Thursday, February 15, 2007

Evidence of Iranian weapons in Iraq

Thursday's Daily Briefing on Iran.
18 Reported Dead in Iran Bus Bombing.
  • Reuters reported that a booby-trapped car blew up a bus owned by the Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, killing 18 people in a border city in southeast Iran where security forces and drug smugglers often clash.
Bolton Hits Agreement as 'Bad Signal' to Iran.
  • Bill Gertz, The Washington Times reported that the deal reached in Beijing on North Korea's nuclear program is being criticized for making too many concessions to the hard-line government that violated a past accord, and gives up key U.S. leverage that blocked illicit financial activities by Pyongyang in the past.
How the West Can Avert War with Iran.
  • Gary J. Schmitt, Reuel Marc Gerecht, AEI considered the question: Do the Europeans really want to prevent a war between the US or Israel and Iran? If they had to choose between curtailing trade with the Islamic republic, or seeing either America or Israel preventatively strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, which would London, Paris and Berlin prefer?
Do not strike Iran without congressional approval: Clinton.
  • The Hindu reported that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton warned President George W Bush not to take any military action against Iran without getting congressional approval first.
Here are three news items you may have missed.
  • Iran Press Service reported that the office of former reformist president of Iran Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Khatami has been “raided” overnight by unidentified people who have taken away all the computers, documents, fax machines and other equipments.
  • Jeffrey White, The Washington Institute reported that the February 11 intelligence briefing in Baghdad revealed specific information about the transfer of weapons and weapons technology to Iranian allies in Iraq. This has furthered an extensive discussion of Iran's role in Iraq, especially as it relates to violence in the region.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. military officials finally laid out detailed evidence on Sunday that Iranian-supplied weapons are killing American soldiers in Iraq. The issue now is the lesson the Bush Administration and the American political establishment draw about dealing with Iran.
Thank you, Doctor Zin and Team, for doing such a wonderful job gathering this news so we could be informed. Have a wonderful day.