Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Iran in the News

Iran in the News

"Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; Do not further his wicked scheme, Lest they be exalted." (Psalm 140:8)

1. Iran, Syria agree on defense co-op - Xinhua

Iran and Syria on Monday signed a new protocol on defense cooperation to promote the defense ties between the two countries, local Fars news agency reported.

2. Iran calls the Baghdad regional meeting Saturday a good first step - DEBKA

Both Iran and Syria said Sunday US forces must withdraw from from Iraq because they are fueling the violence. The conference decided on a follow-up at foreign ministers level next month in Istanbul. Over the weekend, DEBKAfiles military sources reveal American air contingents from the United States and Europe continued to land at US Persian Gulf air bases. Iran responded by placing its air defense units on a war footing and deploying Revolutionary Guards special forces units around its nuclear installations.

3. Diplomatic minefields dog Bush in his five- nation Latin American tour - laid jointly by Iran, Venezuela and Hamas - DEBKA

The three-way conspiracy to darken the US presidents tour was put together in Tehran Tuesday, March 6, by Iranian leaders, visiting Venezuelan foreign minister Nicolas Maduro Moros and Hamas hard-line leader Khaled Meshaal, who arrived in Iran for the second time in a month. The Venezuelan government and Hamas plan to ceremonially open a Hamas Office in Caracas, licensed to handle the affairs of the substantial and affluent South American Palestinian colonies.