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  • How Moqtada al-Sadr Could Take Down Iraq’s Government

    05/02/2016 7:36:47 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 01, 2016 | Michael Weiss
    Supporters of the powerful Shia cleric stormed Baghdad’s parliament, leaving legislators quivering in the basement and Iraq on the edge of political chaos. Hussain Jassim refused to leave the Green Zone, once considered the impenetrable citadel at the heart of Baghdad, until his leader Muqtada al-Sadr ordered him to do so. “We have entered parliament and we have broken it’s prestige in front of people because they are thieves, they deserve for that to happen to them,” Jassim told The Daily Beast. He was one of thousands of angry protestors who on Saturday raided the Iraqi legislature, chasing MPs out...
  • The Terror Masters Revisited

    08/16/2004 6:23:27 AM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies · 668+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 8-16-04 | Michael Ledeen
    Saturday's Washington Post had an article which quotes the usual unnamed intelligence sources saying that they are surprised to discover that al Qaeda has "reconstituted" itself. This surprise derives from, inter alia, the computer data found recently in Pakistan, intelligence sources (both ours and friends'), and simply looking at the range of activities in which the terrorists engage. This surprise is, as usual, unsettling, since it has been quite clear for some time now that al Qaeda and the other major terrorist groups — Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Jamaa, etc. — are all working together, and have been ever since...
  • Iran steps in to prop up Iraq's Maliki

    06/05/2012 11:27:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    United Press International ^ | June 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM
    Amid a surge of bombings in Iraq, Iran appears to be getting concerned about growing efforts to unseat Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whom Tehran helped to power.Even fellow Shiites are saying Maliki, who controls all Iraq's military, security and intelligence forces, should go. At the same time, Tehran is seeking to ensure that Iraq's Shiites don't upstage Iran's long-held spiritual domination of the Shiite sect, a position that the Iranian clergy seized during Saddam Hussein's rule when he ruthlessly suppressed Iraq's Shiite majority. The political and religious friction is being intensified by the campaign of bombings and assassinations carried out...
  • Barack Obama's Middle East Expert

    01/23/2008 12:27:15 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 10 replies · 520+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 23, 2008 | Ed Lasky
    Barack Obama's real thinking about Israel and the Middle East continues to be an enigma. The words he chose in an address to AIPAC create a different impression than the composition of his foreign policy advisory team. Several advisors have evidenced a history of suspicion and worse toward Israel. One of his advisors in particular, Robert Malley, clearly warrants attention, as does the reasoning that led him to being chosen by Barack Obama. A little family history may be in order to understand the genesis of Robert Malley's views. Normally, one should be reluctant in exploring a person's family background...
  • Iraqi army seizes Sadr's Baghdad bastion

    05/20/2008 3:38:11 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 14 replies · 137+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/20/08 | Aseel Kami and Adrian Croft
    Some 10,000 Iraqi police and soldiers, backed by tanks, pushed deep into Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Baghdad bastion on Tuesday, stamping the government's authority on an area until now outside its control. The army said they met no resistance as they moved into Sadr City in the early hours, securing three quarters of the sprawling slum where hundreds have been killed in weeks of fighting between U.S. and Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militants loyal to Sadr. A truce 10 days ago between Shi'ite factions largely ended the fighting in one of Baghdad's poorest districts and paved the way for Tuesday's...
  • Iraq to ‘swim in lake of blood’ if Sadr killed

    03/06/2008 12:41:07 AM PST · by ari-freedom · 38 replies · 306+ views
    Azzaman ^ | February 27, 2008 | Nidhal al-Laithi
    A leading figure in the movement led by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said the group would not pardon anyone if their leader is harmed. “In the event Sadr is harmed, Iraqi will them swim in a lake of blood,” warned Sheikh Sadeq al-Hasnawi. Hasnawi is one of the top officials leading the movement in Sadr’s absence. He said the cleric was currently in Iran “studying and mediating” in the religious city of Qom which is the Iranian equivalent of Iraq’s holy city of Najaf where Shiite clerics are educated and trained. Hasnawi made the remarks in response to unconfirmed reports...
  • Leave Iraq, Sadr tells "Antichrist" Bush

    05/01/2007 8:18:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies · 1,403+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 28, 2007 | Yara Bayoumy
    The powerful Iraqi cleric and militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr called President George W. Bush the Antichrist on Saturday and urged him to heed calls by the opposition Democrats to withdraw from the chaos of Iraq. In fresh violence on Saturday, 14 people were killed and 39 others were wounded in a suicide car bombing in the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala south of Baghdad, a hospital said. A Reuters witness said he saw tens of casualties. Sadr, whose ministers quit Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government this month, renewed his demand for a U.S. pullout a day after Bush pledged...
  • PRINCE HARRY READY FOR IRAQ WAR(SHIA Commander Claim: Leaks Within Brit Bases On Prince Arrival)

    04/30/2007 8:38:32 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 24 replies · 1,791+ views
    TIMES SQUARE ^ | Monday, April 30, 2007 | TIMES SQUARE
    Prince Harry, who is due to leave for Iraq, said he is willing to risk his life to serve his country. Harry, who delivered the speech to close friends at London’s Mahiki club on Friday, said: ‘I’m s**ting myself. I’m prepared to do anything they throw at me. I’m going to miss my family. But I am proud to serve my country, which is a great honor.’ Harry arrived at the exclusive club with girlfriend Chelsy Davy, who was wearing a short red dress. Harry’s friend Guy Pelly - Mahiki’s general manager - greeted the couple and showed them around...
  • al-Sadr and Peloser demand Iraq pullout - Bush Malki stand their ground

    04/17/2007 9:23:18 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 6 replies · 843+ views and ^ | April 17, 2007 | Do the Dhue
    Here are a couple headlines about a Iraqi timeline for US withdraw Moqtada al-Sadr defies Iraqi government by pulling out 6 ministers (because Iraqi Government will not set a timeline for US withdraw) check the story at and Anti-war House Dems demand 'clear timeline' for pullout check the above story at CNN Can someone tell me why there is no headline that reads something like?: Al Sadr and Demorats demand time line. or Bush Maliki stand their ground against al Sadr Peloser time line Come on!! What is wrong with the media and the stinkin' demorats. This is the...
  • Iran denies reports that Moqtada al-Sadr is visiting there

    02/18/2007 12:42:30 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 423+ views
    AFP via translation | February 18, 2007
    Teheran lunatic the presence of Moqtada Sadr in Iran TEHERAN - the spokesman of the Iranian ministry of the Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Ali Hosseini, contradicted the presence of the chief Iraqi radical Shiite Moqtada Sadr in Iran, reported Sunday the Isna agency. “Moqtada Sadr is not in Iran”, declared Mr. Hosseini. It is the first time that Iran lunatic officially the presence of Mr. Sadr on her ground. “That belonged to propaganda and the psychological warfare carried out by the United States in Iraq to more make pressure on Iran and it is without base”, declared Mr. Hosseini. Thursday,...
  • Iraq - Moqtada al-Sadr drops boycott of Iraqi government

    01/21/2007 12:17:01 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 523+ views
    AFP via translation | January 21, 2007
    ALARM - Iraq: Sadr reconsiders her decision to boycott the government BAGHDAD - the current of the radical chief Moqtada Sadr Shiite announced Sunday that it put an end to its boycott of the Iraqi government, decided on November 29, 2006, after having received guarantees on the satisfaction of its requests.
  • US troops will leave Iraq “in coffins”: Sadr aide

    01/12/2007 7:39:55 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 73 replies · 2,141+ views
    AFP ^ | January 12 2007
    A senior ally of radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada Al Sadr warned on Friday that thousands of the planned 21,500 extra US troops en route for the war-torn nation would “go home in coffins”. Launching a new strategy to rescue Iraq from civil war, Washington told the government of Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki, who owes his job to Sadr, it was on “borrowed time” and declared new “no holds barred” military operations. A cornerstone of the new approach is increased pressure on Iraq’s neighbours Iran and Syria -- which are accused by Washington of fomenting unrest -- and tougher action...
  • Iraq - Thousands of Shiites gathering in Baghdad for pro-Hezbollah demonstration

    08/04/2006 1:52:40 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 42 replies · 1,019+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | August 4, 2006
    Thousands of Shiites prepare to ravel for Hezbollah in Baghdad BAGHDAD - Several thousands of Iraqi Shiites started to gather Friday in Baghdad where a demonstration of support for the party Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah, in conflict with Israel, must take place after the prayer of midday, a journalist of AFP noted. Several hundreds of bus and cars filled Shiites come from all the country have converged for Thursday with Sadr city, the district Shiite disinherited of the North-East of Baghdad. Holding up Iraqi flags and of Hezbollah, the young militants Shiites, of which some had covered a white shroud...
  • Italian journalist held hostage in Iraq

    08/24/2004 1:51:08 PM PDT · by Gucho · 2 replies · 472+ views
    Italian journalist held hostage in Iraq Claire Cozens and agencies Tuesday August 24, 2004 Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni, who has been missing in Iraq since last week, has been kidnapped by militants, according to a video broadcast today on al-Jazeera television station. His driver was found dead at the weekend in Najaf and today an Islamist group said it had abducted an Italian in Iraq, giving Silvio Berlusconi 48 hours to announce it was pulling his troops out of the country.
  • The Kurd Card

    03/11/2006 3:48:23 PM PST · by dervish · 30 replies · 726+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3/10/06 | Charles Krauthammer
    Lost amid the news of all the bloodletting in Iraq is an important political development: The Kurds have switched sides. In the first parliament after the first set of elections, they allied themselves with the Shiite slate to produce the current Shiite-dominated government led by Ibrahim al-Jafari. Now the Kurds have joined with the opposition Sunni and secular parties to oppose the Shiite bloc. The result is two large competing coalitions: (a) the Kurd-Sunni-secular bloc, which controls about 140 seats in the 275-seat parliament and would constitute the barest majority, and (b) the Shiite bloc, which itself is a coalition...
  • Iraq - Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr returns from Iran

    02/26/2006 12:13:25 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 16 replies · 621+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | February 26, 2006
    Return of the leader Moqtada Sadr Shiite in Iraq AL BASRA (Iraq) - the radical chief Moqtada Sadr Shiite, whose movement is shown to have taken part in the recent exactions antisunnites, arrived Sunday morning to al Basra (southern) coming from Iran, after a round in the Middle East, indicated one of his close relations. At once after its arrival, it was addressed to its faithful, affirmed sheik Khalil Al-Maliki, a person in charge for his office. It had carried out in January the pilgrimage in Mecque then had gone then to Syria, Jordan and to Lebanon. The movement...
  • Iraq - Sadr representative gunned down in Baghdad

    12/04/2005 1:31:44 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 651+ views
    Agence France Presse | December 4, 2005
    A representative of Shiite firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr was found shot dead in his car on Sunday morning in the southeast Baghdad neighborhood of Zayouna, said source in the defense ministry. Sheikh Abdel Salam Abdel Hussein al-Maliki, who was Sadr's representative in the southern neighborhood of Al-Shaab, was killed amid a spate of assassinations of religious political leaders across the country, in the run-up to Iraq's December 15 parliamentary elections. Sadr, who has massive support among poor and disaffected Shiites in Baghdad slums, as well as across the south, has become a major powerbroker in Iraq. US forces also...
  • Iranian Alert - October 18, 2005 - Protests, Protests, and more Unrest in Iran in the past few days

    10/18/2005 5:20:54 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,464+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.18.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Protests, Protests, and more Unrest in Iran over the past few days.Protests: Iran Press News reported on the protest and conflict at Najafabad University. A first hand account.Iran Press News reported that students from the Abbasspour University for Water and Power Industry protested against the regime's guards in their university.Iran Press News reported that an angry mob, protesting the violent and oppressive actions of the disciplinary forces of the regime, attacked governmental bureaus in the Province of Qeshm.SMCCDI reported that drivers of many Iranian Collective Buses refused to validate passenger's tickets, today, in order to protest...
  • Iranian Alert - October 17, 2005 - Iran's Gov't Seeks Alliance with 13th century Imam?

    10/17/2005 10:20:42 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 19 replies · 4,039+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.17.2005 | DoctorZin
    Two recent reports from inside of Iran, if accurate, are very troubling. Iran's Government Seeks Agreement with 12th Imam - in hiding since 13th century?Kamal Tehrani, Rooz Online: a "reformist" website In a formal cabinet meeting chaired by Iran's new president’s first deputy, the ministers printed and ratified an agreement with the Shiites' 12th Imam. In his opening remarks, Parviz Davoudi, Ahmadinejad' first deputy suggested that the cabinet ministers should sign an agreement with 12th Imam, the same way they signed a pact with the new president. The ministers collectively agreed and so there is now an agreement between...
  • Iranian Alert - October 16, 2005 - Iran blames Britain for Ahvaz bombings

    10/16/2005 12:36:38 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 17 replies · 1,566+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10/16/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Iranmania LONDON, October 16 (IranMania) -Iranian officials said on Sunday they suspected British involvement in a double bomb attack in the ethnic-Arab dominated city of Ahvaz, despite furious denials and condemnation of the attacks from London. Two bombs exploded outside a crowded market late Saturday in Ahvaz, capital of the oil-rich Khuzestan province adjacent to British-occupied southern Iraq. Five people were killed and more than 100 injured, according to the latest official toll. "Since there are British troops present alongside our border, there is a concern over their involvement in the explosions in Ahvaz," Alaeddin Borujerdi,...
  • Iranian Alert - October 15, 2005 - Iran's hard-lines admit defeat in Iraq

    10/15/2005 11:03:37 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 1,390+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.15.2005 | DoctorZin
    Iran's hard-lines admit defeat in IraqIran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi The regime-run web site, BAZTAB, in a report admitted to the regime's political defeat in soliciting the support of the people of Iraq and the region where dozens of Arab-language media, backed by the regime, including Al Alam TV are being broadcast. BAZTAB wrote: "The Al Alam news channel was supposed to be the mouthpiece for the views of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Arab-speaking countries and was meant to compete with some of these immoral western TV networks, in order to restore the popularity of...
  • Iranian Alert - October 14, 2005 - UK 'sells' nuclear bomb material to Iran

    10/14/2005 7:28:25 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 1,115+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.14.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story UK 'sells' bomb material to Iran DTI is accused of approving controversial exports British officials have approved the export of key components needed to make nuclear weapons to Iran and other countries known to be developing such weapons. An investigation by BBC Radio 4 programme File on Four will disclose that the Department of Trade and Industry allowed a quantity of the metal, Beryllium, to be sold to Iran last year. That metal is needed to make nuclear bombs. Britain has had an arms embargo to Iran since 1993 and has signed up to an international...
  • Iranian Alert - October 13, 2005 - Important New Evidence of the Iran/Al Qaeda Connection

    10/13/2005 7:09:14 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 1,440+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.13.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The al-Zawahiri Letter A window into the mind of the Dan Darling 10/12/2005 7:20:00 PM THE FULL TEXT of the just-released letter from al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri to Iraqi insurgent leader Abu Musab Zarqawi, dated July 9, 2005, makes it clear that not only are al-Zawahiri and bin Laden symbolic leaders to the global jihad, but they are still active in running their terror network, too. The letter includes references to the fighting in Afghanistan, a peripheral acknowledgement of ongoing al Qaeda-backed insurgencies in Chechnya and Kashmir, and a discussion of the steps the...
  • Iranian Alert - October 12, 2005 - Iran accused of training Iraqi bombers

    10/12/2005 1:01:59 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 8,876+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.12.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran accused of training Iraqi bombers Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:50 AM BST LONDON (Reuters) - London has accused Iran of running training camps to teach militants how to carry out roadside bomb attacks on British troops in southern Iraq, according to newspaper reports on Wednesday.The government believes Iran's Revolutionary Guard has taught Shi'ite militia members from Iraq how to make armour-piercing devices, the Daily Mirror reported, citing an unnamed defence source."There is evidence that there are teaching camps in Iran, Lebanon and maybe Syria," the source was quoted as saying. "It means up to 10...
  • Iranian Alert - October 11, 2005 - Two Under-reported Developments in Iran's Nuclear Programs

    10/11/2005 9:35:34 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,218+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.11.2005 | DoctorZin
    Two Under-reported Developments in Iran's Nuclear Programs. Iran Designs Nuke Warhead For Shihab-3 Middle East Newsline: Iran was said to have designed a nuclear warhead for the Shihab-3 intermediate-range ballistic missile. The United States has briefed several nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency of an Iranian program to develop a nuclear warhead for the Shihab-3. Diplomatic sources said the U.S. briefers asserted that from 2001 to 2003 Iran designed and developed a circular warhead that could detonate at an altitude meant to ensure optimal damage. An empty nuclear warhead was said to have been installed on the Shihab-3...
  • Iranian Alert - October 10, 2005 - The Story Behind Why Britain Finally Exposed Iran

    10/10/2005 1:39:49 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 21 replies · 2,233+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.10.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Now we know the truth about Iran, we must actBy Con Coughlin(Filed: 09/10/2005)It was not the outcome the Foreign Office had been planning. When it was announced early last week that a senior British diplomat in Baghdad was flying back to London to give a briefing on Iraq's constitutional referendum, the general expectation in Whitehall was that the following day's headlines would focus exclusively on whether sufficient numbers of Iraqis would turn out to validate the exercise.Imagine the surprise, then, of Jack Straw and his officials the following morning when they opened their newspapers to discover...
  • Iranian Alert - October 9, 2005 - Iran powerful cleric dares the United States to 'Bring It On'

    10/09/2005 10:33:31 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 31 replies · 1,951+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10-09-05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Iran Focus A powerful Iranian cleric told Tehran’s Friday prayers worshippers the Islamic Republic was unwavering in its nuclear venture and unafraid of international sanctions. “We mustn’t be afraid of sanctions. Even though there is a loss, it also has benefits. We should not fear the losses”, Guardian Council chief Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said. “If we have made any headway these days, it is because of these sanctions against us. Otherwise, we would be like these Arab countries, who have to import everything”, Jannati said. “If we fear sanctions then we will have to accept submission”,...
  • Iranian Alert - October 8, 2005 - Is Iran about to make concessions on human rights?

    10/08/2005 11:34:11 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 1,027+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.8.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Rooz Online Is Iran about to make concessions on human rights? Arash Motamed The judiciary directive to release imprisoned student activists, which was initially requested by the "Association for the Defense of the Rights of Prisoners" that specifically called for the release of 34 prisoners, and the judiciary’s recent emphasis on the necessity of having juries for political trials are new initiatives from the ultra-conservatives now in the driving seat in Tehran that signal more than just simple administrative changes. In less than three months since it has come to power, the administration of president Ahmadinejad,...
  • Iranian Alert - October 7, 2005 - Blair links Iraq bombings to row over Iran's nuclear program

    10/07/2005 9:34:28 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 1,106+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.7.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Blair links Iraq bombings to row over Iran's nuclear program Ewen MacAskill, Brian WhitakerFriday October 7, 2005The Guardian Tony Blair warned yesterday he will not be diverted from the debate over Iran's nuclear programme by Tehran's suspected involvement in a series of deadly bomb attacks on British soldiers this year. Speaking at Downing Street 24 hours after a British official pointed a finger of blame at Tehran, Mr Blair said: "There are certain pieces of information that lead us back to Iran."Such attacks would not prevent Britain continuing to press for Iran to abandon its alleged...
  • Iranian Alert - October 6, 2005 - UK accuses Iran over killings of soldiers

    10/06/2005 8:18:30 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 2 replies · 1,019+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.6.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story UK accuses Iran over killings of soldiers Ewen MacAskill and Simon Tisdall and Richard Norton-TaylorThursday October 6, 2005The Guardian Britain and Iran clashed openly last night after a senior British official directly accused Tehran of supplying Iraqi insurgents with sophisticated roadside bombs that have killed eight British soldiers and two security guards since May. The bombs, triggered when an infra-red beam is touched, have created havoc among British forces in southern Iraq. They release a projectile capable of penetrating armoured vehicles, against which the British army has virtually no defence.The British official said that Iranian interference...
  • Iranian Alert - October 5, 2005 - Army takes control of Iran nukes

    10/05/2005 1:21:12 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 15 replies · 2,023+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.5.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The Washington Times Army takes control of Iran nukes An Excerpt:David R. Sands, The Washington Times:Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has placed the military firmly in control of his nation's nuclear program, undercutting his government's claim that the program is intended for civilian use, according to a leading opposition group. READ MORE A Daily Briefing of Major News Stories on Iran: Dan Darling, The Weekly Standard takes a close look at Iranian Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani and the Qods (Jerusalem) Force unit under his command and his efforts in Iraq. A must read.Iran Press News reported...
  • Iranian Alert - October 4, 2005 - "Supreme Leader" turns to Rafsanjani for help with Ahmadinejad?

    10/04/2005 9:25:58 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 1,044+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.4.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Rooz Online The "Supreme Leader" turning to Rafsanjani for help with Ahmadinejad? Rooz Online: a pro-reformist website Sharg newspaper carried this headline: “The Expediency Council is responsible for supervising the implementation of the grand policies of the three branches of government.” This is the product of an interview Sharg reporter Akbar Montakhabi had with Mohsen Rezai from the Expediency Council. The relegation of some of the authority of the Leader to the Expediency Council has been the subject of recent talks as a solution to end the current crises and impasse in the political sphere. This...
  • Iranian Alert - October 3, 2005 - End of Islam in Iran Near?

    10/03/2005 6:52:08 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 2,536+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.3.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story End of Islam in Iran Near? POLL - As an Iranian, If(or when) time comes to choose between 'Islam or Iran', which one will you support? Grandson of the founder of mullacracy in Iran, Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, criticized the battle between secularism and backwardness, saying the original religious movement in Iran has been endangered. He added that secularism is pursuing separation of religion from politics and some are promoting an emotional religion based on backwardness and superstitions to withstand secularism. Mullah Hassan further said both these movements would end in the separation of religion...
  • Iranian Alert - October 2, 2005 - Who Killed the Bush Doctrine?

    10/02/2005 2:31:48 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 20 replies · 1,454+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10/02/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Haaretz On January 20, 2005, George W. Bush outlined the goal of his second term. "It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world," he said. "All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you." Less than a year later, the Bush doctrine is dead, the victim not...
  • Iranian Alert - October 1, 2005 - Questioning the Lack of Open Debate on Iran's Nuclear Program

    10/02/2005 11:49:45 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 958+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.1.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Rooz Online Questioning the Lack of Open Debate on Iran's Nuclear Program Ahmad Zeidabadi The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran insists on calling Iran’s nuclear issue the “national case”. I do not understand this insistence or why is the issue a ”national” one. If those who call the issue a national one mean that its outcome will determine the destiny of the Iranian nation, which it will, what is the importance and value of this interpretation of the word “national” for its insistence? The fluctuation of the price of oil in international markets too...
  • Iranian Alert - September 30 - Are Arabs Anti-American?

    10/01/2005 12:18:15 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,289+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.30.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story ARE ARABS ANTI-AMERICAN? An Excerpt: By AMIR TAHERI PRESIDENT Bush's "image queen," Karen Hughes, is on a tour of Arab countries, where conventional wisdom claims that anti-Americanism is second nature. Hughes, now in charge of public diplomacy at the State Department, plainly she shares that analysis — why else choose the Arab region for her maiden voyage? But how true is that claim? Are Arabs the most anti-American people on earth? READ MORE A Daily Briefing of Major News Stories on Iran: Iran Press News reported that Hadad Adel, the Director of the Parliament of the...
  • Israelis urge U.S. to stop Iran's nuke goals

    09/30/2005 5:56:03 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 44 replies · 1,445+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/30/2005 | David R. Sands
    The United States and its allies must act to stop Iran's nuclear programs -- by force if necessary -- because conventional diplomacy will not work, three senior Israeli lawmakers from across the political spectrum warned yesterday. As a last resort, they said, Israel itself would act unilaterally to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear arms. Iran will not be deterred "by anything short of a threat of force," said Arieh Eldad, a member of Israel's right-wing National Union Party, part of a delegation of Knesset members visiting Washington this week. "They won't be stopped unless they are convinced their programs will...
  • Iranian Alert - September 29 - Flight of Capital is a wake-up call for Iran to change its policies

    09/29/2005 11:49:13 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 1,533+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.29.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story FLIGHT OF CAPITAL IS A WAKE-UP CALL FOR IRAN TO CHANGE ITS POLICIESby Amir TaheriGulf NewsSeptember 28, 2005 Here is a quiz. You have a country whose foreign exchange reserves are at the highest levels in two decades, with prospects of rising prices for its principal export while over $200 million (Dh734 million) pours into its coffers each day.Moreover, the nation's budget deficit, a persistent though occulted feature for the past eight years, has turned into a surplus, freeing the hands of the government to throw money at its more pressing problems. The logical consequence of...
  • Iranian Alert - September 28 - Russia in a Hurry to Sell Weapons to Iran

    09/29/2005 12:08:24 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 1,102+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.28.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Russia in a Hurry to Sell Weapons to Iran — Paper Russia is intensifying efforts to sell weapons to Iran while such sales remain legal amid mounting pressure on the Islamic state over its controversial nuclear program, the daily Kommersant said on Monday. Moscow “has stepped up military-technological cooperation with Tehran,” the business daily said, citing an unidentified source. It said top officials within Russia’s military-industrial complex decided to concentrate on arms sales to Tehran for two reasons. “Firstly, as many weapons as possible must be sold to Iran before an international embargo against this country comes...
  • Iranian Alert - September 27 - Iran threatens to cut trade with nuclear critics

    09/28/2005 10:28:54 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,288+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.27.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran threatens to cut trade with nuclear critics By Parisa Hafezi TEHRAN, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Iran threatened on Tuesday to use trade to punish countries that have voted to report it to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions, after Tehran failed to convince the world its nuclear programme was peaceful. Iranian officials said they were shocked by India's backing on Saturday for a resolution passed by the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog body, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). But they reassured India, which is hoping to sate its voracious appetite for energy through deals with...
  • Iranian Alert - September 26 - Iran threatens to halt nuclear checks

    09/27/2005 12:06:56 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 17 replies · 1,443+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.26.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran threatens to halt nuclear checks as it is declared 'non-compliant'By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor(Filed: 26/09/2005) Iran yesterday threatened to halt spot inspections of its nuclear sites in retaliation for a harshly worded resolution that brought Teheran a step closer to being reported to the United Nations Security Council for possible sanctions. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the weekend declared Iran to be in "non-compliance" with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty because of a catalogue of violations that has stoked strong suspicions that Iran is seeking to build an atomic bomb.   Defiant: Iran's...
  • Iranian Alert - September 25 - 4000+ IRGC, Al Quds Corps and the Intelligence Ministry in Iraq

    09/26/2005 4:01:19 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 1,598+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.25.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story More than 4000 of the Iranian National Guard, Al Quds Corps and the Intelligence Ministry are in Iraq • During the past three years, Iran has been the major player in Iraq for several reasons. Everyone is speaking about the Iranian interference in Iraq and the spread of Iranian intelligence agents and the Guard elements intensively in the south, symbolically in the north and secretly in Baghdad. A) According to some documents, in addition to the statements of colonel Ismael, a leader of Al Quds Corps, who fled from Iran and Al Sharq Al Awsat has...
  • U.S. troops clash with Shi'ite militia in Baghdad

    09/24/2005 11:33:23 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 43 replies · 1,218+ views
    Reuters | September 25, 2005
    BAGHDAD, Sep 25 (Reuters) - U.S. troops clashed with militia fighters loyal to a rebellious Shi'ite Muslim cleric in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, killing eight militiamen and wounding five, Iraqi police said. They said U.S. forces entered the poor Shi'ite district of Sadr City seeking to detain a group of militia members suspected of carrying out guerrilla attacks. The militia, known as the Mehdi Army, is loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr, a young radical cleric whose followers have led two uprisings against U.S. forces. The U.S. military said it had engaged what it termed anti-Iraqi forces in several locations in...
  • Iranian Alert - September 24 - Iran to Launch Spy Satellite By the End of September

    09/24/2005 10:34:13 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 16 replies · 1,532+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.24.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran to Launch Spy Satellite By the End of September By the end of September a Russian Cosmos 3 missile will be launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome 800 km north of Moscow, carrying two Iranian satellites into orbit. Although the satellites are claimed to be for meteorological and experimental purposes, experts believe that one of them will possess surveillance capabilities allowing it to observe American and Israeli military facilities throughout the Middle East. More importantly, experts believe that the Iranian space program serves as a cover for developing more advanced long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear...
  • Iranian Alert - September 23 - In Support of the US, EU military attaches walk out at Iran parade

    09/23/2005 10:55:21 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 1,276+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.23.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story EU military attaches walked out in protest at a parade in Tehran Thursday after ballistic missiles were rolled past carrying vitriolic anti-US and Israeli slogans, diplomats told AFP. "There was a common position among the European Union members that, if the military parade included any slogans that attacked our allies, we would leave," said a diplomat."The military attaches from the embassies of France, Italy, Greece and Poland were present at the parade, and when they saw the slogans they promptly left," said another diplomat.At the parade, Iran showed off six of its Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missiles...
  • Iranian Alert - September 22 - Iran Taken on a War Path

    09/22/2005 7:17:15 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,821+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.22.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Rooz Online Iran Taken on a War Path Arash Motamed With the performance of Iran’s UN delegation in New York, Iranian political circles inside and outside the country now have more reason for concern. Ahmadinejad spoke of combat at the UN and shut the door to “politics” while Larijani has appointed hardliners as negotiators over the nuclear issue. Both issues are interpreted in Iranian political analysts to mean one thing: Ahmadinejad and Larijani are taking the country towards war. Observers note that concerns over the policies of the Mesbah Yazdi – Ahmadinejad – Larijani team were...
  • Iranian Alert - September 21 - Refer at own peril, says Iran

    09/21/2005 10:33:00 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 1,114+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.21.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Refer at own peril, says Iran Iran warned the West on Tuesday it would start uranium enrichment and review its membership of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if sent to the UN Security Council. Larijani also said the world’s fourth biggest oil producer would link its stance on foreign countries’ access to its energy resources to whether they stood with Iran on its nuclear plans. ‘‘Some countries have extensive economic relations with Iran, especially in the oil sector, but feel no responsibility to defend the rights of an oppressed nation. The Supreme National Security Council is determined...
  • Iranian Alert - September 20 - U.S.-European Iran policy reaches a dead end

    09/20/2005 11:21:45 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 1,065+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.20.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Weekly Standard THE FAILURE OF CONTAINMENTU.S.-European Iran policy reaches a dead end. by Amir TaheriWeekly StandardSeptember 26, 2005 THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is scheduled this week to decide whether to refer Iran to the United Nations' Security Council for alleged violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Iran is making a last-minute effort to stall the decision, but it is already clear that the European strategy--carried out by Britain, France, and Germany--for dealing with Iran's clandestine quest for nuclear weapons has failed. The trio of E.U. nations had based their...
  • Iranian Alert - September 19 - Iranian President: Iran has 'inalienable right' to nuclear fuel

    09/18/2005 3:48:22 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 9 replies · 1,293+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 11/19/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Guardian NEW YORK (AP) - The United States and European nations whose diplomatic advances were rebuffed by Iran worked Sunday to present a case against the Tehran regime to the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency meeting this week. The Bush administration's lead diplomat on Iran, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, huddled with representatives of Germany, France and Britain a day after Iran's new hardline president used a United Nations speech to proclaim his country's ``inalienable right'' to produce nuclear fuel. In a fiery speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defiantly rejected the...
  • Iranian Alert - September 18 - IRAN READYING FOR CONFLICT WITH US - New Intelligence Reports

    09/18/2005 9:36:10 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 22 replies · 1,888+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.18.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Readying for Conflict With USAmir Taheri   Incredible though it may sound there are signs that Tehran may be preparing for a military confrontation with the United States, and has convinced itself that it could win.The first sign came last June with the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of the Islamic Republic, an event that completed the conquest of all levers of power by the most radical elements of the establishment. Since then the revolutionary factions have conducted a little publicized purge of the military, the security, the civil service, and state-owned corporations and...