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  • Stolen European passports on missing plane

    03/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST · by bryan999 · 47 replies
    <p>MILAN (AP) — Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.</p> <p>Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.</p>
  • What Drives Success? (Why are some ethnic groups in America doing better than others?)

    01/27/2014 12:52:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2014 | Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld
    A SEEMINGLY un-American fact about America today is that for some groups, much more than others, upward mobility and the American dream are alive and well. It may be taboo to say it, but certain ethnic, religious and national-origin groups are doing strikingly better than Americans overall. Indian-Americans earn almost double the national figure (roughly $90,000 per year in median household income versus $50,000). Iranian-, Lebanese- and Chinese-Americans are also top-earners. In the last 30 years, Mormons have become leaders of corporate America, holding top positions in many of America’s most recognizable companies. These facts don’t make some groups “better”...
  • Iranian Murders in the West

    10/19/2011 5:00:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Stephen Schwartz
    Americans were stunned on October 11 when the Justice Department unsealed its complaint against Mansour Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old used-car dealer from Corpus Christi now in federal custody, and Ali Gholam Shakuri, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. Shakuri remains inside Iran. The pair have been charged with conspiring to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, Adel Al-Jubeir. As disclosed by the Treasury Department, the plot was coordinated by Arbabsiar’s cousin, Abdul Reza Shahlai, a top Quds Force functionary whom the Treasury designated in 2008 as one of several “individuals and entities fueling violence in Iraq.” Shahlai was...
  • Hezbollah in Yucatán

    02/02/2013 12:39:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Gates of vienna.net ^ | January 30, 2013
    Hezbollah in Yucatán Posted on January 30, 2013 by Baron Bodissey As mentioned here many times in the past, the southern border of the United States is porous not just to Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans, but also to Islamic terrorists. Operatives from Al Qaeda and Hezbollah acquire a Latin American passport and enough Spanish to allow their swarthiness to pass as Latino.This latest report concerns the arrival of a Hezbollah associate in Mexico. Many thanks to Iz-M (via Vlad) for the translation from Diario de Yucatán: More signs of the presence of HezbollahLabboun Rafic Mohammed, the Muslim cleric allegedly linked...
  • The Atlantic Council’s Sanctions-Busting Backers... Corporations that have evaded Iran sanctions

    02/12/2013 10:14:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/13/13 | Alana Goodman
    Multiple foreign corporations that have bypassed or attempted to bypass United States and European Union sanctions against Iran are funding the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank chaired by defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. One council sponsor, Italian oil company Eni, has vehemently defended its trade with Iran, saying it was “proud” of its cooperation with the regime. “Given the existence of foreign pressures, implementation of most projects in Iran is challenging and complicated,” Eni’s Executive Vice President Guido Michelotti told reporters during a 2011 visit to Iran. “Yet, we have always been interested in cooperation with the Iranian side...
  • Syrian rebels 'free' Iranian hostages in swap

    01/09/2013 3:31:43 AM PST · by BlackVeil
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 9 Jan 2013 | anon
    Syrian rebel groups have freed 48 Iranians captured last year in exchange for prisoners held by Syrian security services, according to Iran's state-run Press TV. The report did not specify the number of prisoners freed by the government, but said the group included Turks. Earlier on Wednesday, the Turkish humanitarian aid agency IHH said that the Syrian government would free 2,130 prisoners in exchange for the Iranians. Bulent Yildirim, the head of IHH, was in Damascus to help negotiate the deal. Turkey's state-run Anatolian news agency said the deal was brokered by Turkey and Qatar. The Iranians were captured in...
  • What is happening to Amnesty International?

    02/06/2008 5:08:39 AM PST · by Marze Por Gohar Reports · 3 replies · 81+ views
    Mehr.org ^ | February 02, 2008 | Mohammad Parvin
    Amnesty International (AI) is sponsoring an event in Los Angeles under the title,“Human Rights in Iran: How to Move Forward” on February 22, 2008. Mr. Trita Parsi, president of National Iranian American Council (NIAC) an extremely dedicated activist for the establishment of normal and unconditional relations between the religious dictatorship in Iran and the U.S. [1] is one of the panelists in this event. This is not the first time NIAC has manipulated AI. On July 26, 2007, AI was one of the sponsors of an event organized by NIAC under the title, “Human Rights in Iran and U.S. Foreign...
  • The Islamic Republic of Sudan? (Does Iran Have a New Terrorist Weapons Factory in Sudan?)

    06/10/2010 5:42:39 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 5 replies · 238+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | JUNE 10, 2010 | JONATHAN SCHANZER
    A recent report in the Sudanese opposition media suggests that Iran may be operating a weapons factory near Khartoum. Have the two countries taken their military alliance to the next level? The Sudanese newspaper Rai al-Shaab (Opinion of the People), owned and controlled by Sudanese opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi, recently published an article that potentially provides new and important insight into Sudan's terrorist ties to Iran. The article alleges that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, is operating a secret weapons factory in Sudan to funnel weapons to Iran-sponsored terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle...
  • Dog protest planned for Scarborough mosque

    09/13/2012 11:07:33 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 42 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 13, 2012 | Terry Davidson
    TORONTO - The fur will be flying at an east-Toronto Mosque Friday afternoon, when a group of dog owners plan to walk their canines outside the building during prayer sessions. It was toward the end of August that two groups — the Canadian Hindu Advocacy and Canadians United Against Terror - set up a Facebook page inviting people to walk their dogs in front the Salahuddin mosque in Scarborough. Their call was a response to an incident in August that took place during an anti-Israel demonstration at Queen’s Park by an Islamic group where a Jewish man was arrested for...
  • Iranian Population Educated, Urbanized and Young: Census (Iranian fertility rate plummets to 1.29)

    07/31/2012 2:04:59 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 30 replies
    Turkish Weekly ^ | July 30, 2012
    According to the latest census, Iran’s population is at 75.2 million, with 99.4 percent being Muslims, 55 percent under the age of 30, and the literacy rate at 93 percent Iran is a very urbanized society with a largely educated, young Muslim population that ranks as the Middle East’s second-largest, its latest census figures published yesterday show. The snapshot, issued on the website of the presidency’s planning and strategic supervision department (www.amar.org.ir), also corrected some misconceptions about the country, notably by reporting fewer than expected Jews and Internet users. The census, whose data was collected in 2011 and presented in...
  • Iranian-American petitioners call Bravo's 'The Shahs of Sunset' racist

    03/13/2012 1:35:44 PM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 13, 2012 | Jo Piazza
    hey’re rich. They’re spoiled. They’re Persian. Which means Bravo’s latest reality endeavor, “The Shahs of Sunset,” has Iranian-Americans up in arms over the stereotypes they claim it perpetuates. So much so, in fact, that petitions are circulating in Iranian communities to have the show yanked off the air. The program, which premiered on Sunday night, follows a group of six Persian-American socialites in Los Angeles as they navigate love and life with what seems like bottomless checking accounts. They are the children of the Iranians who escaped their country after the 1979 Iranian Revolution ended the reign of the Shah...
  • Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok

    02/14/2012 6:47:29 AM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-14-2012 | Robert Johnson
    Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok Robert JohnsonFeburary 14, 2012 One day after bombs targeting Israeli embassy staff went off in India and Georgia, another botched attack played out this morning in Bangkok. Through several reports, the incident appears to have played out something like this: Saeib Morabi, a suspected Iranian, was fleeing an explosion that rocked through his rented home in central Bangkok. While he was on the road looking for transportation, another explosion went off "on a nearby road." When Morabi finally managed to flag down a cab, the driver...
  • Azerbaijan Thwarts Terror Attack Against Israel, Jewish Targets

    01/24/2012 12:43:11 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies
    HAARETZ.com ^ | Published 01:48 23.01.12Latest update 01:48 23.01.12 | By Eli Shvidler
    "Azerbaijan thwarts terror attack against Israeli, Jewish targets Security official in Baku links Iran to planned operation; three men detained." SNIPPET: "Three men were detained last week after planning to attack two Israelis employed by a Jewish school in Baku, the Azerbaijan Ministry of National Security has revealed. Meanwhile, an Azeri commentator considered close to the republic's president has launched a scathing indictment of Iran. The Azeri ministry said it had arrested a cell that planned to "kill public activists," before it became apparent that the intended victims were two Israeli Chabad emissaries, a rabbi and a teacher employed by...
  • Iranian Students Volunteering As Human Shield Near Nuke Sites

    11/16/2011 6:14:37 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov.16, 2011 | Buck Sexton
    Hundreds of students in Iran gathered at the uranium conversion plant in central Iran on Tuesday to form a temporary human shield for the facility. Students reportedly locked arms and formed a human chain around the plants perimeter to show that Iranians support the sacrifice their lives in the event of an aerial strike by Israel. The Iranian students, according to Ha’aretz, “held a noon prayer session in front of one of the plants, and students from Isfahan universities shouted ‘Death to Israel’ and “Death to America.’ They vowed to resist in the event of an attack.” News outlets speculate...
  • Perry Says Iran Plot Requires Border Security

    10/12/2011 1:19:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    KTOV9 ^ | TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says an Iranian-backed terror plot coordinated in Mexico proves the U.S. must secure its southern border. The Republican presidential hopeful used Tuesday's announcement that Iranian forces had sought to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. to call for more border troops, improved fencing along the Mexican border and increased border patrols including the use of predator drone surveillance. Perry opened his speech to Republican activists in Indianapolis on Wednesday with a call for increased border security. He called allegations that Iranian forces sought to kill the Saudi diplomat "business as usual" for Iran.
  • US Eases Iranian Student Visa Rules

    05/20/2011 4:43:28 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 19 replies
    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday the United States is easing visa terms for Iranian students here as part of efforts to support their aspirations for political change back home. In what she called a "big step forward" in the Obama administration support's for Iran's people, Clinton said Iranian students and exchange visitors are now eligible for two-year, multiple entry visas. "This gives young Iranians the opportunity to return home for family events, to participate in internships, to travel outside the United States -- and they won't need to get a new visa every time," she...
  • Dry Run or Wrong Turn? 3 Mid-East Men Try to Enter Calif. Marine Base

    03/31/2011 7:21:18 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 163 replies
    the Blaze ^ | 3-31-11 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Was it just a wrong turn, or something more sinister? Marine base Camp Pendleton — one of the largest military bases in the country — is reportedly on high alert after three Middle Eastern men tried to enter the base last weekend on multiple occasions in multiple vehicles. And while the men initially claimed they didn’t know each other and simply took a wrong turn, new information from a local gas station about “hateful comments” and “terrorist threats” casts doubt on their story: http://clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/8178/2340295?wpid=9528 KGTV explains some of the shocking details: According to a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) alert...
  • Iranians hack into VOA website

    02/21/2011 9:37:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/21/11 | BIll Gertz
    Iranian computer hackers on Monday hijacked the website of the Voice of America, replacing its Internet home page with a banner bearing an Iranian flag and an image of an AK-47 assault rifle. The group called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “hear the voice of oppressed nations.” The banner stated that “we have proven that we can.” The message called on the United States to “stop interfering in Islamic countries.” It then listed more 90 websites of VOA it claimed has also been hacked.
  • (Vanity) Do the Iranians or their proxies currently have a 'scientific' satellite in a polar orbit?

    02/09/2010 5:33:58 AM PST · by Blueflag · 21 replies · 572+ views
    For the FReeper national security community -- Whereas the Iranians have promised/threatened something big on the 11th, and Whereas polar orbit satellites pass over the CONUS repeatedly, and Whereas satellite orbits can be willfully decayed to reach a given altitude at a given Long/Lat., and Whereas the US has no defense against or ability to recover from an EMP attack from near space, and Whereas the TOTUS is a FNG/REMF when it comes to serious national security; Do the Iranians or their proxies have a satellite in low-earth/ polar orbit at the present time?
  • The EMP threat: fact, fiction, and response (part 2)

    02/01/2010 11:23:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 52 replies · 1,104+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 2/1/2010 | Yousaf M. Butt
    What appears to be of particular concern to the EMP commission is the scepter of terrorist groups or so-called “rogue” nations carrying out such an attack. As outlined by Dr. Pry, one of the commissioners, before a 2005 Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, “[a] nuclear missile concealed in the hold of a freighter would give Iran, or terrorists, the capability to perform an EMP attack against the United States homeland, without developing an ICBM, and with some prospect of remaining anonymous. Iran’s Shahab-3 medium-range missile… is a mobile missile, and small enough to be transported in the...
  • Iranian Crackdown Goes Global

    12/03/2009 4:57:38 PM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 1,112+ views
    His first impulse was to dismiss the ominous email as a prank, says a young Iranian-American named Koosha. It warned the 29-year-old engineering student that his relatives in Tehran would be harmed if he didn't stop criticizing Iran on Facebook. Two days later, his mom called. Security agents had arrested his father in his home in Tehran and threatened him by saying his son could no longer safely return to Iran. "When they arrested my father, I realized the email was no joke," said Koosha, who asked that his full name not be used. Tehran's leadership faces its biggest crisis...
  • Netanyahu: Iran is a Weakling

    09/23/2009 4:16:16 AM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 10 replies · 689+ views
    Israel National News ^ | September 23, 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has labeled the Iran regime as “weaker than people think” and that is susceptible to international pressure. Speaking with Wolf Blitzer of CNN, the Prime Minister said, “The Iranian people detest this regime, as has been plainly evident in the recent election fraud. But, equally, I think that Iran is susceptible because its economy is susceptible. And the time for pressure is now, with or without talks.”
  • The Iranian Revolution Will Not Be Televised (in the U.S.)

    09/21/2009 12:44:04 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 31 replies · 1,253+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Sept. 21 | Michael Ledeen
    When a tyrannical regime dies, you can see the symptoms in the little things. Late Friday afternoon, after millions (yes, millions–this according to Le Monde, France 2, and L’Express, with the BBC saying that the demonstrations were bigger than those at the time of the Revolution) of Greens mobbed the streets and squares of more than thirty towns and cities to call for the end of the regime, there was a soccer game in Azadi Stadium in Tehran. It holds about a hundred thousand fans, and it was full of men wearing green and carrying green balloons. When state-run tv...
  • Prominent Iranian cleric shot dead: report

    09/17/2009 6:00:11 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 29 replies · 1,924+ views
    TEHRAN — Gunmen shot dead a prominent Iranian cleric on Thursday in the northwest province of Kurdistan, the official IRNA news agency reported, in the latest attack to shake the region. Mullah Mohammed Sheikh Olislam, who represents the province in Iran's top clerical body the Assembly of Experts, was shot twice in the head by unknown attackers at a mosque in Sanandaj, Kurdistan's main city.
  • Prominent Fundraiser for Obama and Clinton Charged With Fraud

    08/26/2009 6:44:31 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 8 replies · 1,181+ views
    Associated Press via Law.com ^ | August 26, 2009 | Tom Hays The Associated Press
    A wealthy investment banker and prominent fundraiser for President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other top Democrats was arrested Tuesday on charges he lied to get a $74 million business loan that -- once confronted by authorities -- he hastily repaid. Prosecutors accused Hassan Nemazee of giving Citibank documents showing he owned millions of dollars in collateral. They said the documents were "fraudulent and forged." A Clinton spokesman didn't immediately return an e-mail message seeking comment. The chairman and chief executive of Manhattan-based Nemazee Capital Corp. served as national finance chairman for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008, and later...
  • Top Democrat fund-raiser for Obama, Hillary arrested

    08/25/2009 5:16:11 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 72 replies · 5,154+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 25, 2009 | WorldNetDaily
    Hassan Nemazee, a multimillionaire Iranian-American investment banker and top Democratic Party fundraiser, was arrested today by federal law enforcement authorities in New York City and charged with engaging in criminal fraud for his role in arranging a $74 million dollar loan from Citibank, Bloomberg reported. U.S. Attorney Prett Bharara in New York City and FBI investigators told Dow Jones Newswires the 59-year-old Namazee applied for the Citibank loans for Nemazee Capital Corp. by giving Citibank "numerous documents that purported to establish the existence of accounts in Nemazee's name at various financial institutions containing many hundreds of millions of dollars." According...
  • Six months in and zero is being tested alright.

    08/05/2009 12:18:36 PM PDT · by mapmaker77 · 12 replies · 644+ views
    just some thoughts | 05AUG'09 | mapmaker77
    It's a red letter day in contemporary US history. Joe Biden is right for the first time in his adult life. He predicted that zero would be tested in his first six months in office and, yepper, it's happening. So, let's look at the test results. We've got russian nuclear submarines off our coast. I don't remember the last time that that happened, but don't worry, they're probably just fishing. We've got NKs kidnapping American lefty reporters and putting them in gulags. Let's face it, they wouldn't be working for algore if they were not on the far left and...
  • Video: Regime "Down with U.S Down With Israel" People Respond "Down with Dictator Down with Russia"

    07/20/2009 11:43:59 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 1 replies · 406+ views
    Youtube ^ | 7/21/09 | Youtube
    Another Iran Video: Iranian Friday leader aligned with the hard-line regime directing crowd to chant "down with U.S.", Iranian people defiantly respond "Down with dictator", "Down with Russia". Iranian people have blamed Russia for its support of Ahmadinejad/Khamenei. Link here
  • Iranians urged to shout "Death to America and Israel", shout instead "Death to Russia and Dictator"

    07/17/2009 9:47:03 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 17 replies · 1,342+ views
    NIAC ^ | July 17, 2009 | TehranBerry®
    Another eyewitness account, emailed to us from a very close friend. Made my way down the west side of Laleh Park, large crowd was gathered around a radio listening to Rafi give the sermons, moved down to Keshavarz Blvd, where people had already started to taunt the bassijis who look like teenagers with Darth Vader helmets that was one size too big for them. The main slogans were “Baradar’e basiji chera Baradr Koshi” (”Brother basiji, why do you kill your brother?”, the speaker after Rafi was urging people to shout “death to America” and “death to Israel” people responded in...
  • Our Common Foe (Michael Rubin)

    07/07/2009 7:49:56 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 430+ views
    MichaelRubin.org ^ | July 20, 2009 | Michael Rubin
    Tear gas was still wafting through the streets of Tehran when, at a June 23 White House press conference, The Huffington Post's Nico Pitney conveyed an Iranian's question to President Obama: "Under which conditions would you accept the election of [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad? And if you do accept it without any significant changes in the conditions there, isn't that a betrayal of what the demonstrators there are working towards?" Obama avoided a direct answer, saying only that the Iranian government should "recognize that there is a peaceful path that will lead to stability and legitimacy and prosperity," and expressing hope that...
  • Sen. Kit Bond: Iranians want the U.S. to get more involved

    06/22/2009 9:50:38 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 21 replies · 923+ views
    The Hill - Briefing Room Blog ^ | June 22, 2009 | by Michael O'Brien
    Demonstrations in the wake of Iran's presidential election are a sign that country's dissidents want the U.S. to get involved in the disputed contest, Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) asserted Monday. Bond, the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, pushed back against President Obama's claim that the election is not a U.S. issue, and urged the administration to speak out more forcefully in favor of Iranian dissidents."We didn't have anything to do with this uprising; we're not trying to tell them who they should select," Bond said on CNBC Monday morning. "But when they have such obvious election fraud and...
  • Belgium - Police hold Iranian involved in plot to bomb passenger planes

    10/05/2006 1:17:17 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 684+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | October 5, 2006
    BELGIAN POLICE ARE HOLDING IRANIAN WHO SAYS WAS INVOLVED IN PLOT TO BOMB PASSENGER PLANE IN BELGIUM -PROSECUTORS
  • Poll Finds Few Iranians View US Favorably, Despite Obama

    06/09/2009 1:43:33 AM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 330+ views
    (AP) via CNSNEWS.com ^ | Tuesday, June 09, 2009 | By Alan Fram, Associated Press
    SNIPPET: "The survey was conducted by KA Europe SPRL, a privately owned research company. Telephone interviews, conducted in Farsi, involved a random sample of 1,001 adult Iranians from May 11-20. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The company says more than 90 percent of Iranians have landline telephones."
  • Iranians Hurl Shoe at Ahmadinejad

    03/07/2009 9:18:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 576+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/09 | staff
    (IsraelNN.com) Iranian protestors threw a show at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he was riding to speak in a presidential campaign speech, according to Iranian blogs. His convoy sped away from the scene, but supporters of Ahmadinejad called the report a false rumor.
  • 'Iranians Are Pro-Israel' - Part II

    01/13/2009 8:48:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 396+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 1/14/09 | Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
    (IsraelNN.com) The following is Part II of an interview Israel National News conducted in recent days with Amil Imani, an Iranian-born pro-democracy activist currently living in North America. The discussion focused on an effort to understand Iran at this critical time in history. INN: What do you think would be the reaction of Iranians to an Israeli attack to take out the nuclear sites in Iran? The mullahs are highly vulnerable, given the ruin they have visited upon Iran and their stone-age discriminatory practices. Imani: It would be a mixed reaction outcome which would not be easy to envisage. Some...
  • U.S. Eyes Iranians at Nuke Labs

    07/11/2008 5:02:17 PM PDT · by kellynla · 6 replies · 187+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | July 11, 2008 | staff
    As fears grow over Iran secretly developing nuclear weapons, U.S. counterintelligence officials are keeping a close eye on scientists from Iran and other Muslim nations working at the U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories, WND has learned. The Energy Department recently revoked the security clearance of an Egyptian-born nuclear physicist because he was suspected of "conflicting allegiances." Last year, DOE and FBI agents began questioning Moniem El-Ganayni, who worked on the side as a Muslim prison chaplain.
  • U.S. hands detained Iranians to Iraq authorities

    08/29/2007 12:55:46 AM PDT · by autosellers · 53 replies · 2,665+ views
    msnbc ^ | 08/29/2007 | Associated Press
    U.S. troops release Iranians detained in Iraq Military hands 7 over to Iraqi authorities hours after their apprehension BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops released seven Iranians early Wednesday, hours after detaining them at a central Baghdad hotel, an Iranian embassy official said. The Iranian diplomat, who refused to give his name, told The Associated Press that one of those released contacted the embassy Wednesday morning to say that they have been handed over to Iraqi authorities. American troops raided Baghdad’s Sheraton Ishtar hotel and took away a group of about 10 people late Tuesday. The diplomat said the seven Iranians...
  • Iranians still planning attacks in Iraq: U.S.

    06/27/2007 12:37:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 613+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/27/07 | Alister Bull
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iranian operatives are training fighters in Iraq and helping to plan attacks there despite diplomatic pressure on Tehran to halt such interference, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The latest accusation leveled against Iran by the U.S. military followed rare diplomatic talks in Baghdad last month between the two old adversaries to discuss Washington's concerns in Iraq. "There absolutely is evidence of Iranian operatives holding weapons, training fighters, providing resources, helping plan operations, resourcing secret cells that is destabilizing Iraq," said military spokesman Brigadier-General Kevin Bergner. "We would like very much to see some action on their part...
  • An Utter Lack of Awareness

    06/25/2007 4:26:53 AM PDT · by Renfield · 10 replies · 683+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 6-25-07 | Jeff Emanuel
    ~~~snip~~~ The capture of the British sailors raised several questions. For example, why wasn't their ship, the HMS Cornwall, within range of their operation, so as to provide cover for the rubber inflatable boats (RIBs) from which the boarding teams were operating? Why did the British helicopter tasked with loitering over the RIBs during the boarding operation leave its station? Why did fourteen armed British fighting men, and one woman, simply give in, and decide, in the words of Royal Marine Captain Chris Air, that "fighting back was simply not an option?" Most of all, though, the question raised by...
  • Iranians want to talk to U.S. Congress

    05/15/2007 3:09:23 PM PDT · by Hadean · 16 replies · 745+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | May 15, 2007 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) A group of Iranian lawmakers wants to create a "friendship committee" that would open contacts with the U.S. Congress - an unprecedented attempt to build ties at a time when Iran's hard-line leadership also appears willing to talk with the country's No. 1 enemy. Proponents hope the effort, for which they were gathering petition signatures Tuesday, will be condoned by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say in national matters. Contacts between the countries have long been taboo, a status enforced by Iran's top leadership - made up of Shiite clerics - since the...
  • For Iran, seizure pays

    04/06/2007 10:08:19 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 20 replies · 592+ views
    msn money ^ | 4/6/2007 | Charley Blaine
    Tehran's release of 15 Britons may have been a gift, as its president claims, but the standoff is a gift for the captors: The incident pushes oil prices higher and brings the Iranians millions in additional revenue. So, what did Iran get out of holding on to 15 British sailors and marines for some 10 days? A lot of attention from the West, that's for sure -- and possibly an extra $167 million in oil revenue. No, there wasn't a ransom paid, but the standoff did push the price of crude oil abruptly higher around the world.
  • Iranian general supervised Hamas arms, source says

    02/02/2007 2:37:22 AM PST · by familyop · 9 replies · 455+ views
    Ynet News, AP ^ | 02FEB07 | Ali Waked
    A Palestinian source has said that the Iranian general nabbed in Gaza by Palestinian security officers supervised the manufacturing weapons and explosives for Hamas. The source told Ynet on Friday that the expert was in charge of several labs in the university, mainly chemistry labs in which he instructed Hamas activists, most of them women, manufacturing the explosives. At least five Iranian citizens were arrested during a raid at the Islamic University, a Hamas stronghold in Gaza City. One of the Iranians committed suicide during the raid. Six to nine Palestinians were killed in the raid, sources said. The raid...
  • Iranians arrested in raid on Gaza's Islamic university

    02/02/2007 2:30:49 AM PST · by familyop · 8 replies · 497+ views
    Ireland Online ^ | 02FEB07 | Ireland Online
    Palestinian security arrested seven Iranian citizens during a raid at the Islamic University, a Hamas stronghold in Gaza City, a security official said, and another committed suicide during the raid. The raid came during a large-scale assault by Fatah-affiliated gunmen on the university. A Hamas official denied the claim and said there were no Iranian citizens at the university. The raid came at the end of a day of clashes that collapsed a three-day truce between the warring factions. Iran has supplied Hamas with funds, but there have been no previous claims of Iranians working with Hamas in Gaza.
  • Iranians 'Trained Shia Militants'

    01/14/2007 8:54:02 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 476+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-15-2007 | Damien McElroy
    Iranians 'trained Shia militants' By Damien McElroy Last Updated: 12:38am GMT 15/01/2007 Tensions between Washington and Teheran deepened yesterday after the American military accused five Iranians detained by its forces in Iraq of helping to supply cash, weapons and training to Shia militias on behalf of the Iranian regime. Iran rejected the claims of collusion with Iraq's Shia Muslim militants and demanded the release of the officials, who were stationed at a liaison office in Irbil, the capital of Kurdish northern Iraq. Condoleezza Rice: America would no longer tolerate Teheran's support for armed groups in Iraq A statement from the...
  • Five Iranians Detained in Recent Baghdad Raids

    12/28/2006 3:35:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 489+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2006 – Several Iranian nationals were detained in recent coalition raids conducted in Iraq’s capital city, a senior U.S. military officer said in Baghdad today. Two Iranians were among eight other suspects detained during a coalition raid at a Baghdad site Dec. 21, Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, told reporters. The early-morning operation was based on intelligence information, Caldwell said, noting documents, maps, photographs, and videos were also confiscated. “Debriefings of these detainees and investigation of the seized materials have yielded intelligence that link perhaps some of them to some...
  • Iranians vote in electoral test for Ahmadinejad

    12/15/2006 7:13:04 AM PST · by TexKat · 19 replies · 824+ views
    GulfNews ^ | 12/15/06
    Tehran: Iranians voted on Friday for local councils and a powerful clerical body in the first electoral test since 2005 for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The vote for city and rural councils and the Assembly of Experts is to show if the president’s rivals are regaining popularity. Witnesses said that Ahmadinejad waited in line for about half an hour to vote at a mosque in east Tehran. In the Tehran race, the conservative camp is split between Ahmadinejad's backers and supporters of Tehran mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf. Results will depend on the turnout of Iran's 46.5 million eligible voters, who will...
  • Arabs and Iranians Root For the Democrats Again--The MEMRI Report

    11/01/2006 6:21:33 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 11 replies · 730+ views
    New York Sun ^ | November 1, 2006 | Steven Stalinsky
    "The Muslims of America need to get organized and make sure they get out to vote for Democrats for both the House and the Senate. … Every Muslim in the Middle East who has a relative in the U.S. should get the message across to their relatives." — Skip Conover, host on Muslim-American Bridges TV, Arab News, October 19 As the November 7 midterm elections approach, Iranian and Arab officials and journalists are hoping the Democrats will win control of the House and Senate. It should be noted that before the 2004 elections, they also overwhelmingly predicted and rooted for...
  • Iranians embrace works of American author Brautigan

    07/27/2006 3:53:56 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 11 replies · 1,660+ views
    The Jerusaleum Post ^ | July 26, 2006 | Associated Press
    In the midst of the war of words between Iran and the United States and a hot war between Teheran-backed Hizbullah and US ally Israel, young Iranian readers are finding inspiration from the works of American novelist Richard Brautigan. Azadeh Azizi said she was enchanted by the author's "Trout Fishing in America" as she paged through the book while sitting on the doorsteps of a downtown Tehran bookstore on Tuesday. "I love Brautigan's work. His pen feeds my appetite for knowing about my own mind, society and the world," the 17-year-old high school student said. Poet and novelist Brautigan, a...
  • Iraqi Kurds flee border region as tensions mount-(Turks and Iranians blasting away)

    05/06/2006 6:47:43 AM PDT · by Flavius · 24 replies · 561+ views
    daily star ^ | May 06, 2006 | Daily Star staff
    Kurdish villagers are fleeing their homes in northern Iraq after shelling and incursions by Iranian forces and a massive build-up of Turkish troops as both countries move to crush separatist guerrillas. Government leaders in Iraqi Kurdistan say Iran has attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas in Iraq three times in the past two weeks, and Turkey insists it has the right under military law to carry out cross-border operations if need be. The PKK, seeking a Kurdish homeland including southeastern Turkey, accuses Ankara and Tehran of mounting coordinated operations against the group and its Iranian wing, PJAK. About 60 of...
  • Iran marks a failed US rescue mission in Tabas

    04/25/2006 6:09:28 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 30 replies · 760+ views
    IranMania News ^ | April 26
    LONDON, April 26 (IranMania) - Thousands of religious hardliners chanting "Death to America" gathered in Iran's central desert to celebrate a failed US hostage rescue mission 26 years ago, AFP reported. The anniversary of the US military debacle came amid a mounting war of words with Washington, reported to be mulling the use of force to rein in the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear programme. Iranian officials used the occasion to tell US leaders that they risked yet more "divine intervention" if they dared to again set foot on Iranian soil. "The Tabas incident should act as a reminder to US...