its 1997 message to the State Department in the context of a broader pitch to improve ties with Washington.

During the meeting, the Taliban representatives requested agricultural assistance, recommended the United States reopen its embassy in Kabul and said they had been instructed by Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar to present a paper that opened with these words:

"The Islamic State of Afghanistan wants friendly relations with the U.S. and all countries of the world based on mutual respect and non-interference."

In February 2003, prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell laid out evidence of an Iraq link to bin Laden, claiming that Iraqi intelligence agents had provided training in document forgery to al Qaeda.

He also spoke of links between the terrorist group and Iraq that went back to the early 1990s when bin Laden took refuge in Sudan.

In that presentation, Mr. Powell said, "A senior defector, one of Saddam's former intelligence chiefs in Europe, says Saddam sent his agents to Afghanistan sometime in the mid-1990s to provide training to al Qaeda members on document forgery."

The Taliban's claim that they had been aware of and sought to stop Iraqi efforts to contact bin Laden now appears to back up Mr. Powell's Feb. 5 presentation.

Since before the Iraq war, administration assertions of a link between Iraq and bin Laden have been widely criticized as exaggerated.

"I'm sure some Iraqi official met with some al Qaeda somewhere, but that does not demonstrate that two are working closely together," said Daniel Byman, an assistant professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

He pointed out that the United States has held captive several senior Iraqi officials who would have knowledge of any pre-Iraqi war connection with al Qaeda and yet no new evidence has been made public.

"We have a lot of senior al Qaeda folks captive and there are reasons we want to publicize these links," he said.

For example, Farouk Hijazi, a former senior Iraqi intelligence agent and ambassador to Tunisia who was reported to have met bin Laden in December 1998, has been in U.S. custody since late April.

But with the Bush administration's latest approach to the United Nations, much of the concern appears to have shifted to the presence of militant Islamists fighting in Iraq, in addition to secular Ba'ath Party operatives loyal to Saddam.

U.S. officials believe al Qaeda is active in Iraq, especially in some of the suicide attacks against Americans and other targets.

"We are now starting to see terrorists come into Iraq who could represent, and we are quite confident represent al Qaeda elements," Mr. Powell told Al Jazeera satellite television in an interview this week.
3 posted on 09/12/2003 1:42:54 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Statoil HQ Raided Last Night Over Iran-consultant Case

September 12, 2003

OSLO -- Statoil's headquarters was raided by Norway's Economic Criminal Bureau last night as part of an investigation into the company's business contacts in Iran, according to a report on the website of Norwegian financial daily Dagens Naeringsliv.

Statoil declined to comment on the raid, but said it will make a statement at a news conference at 10.00 am today.

The raid was related to Dagens Naeringsliv's expose on an agreement between Statoil and Iranian businessman Abbas Yazdi and his company Horton investment.

This contract led to contact with and advice from Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, son of former Iranian president Rafsanjani and director of a unit of Iranian state oil company Nioc - Statoil's Iranian partner.

Yazdi was to supply consultancy services for more than 100 mln nkr over ten years, and more than 40 mln nkr has already been transferred to a Swiss bank account.

The raid targeted the international exploration and production division.
4 posted on 09/12/2003 1:44:40 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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India assures that Iran won’t get Israel’s technology

PTI - World News
Sep 12, 2003

NEW DELHI - India has assured Israel that it would not transfer any acquired military technology to third countries including Iran, Defence Ministry sources said on Thursday.

The assurance was given by Defence Minister George Fernandes as he called on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon here last night.

Tel Aviv, which is very sensitive about leakage of military technology developed by it, had in fact wanted New Delhi to extend a commitment to that effect. It reportedly considered Iran and Syria as the countries supporting forces opposed to Israel with weapons and funding.

A three-member Israeli Defence Ministry delegation, headed by its Director General Maj Gen Yaron Meyer, had met Fernandes after holding intensive interactions with the armed forces and Defence Ministry top brass.
8 posted on 09/12/2003 1:58:50 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Atomic Board Favors Giving Iran Deadline

NY Times 9.12.2003
Filed at 2:55 a.m. ET

VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- After days of intense lobbying by the United States, diplomats appeared likely to set an October deadline for Iran to prove it is not trying to make nuclear weapons.

Ahead of that meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors, Iran warned that it will not accept any deadline that carries with it the possibility of future U.N. Security Council involvement.

But diplomats said that by late Thursday, more than 20 members of the 35-nation board had indicated they would vote in favor of the resolution, with an unknown number of likely abstentions.

Russia, whose vote carries substantial political weight, had initially opposed the concept of a deadline but now was leaning toward abstaining instead of opposing, said the diplomats. China, another important board nation, also was likely to abstain, they said.

Suspended since Wednesday, to allow the 35 board member nations to meet informally, the meeting Friday was expected to vote on a U.S.-backed resolution urging Iran to essentially disprove by October that it is running a covert nuclear weapons program. The United States and its allies have used the two-day suspension to lobby other countries for support.

While not outlining consequences, the resolution sets up the possibility of U.N. Security Council involvement. That would happen if the board rules at its next meeting in November that Iran ignored IAEA demands and was in noncompliance of part of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

The United States had been pushing for a resolution finding Iran in noncompliance at this meeting. But lack of support from most other board members scuttled that plan.

The U.S.-backed push for a deadline got a boost after the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency came out in support of it earlier in the week, saying he favored ``an immediate disclosure of all nuclear activities'' on the part of Iran.

Reflecting the concerns driving America and its allies, IAEA Director General Mohammed ElBaradei, in separate comments, warned that he and his agency might soon be unable to verify whether Tehran was diverting nuclear material into a weapons program unless Iran quickly agreed to fully cooperate. Those fears, expressed at a closed session of the board meeting, were relayed by diplomats present.
9 posted on 09/12/2003 2:04:45 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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A couple of these stories should be posted as separate threads, in my opinion. The Norway raid story and the Taliban communiques with Iran and Iraq are two that I think are highly important.

If you don't have time to do this, let me know, and I will be happy to. Thanks!

10 posted on 09/12/2003 2:51:25 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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"...diplomats appeared likely to set an October deadline for Iran to prove it is not trying to make nuclear weapons.
But diplomats said that by late Thursday, more than 20 members of the 35-nation board had indicated they would vote in favor of the resolution, with an unknown number of likely abstentions."

Sounds as though the pressure is mounting against Iran.
If the White House and its allies can continue to apply pressure from different fronts, I think the regime will continue to "crack."
11 posted on 09/12/2003 4:47:46 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: DoctorZIn
A little early in the A.M. to already see three comments removed! Are the malcontents here again?
12 posted on 09/12/2003 5:28:05 AM PDT by onyx
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State Questions Military Tolerance of Iranian Dissidents
By Glenn Kessler
Washington Post
Thursday, September 11, 2003

13 posted on 09/12/2003 6:53:01 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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Iranian Sought by Argentina Freed on Bail
The Associated Press
Friday, September 12, 2003; 7:17 AM
14 posted on 09/12/2003 6:54:31 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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Iranian Envoy Blames U.S. for Nation's Reticence on Nuclear Plans
15 posted on 09/12/2003 6:57:40 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
Thank you for all of your posts.
16 posted on 09/12/2003 7:21:03 AM PDT by nuconvert
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I suppose Mr. Kessler turned in his article before he read this one yesterday.

" The U.S. military said on Thursday it was holding 3,800 Iranian rebel detainees in eastern Iraq and denied that the People's Mujahideen was still mounting cross-border raids into Iran.
"Are they continuing to enter Iran? I can guarantee you that is not happening. They are contained," Lieutenant-General Ricardo Sanchez, commander of U.S. troops in Iraq"

He further states, "Despite the groups terrorist designation (which by the way, he doesn't say occurred recently), the politcal arm of the group has for years maintained an office in Washington."

Hmmm...and who was the president for most of those years?
And which president designated them a "terrorist group"?
And which president seized their assets and kicked them out of the U.S.?

If Mr. Kessler is trying to make a case against President Bush, he's doing a lousy job.
17 posted on 09/12/2003 7:51:02 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
Didn't you read the liberal talking points? Clinton's greatest concern was terrorism, and he was just mere minutes away from bombing bin Laden. (Did I get that right? It is sometimes hard to keep track of all of the lies. :) )
18 posted on 09/12/2003 8:07:03 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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"Didn't you read the liberal talking points?"

The dog ate my copy. Must have torn off that scrap about Clinton's concern for terrorism.
19 posted on 09/12/2003 8:43:04 AM PDT by nuconvert
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Statoil Revokes Iran Consultancy Deal

September 12, 2003
HUGIN Online
Statoil ASA

Statoil's chief executive Olav Fjell has decided to cancel with immediate effect the consultancy contract relating to advice on business development in Iran. Agreement has been reached with Horton Investment that Statoil will pay no more than the USD 5.2 million which has already been paid out.

"This decision has been taken in order to remove any doubt whatsoever about Statoil's compliance with its ethical guidelines," says Mr Fjell. "The contract and its media coverage has created an impression that Statoil operates in an ethical borderland. Statoil cannot live with misgivings about the group's ethical standards."

Richard J Hubbard, who has been in charge of Statoil's international E&P operations, has resigned from his position. Mr Fjell has accepted Mr Hubbard's decision and has appointed Ottar Rekdal as acting executive vice president for the group's International Exploration & Production business area.

The decision to cancel the consultancy deal has been taken on the basis of an internal audit in Statoil and a subsequent handling by the group's top management. Statoil has specific guidelines and procedures laid down to ensure a best possible decision-making basis for consultancy agreements. These procedures include reputation analyses before agreements are entered into with agents or consultants. The internal assessments which were carried out prior to this contract being signed were not exhaustive enough.

This specific agreement was concluded on 12 June 2002 to strengthen Statoil's insight into financial, industrial, legal and social issues associated with business development in Iran. The agreement had a time span of 11 years and the financial framework was USD 15.2 million, with initial payments of USD 5.2 million. The parties agreed that the agreement was not to be made public.

The chief executive regrets that Statoil's initial information to the media did not provide a complete picture of this case.

Statoil has submitted material from its internal review to the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Økokrim). On Wednesday 10 September, Økokrim launched an investigation to find out if any criminal offence has occurred in this case. Statoil will assist the investigation in all possible ways.

The group has international E&P operations in 11 countries and in all of these countries Statoil has signed consultancy deals to secure deep insight into all issues which are important to the group's activities. The chief executive has initiated a full review of all the consultancy agreements in these countries to ensure that they comply with Statoil's ethical guidelines.

Public affairs - Wenche Skorge, tel +47 51 99 79 17(office) +47 918 70 741 (mobile)
20 posted on 09/12/2003 8:45:31 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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