Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Daily Briefing on Iran 3/26/2006

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Saturday, March 25, 2006
  • The Washington Post reported that U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said Iran is publicly professing its support for Iraq's stalemated political process while its military and intelligence services back outlawed militias and insurgent groups.
  • The Voice of America reported that the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, said Washington does not see military action against Iran as an immediate option to force the Iranian regime to scrap its nuclear program.
  • Iran Focus reported that Islamist militiamen affiliated to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps have launched military exercises near the Iraqi border to “deal with possible unrest”.
  • The Foundation for Defense of Democracies reported that the US Treasury Dept. dealt a major blow to Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV designating it as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) entity.
  • The Wall Street Journal in an editorial said that democratic revolutions tend to have iconic figures that become emblems of the suffering of their people and that in Iran; the iconic figure is Akbar Ganji.
  • Eli Lake, The New York Sun reported that a former Democratic senator and 9/11 commissioner says a recently declassified Iraqi account of a 1995 meeting between Osama bin Laden and a senior Iraqi envoy presents a "significant set of facts," and shows a more detailed collaboration between Iraq and Al Qaeda.