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  • Airmen aid wounded warriors

    04/22/2010 6:27:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 178+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Kelly White, USAF
    4/22/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Under the charge of 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Top 3 organization affiliates, base members here helped ease the stress of other servicemembers while recuperating from injury or passing through on their way home to an emergency situation. During a two-week clothing drive, organization members collected more than $8,200 in money and clothing to support wounded warriors and servicemembers on emergency leave orders. "I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome of this project," said Master Sgt. Michelle McMeekin, the 379th Expeditionary Force Support Airman Readiness Center NCO and Top 3 lead on the clothing...
  • 'Legends of Aerospace' visit Airmen in Southwest Asia

    03/10/2010 5:06:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 279+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Lindsey Maurice, USAF
    3/10/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- The first and last men to walk on the moon, the commander of Apollo 13, the last Air Force pilot "Ace" and the SR-71 chief test pilot, all "Legends of Aerospace," were the honored guests of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing March 8 at an air base in Southwest Asia. Hundreds of servicemembers flocked to the base theater to hear the stories of Neil Armstrong, retired Navy Capt. Gene Cernan, retired Navy Capt. Jim Lovell, retired Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie and Bob Gilliland as they made a special appearance while visiting military installations throughout...
  • Face of Defense: Airman Draws Motivation From Father, Uncle

    03/05/2010 5:16:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 229+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol, USAF
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, March 5, 2010 – After Sept. 11, 2001, Air Force Staff Sgt. Sparkle Reid was a different person. She was in one of the 2,973 families who grieved after losing a family member in the tragedy. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sparkle Reid is deployed to an air base in Southwest Asia from the 48th Force Support Squadron at Lakenheath, England. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Reid lost her uncle, Louie A. Williams, when the World Trade Center towers came down. He worked on the 66th floor in...
  • Bomber crews keep watch over operations in Southwest Asia

    02/01/2010 5:11:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 267+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Tech. Sgt. Oshawn Jefferson, USAF
    2/1/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Airmen from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron validated their capabilities and those of the B-1B Lancer during a deployment that concluded Jan. 27, here. 37th EBS Airmen generated 556 sorties, flew more than 6,980 hours, and dropped more than 240 munitions for more than 550 missions during their deployment to Southwest Asia. "We are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish during this deployment," said Lt. Col. Steven Biggs, the 37th EBS commander. "The achievements of our Airmen during this rotation are reflective of the rich heritage of the B-1B." "We...
  • KC-10 pilot recalls 9/11, decision to join Air Force

    01/27/2010 3:45:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 360+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol, USAF
    1/27/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- On Sept. 11, 2001, the world changed for most Americans and among the hardest hit were Capt. Hillary Wykes. Captain Wykes, a KC-10 Extender pilot with the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at an air base in Southwest Asia, was a flight attendant for United Airlines before entering the Air Force. "I was working for United on Sept. 11 when the airplanes hit the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and crashed in the field in Pennsylvania," said Captain Wykes, who is deployed from the 9th Air Refueling Squadron at Travis Air Force Base,...
  • Face of Defense: Civilian Turns Computer Parts into Artwork

    12/30/2009 3:28:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 440+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Capt. Larry van der Oord, USAF
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Dec. 30, 2009 – A civilian administrator working for the Air Force here transforms worn out computer parts into unique works of art. Miguel Rivera, with the 386th Expeditionary Communications Squadron in Southwest Asia, stands behind the sculptures he built from old hard drives and other computer parts Dec. 19, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. When computer hard drives go bad, airmen from the 386th Expeditionary Communications Squadron here typically remove all of the pertinent data and send them to the local disposal unit for destruction. However,...
  • Face of Defense: Deployed Airman Sees Child's Birth

    08/25/2009 6:23:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 360+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney, USAF
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Aug. 25, 2009 – An airman assigned here witnessed the birth of his third child, and he did so without leaving his post. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rafael Garcia talks via webcam with his wife, Monica, and daughter, Carmella Fe, Aug. 18, 2009. Garcia experienced the birth of his daughter via webcam from Southwest Asia. He is deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason W. Edwards  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Instead, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rafael Garcia of the 379th Expeditionary Mission Support Group saw the birth live via...
  • Surgeons return injured troops to action

    12/29/2008 4:04:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 251+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Clinton Atkins, USAF
    12/29/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- With precision-guided instrumentation and steady hands, a surgical team here is returning injured warfighters to the fight. Dr. (Maj.) Daniel Todd Rose, orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. (Maj.) Craig Kolasch, general surgeon, both with the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group, handle most of the minor surgeries and injuries in the area of responsibility. "What we do here is very important," said Doctor Rose, deployed from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. "Almost every servicemember who doesn't receive care here would most likely be going back to the U.S. or Landstuhl. Once they are in the U.S. they're...
  • Turkey, Iran launch coordinated attacks on Kurds

    06/05/2008 8:27:35 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 170+ views
    ap ^ | 6/5/08 | By SUZAN FRASER
    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey and Iran have been carrying out coordinated strikes on Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq, a top Turkish general said Thursday in the first military confirmation of Iranian-Turkish cooperation in the fight against separatists there. Gen. Ilker Basbug, Turkey's land forces commander, said the two countries have been sharing intelligence and planned more coordinated attacks in the future against the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, and PEJAK, the group's Iranian wing.
  • A day in the life of President Bush (7/22/07): photos & news

    07/22/2007 6:19:20 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 149 replies · 5,229+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: President Bush returned to the White House today after spending most of the weekend at Camp David. While there, he underwent a routine colonoscopy exam, which doctors recommend be done at least every five years. The First Lady was in Texas celebrating her mother's birthday. President Bush has 5 polyps removed during colonoscopy BY Deb Riechmann Associated Press July 22, 2007 CAMP DAVID, Md. -- Doctors removed five small growths from President Bush's colon Saturday after he temporarily transferred the powers of his office to Vice President Dick Cheney under the rarely invoked 25th Amendment....
  • The Iranian Position [long]

    12/14/2006 7:25:12 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies · 324+ views
    Stratfor/World Defense Review ^ | 12-14-06 | Reva Bhalla
    Stratfor Geopolitical Intelligence ReportPublished 14 Dec 06Reprinted with permission from Strategic Forecasting, Inc., www.stratfor.com. The Iranian PositionBy Reva Bhalla The Iraq Study Group (ISG) has issued its long-awaited -- and by now, much-criticized -- report to the White House, and has met with a lukewarm reception. President George W. Bush is now seeking input from a cadre of other agencies and officials as he attempts to formulate a new Iraq strategy, which will be announced in January 2007. Presumably, the perspectives and ideas being gathered from the Pentagon, the State Department and others will be placed alongside the ISG's...
  • Pak says no threat of US attacks to hunt Osama

    05/29/2006 6:49:30 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 2 replies · 298+ views
    Kerala.com ^ | Posted on 29 May, 2006
    Islamabad: Dismissing reports that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was hiding in its northwestern province, Pakistan has said there was no threat of US-led coalition forces launching attacks to hunt the fugitive. "There is no such threat," Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao told reporters in Peshawar while ruling out the chances of coalition forces resorting to attacks to apprehend Osama. He said reports that Osama was spotted in Upper Dir in the NWFP province was mere speculation.
  • Looking Back at Iraq

    05/29/2006 1:36:07 PM PDT · by GodfearingTexan · 23 replies · 479+ views
    Naitonal Review Online ^ | May 26, 2006 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There may be a lot to regret about the past policy of the United States in the Middle East, but the removal of Saddam Hussein and the effort to birth democracy in his place is surely not one of them. And we should remember that this Memorial Day. Whatever our righteous anger at Khomeinist Iran, it was wrong, well aside from the arms-for-hostages scandal, to provide even a modicum of aid to Saddam Hussein, the great butcher of his own, during the Iran-Iraq war. Inviting the fascist Baathist government of Syria into the allied coalition of the first Gulf War...
  • Why Iran Wants War--Ahmadinejad & Co. starring in Armageddon

    05/28/2006 9:41:57 PM PDT · by Ranald S. MacKenzie · 19 replies · 2,527+ views
    NewsCentralAsia ^ | May 20, 2006 | Slater Bakhtavar
    Why Iran wants War? --- Ahmadinejad & Co. starring in Armageddon "The Iranian nation will wipe the strain of regret on the foreheads of those who want to bring about injustice", President Ahmadinejad scorned at a recent rally in the province of Zanjan. Iran "will cut off the hands of any aggressor", any attack would be met with a response that is double-fold including suicide attacks across Europe and the United States, he warned. "Israel should be wiped off the map", the predominately Jewish nation "cannot survive" and is headed "towards extinction" quipped the fanatical President. If one were to...
  • Springtime for Killing in Afghanistan

    05/28/2006 6:59:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 591+ views
    NATO ^ | May 28, 2006 | ERIC SCHMITT
    TO most Americans, Afghanistan has been a war of great clarity, the opposite of the war in Iraq with all its troubles and cloudy origins. Attacking in a moment of unified anger, with global allies beside it, the United States had a clear mission: respond to an assault on American soil by driving Al Qaeda fighters from their bases in a country undeniably tied to the terrorism of Sept. 11, 2001. Victory over the Taliban government was swift, and the aftermath gratifying: Afghans welcomed American troops and aid workers, and seemed to settle into a pattern, however fitful and difficult,...
  • Bin Laden not in Pakistan: Sherpao

    05/28/2006 5:20:16 PM PDT · by Dog · 36 replies · 927+ views
    dailytimes.com ^ | May 29, 2006 | By Javed Afridi
    * Interior minister rules out operation in Upper Dir * Asks Afghan leaders to mind their own business, put own house in order PESHAWAR: Federal Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao on Sunday ruled out Upper Dir becoming the next battleground in the search for Osama Bin Laden and his associates following a report by an American television channel claiming the Al Qaeda chief’s presence in Pakistan. “There is no iota of truth in the news report depicting the presence of Bin Laden in NWFP. The residents of the area need not to be worried by such baseless reports,” the interior minister...
  • Russia Opposes Use of Force Against Iran

    05/28/2006 2:38:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies · 548+ views
    AP ^ | May. 28, 2006 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    The chief of Russia's security council said Sunday that Russia opposes any use of force against Iran over its controversial nuclear program, the Iranian state-run television reported. "Unlike the U.S., Russia believes Iran's nuclear program needs to be resolved only through dialogue. Any use of force will further complicate the issue and will cause tension in the region," Igor Ivanov was quoted as saying by the station. Ivanov made the comments during a meeting with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani. Ivanov arrived in Tehran late Saturday to discuss Iran's contentious nuclear program, including incentives to be offered as a...
  • An American's Hoop Dream In Iran [CBS reporter spins for Iranian Defense Ministry ala CNN-Iraq]

    05/27/2006 6:09:01 PM PDT · by sully777 · 7 replies · 583+ views
    CBS-TV ^ | May 26, 2006 | Elizabeth Palmer
    Subtitle: Andre Pitts Finds Success With An Iranian Basketball Team TEHRAN, (CBS) Sitting on a black leather sofa in his sparsely furnished North Tehran apartment, Andre Pitts speaks with a yearning for home. "I'm from America and I love my country." he says. "I miss my friends." Most of all, Pitts misses his wife and young daughter. "I'm scared of one thing: That I go home and she doesn’t recognize me," he says. "That would kill me. I am doing all this basically for her — to help better her life." Pitts is the American star of a champion Iranian...
  • The Persian Complex

    05/26/2006 11:13:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 633+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 25, 2006 | ABBAS AMANAT
    IT is easy to label Iran's quest for nuclear energy a dangerous adventure with grave regional and international repercussions. It is also comforting to heap scorn on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his earlier denial of the Holocaust and his odious call for the obliteration of the state of Israel. The rambling intransigence expressed in his recent letter to President Bush offers ample insight into this twisted mindset. Yet there is something deeper in Iran's story than the extremist utterances of a messianic president and the calculated maneuvering of the hard-line clerical leadership that stands behind him. We tend to forget...
  • Neutralizing Tehran

    05/26/2006 7:02:17 PM PDT · by familyop · 6 replies · 514+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 26MAY06 | Investor's Business Daily
    After all, the European Union has shown no willingness to get tough with Iran's rogue leaders. Last week, after meetings of the "six world powers," the EU offered, in the words of a Reuters dispatch, to "drop the automatic threat of military action if Iran remains defiant." Ponder that for a moment. The EU says it will, in essence, do nothing, no matter what — other than, perhaps, put some feeble sanctions in place.
  • Growing in India: Food for the world

    05/26/2006 6:33:32 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies · 696+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2006 | Anand Giridharadas
    JALLOWAL, India Within days, the monsoon will arrive in India. If generous, it will lend another year of survival to hundreds of millions of villagers. ...But now a country that long struggled to feed itself is making preparations to feed the world. Multinational companies from Wal-Mart to Rothschild Group to PepsiCo are wagering that India could parlay its tropical climate and the latent energies of hundreds of millions of farm dwellers into a position as an agribusiness powerhouse, exporting fruits and vegetables, spices, flowers, wine, ice cream, poultry, shrimp, fish and even pasta. "To my mind, this opportunity of agriculture...
  • Government forces kill six in north-west Iran riots

    05/26/2006 4:53:23 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 5 replies · 283+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | 5/26/06 | Iran Focus
    Orumieh, Iran, May 26 – At least six anti-government protestors were killed by security forces during clashes late Thursday in the north-western town of Naqadeh, according to dissidents. The incident occurred as more than 1,000 Iranian Azeris took part in a rally outside the governor’s office. Angry protestors torched both the governor’s office and the local office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. In the course of clashes between protestors and security forces, at least six people were killed and dozens injured. The deaths brought to at least nine the number of protestors killed by government forces since...
  • Iranian-backed militia groups take control of much of southern Iraq

    05/26/2006 4:25:27 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 35 replies · 857+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | May 26 2006 | TOM LASSETER
    Southern Iraq, long touted as a peaceful region that's likely to be among the first areas returned to Iraqi control, is now dominated by Shiite Muslim warlords and militiamen who are laying the groundwork for an Islamic fundamentalist government, say senior British and Iraqi officials in the area. The militias appear to be supported by Iranian intelligence or military units that are shipping weapons to the militias in Iraq and providing training for them in Iran. Some British officials believe the Iranians want to hasten the withdrawal of U.S.-backed coalition forces to pave the way for Iran-friendly clerical rule. Iranian...
  • Iran says rejects Iraq talks with U.S. for now [Iran continues to waffle.]

    05/26/2006 12:59:45 PM PDT · by familyop · 4 replies · 259+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | 26MAY06 | Mariam Karouny and Omar al-Ibadi
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iran has ruled out for now proposed talks with the United States over the future of Iraq because of Washington's "negative" attitude, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Friday. "We had decided to have direct talks on the issue of Iraq with Americans," Mottaki, visiting Baghdad, said at a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart, Hoshiyar Zebari. "Unfortunately, the American side tried to use this decision as propaganda and they raised some other issues. They tried to create a negative atmosphere and that's why the decision which was taken for the time being is suspended,"...
  • Iran's F-16 maintenance nightmare

    05/26/2006 12:50:04 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 35 replies · 1,767+ views
    F-16.net ^ | May 26, 2006 | Harold C. Hutchison
    May 26, 2006 (by Harold C. Hutchison) - The threat by Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez selling 21 of Venezuela's F-16 fighters to Iran, has gained press attention. However, this is a threat that is largely empty in terms of potential harm to the United States. The F-16s in question were acquired in 1983 and 1984, and are technically the F-16A/B Block 15 (F-16s currently in service with the US Air Force are F-16C/D Block 50s, with the F-16E/F Block 60 being built for the UAE). The planes in question are twenty years old – and for the F-16, that is...
  • Return of Taleban

    05/26/2006 11:04:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 952+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | 26 May 2006 | AHMED RASHID
    AS UNPRECEDENTED Taleban violence sweeps across southern Afghanistan, four players in the region — Afghanistan, Pakistan, the US and Nato — are locked in a tense standoff rather than cooperating to defeat the terrorists. At stake is the future survival of Afghanistan’s moderate government and stability in Pakistan. To prop up Afghanistan and combat the Taleban, the US and NATO may have to make major concessions to Pakistan’s military regime, but any concessions would anger the Afghans, encourage the extremists and allow the unpopular military to dominate Pakistanís political scene for another five years. More than 200 people were killed...
  • Russia to honour Iran arms deal

    05/26/2006 10:42:31 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 347+ views
    BBC ^ | 26 May 2006
    Russia's defence minister has confirmed that Moscow intends to honour a controversial deal to supply Iran with surface-to-air missiles. The contract for up to 30 missile systems would be fulfilled except in "extraordinary circumstances", Sergei Ivanov said, without elaborating. He stressed that, because of their technical characteristics, the missiles could not be used by terrorist groups. The $700m (Ł380m) deal, signed last year, has been condemned by the US. Washington wants all countries to stop exporting weapons to Iran. Russia insists its short-range Tor-M1 system is purely defensive. "As far as Russia's position is concerned, we strictly abide by all...
  • Iraq Backs Iran on Nuclear Research

    05/26/2006 7:38:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies · 1,043+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5-26-06 | JOHN O'NEIL
    Iraq supports Iran's right to pursue nuclear research, its new foreign minister said today, taking a position at odds with that of the Bush administration. The foreign minister, Hoshiyar Zebari, spoke during a visit to Baghdad by Iran's foreign minister, Manoucher Mottaki, that marked the reconciliation of two countries that fought a long and bloody war two decades ago. According to news service accounts, Mr. Zebari said that Iraq does not want "any of our neighbors to have weapons of mass destruction." But he also confirmed "the right of the republic of Iran and the right of any other state...
  • 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 enemy.by 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
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    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
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    Top News Story Iranian.ws End of Islam in Iran Near? Iranian.ws: 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
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    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
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    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
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    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...