Thursday, December 01, 2005

Daily Briefing on Iran, Monday, 11/27/2005

Teheran 'Secretly Trains' Chechens to Fight in Russia

Con Coughlin, The Telegraph UK:
Iran is secretly training Chechen rebels in sophisticated terror techniques to enable them to carry out more effective attacks against Russian forces, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

Teams of Chechen fighters are being trained at the Revolutionary Guards' Imam Ali training camp, located close to Tajrish Square in Teheran, according to Western intelligence reports.

In addition to receiving training in the latest terror techniques, the Chechen volunteers undergo ideological and political instruction by hard-line Iranian mullahs at Qom. ..."Just as they have orchestrated attacks against British troops in Basra to pressure Britain to drop its opposition to Iran's nuclear program, so they are trying to put pressure on Moscow by backing Chechen fighters," said a senior intelligence official. READ MORE
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
**Iran Press News reported that the regime’s high tribunal affirmed the sentences of 3 activists.
**Iran Press News reported on the worsening conditions for women including: a cash penalty for improper veiling.
**Iran Press News reported that disabled war veterans protested in front of Ahmadinejad's office.
**The Guardian UK reported on how Ahmadinejad's radicalism is now hurting even his allies.
**Reuters reported that Iranian President Ahmadinejad is in no hurry to nominate a fourth candidate for oil minister.
**Reuters reported that Britain, France and Germany agreed on Sunday to hold talks to see whether there were grounds for resuming formal negotiations.
**Amy Kellogg, FOX News released part six of her reports from inside Iran: Women Worried About Freedoms. Video also available.
**Times of Oman reported that President George W. Bush has asked US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad to reach out to Iran for assistance in subduing the unrest in Iraq.
**Iran Press News reported that Tehran University students protested and threw out the new Mullah President of the university installed by Ahmadinejad. Photos.
**Iran Press News published a statement regarding the installment of a Mullah to presidency of Tehran University.
**CNN News reported that at least five people were killed and five villages largely destroyed when a strong earthquake struck southern Iran.
**And finally, Cox & Forkum published another of their cartoons: As Plain As...