Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Iraqi Lawmaker linked to Iranian terror?

Wednesday's Daily Briefing on Iran.
Lawmaker's links to Iran probed.
  • The Washington Times reported that U.S. officials are investigating reports that an Iraqi lawmaker took part in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. and French embassies in Kuwait and is a conduit for Iranian weapons and supplies smuggled to Shi'ite militias.
Iran accuses US over diplomat kidnapping in Baghdad.
  • The Times Online reported that Iran blamed America for the "terrorist" kidnapping of a Iranian diplomat in Baghdad today.
Blair urges Iran to change its ways, but says no military action planned.
  • The International Herald Tribune reported that Prime Minister Tony Blair told lawmakers Tuesday that no military action is planned against Iran , but that international opinion is hardening against Tehran.
Come to your senses, Emir begs Iran.
  • The Times Online reported that the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Sabah raised fears that the Gulf could be dragged into a new confrontation unless Iran satisfied the world that it was not seeking to build an atomic bomb.
Bringing Ahmadinejad to Justice.
  • reported on an ‘Urgent Appeal’ to bring the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to trial before the newly created International Criminal Court – and for Iran to respond before the UN Security Council.
Can There Be a Liberal Iraq?
  • Bret Stephens, The Wall Street Journal interviewed Mithal al-Alusi the former director general in Iraq 's De-Baathification Commission. In 2004 Mithal al-Alusi attended a counterterrorism conference in Israel . Upon his return to Baghdad he was stripped of his job and threatened with arrest for violating a Baath-era law forbidding contact with the Jewish state.
Here are four news items you may have missed.
  • Amir Taheri, Gulf News interviewed Afghanistan 's Foreign Minister Dr Rangin Dadfar Sepanta and discussed the Taliban's planned spring offensive and Iran and Pakistan 's support of the Taliban.
  • Michael Ledeen, Faster Please reflected on the latest lawyerly dithering by the Bush Administration on how much to tell the American people about Iran’s ongoing war against us and our friends in the Middle East.
  • Richard Miniter, Pajamas Media remembered Jeane Kirkpatrick.
  • Paul Nowak, Town Hall published a cartoon: Ahmadinejad offers to help Iraq.
Thank you, Doctor Zin and Team, for bringing this news. I sure hope they are able to find out about this Iraqi lawmaker! Have a nice day.