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  • Iranian Warships Arrive Near Yemen

    04/22/2015 10:09:50 AM PDT · by mulder1 · 103 replies
    Iranian Warships Arrive Near Yemen Comes just days after U.S. announced it would send its own warships A fleet of Iranian warships arrived near the southern coast of Yemen on Wednesday in a move likely to add greater tension in a developing U.S.-Iranian standoff in the region, according Iranian military leaders. Just days after the United States announced it would send its own warships to Yemen in order to prevent Iran from smuggling weapons to terror forces fighting there, a flotilla of Iranian destroyers docked in the same area. Iran’s military moves are likely to increase tensions between the two...
  • Iraq's 'gold' mostly copper

    08/02/2003 2:18:10 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 27 replies · 326+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 2, 2003
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Gold-colored bars seized by US forces in Iraq appear to be melted-down shell casings made mostly of copper, rather than gold, the White House said in a report obtained yesterday.</p> <p>The US military announced the discovery of truckloads of the gold-colored bars in May.</p>
  • Egypt Found to Have Developed Chemical Weapons For Iraq

    03/15/2005 7:27:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 685+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Mar 15, '05 | staff
    As Israel considers allowing Egypt to control the critical Philadelphi corridor along Israel’s border, startling revelations about Egyptian chemical weapons proliferation are coming to light. Egypt secretly helped former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his chemical weapons program, according to a CIA report. The report, authored by the CIA’s Iraq Survey Group, says that Egypt sent specialists to Iraq in the 1980s to help him manufacture poison gas. Iraq later used the gas against Iranian citizens as well as Iraqi Kurds. The report says that the Iraqi government paid Egypt $12 million, "in return for assistance with production and storage...
  • From Bagdad to Chicago: Rezko and the Auchi empire (by former senior State, DOD official)

    10/11/2008 10:47:39 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 2,568+ views
    Wikileaks ^ | 10-10-08 | John A. Shaw
    “I first began to fathom the extent of Nadhmi Auchi's reach and corrupting influence when I was given responsibility for monitoring illegal transfers of technology and munitions to Iraq as well as overseeing all coalition transportation and communications reconstruction in Iraq." ### Barack Obama has been appropriately strident in his condemnation of the mortgage-based financial corruption which nearly led to the collapse of the investment banking system in the United States. But there are some strong smelling financial skeletons in his own closet. Obama has his own personal housing crisis that is tied not into Fanny Mae, but into a...
  • The War over the War (Iran-Iraq War)(Very interesting analysis)

    10/03/2010 6:12:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 1+ views
    AEI ^ | September 30, 2010 | Ali Alfoneh
    Thirty years after the end of the war between Iran and Iraq a fierce battle is being fought amongst statesmen, military commanders and scholars about the war. Three questions remain contested: Why did the war began in the first place? Why did the war continue after Iran's liberation of territories occupied by Iraq? And why did the war with Iraq end? -excerpt- Thanks to the Iraqi invasion of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Khomeini and the revolutionary regime managed to rally a fragmented nation around the revolutionary leadership. The revolutionary leadership also managed to keep the remains of the Imperial Army busy...
  • Victims of Iran war with Iraq found in mass grave

    11/25/2007 5:47:38 AM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 75+ views
    AFP ^ | Nov. 25, 2007
    Victims of Iran war with Iraq found in mass grave BASRA, Iraq (AFP) — A mass grave containing 30 corpses of people killed during the Iran-Iraq war, including Iranian soldiers, was found on Sunday near the southern Iraqi port city of Basra, officials said. Mahdi al-Timimi, an official with a local human rights group in Basra, said the grave was uncovered in Al-Zubair town, east of Basra city. "Several local people discovered the grave after which we sent our team to the site and found 30 corpses, including those of Iranian soldiers," he said. "The team was able to identify...
  • Ten Things You Didn't Know About Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    09/28/2007 1:35:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 1,575+ views
    Yahoo! News/U.S. News & World Report ^ | September 26, 2007 | Staff
    1. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (pronounced mah-MOOD ah-mah-dih-nee-ZHAD) was born Oct. 28, 1956, three years after the CIA-sponsored coup that installed the pro-Western leader Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as Iran's leader. A Shiite Muslim, he and his wife, a professor, have two sons and a daughter. 2. When he was an infant, Ahmadinejad's family moved from the village of Aradan to Tehran. It was at this point that the family changed its name from Saborjhian, which translates to "thread painter" (the lowliest job in Iran's traditional carpet-weaving industry), to the more religious Ahmadinejad ("race of Muhammad" or "virtuous race"). 3. Ahmadinejad is...
  • Iran - Tehran threatens to attack Iranian Kurdish rebels in Iraq

    02/28/2007 4:02:41 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 632+ views
    AFP via translation | February 28, 2007
    ALARM - Teheran threatens to attack the Iranian Kurdish rebels in Iraq TEHERAN - the commander of the Guards of the revolution, the ideological army of the Islamic mode of Iran, the general Yahya Rahim Safavi, threatened Wednesday to attack the Iranian Kurdish rebels in Iraq if the Iraqi government does not expel them border areas.
  • Saddam says responsible for any Iran gas attacks

    12/18/2006 8:16:06 AM PST · by TexKat · 5 replies · 788+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 18, 2006 | Ahmed Rasheed
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein said on Monday he would take responsibility "with honor" for any attacks on Iran using conventional or chemical weapons during the 1980-1988 war but he took issue with charges he ordered attacks on Iraqis. The former president and six others are on trial for the Anfal -- Spoils of War -- military campaign against ethnic Kurds in northern Iraq in the 1980s in which prosecutors say up to 180,000 people were killed in gas attacks and mass executions. "In relation to Iran, if any military or civil official claims that Saddam gave orders to use...
  • Islamofascism, the broader, deeper & wider reality - How radical Islam makes you into a fascist!

    06/17/2006 10:56:58 PM PDT · by NeoOldCon · 1 replies · 1,471+ views
    How [radical] Islam makes one into a fascist, whether you are Arab, black, etc. The broader view of the deep & wide reality of Islamofascism What do the Arab Muslim massacre in NYC WTC, The Pakistani Muslim bombing in London, the Arab Muslim bombing in Madrid, an Indonesian attack on Australians in Bali, an Arab Muslim racist attack on an ordinary Jew in Paris, Arabs' onslaught in the genocide campaign in Sudan, WW2's Bosnian Muslims attacking Christian Serbs, Jordanian Arab murderer: Zarqawi that seperated (Nazi style) between Shiite & Sunni kids on a bus, Arab slave masters in Mauritania, a...
  • Mr. Stability : The wrongness of Brent Scowcroft's realism

    11/01/2005 6:56:28 PM PST · by Senator Goldwater · 14 replies · 862+ views ^ | November 1, 2005 | Christopher Hitchens
    Mr. Stability The wrongness of Brent Scowcroft's realism. By Christopher Hitchens Posted Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005, at 1:47 PM ET Scowcroft longs for the "peace" of Saddam's regime The sole point of the non-findings of the Fitzgerald non-investigation, into the non-commission of non-crimes and the non-outing of a non-covert CIA bureaucrat, is (as Messrs. Kerry, Krugman, Rich, and others keep reminding us) that it might even yet trigger the long-awaited inquest into the Iraq intervention. I very strongly hope that there is a full-dress postmortem into this country's Iraq policy, though I am not ready to assume that "inquest" or...
  • Iran: Students Protest Burials Of War Dead On Tehran Campuses

    03/15/2006 12:05:45 PM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 318+ views
    Iran: Students Protest Burials Of War Dead On Tehran Campuses By Golnaz Esfandiari University students in Iran are expressing deep concern over official attempts to turn university grounds into burial sites for the remains of Iranian soldiers who died during the Iran-Iraq War. The dean of one university was beaten up amid clashes between students and pressure groups on March 13. Islamic Republic officials attach a near-sacred status to the soldiers who died during the Iran/Iraq war in the 1980s, and many public squares and streets are named after them. PRAGUE, March 15, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Iranian officials say burials...
  • Complaint filed against Saddam by Iran's chemical warfare victims

    01/16/2006 3:18:44 PM PST · by warpcorebreach · 171+ views
    Irna ^ | 01-16-06
    Some 2,000 chemical war-disabled have lodged a complaint against Iraq's former dictator, Saddam Hossein, the Persian language daily `Sharq' reported Monday quoting Iran's Red Crescent Society. All chemically wounded people and war veterans who were injured during the eight-year Iraqi imposed war (1980-88) enjoy the right to file a suit against Saddam, said the head of the secretariat of Iran's Humanitarian Rights National Committee, Mohammad-Taher Kanani. However, he urged all the chemically disabled persons and war veterans to present their complaints to the foreign ministry or Iran's embassy in Baghdad, saying the request is because of the security condition ruled...

    09/17/2002 8:49:08 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 98 replies · 982+ views
    New York Post ^ | 17 September 2002 | Sam Dealey
    <p>September 17, 2002 -- NEW Jersey voters already concerned about Sen. Robert Torricelli's low ethical threshold now learn that he's been a paid shill for a group the government identifies as a terrorist organization. Called on this by his Republican opponent, Douglas Forrester, in a debate Thursday, Torricelli said the group had been pulled from the State Department's global terror list and given a clean bill of health. Not true.</p>
  • 100,000 Chemical Arms Victims in Iran

    09/06/2005 5:20:04 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 535+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | Sep 6, 2005
    100,000 chemical arms victims in Iran Sep 6, 2005 The Iranian foreign ministry said Tuesday that 100,000 Iranians are suffering from injuries with chemical weapons they sustained during the war with Iraq. The Iranian News Agency, IRNA, quoted the director of political affairs department at the ministry Peruz Husseini as saying 50,000 of the afflicted are in dangerous conditions and are exposed to slow death. Husseini accused the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein of having used chemical weapons against Iran during their 1980-1988 war. Speaking at the opening of the third meeting of Asian countries that have signed the...
  • Iranian gas victims want justice from Saddam tribunal (NO WMD IN IRAQ?)

    07/27/2005 1:53:58 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 33 replies · 1,141+ views ^ | 27 July 2005 16:37 | Angus McDowall in Tehran
    The Iranian government is to contact the Iraqi tribunal prosecuting Saddam Hussein to seek justice for the Iranian victims of Iraqi chemical weapons attacks which contaminated up to 100,000 people. Tehran promised last week to present a dossier to the tribunal documenting Saddam's use of poison gas in the 1980-88 war with Iran. So far, the only charges Saddam will face are those relating to crimes inside Iraq and during the 1990-91 occupation of Kuwait. Western countries offered Saddam tacit support during his war with Iran, refusing to blame Iraq for its invasion and the subsequent use of poison gas....
  • Iraqi PM in Landmark Iran Visit

    07/16/2005 9:41:06 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 312+ views
    BBC ^ | July 16, 2005
    Iraqi PM in landmark Iran visit BBC Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari has begun the first top-level visit to Iran since the two neighbours waged an eight-year war in the 1980s. More than 10 ministers are accompanying Mr Jaafari to open what Iranian media have called a new chapter in ties. They are expected to discuss security and the control of their long border. A new friendship is blossoming between Tehran and Baghdad to the consternation of the US, still bogged down in Iraq, says the BBC's Frances Harrison. After decades of no diplomatic relations, Iraq now has a prime...
  • Iraq, Iran issue joint statement blaming Saddam for 1980-88 war (DUHHH ALERT!)

    05/20/2005 9:19:04 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 163+ views
    Baghdad — For the first time Iraq has joined with Iran in labelling Saddam Hussein and his henchmen as the military aggressors of the 1980-88 war between the two countries and of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The joint statement, issued Thursday during Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi's historic trip to Iraq, comes as the Shiite Muslim-dominated governments of both countries try to forge better ties following Saddam's ouster two years ago. The former Iraqi dictator, who was captured in December, 2003, is facing charges including killing rival politicians during his 30-year rule, gassing Kurds, invading Kuwait in 1990 and...
  • Pro-war film spotted on Croisette

    05/13/2005 9:14:33 PM PDT · by liberallarry · 3 replies · 406+ views
    The Guardian (England) ^ | May 14, 2005 | Charlotte Higgins
    George Bush and Tony Blair will whoop for joy. A strongly pro-war film has been premiered at the Cannes film festival - and it comes from Iraq. The main part of Hiner Saleem's Kilomčtre Zéro, premiered in competition for the Palme D'Or, is set in 1988 against the backdrop of the deaths of thousands of Iraqi Kurds at the hands of Saddam's cousin, "Chemical" Ali Hassan al-Majid. It is framed by scenes of the main characters, now exiled in France, rejoicing at the fall of Baghdad in 2003. "I am against war of any kind," Saleem said. "But we didn't...
  • Leftover munitions from the Iran-Iraq war recycled in insurgent attacks

    03/21/2005 3:22:52 PM PST · by Bald Eagle777 · 7 replies · 442+ views (The Boston Globe - online version) ^ | March 21, 2005 | Antonio Castaneda (AP)
    Hundreds of thousands of rusty munitions leftovers from the Iran-Iraq war are scattered across the green fields and gentle hills of the two countries' common border. Long ignored, they are now being harvested by insurgents who recycle them into crude but highly deadly bombs to use against U.S. and Iraqi troops. Saddam-era ordnance, repackaged as roadside bombs or bundled together to use in car bomb attacks, has been the leading killer of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Concerned about the growing trend, the military is paying Iraqis thousands of dollars for information about weapons caches.... The military has allocated hundreds of...
  • ‘Nazi’ files incriminate top Iraqis

    04/19/2003 4:07:54 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 25 replies · 749+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 20, 2003 | Marie Colvin
    HER dusty file was one of hundreds of thousands of documents stacked in a house in a wealthy neighbourhood of Baghdad. Asma Rasheed married a pilot, lived comfortably in the presidential compound of Saddam Hussein and directed a microbiology programme that was not supposed to exist. Rasheed’s light blue folder has emerged from a huge archive seized by forces loyal to Ahmed Chalabi, the leader of the Iraqi National Congress, which opposed Saddam. The archive — a dark who’s who of Iraq — reveals the tiniest details of blandishments and humiliations by a paranoid regime that shared the Nazis’ obsession...
  • The Iran-Iraq War, Again: Listen to the Iraqis (And, faster please)

    08/16/2004 5:03:30 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 625+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | August 16, 2004 | Michael Ledeen
    I can't say this any better than the wonderful Iraqi who blogs as, so I'll just let him speak for himself, and for a substantial number of informed Iraqis: The news from some areas in Iraq indicates that at least thousands of Iranian crossed the border inside Iraq for support to MS [Moqtadah al Sadr] militia and as clandestine agents. The Iraqis now knew very well what the Iranian thugs trying to do inside Iraq. Today alone and only in one point the Iraqi Police arrested at least 40 Iranian sneaked into Iraq with out documents in one coach....
  • Saddam Could Call CIA in His Defence

    07/02/2004 6:00:11 PM PDT · by crusty codger · 16 replies · 240+ views ^ | 07/02/04 | Sanjay Suri
    Saddam Could Call CIA in His Defence A report prepared by the top CIA official handling the matter says Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the massacre, and indicates that it was the work of Iranians. Further, the Scott inquiry on the role of the British government has gathered evidence that following the massacre the United States in fact armed Saddam Hussein to counter the Iranians chemicals for chemicals. Few believe that a CIA man would attend a court hearing in Baghdad in defence of Saddam. But in this case the CIA boss has gone public with his evidence, and...
  • Chemical Munitions Found by Polish Soldiers in Iraq Date Back to 1980s

    07/02/2004 5:44:09 AM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 45 replies · 349+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 2004 | Monika Scislowska
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Warheads believed to contain the deadly nerve agent cyclosarin that were found by Polish troops in Iraq date back to Saddam Hussein's war with Iran in the 1980s, authorities said Friday. "Beyond any doubt, the warheads date back to 1980-88 and were used against the Kurds and in the Iraqi-Iranian war," said a statement from the Polish command. Last month, Polish troops in south-central Iraq recovered 17 rockets for a Soviet-era launcher and two mortar rounds filled with chemical substances, said Lt. Col. Robert Strzelecki, a spokesman for the Polish-led force, in a telephone interview from...
  • Iraqi Nerve Gas, WMD Find Blows Away Pundits

    05/17/2004 3:01:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 89 replies · 2,119+ views ^ | May 17, 2004 | Charles R. Smith
    The discovery of an Iraqi artillery shell armed with nerve gas has the liberal community and mass media in a panic. The 155mm nerve gas shell was rigged to kill U.S. troops but it failed. U.S. Brig. General Mark Kimmitt confirmed the discovery during a news conference in Baghdad. Yet, the discovery of nerve gas was followed by a second revelation. A second shell, equipped with mustard gas was found two weeks ago. The mustard gas shell identified by the special WMD inspection team in Iraq appears to be one of 550 declared by Saddam to U.N. inspectors during the...
  • Rumsfeld and Anthrax - Vanity Question

    01/27/2004 11:36:19 AM PST · by Conservomax · 16 replies · 175+ views
    I have heard a lot of grumbling on the left in regards to Donald Rumsfeld being responsible for sending Anthrax to Iraq (along with other nasties) to be used to develop a weapons program. I am well aware of the hegemonic lies about the US arming saddam. I know that while the US did send him some arms between 83 and 88, the total $ amount was the least among all countries who did the same - including Denmark. The above facts are easy to find however, I cannot find any information on the Rummy/Anthrax issue, i am assuming that...
  • U.S. Tests Show No Traces of WMD in Iraqi Shells

    01/18/2004 8:39:01 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 44 replies · 301+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/18/04 | Limbacher
    A fourth round of tests conducted on mortar shells found in Iraq 10 days ago by Danish troops has determined that they did not contain chemical weapons, contradicting field tests by British and Danish experts last week. The results of the latest evaluation by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory in Idaho were announced Sunday by the Danish Army Operational Command. The results mirrored findings late last week by a U.S.-led Iraq Survey Group, which was dispatched to the site in Basra after the British and Danish tests indicated that the shells contained a form of...
  • Iran 'owed billions for Saddam war'

    12/19/2003 6:32:54 AM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 4 replies · 152+ views
    BBC ^ | December 18, 2003 | BBC News
    The head of Iraq's Interim Governing Council says Iran should be paid reparations for the war that Saddam Hussein waged against it in the 1980s. Abdul Aziz al-Hakim said further discussion was needed to decide what if anything Iraq would pay itself. Iran claims $100bn in reparations for the brutal eight-year war that claimed about one million lives. Mr Hakim's remarks may augur improving Iran-Iraq relations now Saddam Hussein is in custody. The prominent Iraqi is also the head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri) the most important Shia Muslim party represented on the governing...
  • Iran flaunts ballistic missiles, military might on Iraq war anniversary

    09/22/2003 6:58:41 AM PDT · by Brian S · 5 replies · 127+ views
    AFP ^ | 09-22-03
    TEHRAN (AFP) Sep 22, 2003 Iran marked the anniversary of the outbreak of its long war with Iraq on Monday with a defiant display of military might, showing off its latest ballistic missiles sporting anti-Israeli and anti-US slogans and vowing not to back down to mounting pressure over its nuclear programme. In a military parade kicking off "Sacred Defence Week", seven of the Islamic republic's new Shahab-3 missiles were rolled out on mobile launchers daubed with the slogans "We will crush America under our feet" and "Israel must be wiped off the map". According to a commentary given over loud-speakers...
  • Speak Up For The Iranian Students Mr. President

    06/14/2003 8:53:07 AM PDT · by dogbyte12 · 10 replies · 241+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 6-12-03 | REZA LADJEVARDIAN
    The history of U.S.-Iran relations for the past 50 years has been plagued by a series of well-intentioned, but ill-advised U.S. policies toward Iran -- all of which later came back to haunt American interests in the Middle East. America needs to break free from this vicious cycle of misguided polices. The solution is to support Iranian students, and the time is now. Iranian students, increasingly joined by the general public, have held demonstrations denouncing the tyranny of the theocracy for the past two days. These spontaneous outcries for freedom are but preludes to plans for countrywide demonstrations against the...
  • Iran-Iraq exchange remains of 1980-88 war dead

    05/18/2003 7:21:58 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 221+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 18 2003 | AFP
    Iran exchanged the bodies of 83 Iraqi soldiers for 45 of its own troops killed during its 1980-1988 war with Iraq, in the first such transaction since before the US-led war on Baghdad, the official IRNA news agency reported. The remains were exchanged by the International Committee of the Red Cross at Shalamsheh border post, 10 kilometers (six miles) east of Iraq's southern port of Basra, the head of the search committee for missing soldiers, Mir-Feysal Baqerzadeh, told IRNA. Press reports said Tehran recently refused a British offer to return the remains of dozens of Iranians found in southern Iraq,...
  • Reports: CIA candidate to lead Iraq assassinated

    04/14/2003 9:04:40 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 69 replies · 457+ views
    Nizar Khazraji, a prominent Iraqi general who defected to the West, was assassinated Monday on his way to attend a U.S.-called meeting of opposition groups in the southern city of Nassiriya. Khazraji was sometimes mentioned as a possible successor to Saddam Hussein. In February last year, London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat quoted opposition sources in Syria as saying the US had chosen Khazraji to run Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam. The CIA was reported to have helped him escape to Kuwait from house arrest in Denmark, where prosecutors were investigating his alleged role in gas attacks on the Iraqi Kurds....
  • Iran Warns U.S., Britain Over Fate of POWs in Iraq

    04/13/2003 5:14:30 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 29 replies · 191+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 13 April 2003 | Unknown
    Iran Warns U.S., Britain Over Fate of POWs in Iraq 6 minutes ago Add World - Reuters to My Yahoo! TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will hold U.S. and British forces responsible for the well-being of any Iranian prisoners of war who might still be in Iraqi jails from the 1980-88 conflict, the official IRNA news agency said on Sunday. The head of Iran's Committee for Searching for the Missing in Action said Iranian authorities would tell U.S. and British forces they bear responsibility for the fate of any Iranian prisoners of war in Iraq (news - web sites) who may...
  • Bodies In Warehouse 'From Iran-Iraq War'

    04/06/2003 6:12:19 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 247+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-7-2003 | Andrew Johnson
    Bodies in warehouse 'from Iran-Iraq war' By Andrew Johnson 07 April 2003 Hundreds of bodies discovered in a warehouse in southern Iraq by British troops may be soldiers killed in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. The complex, found by a British artillery battery on Saturday, was initially thought to have been used to torture and execute opponents of Saddam Hussein's regime. However, initial findings by investigators searching for evidence of Iraqi war crimes suggested the two tin sheds, which contained more than 200 bodies and stacks of coffins, were a repatriation complex for casualties of the conflict. Earlier yesterday, Iran claimed...
  • Iraqi Bodies Found May Be From Iran-Iraq War

    04/06/2003 11:15:42 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 19 replies · 271+ views
    AP ^ | 6 April, 2003
    Bodies Found May Be From Iran-Iraq War 8 minutes ago By PATRICK MCDOWELL, Associated Press WriterZUBAYR, Iraq - A warehouse full of hundreds of bodies appears to have been a repatriation facility for soldiers killed during the Iran-Iraq (news - web sites) war in the 1980s, military investigators said Sunday. Latest news: · 18 Kurds said killed, 45 injured in US friendly fire incidentAFP - 4 minutes ago · Bodies Found May Be From Iran-Iraq War AP - 8 minutes ago · US forces close to encircling Baghdad as British push into BasraAFP - 10 minutes ago Special Coverage  ...
  • Human remains 'are Iranian soldiers'

    04/06/2003 8:36:04 AM PDT · by Scoop · 15 replies · 228+ views
    BBC ^ | April 6, 2003
    The identity of the remains is the subject of huge debate Human remains found in an abandoned Iraqi military base are those of Iranian soldiers killed in the Iran-Iraq war, an Iranian general has said. Brigadier-General Mirfeisal Baqerzadeh said the bodies were discovered at the base near al-Zubayr in southern Iraq recently after a joint search operation between the two countries. But, he said, the current conflict had meant arrangements to return the bodies to Iran had been put on hold. Forensic scientists from the UK are due to examine the skulls and bones, which were discovered wrapped in fragments...
  • Iran says bodies found in Basra are its troops

    04/06/2003 1:07:58 AM PST · by kattracks · 16 replies · 340+ views
    Reuters | 4/06/03
    Iran says bodies found in Basra are its troops TEHRAN, April 6 (Reuters) - Iran said the remains of as many as 200 people found near Basra were Iranian soldiers killed during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war and demanded their immediate repatriation, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Iraq has said the bodies, discovered on Saturday by British soldiers in a military complex near Basra, were those of Iraqis killed in the 1980s conflict and recently returned by Tehran. But the head of Iran's Committee for Searching for the Missing in Action said the corpses had been unearthed in recent months by...
  • Iran's neutrality on the line

    03/24/2003 3:34:35 PM PST · by NinjaDetective · 5 replies · 93+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 3/25/03 | Hooman Peimani
    Iranian government spokesperson Abdullah Ramezanzadeh has condemned the American war on Iraq as "illegitimate" and "unjustifiable" and reiterated Iran's neutrality in the war. He has also demanded that both Iraq and the United States respect Iran's neutrality. However, Iran might find it increasingly difficult to remain idle when regional (Turkey) and non-regional (United States and United Kingdom) states are seeking to achieve long-term objectives in Iraq with potentially dire consequences for the Iranians. Ramezanzadeh deplored the American government's initiating the war despite the international community's opposition, which he predicted to have grim consequences for Iraq, the Persian Gulf region, the...
  • Officers Say U.S. Aided Iraq in War Despite Use of Gas

    08/17/2002 11:03:17 AM PDT · by GeneD · 28 replies · 328+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 8/17/02 (for editions of 8/18/02) | Patrick E. Tyler
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 — A covert American program during the Reagan administration provided Iraq with critical battle planning assistance at a time when American intelligence agencies knew that Iraqi commanders would employ chemical weapons in waging the decisive battles of the Iran-Iraq war, according to senior military officers with direct knowledge of the program. These officers, most of whom agreed to speak on the condition that they not be named, spoke in response to a reporter's questions about the nature of gas warfare on both sides of the conflict between Iran and Iraq from 1981 to 1988. Iraq's use of...
  • Phoney war

    08/01/2002 6:15:59 PM PDT · by Conagher · 1 replies · 415+ views
    The Economist ^ | Aug 1st 2002
    An American war on Iraq looks a good way off. But the shadow-boxing has begunGet article background THE sword suspended over the head of Damocles hung, legend says, by a single horsehair. That hanging over the head of Saddam Hussein is only a little more secure. This is a man on whom the world's pre-eminent power has, in effect, declared war. Indeed, unlike most war declarations, George Bush's fatwa against him is personal. America's stated aim is not only to divest Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) but also to change the regime in Baghdad. If he were...