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  • Kurds offer to export 100,000 bpd of oil in Iraq row

    03/24/2014 9:19:34 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    hurriyet daily news ^ | March/21/2014
    Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region pledged Thursday to export 100,000 barrels of oil per day through central government-controlled pipelines in a bid to resolve an impasse with Baghdad ahead of elections. The Kurds and the government are locked in a row over energy exports, in which Baghdad has choked off funds to the northern region, draining its reserves, as the two sides spar over a national budget that would penalise the Kurds for failing to meet export targets as well as other issues tied to energy sector regulation. As a "goodwill gesture," the Kurdistan regional government said on its website it...
  • Obama’s Losing Bet on Iran (NYT Op-Ed Max Boot)

    01/15/2014 2:43:38 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 15, 2014 | By MICHAEL DORAN and MAX BOOT
    WASHINGTON — A great deal of diplomatic attention over the next few months will be focused on whether the temporary nuclear deal with Iran can be transformed into a full-blown accord. President Obama has staked the success of his foreign policy on this bold gamble. But discussion about the nuclear deal has diverted attention from an even riskier bet that Obama has placed: the idea that Iran can become a cooperative partner in regional security. Although they won’t say so publicly, Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry surely dream of a “Nixon to China” masterstroke. They are quietly...
  • Al-Qaeda: Death to Shi'ites for 'Damaging Mohammed's Legacy'

    12/07/2013 11:34:36 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 47 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/13 | Tova Dvorin, Dalit Halevi
    Branch of al-Qaeda vows death to Shi'ites for 'cursing the prophet Mohammed'; urges terrorists to keep fighting in Iraq, Sinai peninsula. video A video has surfaced from the Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria advocating the systemic genocide of Shi'ite Muslims for allegedly "damaging Mohammed's legacy" in perpetrating their beliefs. The video opens with a speech from a judge in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, which has been a focal point of territorial fighting between the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebel forces. The judge's job: to establish rule over...
  • Saudi deportations gain momentum

    12/07/2013 4:07:16 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 17 replies
    FINANCIAL TIMES ^ | December 6, 2013 | Simeon Kerr. Abeer Allam, Javier Blas
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  • Muslim Holiday Ashoura: Islamic Blood Rituals on American Streets

    11/23/2013 8:22:06 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 11/22/13 | Pamela Geller
    Ashoura is a bloody Shi'ite Muslim ritual where the men beat themselves to a bloody pulp. The craziness. (WARNING: Graphic Photos and video – Remember, this is all taking place inside the United States) Once again the annual bloody ritual of Ashura is upon us. Muslims flagellate themselves and their children with whips and chains until bloody to commemorate the death of our President's namesake, Hussein. Why is this savagery tolerated in the US, considering that blood borne illnesses could be hazardous and such? But it's more important to adhere to and to respect the sharia and not offend Islam....
  • Shiites staging religious procession beat 7 Sunnis to death in Pakistan

    11/15/2013 5:15:53 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    ap ^ | November 15, 2013 | ZARAR KHAN
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Shiite Muslims staging a religious procession near Pakistan’s capital Friday killed seven Sunnis from an Islamic seminary for insulting them as they passed, officials said. ... The Shiites were observing Ashoura, which commemorates the 7th century death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. The schism between Sunnis and Shiites dates back to that time.
  • Wahhabis Remark at Hajj: 'We will Kill You Shia Men and Rape Your Women' ( Detroit mentioned )

    10/20/2013 10:52:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Arab American pilgrims from the Metro Detroit area where attacked and assaulted, for what appears to be sectarian reasons, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, while performing the rituals of Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia. Mina is a town near Mecca, where pilgrims sleep in tents and stone three pillars, representing the satan, with seven pebbles, on the last day of Hajj. The Saudi government has built thousand of air-conditioned tents to accommodate pilgrims, during this ritual. A known female community leader said that when the local group entered Tent Section 40, an area designated for American, European and Australian Muslims, a...
  • The Assyrians and Kurdish Autonomy in Syria

    08/31/2013 8:47:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 8-20-2013 | Augin K. Haninke
    The Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD), a branch of Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan (PKK), recently declared that they want to form a Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria... is there any place for Assyrians? Is there room in a future ruled by Kurds, considering what happened in northern Iraq? Analysts I talked to are optimistic and see a difference from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in north Iraq. Assyrians make up about 30% of al-Jazeera's population and should have better conditions, they say. But the biggest threat to Assyrians is emigration, since many are fleeing to seek a better life in the West....
  • Sectarian tensions underlying conflict in Syria erupt in Sydney and Melbourne

    06/30/2013 10:28:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    ABC ^ | June 4, 2013 | Caro Meldrum-Hanna
    The sectarian tensions underlying the conflict in Syria have erupted in Australia, with acts of violence, harassment and threats ... Jamal Daoud, a high-profile community leader in western Sydney, says the situation is becoming "very vicious". Although he is a Sunni Muslim, because of his opposition to removing the Syrian regime by force, Mr Daoud says extremists at home view him with the same hatred they have for Shiites and Alawites. ... the source of the violence in Sydney, the Jabhat al Nusra supporters," he said. "The last two years they have flourished in western Sydney, they have flourished. We...
  • Officials: Egyptian villagers kill 4 Shiites

    06/23/2013 6:57:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 06/23/2013 | TONY G. GABRIEL
    Sunni Muslim villagers killed four Shiite men on Sunday, accusing them of trying to spread their version of Islam, according to Egyptian security officials. ... A Salafi preacher, Mohammed Hassan, called on Morsi "not to open the doors of Egypt" to Shiites, saying that "they never entered a place without corrupting it." Salafis consider Shiite as heretics.
  • Sunni militants claim responsibility for bus, hospital attacks in Pakistan

    06/16/2013 10:02:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 16.06.2013 | mkg
    A group behind assaults on Shiites in Pakistan has claimed responsibility for tandem attacks on a university bus and a hospital that killed at least 24. The Sunni extremist outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi announced on Sunday that it had sent a female suicide bomber to strike the bus in Quetta, capital of the restive Balochistan province, killing 14 students from a women's university near a Shiite neighborhood on Saturday. About 90 minutes later, a follow-up attack on the hospital treating survivors left at least 11 dead and led to a prolonged gun battle between security forces and militants occupying part of the...
  • Report: Iran to send 4,000 Revolutionary Guards to bolster Assad’s forces

    06/16/2013 2:38:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | June 16, 2013
    Iran is to reportedly send 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad in the fight against opposition forces, according to the The Independent on Sunday. In what was described as an Iranian “military decision,” the British newspaper said Iran was now “fully committed to preserving Assad’s regime,” citing unnamed pro-Iranian sources. The sources “have been deeply involved in the Islamic Republic’s security, even to the extent of proposing to open up a new ‘Syrian’ front on the Golan Heights against Israel,” The Independent’s Robert Fisk wrote. The decision, allegedly made before this week’s presidential election, was...
  • Could Syria ignite World War 3? two Muslim ideologies suck in the world's superpowers

    06/13/2013 10:43:00 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 61 replies
    DailyMail ^ | June 13, 2013 | Micheal Burleigh
    The crisis in Syria ...a deadly power struggle between two bitterly opposed Muslim ideologies, Sunni and Shia. Already, the war inside Syria has resulted in 93,000 dead and 1.6 million refugees, with millions more displaced internally SNIP On one side are those who follow President Assad, who belongs to the Alawites — a splinter sect from Shia Islam. On the other are ...insurgents drawn from the majority Sunni population, some of whom have close links to the Sunni jihadists of Al Qaeda. SNIP The main pillars of the current Assad regime are the army, the intelligence services and the Ba’athists,...
  • Top Sunni Cleric Al-Qaradawi: Hezbollah Is “Party of Satan”

    06/09/2013 7:37:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Gateway ^ | June 9, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Top Sunni Muslim cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, says the Iranian-backed Hezbollah organization is the “Party of Satan.” In an interview with Al Arabiya aired on Sunday, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, slammed Lebanese Hezbollah group as “party of Satsan” that seeks to “sow discord” among Muslims.
  • Sunni Extremists Call for Jihad Against Shi’ites Over Syria

    06/03/2013 7:01:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 30, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    In a further sign that Syria’s civil war is increasingly becoming a theater of battle between Shi’ite and Sunni extremists – under the respective flags of Hezbollah and al-Qaeda – a group of Sunni radicals in Egypt is citing the Syrian situation in its appeal to Sunnis everywhere to support a jihad against Shi’ites. Twenty Egyptian Salafists including Mohammed al-Zawahiri, the brother of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, urged Sunnis to target Hezbollah and others involved in the fighting in the Syrian town of al-Qusair (al-Qusayr)... thousands of Shi’ite fighters from Hezbollah, Iran and Iraq have been involved in the fighting...
  • Iran's Largest Pentecostal Church Closed, Pastor Detained

    05/28/2013 7:59:41 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 27 May 2013 | ME
    The Central Assembles of God Church (AOG), Iran's largest Persian-speaking Pentecostal church, was closed during a worship service on Monday, according to BosNewsLife. Its pastor, Robert Asserian, was detained on May 21 and moved to an unknown location.BNL said that the Islamic authorities are "eager to maintain their influence [and] wary of groups deemed dangerous to their power base, including growing Christian churches.""These incidents appear to be an attempt to stop worship services from being conducted in Farsi, the language of the majority of Iranians," said George O. Wood, general superintendent of AOG in the United States. "Services are allowed in Armenian,...
  • Salafis plan Tahrir demo to protest Iran, Shia relations

    03/08/2013 6:16:59 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 3 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | 3/3/2013 | Al-Masry Al-Youm
    Islamist movements and Salafi parties plan to organize a demonstration in Tahrir Square on 15 March to protest what they see as normalization in relations with Iran and Shia Muslims, and to pressure the president and Muslim Brotherhood to stop exchanging visits with Iran. The Salafi Nour and Asala parties, the Jama’a al-Islamiya’s Construction and Development Party and the Muslim Rebels, Sahaba and Omatuna movements, as well as the Hazemoun — a group supporting former presidential hopeful and Salafi Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail — plan to participate. “We will escalate the matter if the Brotherhood keeps signing agreements with...
  • Former Hostage Back in Beirut, Willing to Meet Captors (Terry Waite)

    02/17/2004 3:15:14 AM PST · by Prodigal Son · 6 replies · 138+ views
    Reuters via ABC ^ | February 17, 2004 | Lin Noueihed
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Terry Waite, back in Lebanon for the first time since he was freed from years of captivity at the hands of Islamic militants, says he would gladly meet his erstwhile kidnappers. "I wouldn't mind meeting with them at all," the former Church of England envoy said on arrival at Beirut airport. "I'm sure that they have changed, that they have grown and developed, just as much as I have." Waite, who had helped free Western hostages held by extremists in Libya, Iran and Lebanon, came to Lebanon in 1987 to negotiate more releases. Accused of being a...
  • Reminiscing of Yom Kippur 1973

    09/22/2012 12:20:09 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Begona's Hope ^ | 9/22/2012 | BegonaB
    The world watches the war of words between Israel and Iran. President Ahmadinejad’s call for the annihilation of the Zionist regime has lost its edge because of overuse. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s reply that Israel has the right to defend itself is as expected as the sun rising in the morning. However, tensions rose to a new high last week with the comment by Iran’s Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi that “of course this confrontation has always continued; however, since we are in the era of The Coming, this war will be a significant war” (Mashregh news). He was referring to Imam...
  • Outsiders can’t inflict changes in regime

    11/09/2012 7:57:46 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, November 9, 2012 | G. Parthasarathy
    The Bashar al-Assad rule in Syria has come under heavy fire from people who believe that the regime must quit over its atrocities. But any attempt by the US-led West to impose a replacement will backfire soon India’s oil-rich western neighbourhood, extending from the Arabian Sea to the Bosporus, is engulfed in conflicts arising from sectarian and civilisational rivalries, aggravated by the meddling of external powers. With an arsenal of over 100 nuclear weapons, Pakistan is today witnessing a period of internal strife, largely arising from the pernicious role of its military establishment and tensions across its disputed borders with...
  • Archbishop (gently) corrects pope on Arab Spring [BXVI: "the Arab Spring is a positive thing."]

    09/16/2012 8:02:01 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Sep. 15, 2012 | JOHN L. ALLEN JR.
    It’s not often during a papal trip that a Catholic bishop and one of the pope’s official hosts actually corrects the boss, or at least strikes a slightly different note, but it happened Saturday night to Benedict XVI in Lebanon vis-à-vis the most important movement in this part of the world, the “Arab Spring.” Last night, Benedict visited the headquarters of the Maronite church, by far the largest of the seven Catholic churches in the country, to celebrate a youth rally that drew an estimated 20,000 young Lebanese, mostly Catholics but with some Muslims in the crowd as well. Prior...
  • Bahrain court jails man two years for insult to Prophet's wife

    08/12/2012 10:03:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-12-2012
    A Bahraini court has sentenced a man to two years in prison for making insulting comments about one of the Prophet Mohammad's wives... Aisha, a revered figure for Sunni Muslims, in comments online. "The accused entered a website and made comments that were so morally filthy and depraved that the tongue could not pronounce them, and they slandered Aisha ... Underlying tensions between Sunnis and Shi'ites in Muslim countries are often ignited by such issues concerning figures from early Islam and the different interpretations of Sunnis and Shi'ites over the historical events of that period. Such slander cases have become...
  • Islamic Fighters Flocking to Syria (Maybe Russia Was Right)

    07/22/2012 6:27:05 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 33 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 7/22/2012 | The Globe and Mail
    In the 1980s, it was Afghanistan to which international Islamic fighters came, helping the mujahedeen successfully take on the Soviet army and its puppet regime in Kabul. Then came Bosnia in the 1990s and Iraq in the 2000s, in both of which veteran jihadists fought a sectarian war on behalf of outgunned Sunni minorities.In 2012, they’re flocking to Syria With funding from private organizations in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait, they are making their way across the frontiers from Iraq and Jordan, hooking up with opposition elements in Syria and taking the battle to Damascus and the heart of the...
  • Photo brings Iran's plans for Iraq into sharp focus

    04/28/2012 9:34:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Greater Dandenong Weekly ^ | 28 Apr, 2012 03:00 AM | PAUL MCGEOUGH
    A PUBLIC relations stumble between Tehran and Baghdad has intensified speculation that one of Iran’s most senior clerics is about to extend his power—and Iran’s theocratic system—into Iraq.On his return from a visit to Tehran, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office released statements on his meetings with several senior Iranian officials—but it was silent on Mr. Maliki’s encounter with 63-year-old Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi. Despite a Baghdad blackout on what is understood to have been their third meeting in recent months, Iran’s government-run news agency IRNA released a photograph of Mr. Maliki and Ayatollah Shahroudi—who is Iraqi by birth—greeting each...
  • Rabbani, Iran's Islamic-fascist cleric heads 'Hezbollah, Quds and Islamization' in L. America

    10/16/2011 12:46:15 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 15 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...
  • Iraq militia stone youths to death for "emo" style (Obama hands over Iraq to Iran)

    03/11/2012 12:12:06 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 49 replies · 1+ views
    reuters ^ | 3/10/2012 | Ahmed Rasheed and Mohammed Ameer
    At least 14 youths have been stoned to death in Baghdad in the past three weeks in what appears to be a campaign by Shi'ite militants against youths wearing Western-style "emo" clothes and haircuts, security and hospital sources say. Militants in Shi'ite neighborhoods where the stonings have taken place circulated lists on Saturday naming more youths targeted to be killed if they do not change the way they dress. The killings have taken place since Iraq's interior ministry drew attention to the "emo" subculture last month, labeling it "Satanism" and ordering a community police force to stamp it out. "Emo"...
  • Sean Stone, Oliver Stone’s son, embraces Islam in Iran (Supports Ahmadinejad)

    02/17/2012 12:39:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Global Post ^ | February 15, 2012 | Kristin Deasy
    Sean Stone, the son of award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, converted to Islam on Tuesday during a ceremony in the Iranian city of Isfahan. Taking the name “Ali,” Iranian news agencies report that the 27-year-old has converted to Shia Islam, which is practiced by the majority of Iranians. The son of a half-Jewish father and Christian mother, Stone told AFP today that his conversion “is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with,” but shows “I have accepted Mohammad and other prophets.” He has not, however, explained his reason for converting. Reuters reports that Stone is in Iran working...
  • Syria: It's not just about freedom

    02/03/2012 12:05:45 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2/3/2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    Imperial regimes can crack when they are driven out of their major foreign outposts. The fall of the Berlin Wall did not only signal the liberation of Eastern Europe from Moscow. It prefigured the collapse of the Soviet Union itself just two years later. The fall of Bashar al-Assad’s Syria could be similarly ominous for Iran. The alliance with Syria is the centerpiece of Iran’s expanding sphere of influence, a mini-Comintern that includes such clients as Iranian-armed and -directed Hezbollah, now the dominant power in Lebanon; and Hamas, which controls Gaza and threatens to take the rest of Palestine (the...
  • Bomb Kills at Least 53 Pilgrims in South Iraq

    01/14/2012 9:49:27 PM PST · by george76 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | January 14, 2012 | ADAM SCHRECK and NABIL AL-JURANI
    A bomb tore through a procession of Shiite pilgrims heading toward a largely Sunni town in southern Iraq on Saturday, killing at least 53 people in the latest sign of a power struggle between rival Muslim sects that has escalated since the American military withdrawal. Fears of more bloodshed have risen in recent weeks, with the U.S. no longer enjoying the leverage it once had to encourage the two sides to work together to rein in extremists. Most of the latest attacks appear to be aimed at Iraq's majority Shiites, suggesting Sunni insurgents seeking to undermine the Shiite-dominated government are...
  • Ahmadinejad's Apocalyptic Address

    09/24/2011 1:50:18 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/23/2011 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    Did you see Ahmadinejad’s apocalyptic address, or read the full text? You should. It’s instructive. Unfortunately, you won’t find Ahmadinejad’s full speech reprinted in the major newspapers. It was pitifully covered by the mainstream media. It should have been carefully analyzed. Ahmadinejad isn’t hiding what he believes. He denied the Holocaust. He blasted the U.S. for bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. He blamed the terrorist attacks of 9/11 on the U.S. government. He insisted that his so-called messiah known as “Imam al-Mahdi” or the Twelfth Imam is coming soon. He insisted that Jesus Christ will come with the Mahdi...
  • Gunmen attack Shiite pilgrims in Pakistan; 26 dead

    09/20/2011 9:32:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | September 20, 2011 | ABDUL SATTAR
    Sunni extremists opened fire on Shiite Muslim pilgrims traveling by bus through southwest Pakistan on Tuesday on their way to in Iran, killing 26 people...Sunni militants with ideological and operational links to al-Qaida and the Taliban have carried out scores of bombings and shootings against Shiites in recent years... The passengers tried to run away, but the gunmen opened fire, killing 26 people and wounding six others...The attackers then drove off, leaving the dying and wounded where they lay. It was nearly an hour before rescue teams arrived, he said. There were around 40 people on the bus.
  • The West's Double Standards Over Syria

    04/26/2011 6:11:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Sky 'blogs ^ | Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | Dominic Waghorn
    It took just two weeks for the International Criminal Court to begin investigating Gaddafi, his sons and commanders over allegations their security forces had attacked peaceful demonstrators. More than six weeks into Syria's unrest, Assad's security forces are gunning down their own people in their hundreds and the west still has not moved beyond words of condemnation. Last month the ICC prosecutor said he was examining claims 300 civilians had been killed in Tripoli, 257 in Benghazi and 124 in Zawiya. There are now reliable reports of around 400 civilians being killed by Syrian security forces. And yet so far...
  • Why Bahrain blew up: An ill omen for the Saudis

    02/18/2011 2:08:12 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 16, 2011 | Amir Taheri
    Bourguiba Square in Tunis, Tahrir Square in Cairo, Azadi Square in Tehran -- and now Pearl Square in Manama, capital of Bahrain. For the last four days, thousands of protesters, encouraged by other popular uprisings in the Middle East, have been demonstrating against what they call "the despotic rule of minority over majority." On Monday, police killed two protesters and injured 11 others. At least 50 were arrested. The sudden explosion has surprised many observers. Bahrain, the smallest of the 21 Arab states, is often deemed a success story -- the only Persian Gulf Arab state to have made its...
  • Heroes and villains in Lebanon

    10/15/2010 12:33:10 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 2 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | Robert Tait
    Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad arrived in Lebanon on Wednesday to a hero's welcome and blaze of fanfare that belied the country's rising intercommunal tensions and Western misgivings about his visit. Shouts of "khosh amadi" ("welcome" in Persian) and showers of rice, sweets and petals greeted the Iranian leader as he waved to crowds from an open-topped car after arriving in Beirut at the beginning of a two-day trip. It's Ahmadinejad's first visit to Lebanon, where Iran has cultivated close relationship with Hezbollah, the Shi'ite Islamist group that fought a bitter five-week conflict with Israel in 2006. He was expected to...
  • Iran seen behind Hizbullah effort to undermine new Iraq government

    03/29/2010 11:15:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 595+ views
    GeostrategyDirect ^ | 3/29/2010 | GeostrategyDirect
    The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah has expanded operations in Iraq. Officials said Hizbullah Brigades have been operating in several areas of Baghdad. They said the group's campaign was meant to exploit tension between Sunnis and Shi'ites. Officials said Iran has increased support to Hizbullah in an effort to undermine the Iraqi government and security forces in the wake of elections on March 7. They said the elections have raised tension between Shi'ite factions, particularly the ruling party led by Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki and his rival, former Prime Minister Iyad Alawi. Al Maliki has demanded a recount of the vote. "There...
  • Pakistani insurgency targets Shiites

    01/05/2010 8:46:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 185+ views
    Space War ^ | 01/05/2010 | UPI via Space War
    The militant insurgency that has taken an enormous human toll in many regions of Pakistan in recent months assumed a sectarian dimension last week as it turned its fury on the country's minority Shiite Muslims. In so doing, the militants added Karachi, the country's largest city, a major port and the financial center, and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir province, to its list of targeted cities for spreading mayhem. Prior to that, Karachi and Muzaffarabad had been spared the worst of the violence of the past four months in which hundreds have died, with civilians from all walks of life...
  • Saudis urgently erect new border fence to block 'massive' immigration of Shi'ites

    12/19/2009 2:07:12 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 824+ views
    World Trubune ^ | 12/15/2009 | World Tribune
    Saudi Arabia, amid heavy fighting with Shi'ite rebels, has begun erecting another security fence along its border with Yemen. Saudi military sources said the Defense Ministry has overseen a fast-track project to construct a barbed wire fence along most of the 1,600-kilometer border with Yemen. The sources said the project reflected an urgent requirement for a physical barrier to block the flow of thousands of Shi'ite rebels and their supporters from Yemen to the Saudi kingdom. "The infiltration has reached massive proportions," a Saudi source said. "Thousands are crossing into the kingdom."
  • Arabs Unite In Yemen Against Iran

    12/18/2009 1:14:39 AM PST · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 562+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | December 16, 2009
    The war against Iranian supported, Shia tribesmen, in northern Yemen, continues. Many of the key rebels have retreated to their fortified villages in the mountains. The Yemeni air force is bombing these villages, and the Shia rebels are complaining about civilian casualties. That's usually a sign that they are losing, and striving to make their use of human shields as effective as possible. The Saudi Air Force is heavily patrolling, and bombing the Yemen border region, hitting rebels (and non-hostile smugglers) caught crossing the semi-desert frontier region. Yemen has had its differences with Saudi Arabia in the past, particularly over...
  • Ahmadinejad has proof US trying to stop Hidden Imam (Doesn't he realize that 0 is the hidden imam?)

    12/08/2009 2:37:29 PM PST · by mojito · 24 replies · 992+ views
    Frontline Tehran Bureau ^ | 12/4/2009 | Unattributed
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that he has documented evidence that the United States was trying to prevent the coming of the Hidden Imam (messiah). According to a Khabar Online report, Ahmadinejad expounded on the plots hatched by the East and West for the annihilation of Iran....addressing an audience of the families of martyrs and altruists in Isfahan on Friday. Referring to his June reelection, Ahmadinejad said, "The enemy... was hyping the issue as if the Iranian nation has been weakened and as if this was the best opportunity to get concessions from them. But your humble son [Ahmadinejad] stood in front...
  • Tehran's tricks for squeezing saudis

    11/12/2009 2:37:47 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 474+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 12, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    For almost a decade, Arab regimes have worried about alleged Iranian plans to create a "Shiite crescent" from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean, encompassing Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and a yet-to-be liberated Palestine. Now fresh fears have grown that the "crescent" may take another shape as well -- from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden, and including chunks of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Since January, for instance, Iran has intensified pressure on Bahrain, where a Shiite majority has grievances against the Arab Sunni ruling elite. An archipelago connected with the Saudi mainland by a bridge, Bahrain provides the...
  • The Prime Minister of All Iraqis?

    07/21/2009 12:55:25 PM PDT · by Jbny · 1 replies · 337+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 7/21/2009 | Abe Greenwald
    Not that it’s important enough for mainstream media to highlight, but that elusive thing known as Iraqi political reconciliation (remember when its absence was a sign of the apocalypse?) may be upon us:
  • Saudi Shias declare independence

    05/17/2009 6:08:04 AM PDT · by Flavius · 11 replies · 859+ views
    tv press iran ^ | 5/17/09 | tv press iran
    The Shia minority in Saudi Arabia has declared independence from the Kingdom, creating a country called the "The Republic of Eastern Arabia". The newly founded nation, which has received little media coverage, is formed in the eastern areas of Qatif and Al-Hasa, a website close to leading Shi'a cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Namr reported. "The decision of the proclamation of the Republic was based on the demands of the people of the region," the website added, denying any foreign links for the decision. Al-Namr, known for his fiery rhetoric, was the source of major turmoil earlier this year when he...
  • [Prime Minister] Maliki urges Iraqis to board the 'love boat'

    03/07/2009 6:09:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 454+ views
    Yahoo! News / Agence France Presse ^ | March 7, 2009 | Marwa Sabah
    BAGHDAD (AFP) – Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called on all Iraqis on Saturday to unite aboard what he called a "love boat" in a stirring appeal for reconciliation in the war-torn nation. "The security in Iraq has settled down at a level that allowed the leaders of the tribes to come from everywhere," Maliki told a conference of Sunni and Shiite tribal figures in the capital. "National reconciliation has become a principle that we depend on ... I invite everyone to stay in the boat of national reconciliation, the boat of fraternity, love, justice and equality that will lead us...
  • Questions Remain Unexplored About Farris Hassan's Excellent Iraqi Adventure

    01/23/2006 12:55:29 PM PST · by Renfield · 8 replies · 1,025+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 1-21-06 | Tom Blumer
    Sometimes a story just doesn't seem to be "all there." Cinnamon Stillwell suspected as much in a NewsBusters item on January 10: Call me overly suspicious, but the story of 16-year-old Farris Hassan traveling to Iraq on a whim strikes me as unbelievable. Hassan's interview with Rita Cosby of MSNBC, a Florida newspaper columnist's skepticism, and a January 18 posting by the Northeast Intelligence Network (NIN), which describes itself as "a small contingent of experienced investigators ..... founded by veteran private investigator Douglas J. Hagmann," all appear to confirm Stillwell's suspicions. What is known of Farris Hassan's saga at this...
  • Stable Iraq could influence Mideast

    10/03/2008 12:09:00 PM PDT · by SJackson · 198+ views
    Wind560 ^ | 10-3-08 | ROBERT H. REID
    As violence in Iraq recedes, neighboring states are pondering how to deal with an unwieldy country that could re-emerge as a key player along with Saudi Arabia and Iran in one of the world's most strategic regions. The role of regional power broker may seem far-fetched for Iraq _ a devastated land best known for car bombs, death squads and suicide attackers. Still, countries of the Middle East cannot ignore the potential role of a resurgent Iraq, a nation of 28 million people, bordering Iran to the east, Syria and Jordan to the west and sitting on one of the...
  • The Hidden Imam

    09/24/2008 12:24:29 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 460+ views
    The New Republic ^ | September 24, 2008 | David Schenker
    Conventional wisdom holds that when Iran's supreme leader says, "Jump," millions of Shiites, from the Beirut slums to the Saudi oilfields, ask, "How high?" But a recent meeting in Baghdad between a wealthy Lebanese Sunni politician and an ascetic Shiite theologian twice his age suggests that there is a move afoot to empower Shiite voters throughout the Middle East to cast ballots according to their conscience, not according to the marching orders from Tehran. If that trend gains traction, it could fundamentally alter the political landscape of the region. In July, a representative of the preeminent Iraqi Shiite religious figure...
  • Web site of influential Shiite cleric hacked (with Bill Maher video)

    09/20/2008 4:00:06 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 5 replies · 149+ views ^ | September 19, 2008 | Octavia Nasr
    (CNN) -- The Web site of Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric was hacked on Friday, with the attackers' messages saying they are Sunnis upset over fatwas, or edicts, issued on the site. A entity called Group XP placed a video of comedian Bill Maher making fun of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and his advice to the Shiite faithful, as well as posting messages on the site. The hackers said they are upset at the sexual nature of the advice given to faithful allegedly by al-Sistani through a spokesperson. Those who have studied the attack believe that the Maher video is meant...
  • Will the Islamobile reach Main Street? (A Warning)

    08/10/2008 10:06:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 170+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 09, 2008 | Amil Imani
    Muslims are establishing Mosques all over America ranging from the ostentatious, such as in Washington D.C., to academically-cloaked university Islamic centers, to innocuous storefronts and even prison chapels. One and all have the same aims: Hold the faithful in line, recruit as many new adherents by any and all means, and indoctrinate one and all in the imperative of Islamic conquest. It is in these Islamic places that the impressionable young and the fanatical adults are drilled with the duty to carry out Jihad against the Dar ul Harb ("land of war"-anyplace not completely under the rule of Islam.) Operating...
  • Power Rising, Taliban Besiege Pakistani Shiites

    07/26/2008 9:04:36 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 8 replies · 61+ views
    The NY Times ^ | July 26, 2008 | JANE PERLEZ and PIR ZUBAIR SHAH
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — It was once known as the Parrot’s Beak, a strategic jut of Pakistan that the American-backed mujahedeen used to carry out raids on the Russians just over the border into Afghanistan. That was during the cold war. Now the area, around the town of Parachinar, is near the center of the new kind of struggle. The Taliban have inflamed and exploited a long-running sectarian conflict that has left the town under siege. The Taliban, which have solidified control across Pakistan’s tribal zone and are seeking new staging grounds to attack American soldiers in Afghanistan, have sided with...
  • Shiite Militia in Baghdad Sees Its Power Ebb

    07/26/2008 7:16:56 PM PDT · by flyfree · 33 replies · 224+ views
    nytimes ^ | July 27, 2008
    BAGHDAD — The militia that was once the biggest defender of poor Shiites in Iraq, the Mahdi Army, has been profoundly weakened in a number of neighborhoods across Baghdad, in an important, if tentative, milestone for stability in Iraq. It is a remarkable change from years past, when the militia, led by the anti-American cleric Moktada al-Sadr, controlled a broad swath of Baghdad, including local governments and police forces. But its use of extortion and violence began alienating much of the Shiite population to the point that many quietly supported American military sweeps against the group. Prime Minister Nuri Kamal...