Thursday, January 18, 2007

Wanted (in Turkey) Iranian caught in Erbil, Iraq

Thursday's Daily Briefing on Iran.
Iraq: Iranian arrested in Erbil is wanted in Austria.
  • Adnkronos International reported that one of the five Iranians arrested last week by the US army in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil is wanted in Austria in connection with the assassination of Kurdish leader Andol Rahman Ghassemlu in 1989.
Russia completes missile delivery to Iran.
  • Al Jazeera reported that Russia ’s defense minister confirmed that Moscow completed the delivery of TOR-M1 surface-to-air missile defense systems to Iran.
Iran finances regime militias in Syria.
  • MiddleEast Newsline reported Iran has been financing the formation of militias loyal to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Gates arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks on Iran.
  • Reuters reported that U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for unannounced talks with King Abdullah on topics that would include Iran.
  • The Department of Defense published a partial transcript of a press conference by United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
Allies 'Go After' Iran as Beefed-up Naval Force Sails for the Persian Gulf.
  • The Times Online reported that Britain is joining an American military campaign to blunt Iranian influence in Iraq and the Gulf.
Rebuke in Iran to Its President on Nuclear Role.
  • The New York Times reported that Ahmadinejad, appears to be under pressure from the highest authorities in Iran to end his involvement in its nuclear program.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that Mr. Ahmadinejad's visit to Venezuela is the second in four months. "This is just a prelude of what we will do," declared Mr. Chávez, in a televised speech announcing the creation of a joint $2 billion fund to finance development and other projects.
  • reported that a team of U.S. wrestlers received a warm welcome Tuesday in Iran at a time of increasing tensions between the two countries.
  • Arshan10 published a video clip of a brave Iranian woman in the city of Shiraz that couldn't take the constant harassment by the regime's religious enforcers.
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