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  • How Kurdish PKK Militants Are Exploiting the Crisis in Syria to Achieve Regional Autonomy

    04/09/2012 12:14:00 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 4/6/2012 | Emrullah Uslu
    Turkish-Syrian relations have been always problematic. Dating back to the Cold War, SyriaÂ’s support for the Kurdish militants of the Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan (PKK) was a major obstacle to efforts to normalize relations between the two countries until the 1998 Adana Accord allowed Syria and Turkey to put the past behind them and become major economic and strategic partners. The Adana agreement established joint cooperation against the PKK and relations subsequently flourished in all aspects. In 2009, the two countries signed a joint political declaration establishing a High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC), intended to elevate relations to an even...
  • LIVE 9PM ET: National Security on Believe in America Radio show

    04/09/2012 5:59:45 PM PDT · by jacobny
    Believe in America ^ | 04/09/12 | jacobny
    discussing WH12 election, jewish vote poll data and Iran on my 'Believe in America Radio' show: http://tobtr.com/s/3112953
  • Netanyahu: Iran Uses Talks to Deceive

    04/09/2012 1:48:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/4/12 | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Sunday afternoon with his Italian counterpart Mario Monti. Following the meeting, Netanyahu spoke to reporters and mentioned the P5-1 talks with Iran scheduled for next week. "We have seen that Iran uses the talks in order to deceive and mislead," he said. "We will follow the talks." "Our policy with regard to Iran has not changed, and that is also what needs to happen at the talks," he added. "The demands from Iran must be clear – remove the enriched [nuclear] material, stop the enrichment and dismantle the installation at Qom." Iran, meanwhile, has rejected...
  • Israel Bars German Laureate Grass Over Poem

    04/09/2012 12:28:01 PM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | ETHAN BRONNER and NICHOLAS KULISH
    Israel’s interior minister declared Günter Grass, one of Germany’s best-known authors, unwelcome in Israel on Sunday, barring him from entering the country for a poem that accused Israel of being a threat to world peace. “Grass’s poems fan the flames of hatred against Israel and the Israeli people, thus promoting the idea he was part of when he donned an SS uniform,” said the minister, Eli Yishai, referring to Mr. Grass’s admission that he had been a Nazi soldier as a 17-year-old. “His distorted poems are not welcome in Israel. I suggest he try them in Iran where he will...
  • US Navy deploys 2nd aircraft carrier to Gulf

    04/09/2012 10:41:46 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 118 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/08/2012 | Associated Press
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks one of the few times the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating in waters near the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden,...
  • Iran won't accept pre-conditions to nuclear talks: Salehi

    04/09/2012 3:34:46 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 2 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/9/2012 | Reuters
    Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran would not agree to world powers imposing pre-conditions ahead of the resumption of nuclear talks later this week, Iranian media reported on Monday.
  • US sale of combat planes to Iraq concerns IDF

    04/08/2012 5:37:06 PM PDT · by U-238 · 28 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/8/2012 | Yaakov Katz
    Israel is increasingly concerned with the military build-up in Iraq amid intelligence reports that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is solidifying its presence in the country, according to a senior IDF officer. Of particular concern is the Pentagon’s approval in late 2011 of the sale of 36 F- 16 multi-role combat aircraft to Iraq. The planes will be built by Lockheed Martin in the US and are Block 52 F-16s, meaning that they are of the same configuration as Israel’s F-16Is, called Sufa (Storm). “We are carefully watching the developments in Iraq,” the IDF officer said. “The possible developments...
  • Iran Rejects West's 'Demands' Before Talks

    04/08/2012 1:02:17 PM PDT · by edpc · 2 replies
    YNet ^ | 8 April 2012 | News Agencies
    Islamic Republic says will not close Fordo nuclear bunker or give up higher-level uranium enrichment ahead of negotiations set to begin Friday. Iran on Sunday rejected demands the West is reportedly to submit at talks due to take place in days, saying it will neither close its Fordo nuclear bunker nor give up higher-level uranium enrichment. Those two demands, outlined by European and US diplomats to The New York Times newspaper, were "irrational," the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, told ISNA news agency in a lengthy interview.
  • U.S. Defines Its Demands for New Round of Talks With Iran (0's Big "Last Chance" Ultimatum)

    04/08/2012 11:26:19 AM PDT · by mojito · 23 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 4/7/2012 | DAVID E. SANGER and STEVEN ERLANGER
    The Obama administration and its European allies plan to open new negotiations with Iran by demanding the immediate closing and ultimate dismantling of a recently completed nuclear facility deep under a mountain, according to American and European diplomats. They are also calling for a halt in the production of uranium fuel that is considered just a few steps from bomb grade, and the shipment of existing stockpiles of that fuel out of the country, the diplomats said. That negotiating position will be the opening move in what President Obama has called Iran’s “last chance” to resolve its nuclear confrontation with...
  • Poet Gunter Grass Banned from Entering Israel

    04/08/2012 3:03:30 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/4/12 | Chana Yaar
    Interior Minister Eli Yishai has banned German poet Gunter Grass from entering Israel. Yishai declared Grass “persona non grata” in the Jewish State on Sunday, saying his poems were an attempt to “fan the flames of hatred against the state, and against Israel.” If Gunter chooses to spread distortion and falsehood, said Yishai, “I suggest that he do so from Iran, where he can find a [more] receptive audience.” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also had harsh words for the 84-year-old poet, saying “In order to get publicity and sell a few books, he once more is willing to sacrifice Jews.”...
  • U.S. intelligence gains in Iran seen as boost to confidence(it's not making warhead???)

    04/07/2012 9:32:20 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 7, 2012 | Joby Warrick and Greg Miller
    The Obama administration has cited new intelligence reports in arguing against a preemptive military strike by Israel against Iranian nuclear facilities. The expanded espionage effort has confirmed the consensus view expressed by the U.S. intelligence community in a controversial estimate released publicly in 2007. That estimate concluded that while Iran remains resolutely committed to assembling key building blocks for a nuclear weapons program, particularly enriched uranium, the nation’s leaders have opted for now against taking the crucial final step: designing a nuclear warhead. “It isn’t the absence of evidence, it’s the evidence of an absence,” said one former intelligence official...
  • Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation sides with Iran over fallen U.S. Marines

    04/07/2012 8:15:12 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 11 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 8 April 12 | Unattributed
    A U.S. court found Iran responsible for the 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks bombing that killed 241 Marines, soldiers and sailors. Iranian assets are frozen in the U.S. and the surviving families of those U.S. servicemen deserve to be compensated using those assets. Unfortunately, the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) is working to see that the money goes, not to the Marine families, but back to Iran, the world’s foremost sponsor of Jihadist terrorism.
  • The Growing Turkish Threat

    04/07/2012 10:09:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | April 7, 2012 | unattributed
    Iran does not like Turkey supporting Syrian rebels, but does little beyond complain about Turkey and Iran disagreeing about what is happening in Syria. Iran is intent on maintaining good relations with the Turks, who have been a formidable (and usually victorious) foe for centuries. This strategy is based on fear, reflected in a recent Turkish opinion poll that showed 54 percent of Turks approved Turkey developing nuclear weapons if Iran does. To make matters worse Turkey has joined with the Sunni Arabs to rebuild the old (pre-1918 when the Ottoman Turk empire collapsed) coalition opposing Shia Iran. Back in...
  • US To Accept Civilian Nuke Program In Iran

    04/06/2012 6:20:06 PM PDT · by edpc · 47 replies
    YNet ^ | 6 Apr 2012 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has signaled Tehran that the Washington would accept an civilian nuclear program in Iran if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei can back up his recent claim that his nation “will never pursue nuclear weapons,” the Washington Post reported Friday. According to the report, the verbal message was sent through Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met with Khamenei last week. A few days prior to leaving for the trip, Erdogan held a two-hour meeting with Obama on the sidelines of the nuclear security summit in Seoul, in which they discussed what the Turkish leader...
  • Obama's Message To Iran: Civilian Nukes Okay

    04/06/2012 12:16:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    ibtimes.com ^ | April 6, 2012 | Daniel Tovrov
    President Barack Obama sent a verbal message to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei by way of Turkey, stating for the first time that the United States would accept a civilian nuclear program in the Islamic Republic if there is a guarantee it will never be used militarily, the Washington Post reported. Obama, in a statement relayed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, said that if Iran proved it was not building a nuclear weapon, then Washington would let Iran develop a peaceful nuclear program. "It's a strange message to send," a critical Bret Stephens, the Wall Street...
  • 'Obama signaled Khamenei that U.S. could accept civilian nuclear program in Iran'

    04/06/2012 11:16:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 4/6/12 | Barak Ravid
    U.S. President Barack Obama has recently passed a message to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Washington Post reported on Friday, which signaled that the United States would agree to an Iranian civilian nuclear program if they proved they were not developing a nuclear bomb. According to David Ignatius, the Washington Post's senior columnist specializing in intelligence matters, Obama passed Khamenei the message through Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who visited Tehran this week.
  • Israel, Get Ready For More Obama Leaks

    04/05/2012 1:54:39 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 17 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 4, 2012 | John Bolton
    The Obama administration appears to be conducting an organized campaign of public pressure to stop Israel from attacking Iran's well-developed nuclear-weapons program. So intense is this effort, and so determined is President Obama to succeed, that administration officials are now leaking highly sensitive information about Israel's intentions and capabilities into the news media. ------ Indeed, the only conclusion to be drawn from Mr. Obama's actions and rhetoric is that he fears an Israeli military strike more than he fears Iran achieving nuclear-weapons capability.
  • The Russian Military Has an Action Plan Involving Georgia if Iran Is Attacked

    04/05/2012 11:52:56 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 4/5/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    Russian Defense Ministry sources told the semiofficial news agency Interfax that action plans are being finalized to react to an armed conflict involving Iran and its nuclear program. The General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces “calculates” that military action against Iran will commence “in the summer” of 2012. Since Israel does not have sufficient assets to defeat Iranian defenses, the Russian military considers US military involvement inevitable (Interfax, March 30). Bits of information have been appearing, indicating the essence of Russian military action. Last December it was disclosed that families of servicemen from the Russian base in Armenia have...
  • What Israel Sent To Azerbaijan

    04/04/2012 9:44:15 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/4/2012 | The Strategy Page
    Azerbaijan angered its neighbor, Iran, when it recently purchased $1.6 billion in military equipment from Israel. Details of this purchase were never mentioned, but now the veil of secrecy is being lifted. Among the items ordered were Gabriel anti-ship missiles. These are 522 kg (1,150 pound) weapons with a range of 36 kilometers. Azerbaijan will use these to protect its Caspian Sea coast from the growing number of Iranian warships being introduced in the area. Also obtained were five Heron and five Searcher UAVs. The Israeli Heron TP is a 4.6 ton aircraft can operate at 14.g kilometers (45,000 feet)....
  • Islamofascism: Nazi cartoons made in non-Aryan Arabia

    04/04/2012 1:36:51 AM PDT · by Milagros · 5 replies
    This title is telling: 'Hooked nose racist Arabs paint hooked noses?' Racist extremist Arab Helen Thomas Islamic Nazi Arab Mohamed MerahThese extremist Arabs, (or Iranian or Turkish) who were regarded by Hitler as momkeys, now copy Hitleristic cartoons against Jews?Antisemitism in the Arab and Muslim World and its Influence on Muslim Communities Abroad Jan 22, 2008 – Jews and Israelis are portrayed as stooped, hook-nosed and money-hungry, as snakes (a particularly nefarious figure in the Arab world) bent ...http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/110/jac012208.htmAnti-Semitic Incitement in the Arab Media - Anti-Semitic Cartoon - ADL The stereotypical Jew, with his long beard and hooked nose, is...
  • Petronas unit Engen suspends Iran oil imports (S. African importer)

    04/04/2012 6:53:06 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    The Star/Reuters ^ | Apr. 5, 2012
    Johannesburg: Petroliam Nasional Bhd's (Petronas) Engen unit, the biggest South African importer of Iranian crude, said it has suspended imports of oil from the Middle Eastern nation amid economic sanctions by the United States and the European Union. The company had contingency supplies in place, Engen spokeswoman Tania Landsberg said in an emailed response to questions. Engen, which operates the country's second biggest refinery based in Durban and with a capacity of 135,000 barrels a day, normally buys about 80% of its supplies from Iran. Engen was “under heavy pressure” to halt Iranian imports because of sanctions, Petronas chief executive...
  • Is Washington undermining Israel’s campaign against Iran?

    04/03/2012 3:55:52 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 3/3/2012 | Paul Koring
    A secret Israeli-Azerbaijan pact giving the Jewish state use of old Soviet air bases to attack Iran’s nuclear sites revealed by Foreign Policy magazine exposed a bold military option to the vexed problem of getting bomb-heavy warplanes to their distant targets. Or was the story all part of a complex and devious disinformation campaign by the Obama administration to box Israel in, or one targeted at the president? From a military standpoint, the strategy was simple, if audacious. Israeli warplanes would refuel in Azerbaijan before the final low-level dash across the Caspian to targets in Iran. Predictably, Israeli and Azeri...
  • 'Axis of Evil' turns 10

    04/03/2012 1:42:38 PM PDT · by lward99 · 2 replies
    Times247 ^ | 4/3/12 | Times247
    Ten years ago, President George W. Bush famously referred to Iran, Iraq and North Korea as "the axis of evil." Ridiculed in the press at the time, his words now appear to be prescient. Iran threatens Israel and the world with its nuclear ambitions, North Korea continues to destabilize the Pacific with its military posturing, and al Qaeda in Iraq continues to terrorize innocent civilians, even in the absence of American soldiers.
  • Israel's New Strategic Environment

    04/03/2012 6:56:42 AM PDT · by arthurus · 1 replies
    Stratfor ^ | April 3, 2012 | George Friedman
    Israel is now entering its third strategic environment. The constant threat of state-on-state war defined the first, which lasted from the founding of the Jewish state until its peace treaty with Egypt. A secure periphery defined the second, which lasted until recently and focused on the Palestinian issue, Lebanon and the rise of radical Sunni Islamists. The rise of Iran as a regional power and the need to build international coalitions to contain it define the third. Israel's fundamental strategic problem is that its national security interests outstrip its national resources...
  • Iran-Hezb'allah: 'They Already Hit the Homeland 10½ Years Ago'

    03/27/2012 12:16:26 PM PDT · by WPaCon · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/27/2012 | Clare M. Lopez
    At the mid-March 2012 congressional hearings on the "Iran-Hezb'allah Threat to the Homeland," chaired by Representative Peter King, top officials from the DEA, the FBI, and the New York City Police Department, as well as senior scholars addressed the alarming capability and motivation of this Axis of Jihad to strike inside the U.S. Critical and timely, this was the latest in a series of hearings that Rep. King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has held to focus attention on the deadly threat to America's national security from the forces of Islamic jihad and sharia. There was an unmentioned...
  • IDF officials: Missile attack on Israel would produce less than 300 casualties

    04/02/2012 11:44:40 PM PDT · by U-238 · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/3/2012 | Barak Ravid
    Israel Defense Forces officials told cabinet ministers on Monday that should Israel undergo a coordinated missile attack, there would be less than 300 Israeli casualties. The number was mentioned by IDF officials during a discussion in Israel's security-diplomatic cabinet, Channel 10 reported on Monday, and is far lower than the number mentioned previously by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who reportedly said that a maximum of 500 Israelis would die in such an attack. During the meeting, a senior official in the Israel Air Force told the cabinet ministers that in the event of a coordinated missile attack on Israel's home...
  • Iranian Hit Squad Dispatched by Khamenei Across the World Plans Attacks on Jewish,American Interests

    04/02/2012 9:37:16 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 7 replies
    WorldJewishDaily ^ | Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - Nisan 10, 5772 | Staff
    The Iranians have dispatched a network of covert assassins to hit Jewish, Israeli and Western targets in Turkey, Sky News reports. And now the surreptitious hit-squad has finally been given a name: Unit 400. A 53-page secret study from a foreign intelligence agency obtained exclusively by Sky News reports: Unit 400 is a top-secret "special ops" unit within the elite overseas wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force (IRGC-QF). It plans and carries out terror attacks on external targets, and provides material support to foreign militia groups, at the direct behest of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. This...
  • Report: U.S. Blaming Israel for Rising Fuel Prices

    04/02/2012 5:45:29 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    The Obama administration is blaming Israel for the recent rise in global crude oil prices, according to a Sunday report in The World Tribune. The rise in fuel prices is deemed as harming the U.S. economy and has also hurt Obama in the polls as he seeks re-election in November. The report cited a leading U.S. analyst, Robert Satloff, who returned from talks with Israeli officials. Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said, according to The World Tribune, that the Israeli leadership saw Washington as attributing the higher gas prices to “Israel’s posturing” on Iran....
  • Iran Justifies Israel’s Annihilation in Islamic Law

    04/02/2012 5:07:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 4/2/12 | Michael Rubin
    If Iran became a nuclear power, would it risk its own regime survival to strike at Israel? Such questions remain at the heart of the current debate. Those who argue either President Obama should try diplomacy again or that containment can work argue that Iran would not launch their weapons in a first strike against Israel, never mind what Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said during his term as president. A recent article in the Iranian press written by Ali Reza Forqani, an ally of the Supreme Leader, however, should re-inject concern about what Iran’s true intentions are.
  • "Targeted Assassination" (of potential Israeli operations in Iran) by the U.S....?

    04/02/2012 10:06:04 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | April 2, 2012 | Shoshana Bryen
    Why are Israel's limited choices for alliances ridiculed, while the administration insists that Hamid Karzai – and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Vladimir Putin, for that matter – are legitimate rulers because the President wants to work with them? "The [administration's] aims are… to make it more difficult for… the IDF to carry out a strike, and… to erode the IDF's capacity to launch such a strike with minimal casualties."  When President Obama wants to impress Jewish audiences, such as AIPAC, he frequently casts U.S.-Israel relations in a military context. How much military aid Israel receives (although he had nothing...
  • Israelis blame administration leaks for ‘diplomatic, military and even operational damage’

    04/02/2012 6:14:27 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 18 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 1 April 2012 | Unknown
    Israel has been alarmed by what officials determined were leaks by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama of purported Israeli preparations to attack Iran. A leading U.S. analyst who returned from talks with the Israeli leadership reported that the Obama administration was accused of staging a campaign to undermine Israel. The analyst, Robert Satloff, said Washington was also blaming Israel for the rise in global crude oil prices, deemed as harming the U.S. economy.
  • Former Argentine President to face trial for covering up for Hezbollah, Iran

    04/01/2012 8:20:49 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 5 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 2 April 2012 | Unattributed
    In 1994, 85 innocent civilians were killed in a bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Hundreds more were wounded. To this day, that bombing is the worst terrorist attack ever to take place on the South American continent. The bombing is believed to have been a joint operation of Hezbollah and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Recently there has been a new development in the case.
  • Austin, Texas nightclub owners linked to drug deals, possible financing of Hezbollah

    04/01/2012 6:18:16 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 38 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 1 April 2012 | Unattributed
    The Yassine family of Austin, Texas is apparently quite the enterprising group. Led by Hussein “Mike” Yassine, the Yassines were quite diversified. They own 8 bars. According to law enforcement authorities they are also a one-family crime wave. They are involved in murder, money laundering, drug dealing–and they have a brother back in Lebanon who is part of Hezbollah.
  • With Friends Like These…

    04/01/2012 5:29:35 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    http://noisyroom.net ^ | 4.1.12 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Reports from American Intelligence are being leaked to the public to put pressure on Israel to keep them from attacking Iran. Israel and Azerbaijan have struck a 1.6 billion dollar drone and defense deal, supposedly giving Israel access to their bases if they attack Iran. This means the Israelis would not have to refuel if they do attack and that is a game changer. Last Thursday, Ambassador John Bolton, being the straight shooter he is, laid it out succinctly on Fox News. He accused this administration of leaking information deliberately to deter Israel from defending herself. He was responding to...
  • Clinton proposes missile shield to protect GCC

    03/31/2012 11:14:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Arab News ^ | April Fools' Day 2012 | Ghazanfar Ali Khan
    Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, who met with the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) here yesterday, proposed a strong missile shield to protect Gulf Arab states from Tehran and sought to work with them to help end the violence in Iran's ally Syria. Clinton said: "It is a US priority to help the GCC build a regional missile defense architecture" against what that country sees as a looming ballistic missile threat from Iran. Clinton said that she looked forward to discussing the wide range of common strategic concerns, including preventing Iran from acquiring a...
  • Disagreements Among Syrian Rebels Over Foreign Arms Shipments

    03/31/2012 11:06:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2012 | Anne Barnard
    Those who favor international weapons shipments have been scrambling in recent days to convince the United States and other countries that the rebels can address their main concerns: keeping weapons from falling into the hands of Islamic extremists and from fueling sectarian violence. Saudi Arabia, which will have representatives at the Friends of Syria meeting in Istanbul, has been a proponent of arming the rebels, and on Friday The Wall Street Journal reported that the kingdom was pressing Jordan, and offering it aid, to open its borders to allow rebel-bound weapons deliveries. Jordan has denied the report, but it has...
  • The Jihad in Thailand Escalates Sharply; Attack Likely Meant to be Thai 9/11

    03/31/2012 6:18:30 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 11 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 31 March 2012 | Unknown
    There has been a coordinated mass casualty attack in Thailand, with aspects eerily similar to the 1993 World Trade Center attack.
  • Mossad Cuts Back on Covert Operations in Iran

    03/31/2012 2:22:36 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/3/12
    Israeli intelligence services have cut back their covert operations inside Iran according to a Times Magazine report on Friday. According to senior security officials who spoke to the magazine, operations have been reduced in areas such as high-profile missions, including assassinations and detonations at Iranian missile bases, recruiting spies inside the Iranian nuclear program, and efforts to collect on-the-ground...
  • Who is Going to Fact-Check Team Obama? Their Statements on Iran Aren’t True.

    03/31/2012 1:20:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | March 31, 2012 | Richard Grenell
    The simple fact is that team Obama has passed ONE UN resolution on Iran. They got only 12 votes of support in that ONE resolution (12/15 votes for a failure rate of 20% on Iran votes at the Security Council). The Bush team got FIVE resolutions on Iran (THREE with Sanctions). In those FIVE resolutions, team Bush lost just 2 total votes (73/75 votes for a failure rate of 2.6% on Iran votes at the Security Council). Additionally, team Obama hasn’t produced a UN resolution on Iran since June 9, 2010 (almost 2 years ago). One only needs to look...
  • Report: Iranian Unit 400 terror squad targeting Jewish, Israeli and Western targets in Turkey

    03/31/2012 11:24:11 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    Iran Bulletin ^ | 31 March 2012 | Unattributed
    A special unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps al Quds Brigade has been deployed to Turkey with the intent of targeting Jewish, Israeli and Western targets for terrorist attacks. The name of the special unit is “Unit 400.”
  • A Truly Horrible Article on Israel and Iran from Catholic.org

    03/31/2012 11:07:33 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 10 replies
    Iran Bulletin ^ | 31 March 2012 | Unattributed
    Catholic.org has published a truly horrible article on the conflict between Iran and Israel: "Israeli War with Iran May Be More Costly Than Believed." In that article, the author makes specious assertions about what the Israeli government is telling its people and advises naively that Israel and the West can negotiate with the Iranian regime in good faith to find a peaceful settlement.
  • Why De-Nuking Iran Won’t Mean WW3 – or an Oil Crisis

    03/31/2012 7:07:10 AM PDT · by arthurus · 4 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 30 March 2012 | Peter C Glover
    We know three things about Iran’s nuclear programme. First, as the IAEA has reported, Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme goes way beyond what is necessary for domestic energy production. Second, the time for sanctions to work is fast running out. Third, this is no irenic political game for Israel. The Iranian president, the mouthpiece of the Mullahocracy, has stated plainly that Iran would like to “wipe Israel from the map”. A nuclear detonation around Tel Aviv would not only ‘eliminate’ the Jewish state they so hate, but would catapult Iran to the superpower status its leaders crave – something Tehran’s neighbours...
  • Israelis Suspect Obama Media Leaks to Prevent Strike on Iran

    03/30/2012 5:33:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3-30-12
    JERUSALEM – Two reports today about Iran’s nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli military strike have analysts in Israel accusing the Obama administration leaking information to pressure Israel not to bomb Iran and for Iran to reach a compromise in upcoming nuclear talks. The first report in Foreign Policy quotes anonymous American officials saying that Israel has been given access to airbases by Iran’s northern neighbor Azerbaijan from which Israel could launch air strikes or at least drones and search and rescue aircraft. The second report from Bloomberg, based on a leaked congressional report, said that Iran’s nuclear...
  • Obama says enough world oil to crack down on Iran

    03/30/2012 7:13:58 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 65 replies
    reuters ^ | 033012 | by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton
    "I will closely monitor this situation to assure that the market can continue to accommodate a reduction in purchases of petroleum and petroleum products from Iran," he said in a statement.
  • China rejects Obama's Iran oil import sanctions (REJECTED!)

    03/31/2012 3:57:23 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    google ^ | 3/31/2012 | AP
    China rejected President Barack Obama's decision to move forward with plans for sanctions on countries buying oil from Iran, saying Saturday that Washington had no right to unilaterally punish other nations. South Korean officials said they will continue working with the U.S. to reduce oil imports from Iran, as other U.S. allies who depend on Iranian oil worked to find alternative energy supplies. Obama announced Friday that he is plowing ahead with the potential sanctions, which could affect U.S. allies in Asia and Europe, as part of a deepening campaign to starve Iran of money for its disputed nuclear program....
  • Iran helps Syria ship oil to China: sources

    03/31/2012 1:15:41 AM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/31/2012 | Jessica Donati
    Iran is helping its ally Syria defy Western sanctions by providing a vessel to ship Syrian oil to a state-run company in China, potentially giving the government of President Bashar al-Assad a financial boost worth an estimated $80 million. Iran, itself a target of Western sanctions, is among Syria's closest allies and has promised to do all it can to support Assad, recently praising his handling of the year-long uprising against Assad in which thousands have been killed. China has also shielded Assad from foreign intervention, vetoing two Western-backed resolutions at the United Nations over the bloodshed, and is not...
  • Israel: Possible Military Strike Against Iran's Nuclear Facilities

    03/30/2012 9:21:54 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 17 replies
    Congressional Research Service ^ | MArch 27, 2012 | Jim Zanotti, Kenneth Katzman, Jeremiah Gertler, Steven Hildreth
    For Congress, the potential impact-short-and long-term-of an Israeli decision regarding Iran and its implementation is a critical issue of concern. This report assesses this issue, focusing primarily on the decision that might be made by the government of Israel. In particular it examines the range of factors that could influence such an Israeli decision.
  • Iran flies thousands of pro-Palestinian activists to Syria. IDF fortifies borders

    03/30/2012 11:46:30 AM PDT · by OPS4 · 7 replies
    Debka News ^ | 3/30/12 | Debka Staff
    Israel boosted its Syrian and Lebanese border units as special flights carrying thousands of pro-Palestinian activists from Tehran touched down in Damascus Tuesday, March 27 for the international Global March to Jerusalem Friday, March 30. Before taking off, they were split into small groups and tutored by Iranian Al Qods Brigades officers in tactics for breaching Israeli border barriers, bursting through and challenging the Israeli military forces defending the border.
  • Iran suspends accreditation for Reuters in Tehran

    03/30/2012 6:30:06 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    The Iranian government has suspended the press accreditation for Reuters staff in Tehran after the publication of a video story on women's martial arts training which contained an error. -excerpt- The story's headline, "Thousands of female Ninjas train as Iran's assassins", was corrected to read "Three thousand women Ninjas train in Iran".
  • Israel's Secret Staging Ground

    03/30/2012 1:31:57 AM PDT · by U-238 · 17 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 3/30/2012 | Mark Perry
    In 2009, the deputy chief of mission of the U.S. embassy in Baku, Donald Lu, sent a cable to the State Department's headquarters in Foggy Bottom titled "Azerbaijan's discreet symbiosis with Israel." The memo, later released by WikiLeaks, quotes Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev as describing his country's relationship with the Jewish state as an iceberg: "nine-tenths of it is below the surface." Why does it matter? Because Azerbaijan is strategically located on Iran's northern border and, according to several high-level sources I've spoken with inside the U.S. government, Obama administration officials now believe that the "submerged" aspect of the Israeli-Azerbaijani...