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  • Abdul Kadir Arrested in JFK Plot (Guyana news source)

    06/03/2007 4:09:32 PM PDT · by Shermy · 33 replies · 2,150+ views
    Starbroek News, Guyana ^ | June 3, 2007 | Heppilena Ferguson
    Four men including former PNCR Member of Parliament Abdul Kadir were yesterday charged by United States law enforcement officials with allegedly conspiring to blow up the John F Kennedy International airport as well as tanks storing aviation fuel and underground fuel pipelines. Those charged with Kadir are former JFK worker Russell Defreitas, a Guyanese-born US citizen; Kareem Ibrahim, an imam from Trinidad; and Guyanese Abdel Nur. Kadir and Ibrahim were arrested in Trinidad, while Defreitas was held in New York. Up to press time, however, Nur had not been apprehended and was thought to be still at large in Trinidad....
  • Soheil Assad & the ALBA ambassadors, in Qom

    04/18/2013 4:45:59 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    Forum.Internet-Haganah.com ^ | 18 April 2013, 15:53 | A. Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET: "ALBA is the Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América, an alliance of Latin American countries started by Cuba and Venezuela, who share a combination of hostility towards the United States and willingness to do business with Iran." SNIPPET: "Soheil Assad is not with the IRI Foreign Ministry - he's an IRGC operative. And there he is, accompanying ALBA ambassadors & their staff on a visit to Qom."
  • Iran: The Ayatollahs fear home churches

    04/13/2013 7:21:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 4/13/13 | Marco Tosatti
    The phenomenon of Christians worshipping at home concerns the regime and the number of arrests for converting from Islam to Christianity has increased. The government of Tehran is launching a new offensive against the so-called home churches, small groups of Christians who meet in private houses to celebrate their faith because they cannon join the Churches officially recognised (and controlled) by the State, Iranian Christian news agency Mohabat reports. Khorasan, a government journal has published a long statement by Bahman Amiri Moghaddam, chief of police for the Khorasa-Ravi province, in which he says security forces “had taken care of a...
  • IRGC: Vanguard of the Peruvian Proletariat

    03/30/2013 12:58:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    Forum.Internet-Haganah.com ^ | March 28, 2013 | A. Aaron Weisburd
    Note: Photos included. SNIPPET: "A new chapter opens in the saga of IRGC activity in Peru, as Soheil Assad leads a march conducted under the rubric of "odio al sistema capitalista e imperialista"."
  • Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York

    09/24/2007 5:49:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 319+ views
    FrontpageMag ^ | September 24, 2007 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York September 24, 2007 FrontPageMagazine.com Kenneth R. Timmerman What was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinking? Apparently the former Democrat believed that escorting Iran’s Hitler-wannabe president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the site of the September 11 memorial at Ground Zero would generate a terrific photo op. “Here I am with world leaders,” that type of thing. After all, Bloomberg has already made his appearance at the “World Leaders Forum” at Columbia University, so he was in the zone. And last year, U.S. News & World Report crowned him as one of America’s “best leaders.” But...
  • 'Iran discovered listening device near nuclear site'

    09/23/2012 11:35:07 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/23/2012 | Staff
    The Iranian Revolutionary Guards discovered an electronic monitoring device near the Fordow nuclear site in northern Iran last month, The Sunday Times reported Sunday, citing western intelligence sources. Soldiers were checking on communications terminals at Fordow when they discovered a rock, according to the report. When the soldiers attempted to move the rock, it exploded, presumably self-destructing. The device was reportedly capable of intercepting data from computers in Fordow. The Iranians did not report the discovery, according to the Times. Iran uses the Fordow facility to enrich uranium to a fissile concentration of 20 percent, the part of its work...
  • Iran atomic chief says 'explosives' cut power at facility (Hhmmmm...)

    09/17/2012 8:23:50 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 15 replies
    My Fox DC ^ | 17 September, 2012
    Explosive blasts destroyed power lines to Iran's underground nuclear facility at Fordo last month, the head of Iran's atomic agency said at a meeting of UN atomic agency member states Monday. "On ... 17th August 2012, the electric power lines from the city of Qom to the Fordo complex ... were cut using explosives," Fereydoon Abbasi Davani told the 155-nation International Atomic Energy Agency gathering in a speech. Davani did not accuse anyone of sabotage, but in the past Iran has claimed both Israel and the United States were behind the assassinations of nuclear scientists and computer viruses targetting its...
  • Al-Qaida's online forums go dark  

    04/02/2012 4:31:33 PM PDT · by Cindy · 47 replies
    UPI ^ | Published: April 2, 2012 at 2:37 PM | n/a
    SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- A blackout of al-Qaida's main Web sites is in its 11th day, and officials think the forums may have been brought down in a cyberattack. While no one has claimed credit for disabling the sites..." SNIPPET: "The loss of information typically confuses and frustrates the readers of the Web sites. "It leaves the rank-and-file to guess which messages and which messengers are genuine al-Qaida, and provides undercover operators with new opportunities to disrupt the movement," said A. Aaron Weisburd, senior fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute."
  • Iran starts uranium enrichment, condemns American to death

    01/09/2012 11:31:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 9, 2012 7:56pm EST | Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl
    Iran has begun enriching uranium deep inside a mountain and sentenced an American to death for spying, angering the West and undermining hopes that diplomacy could avert further sanctions or war. The start of enrichment at the Fordow bunker near the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom was confirmed on Monday by an Iranian official in Tehran and by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran says its nuclear program is purely non-military but the West believes it is designed to produce nuclear weapons. The Islamic Republic's decision to carry out enrichment work deep underground could eventually make it much...
  • A view from inside the office [CRCIS]

    11/07/2011 2:31:45 PM PST · by Cindy · 1 replies
    Forum.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | November 7, 2011 | n/a
    Note: Photo included. SNIPPET: "An IRGC guy recently gifted me with a picture he took inside the CRCIS offices in Qom. Consider this post a place holder until I can get back to them"
  • Iran Begins Moving Uranium Enrichment Machines To Underground Bunker

    08/22/2011 5:37:44 AM PDT · by edpc · 14 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 22 Aug 2011 | Reuters
    Iran has started moving the machines that enrich uranium for nuclear fuel from its main atomic complex in the central city of Natanz to an underground bunker near the holy city of Qom, its top nuclear official was quoted as saying on Monday. "Transferring Natanz centrifuges to Fordow (near Qom) is under way with full observance of standards," Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani told state broadcaster IRIB, adding "Fordow's facilities are being prepared and some centrifuges have been transferred."
  • Rabbani, Iran's Islamic-fascist cleric heads 'Hezbollah, Quds and Islamization' in L. America

    10/16/2011 12:46:15 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 16 replies
    Face of evil: MOHSEN RABBANI The Islamic Shiite cleric active in Latin America since the early 1990s. Responsible for the 1992 and 1994 anti-Jewish massacres in Argentina. Wanted in that country and by the Interpol for the crimes. Called for Israel to be "wiped off," in 1994. 'Chief' Islamic operator of Hezbollah - Quds activities of: Islamizaton --including 'recruting converts for Islam'-- and terror networks in Latin America, resides in Brazil. Lightning Out of Lebanon: Hezbollah Terrorists on American Soil - Pages 122-3Tom Diaz, Barbara Newman - Random House Digital, Inc., 2006 - History - 272 pagesThe man directly responsible for this cell-building...
  • The Hidden Hand (Very good piece on Iran's support of alQaeda)

    08/19/2011 6:43:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 15, 2011 | STEPHEN F. HAYES & THOMAS JOSCELYN
    The Obama administration finally highlights Iran’s key role in supporting al Qaeda On July 28, the Treasury Department designated six al Qaeda operatives involved in shipping money and men from the Persian Gulf to senior al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The move targets a node of the global terror network that is critical to its overall strength, freezing any of its financial assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting any transactions with the operatives. Of the many conduits for al Qaeda funds and personnel across the world, the U.S. government believes this one is the most important. “This network...
  • Explosions hit 3 gas pipelines in Iran

    02/11/2011 5:43:21 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 73 replies · 1+ views
    JerusalemPost ^ | February 11. 2011 | JerusalemPost/AP
    TEHERAN, Iran — Iran's semiofficial Mehr News Agency on Friday said simultaneous blasts have struck three pipelines near the city of Qom, cutting the flow of gas. Mehr said the blasts, which occurred at 5:50 a.m. locat time (2:20 GMT) outside the town of Salafchegan, 130 kilometers south of Teheran, were felt kilometers away. Local official Majid Bojarzadeh said the blasts were not caused by technical failures, but did not elaborate if officials believed the explosions were acts of sabotage. He said operations were under way to repair the pipelines and restore the gas flow. Iran's oil and gas sector...
  • Obama, Code Pink and Egypt: 'There Are No Coincidences in Politics' (as seen on Glenn Beck)

    02/03/2011 3:42:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 75 replies
    Big Peace ^ | Thursday, February 3, 2011 | Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King
    As the cliche goes, there are no coincidences in politics. Obama fundraiser group Code Pink just happened to have arrived in Cairo last week for the group’s ninth visit there in two years as part of its campaign to undermine the Mubarak government and help Hamas, the terrorist group that controls Gaza. Code Pink and the media are trying to portray the leftist group's 'sudden' appearance in Cairo Wednesday as an act of courageous support for a democratic revolution. Nothing could be further from the truth.Code Pink protests the Mubarak government in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. February 2, 2011. Code...
  • Leading cleric defies Tehran on confessions

    12/31/2010 5:56:27 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Financial Times ^ | Dec. 29, 2010 | Najmeh Bozorgmehr
    In a rare public challenge to the Iranian regime, the country’s highest-ranking cleric has warned that prisoners’ confessions are invalid, signalling a deepening gulf between the political establishment in Tehran and clerical establishment in the holy city of Qom. “Confessions of prisoners have no validity and if a judge uses confessions for issuing verdicts that judge is no longer qualified,” Grand Ayatollah Hossein Vahid Khorasani told students this week, according to domestic websites including Parlemannews, which is run by reformist parliamentarians. His statement is not only a religious decree that his followers must obey but a warning from the country’s...
  • Iran hardliners surround opposition leader in holy city

    06/13/2010 3:34:26 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 559+ views
    TEHRAN — Iran's opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi was surrounded while in the house of a senior cleric in the holy city of Qom on Sunday by regime supporters who also attacked his car, an opposition website said. Karroubi had travelled to Qom in central Iran for a mourning ceremony and later called on Ayatollah Yousef Sanaei at his home when "forces linked to the power (regime) surrounded the house," Kaleme.com said.
  • Israel says Iran nuclear plant immune to conventional strike

    12/31/2009 9:33:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 85 replies · 2,473+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/28/2009 | Staff Writers Via Space War
    Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday that Iran's recently diclosed second uranium enrichment plant is "immune" to conventional bombing. "The new site near Qom is meant for enrichment. What was revealed by the Iranians had been built over years and is located in bunkers that cannot be destroyed through a conventional attack," Barak told parliament's foreign affairs and defence committee. Iran notified the UN nuclear watchdog in September that it was building a second enrichment plant near the central shrine city of Qom, after Washington accused it of covertly evading its notification responsibilities under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Confirmation...
  • 'Qom a proof Iran's program is military'

    12/15/2009 2:24:43 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 405+ views
    The Jeusalem Post ^ | 12/15/2009 | Yaakov Katz
    Discovery of Iran's secret uranium enrichment facility near Qom several months ago is a "warning sign" for anyone who thinks that the Islamic Republic's nuclear program is for civilian purposes, head of Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin said Tuesday. Speaking at a conference on security challenges in the 21st century at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, Yadlin said that Iran is extremely close to mastering the necessary nuclear technology and will wait on the threshold until it feels that the international community is too weak to stop them to move forward towards the bomb. Iran, he...
  • 10 Reasons Nuclear Iran Is No Joke

    11/30/2009 5:17:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 560+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 30, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Terror State: A dithering world has for years underestimated the costs of appeasement toward Iran. Tehran's aggressive plans for 10 new nuclear plants show they want dominance, not just a bomb or two. To any informed observer, it's no surprise that Iran is now collecting its 10-to-1 winnings in the high-stakes game Tehran's Islamofascist government has been playing with the free world for years now. There's been a United Nations censure, demands to halt the building of the newly revealed enrichment facility near the holy city of Qom, and multiple rounds of economic sanctions. The U.S., Britain, France and Germany...
  • IRANIAN OFFICIAL: THE U.S. IS NO LONGER IMMUNE TO ATTACK

    11/22/2009 8:06:35 PM PST · by Cindy · 12 replies · 735+ views
    Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Iranian Official: The U.S. Is No Longer Immune to Attack At a November 21, 2009 conference in Qom, Ali Saeedi, Khamenei's representative in the IRGC, aimed a veiled threat at the US, saying that this country is no longer immune to attack. Assaults like 9/11 have proved that its stability can be compromised, he explained. Source: Fars (Iran), November 22, 2009 Posted at: 2009-11-22
  • Once-secret Iran nuke plant to start in 2011

    11/17/2009 12:43:14 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 650+ views
    Associated Press Via Yahoo ^ | 11/16/2009 | George Jahn
    Iranian construction of a previously secret uranium enrichment site is at an advanced stage, with high-tech equipment already in place at the fortified facility ahead of its 2011 startup, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report Monday. The revelation of the existence of the underground plant known as Fordo, near the holy city of Qom, has heightened concerns of other possible undeclared Iranian facilities that are not subject to IAEA oversight and therefore could be used for military purposes. In Washington, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the IAEA report "underscores that Iran still refuses to comply fully...
  • MOP + UON Spells Trouble For Iran

    10/08/2009 5:40:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1,228+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 8, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: After Iran admits building a second enrichment facility inside a mountain, the Pentagon shifts money from other programs to urgently fund the mother of all bunker-buster bombs. Why the need for speed? At the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama announced, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years." U.S. officials said they knew for some time that the facility existed. The announcement was made after U.S. officials learned Iran had told the International Atomic Energy Agency of Qom's existence. Our knowledge of the facility built in...
  • Qom Known Since 2006

    10/08/2009 6:21:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 800+ views
    Commentary ^ | 10.08.2009 | Jennifer Rubin
    In a remarkable interview with Time, CIA Director Leon Panetta reveals that the U.S. has known about the secret Qom site, built into the side of a mountain, since 2006. This raises a number of questions. First, that 2007 National Intelligence Estimate looks absurd — and entirely disingenuous — in retrospect. The 2007 report led us to believe that the military program had been discontinued. The report was issued a year after we first knew of the facility. Sure there remained some questions (it could have been a dummy site to conceal another secret site someplace else), but we at...
  • MOP + UON Spell Trouble For Iran (Will U.S. Bomb, Bomb Iran?)

    10/08/2009 5:37:37 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies · 1,886+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 8, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Security: After Iran admits building a second enrichment facility inside a mountain, the Pentagon shifts money from other programs to urgently fund the mother of all bunker-buster bombs. Why the need for speed? At the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama announced, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years." U.S. officials said they knew for some time that the facility existed. The announcement was made after U.S. officials learned Iran had told the International Atomic Energy Agency of Qom's existence. Our knowledge of the facility built in...
  • IAEA to inspect Iran's Qom site Oct. 25

    10/04/2009 9:14:57 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 48 replies · 2,899+ views
    Reuters India ^ | October 5, 2009 | Parisa Hafezi
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - U.N. experts will inspect Iran's newly disclosed uranium enrichment plant on Oct. 25, the IAEA nuclear agency chief said on Sunday, praising a shift "from conspiracy to cooperation" between Tehran and the West. The underground nuclear fuel facility near the holy Shi'ite city of Qom had been kept secret until Iran disclosed its existence last month, setting off an international furore. Iran agreed with six world powers -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany -- in Geneva on Thursday to allow IAEA inspectors unfettered access to the site. "IAEA inspectors will visit Iran's new...
  • Iran Friday Sermon: New Qom Enrichment Facility - A Facility Of Iran's Nuclear Pride

    10/02/2009 5:24:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 272+ views
    In Iran's main Friday sermon today, Hujjat Al-Eslam Kazem Sadeqi said that Saeed Jalili, the Iranian representative at the Geneva talks, had presented Iran's package of proposals and that it had been discussed at the meeting. He said that the arrogance (i.e. the U.S.) had now found a new subject (that is, the Qom enrichment facility) to lock horns with Iran over. While this matter was nothing new, he added, the Americans want to use it to raise a furor. He called the new Qom enrichment facility a facility of Iran's nuclear pride. Sadeqi said that Iran had always declared...
  • Obama: Iran must let inspectors into nuclear plant within 2 weeks

    10/01/2009 4:44:36 PM PDT · by mojito · 45 replies · 2,018+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/1/2009 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, HERB KEINON and YAAKOV KATZ
    US President Barack Obama characterized Thursday's landmark meeting with Iran as a "constructive beginning," following Iran's apparent agreement to open its nuclear facilities to inspection, to meet again later in the month and in principle to have a third party provide it with nuclear energy. "Today's meeting was a constructive beginning, but it must be followed by constructive action by the Iranian government," Obama said during a brief White House appearance following the talks held in Geneva. He gave Iran two weeks to allow IAEA inspectors into its recently revealed second uranium enrichment facility at Qom. "Iran must take concrete...
  • The Iran Charade: Qom facility is less a surprise than a confirmation of standard procedure

    09/30/2009 10:18:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 611+ views
    The National Review ^ | September 29, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    The revelation of an Iranian uranium-enrichment facility buried in a mountain at an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps base near the religious city of Qom might seem ominous. If, that is, the Iranians were determined to develop a nuclear weapon. Fortunately, we are advised that they are not. In November 2007, U.S. intelligence agencies wrote a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) concluding, “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.” The intelligence community appears to be sticking by its judgment, which means — cue the sighs of relief — that the Qom facility may be...
  • Iran: The great US intelligence fraud

    09/29/2009 3:08:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 801+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 29, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    The revelation of an Iranian uranium-enrichment facility buried in a mountain at an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps base near the religious city of Qom might seem ominous. If, that is, the Iranians were determined to develop a nuclear weapon. Fortunately, we are advised that they are not. In November 2007, US intelligence agencies wrote a National Intelligence Estimate concluding, “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.” The intelligence community appears to be sticking by its judgment, which means — cue the sighs of relief — that the Qom facility may be only...
  • 5 more nuke plants spotted in Iran

    09/28/2009 10:24:34 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 57 replies · 2,678+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 28, 2009 | N/A
    Deep-cover MI6 agents who have described the workings of the once-secret underground uranium enrichment plant near the Iranian city of Qom now have discovered a staggering five more similar operations, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. They, like the Qom facility, are buried deep inside the mountains of north Iran and are guarded by divisions of Revolutionary Guards. The details were sent this weekend to some G20 leaders who met in Pittsburgh when the Qom facility was revealed to the world. The MI6 agents have established that, like Qom, the new plants are staffed by nuclear scientists...
  • Ahmadinejad: Obama, You Are Making A “Mistake” (video)

    09/28/2009 9:47:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies · 702+ views
    Bartamaha ^ | September 27, 2009
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told TIME that President Obama should back off on his pressure to force Iran to disclose all its nuclear activity. He said that Obama is making a “mistake” and that Iran has “no secrecy.” Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown opened the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh this morning by accusing Iran of having a second, previously secret nuclear facility. Obama said: “The Iranian government must now demonstrate through deeds its peaceful intentions or be held accountable to international standards and international law.”
  • Countdown to Mushroom Cloud

    09/27/2009 4:59:13 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 42 replies · 2,828+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | September 26, 2009 | By David Usborne and Andrew Grice
    The crisis in relations with Iran escalated ominously yesterday after the leaders of the US, Britain and France accused the regime in Tehran of operating a secret uranium enrichment facility buried deep in a mountain bunker near the ancient religious city of Qom. Barack Obama called Iran's activity "a direct challenge" to the international community. The accusations were made public in an extraordinary joint statement by the US President, flanked by Gordon Brown and the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy before the start of the G20 economic summit in Pittsburgh. Iran had previously insisted that its plant at Natanz, which is...
  • Question not asked: How did Iran learn of our intelligence?

    09/26/2009 10:56:11 AM PDT · by clyde_m · 8 replies · 877+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | September 26, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    The plethora of press reports on the Qom nuclear-enrichment program focus largely on the history of our intelligence and President Obama's joint press conference, passing quickly through what appears to be a compromise of that intelligence to the Iranians. The central question becomes: How did our intelligence become known to the Iranians? Secondary question: Is this CIA payback for the Holder and Pelosi agendas?
  • Report: New Iran Atom Facility Will Be Operational Soon

    09/26/2009 7:30:17 AM PDT · by Strategy · 42 replies · 2,667+ views
    Haaretz ^ | September 26, 2009 | By Natasha Mozgovaya
    Iran's newly disclosed nuclear fuel facility will soon become operational, an aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Aali Khamenei was quoted as saying on Saturday.
  • Bust Iran's Bunkers

    08/03/2009 5:15:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,355+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 3, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: As the failure of engagement with Iran grows more apparent, the administration that has talked very softly may be getting the mother of all sticks ready. Guess we need high-tech Cold War weapons after all.Western intelligence sources have told London's Times that Iran has perfected the means to develop and detonate a nuclear bomb and is merely awaiting word from its supreme leader to produce its first one. Should the order be given, it would take just six months to enrich enough uranium and another six months to assemble the warhead. Time's up. Recently, and perhaps not coincidentally, Defense...
  • Barack Obama raises spectre of nuclear conflict as Allies find site near Iran holy city

    09/25/2009 11:44:10 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 55 replies · 2,595+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 09/26/09 | Catherine Philp and Francis Elliott
    An aerial image of the suspected nuclear facility in Qom Barack Obama raises spectre of nuclear conflict as Allies find site near Iran holy city Catherine Philp in New York and Francis Elliott in Pittsburgh Britain, France and the United States set the stage for a dramatic confrontation with Iran when they revealed the existence of a secret nuclear site inside a mountain near the holy city of Qom as evidence of Tehran’s efforts to deceive the international community. The coup de théâtre came at the opening of the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh after three days of intense diplomacy...
  • How secrecy over Iran's Qom nuclear facility was finally blown away

    09/25/2009 9:45:17 PM PDT · by Saije · 27 replies · 1,967+ views
    London Times ^ | 9/25/2009 | Catherine Philip
    It was three years ago that American intelligence agents began picking up signs that someone was tunnelling into the side of a mountain in the desert outside the city of Qom... Intelligence agents were on the lookout for a secret enrichment plant, reasoning that if UN inspectors were monitoring the known facility at Natanz, Tehran would look elsewhere to carry out its work. Yesterday’s revelations about Iran’s secret uranium enrichment facility at Qom came after three years of intensive investigation and surveillance by the most trusted of America’s intelligence allies: Britain, France and Israel... The Western allies kept quiet as...
  • Officials: Iran has revealed existence of a second uranium enrichment plant

    09/25/2009 12:26:23 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 102 replies · 5,601+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | September 25, 2009 | N/A
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  • Iraq: Radical cleric becomes 'ayatollah'

    05/05/2009 3:52:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 661+ views
    AKI ^ | May 5, 2009
    Baghdad, 5 May (AKI) - Radical Iraqi Shia cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, is reported to have assumed the title of Grand Ayatollah after concluding his studies in the holy city of Qom in Iran. Sources close to the cleric's faction released the news to the Arab daily, al-Sharq al-Awsat. Around 70 supporters of al-Sadr on Sunday concluded a conference in the Turkish city of Istanbul where they elected new leaders and mapped out their future. Al-Sadr, who leads the Mahdi Army militia, also met both Recep Tayyip Erodgan, the Turkish prime minister, and president Abdullah Gul in Ankara on Friday during...
  • Sadrist leader cannot confirm or deny Al Sadr held in Qom

    05/17/2008 9:10:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 245+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | 17/05/2008 | Maad Fayad
    London, Asharq Al-Awsat - In response to the claim that the Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr is present in the Iranian city of Qom, Asmaa al Mousawi, leading member of the Al Sadr political bloc in Iraq, told Asharq Al-Awsat, “We can neither confirm nor deny this information and we cannot discuss the whereabouts of Sayyed Muqtada al Sadr for security reasons.” A reliable Iraqi source based in Qom told Asharq Al-Awsat Friday, “Al Sadr is held in a house affiliated to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. He is isolated from others; nobody is allowed to see him and he...
  • Al-Sadr: I Am in Control of Militia

    03/29/2008 4:16:08 PM PDT · by rocksblues · 37 replies · 1,178+ views
    AP ^ | 03/29/08 | HAMZA HENDAWI
    BAGHDAD (AP) — A feisty Muqtada al-Sadr, making his first public appearance since May, said in a TV interview aired Saturday that he was in almost total control of the Mahdi Army and that the "liberation" of Iraq was his militia's chief goal. snip Al-Sadr is widely thought to be spending his time between Iran's holy city of Qom and Najaf, another holy Shiite city south of Baghdad. But nothing in the room where the interview took place offered a hint of his location. snip In the interview, al-Sadr said the militia's "strategic objective" was "the liberation of Iraq from...
  • 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...
  • The 'Manchurian Mullah'

    02/04/2008 6:41:08 PM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies · 149+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 01, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    The 'Manchurian Mullah' February 01, 2008 New York Post Amir Taheri AS the "student" arrives in a bulletproof limousine with heavily armed guards, his teachers, ignoring that he's two hours late, greet him deferentially. The scene takes place at the Shiite seminary in Qom, Iran's holy city. The 35-year-old "student": Muqtada al-Sadr, leader of the Mahdi Army, a militia often deemed one of Iran's chief assets in Iraq. Sadr has spent much of the last 10 months in Iran, living in a 14-bedroom villa in Tehran's posh Farmanieh neighborhood. From there, he travels 90 minutes to Qom twice a week,...
  • Iran: AIDS Rate Doubles In The Holy City Of Qom

    01/12/2008 4:41:54 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies · 359+ views
    adnkronosinternational ^ | January 11, 2008 | adnkronosinterantional
    Iran: AIDS rate doubles in the holy city of Qom Tehran, 11 Jan. (AKI) - In the past year, the incidence of AIDS has doubled in the holy Shia city of Qom, second only to the Iraqi city of Najaf in religious significance. "The great share of the newly infected have contracted the HIV virus, not through using infected syringes, but through unprotected sexual relations," said Amir, Akbari, director of the city's health centre. In the past year the number of those affected by AIDS in Qom has risen from 177 to 324. Forty per cent of those infected are...
  • Assessing the need for assymetric 'deterrence' (Destroying Mecca, Medina & Qom if U.S. attacked)

    07/26/2007 4:32:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 2,289+ views
    Townhall ^ | July 26, 2007 | Stephen Carter
    It's clearly necessary to begin thinking about what form deterrence will take against future terrorist attacks on the U.S. At least 5 such attacks have been prevented at the operational stage by Bush administration policies over the last six years. What is needed is more serious consideration of the value of policies that deter such attacks. This is likely to become a more pressing concern, as America's ability to interrupt such attacks, if a Democrat becomes President, will be severely eroded. The Democrats are profoundly indifferent to national security, and have even managed to convince themselves that terrorism is some...
  • Iran: A nation of nose jobs, not nuclear war

    04/22/2007 2:06:25 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 31 replies · 1,237+ views
    This is london UK ^ | 4/22/07 | Peter Hichtens
    When I told my friends and family I was going to Tehran, they looked at me as if I were taking a short break in Mordor, and expected that the next time they saw me I would be being paraded by Revolutionary Guards after confessing to espionage, and then publicly hanged from a large crane at a busy traffic intersection. Well, not quite. The people of Iran are probably the most pro-Western in the world, though that will not stop them fighting like hell if we are foolish enough to attack them. Not that they will do so with nuclear...
  • Iran: A nation of nose jobs, not nuclear war [Peter Hitchens - Christopher's brother]

    04/22/2007 11:16:15 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 19 replies · 1,124+ views
    Mail on Sunday ^ | April 23, 2007 | Peter Hitchens
    When I told my friends and family I was going to Tehran, they looked at me as if I were taking a short break in Mordor, and expected that the next time they saw me I would be being paraded by Revolutionary Guards after confessing to espionage, and then publicly hanged from a large crane at a busy traffic intersection. Well, not quite. The people of Iran are probably the most pro-Western in the world, though that will not stop them fighting like hell if we are foolish enough to attack them. Not that they will do so with nuclear...
  • Inside Iran: Hujjat al Islam Mohsen Kadivar (Must read for Armchair Generals)

    04/09/2007 2:00:33 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 16 replies · 873+ views
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | 08/04/2007 | Manal Lutfi
    No one knows Qom and its al Hawza al Ilmiya except those who have studied there; it is a difficult place to explore for strangers. One must remain in it for years to discover its hidden secrets, diversity and the truth about what goes on within it. Despite its fame, knowledge about its ideological trends is scarce, especially in light of the fact that Qom and al Hawza al Ilmiya are constantly changing. Hujjat al Islam Mohsen Kadivar may be the best person to speak about the hawza; he studied there for over 17 years, moving in the circles of...
  • Iran tests Shahab-3 ballistic missiles

    11/01/2006 10:12:02 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 587+ views
    AFP via translation | November 2, 2006
    Military operations: Iran carries out shootings of ballistic missiles TEHERAN (Iran) - Iran carried out its first shootings of ballistic missiles Shahab-3 with a load with fragmentation at the beginning of the started operations of scale Thursday morning, brought back Iranian television Al-Alam. "Of the Shahab missiles, with a load with fragmentation, able to have a range of 2.000 km, were drawn from the desert located in approximately of Qom", city located at 120 km in the south of Teheran, brought back television Al-Alam. the General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the commander of the guards of the revolution, the ideological...