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  • Britons kidnapped in Iraq are ‘held by Iran’

    Five British hostages who were kidnapped in Iraq almost a year ago are being held inside Iran by Revolutionary Guards, according to two separate sources in the Middle East and London. The hostages were handed over to the Revolutionary Guards by their Iraqi kidnappers last November, the sources believe. One of the sources said they were being held in the western Iranian city of Hamadan. If confirmed, the involvement of Revolutionary Guards would be seen as evidence that senior figures in the Iranian government had backed the decision to hold them in the country. However, British officials said that while...
  • Coalition Troops in Iraq Kill Five, Capture Eight Terrorists

    04/07/2008 11:22:57 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 5 replies · 95+ views
    DoD ^ | April 7, 2008 | American Forces Press Service
    Coalition troops killed five terrorists and captured eight suspects during counterinsurgency operations in Iraq today, military officials reported. -- U.S. forces detained four suspected Iranian-backed “special groups” terrorists and killed another individual during an operation in Baghdad. The deceased terrorist was linked to an explosives and weapons network tied to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. -- U.S. troops operating in eastern Baghdad killed an insurgent and destroyed a vehicle used in transporting rocket-launching rails. The terrorists were seen to launch four 107 mm rockets toward a coalition forward operating base. The terrorists departed the launch site in a white van,...
  • Signs of Iran's Hand in Iraq-(Time no less)

    03/21/2008 9:18:13 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 311+ views
    time ^ | 3/31/08 | By MARK KUKIS/BAGHDAD
    One of the armor-piercing roadside bombs in Iraq has a nickname among the militants who place the device. They call it the Najadia, a short variation on the long name of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "My group and I believe honestly in fighting the Americans - and getting financial benefit out of it," says Hussein Ali, an Iraqi Shi'ite guerrilla who recounted a journey to Iran for training in explosives in an interview with TIME. "We became very professional in planting and using the mine called BMZ2, which is a Russian mine modified in Iran for use against the American...
  • Iran and al Qaeda: Setting the Record Straight

    03/22/2008 12:42:41 PM PDT · by PROCON · 7 replies · 401+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | March 21, 2008 | Christopher W. Holton
    In recent weeks, two news reports have circulated referencing Iran’s relationship with al Qaeda. On Tuesday, March 18th, Senator John McCain repeatedly stated that Iran was aiding al Qaeda in Iraq. Later, however, he retracted this statement and said that Iran was not aiding al Qaeda in Iraq. Senator McCain was right the first time and he should not have retracted his statement. In fact, al Qaeda and Iran have a rather long history of cooperation. A few days before Senator McCain’s unfortunate retraction, a senior military adviser to the Barack Obama campaign, retired Air Force General Merrill McPeak, was...
  • McCain didn't make mistake : Iran is sponsoring Al-Qaeda

    03/19/2008 12:04:48 PM PDT · by drzz · 10 replies · 704+ views
    IRAQ THE MODEL | 03 19 2008 | drzz
    A controversy that shouldn't exist. McCain was mocked by Democrats when he said Iran is supporting Al-Qaeda, that Iran would not as Iran is shia and Al-Qaeda sunni. That's a nonsense. Terrorist groups and states don't care about those things. They primarily gather to survive. The US used jihadists. The Sunni Syria is supporting Shia Hezbullah. Here is an excerpt of the arabic press, reported by Iraqi Omar on his blog Iraq the model, showing ties between Iran and Al-Qaeda : According to this report from Azzaman, Iran's revolutionary guard corps is supplying Zarqawi's al-Qaeda in Iraq with Russian-made anti-aircraft...
  • Iranian Clerics Face A Backlash Over Good Life

    02/23/2008 6:44:55 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 236+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-24-2008 | Kay Biouki - Gethin Chamberlain
    Iranian clerics face a backlash over good life By Kay Biouki in Teheran and Gethin Chamberlain Last Updated: 2:05am GMT 24/02/2008 The Ayatollah Khomenei brought millions on to the streets of Iran to overthrow the decadence of the Shah. Now the late leader's grandsons and other Iranian clerics face a backlash over their families' fondness for fast cars, big houses and hot tubs. A website linked to radical elements of Iran's regime last week attacked the lifestyle of Ayatollah Khomenei's grandson, Hassan. " Driving a $100,000 BMW and relaxing in his uptown villa in north Teheran, is Hassan Khomenei actually...
  • Inside Iran's Secretive Qods Force

    01/14/2008 9:05:53 AM PST · by Fennie · 2 replies · 215+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | January 14, 2008 | Claude Salhani
    Since 2003 Iran has spent billions of dollars in Iraq, mobilized vast government resources and unleashed the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, all in an effort to spread its hegemony and the Islamic revolution, according to sources in the Iranian resistance...
  • Speedboat Bluff in the Persian Gulf

    01/09/2008 6:52:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 98+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2008 | Austin Bay
    Why would five Iranian speedboats bluff an attack on a U.S. Navy squadron? Start with a big fact: Under the mullah-led thieves' regime, Iran has become an explosive political mix of ethnic, economic and ideological fragments, a mosaic powder keg. The Ayatollah Khomeini's 1979 Islamic Revolution failed, then fossilized, leaving a corrupt junta of robed kleptocrats who use the dictator's classic tools of murder, terror and economic favoritism to control an impoverished, splintered and increasingly restless populace. Moreover, factions within the mullahs' hierarchy spar with one another. Throwing a risky punch at the United States or Great Britain serves two...
  • Iranian Boats Provoke ‘Serious Incident’ in Strait of Hormuz

    01/07/2008 3:30:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies · 158+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2008 – Three U.S. Navy vessels took evasive actions after five Iranian boats buzzed the ships transiting the Straits of Hormuz yesterday, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today. Speaking to Pentagon reporters, Whitman called the Iranian provocation “a serious incident.” The fast Iranian boats approached at “distances and speed that showed reckless, dangerous and potentially hostile intent,” he said. The incident lasted about 15 to 20 minutes, he said. The Navy ships were going into the Persian Gulf when the Iranian boats confronted them. “Small, Iranian fast boats made some aggressive maneuvers against our vessels and indicated...
  • Iranian boats provoked 3 U.S. Navy warships in the Strait of Hormuz [scroll]

    01/07/2008 6:01:09 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 223 replies · 1,189+ views
    CNN ^ | Jan 07, 2008
    Breaking News U.S. officials: 5 Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats harassed, provoked 3 U.S. Navy warships in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday.
  • The Ron Paul Disqualification (LRon didn't know Iran has an army)

    12/30/2007 12:07:19 PM PST · by jdm · 82 replies · 408+ views
    Heading Right ^ | Dec. 24, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    The more Ron Paul talks, the more he demonstrates his unfitness for the office he seeks — and maybe for the office he holds. Yesterday on Meet the Press, Paul came up with a number of stunners, but his take on Iran may have been the most clueless of all: MR. RUSSERT: So if Iran invaded Israel, what do we do? REP. PAUL: Well, they’re not going to. That is like saying “Iran is about to invade Mars.” I mean, they have nothing. They don’t have an army or navy or air force. And Israelis have 300 nuclear weapons. Nobody...
  • Iran's Revolutionary Guards patrol Persian Gulf, U.S. says

    11/30/2007 8:08:03 AM PST · by maquiladora · 5 replies · 95+ views
    CNN ^ | updated 7:46 p.m. EST, Thu November 29, 2007
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has taken command of Iranian naval operations in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military has revealed. Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the disclosure Wednesday at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he was answering questions from military students. Afterward, in a written statement, the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet in Bahrain said, "Based on activities observed in the Arabian Gulf over the past several months, it appears the Iranian navy has shifted its patrol areas to the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman --...
  • Fred on the GWOT (Video interview)

    11/25/2007 7:51:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 553+ views
    The Weekly Standard/PajamasMedia ^ | November 21, 2007 | Dean Barnett
    Roger L. Simon, last seen cavorting with Pajama clad babes on the floor of the BlogWorld convention like a latter day Hugh Hefner, sat down with Fred Thompson to discuss the Global War on Terror. Bob Owens, proprietor of the excellent Confederate Yankee blog, joined Roger in conducting the interview. I linked to this yesterday in my Republican race Q&A, but the interview itself merits a little post of its own. In no particular order, a few observations: 1) The long form interview allowed Fred to express his knowledge and thoughts on the war on terror. He was impressive. Believe...
  • Iran Guards ex-commander says US threats serious

    11/11/2007 12:36:35 PM PST · by Flavius · 3 replies · 87+ views
    afp ^ | 11/11/07 | AFP
    TEHRAN (AFP) - A former commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said mounting US rhetoric against the Islamic republic over its nuclear programme should be taken seriously in comments published on Sunday. "The enemy recently has increased its threats against Iran and no one should take them as jokes," former Guards commander Mohsen Rezaie was quoted as saying by the reformist Aftab Yazd newspaper. "But the Iranian nation has the capacity to resist these threats," Rezaie added
  • Iran's Army Turns Suicidal

    11/02/2007 9:52:30 AM PDT · by america4vr · 59 replies · 79+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 2, 2007 | Meir Javedanfar
    A senior general in Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps declared this week that Iranian forces were prepared to carry out martyrdom operations in the Persian Gulf “if necessary.” PJM analyst Meir Javedanfar warns that the threat should be taken very seriously. Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers By Meir Javedanfar Brigadier General Ali Fahdavi, a senior general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), issued a warning this week that “if necessary” the IRGC’s Baseej forces were ready to carry out suicide operations in the Gulf, amid rising tensions with the United States. Citing the spirit of Hossein Fahimi, a brainwashed...
  • Revolutionary Guards raid/shut down Sunni schools in Iran

    10/29/2007 7:14:49 AM PDT · by harwood · 8 replies · 139+ views
    ..." The sources pointed out that students and professors resisted the closure. Iranian forces shot them, and detained a number of students."
  • Iranian general warns of Gulf suicide bombings

    10/29/2007 4:49:08 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 12 replies · 56+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | October 29, 2007
    TEHERAN - A top general in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Monday warned that the Basij militia were ready ‘if necessary’ to carry out suicide operations in the Gulf, amid rising tensions with the United States, the Fars news agency reported. ‘If necessary we will take advantage of the element of martyrdom-seeking,’ said Brigadier General Ali Fahdavi, deputy head of the Revolutionary Guards’ naval forces. ‘This spirit is prevailing now throughout the Revolutionary Guards,’ he added. The Basij militia is part of the Guards’ military apparatus. ‘They have taken an example from Shahid (martyr) Fahmideh,’ Fahdavi said, referring to 13-year-old Iranian...
  • Profile: Iran's Revolutionary Guards

    10/26/2007 11:59:58 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 12 replies · 209+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 10/26/2007 | news.bbc.co.uk
    Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) was set up shortly after the 1979 Iranian revolution to defend the country's Islamic system, and to provide a counterweight to the regular armed forces. It has since become a major military, political and economic force in Iran, with close ties to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a former member.
  • U.S. to Impose New Sanctions Targeting Iran's Military

    10/25/2007 3:33:18 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 61 replies · 193+ views
    The Bush administration plans to roll out an unprecedented package of unilateral sanctions against Iran today, including the long-awaited designations of its Revolutionary Guard Corps as a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction and of the elite Quds Force as a supporter of terrorism, according to senior administration officials. The package, scheduled to be announced jointly by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., marks the first time that the United States has tried to isolate or punish another country's military. It is the broadest set of punitive measures imposed on Tehran since the 1979...
  • General Petraeus: Iran's ambassador to Iraq "is a Qods force member" [Spade a Spade]

    10/08/2007 8:08:01 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 26 replies · 1,016+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 10/7/2007 | Bill Roggio
    The Long War Journal: General Petraeus: Iran's ambassador to Iraq "is a Qods force member" Written by Bill Roggio on October 7, 2007 6:58 PM to The Long War Journal Available online at: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2007/10/general_petraeus_ira.php An Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps poster. Photo from Trends Magazine. The war of words between the US military and Iran over Iran's involvement in terrorist activity in Iraq heated up on Sunday after General David Petraeus, the commander of Multinational Forces Iraq, said the Iranian ambassador was an Iranian intelligence agent. "The ambassador is a Qods force member," Petraeus told a group of reporters near...