Friday, April 13, 2007

Iran in the News

Iran in the News

“Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy in pieces. And in the greatness of Your excellence You have overthrown those who rose against You.” (Exodus 15:6–7a)

1. Tehran believes U.S. attack coming, buying support from terror groups - WorldNetDaily

Tehran and Damascus, which both support Hezbollah, have signed several military pacts. Security officials say state-run Syrian media have been broadcasting regular warlike messages unseen since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, in which Syria and Egypt launched invasions from the Golan and the Sinai desert. "The Iranian weapons are coming in so furiously, there are even indications Syria is worried about Israeli deterrent action against Hezbollah," a security official said.

2. The US says Iran is backing Sunni insurgents in Iraq The US military has claimed publicly for the first time that Shiite Iranian intelligence agents are supporting Sunni extremists who fight against American-led forces in Iraq. Displaying what he said were newly manufactured Iranian weapons found in Baghdad, Major General William Caldwell said US authorities were now aware of Iranian help to the Sunni extremists who lead the anti-American insurgency. "We do have now some information that Iranian intelligence agencies have supported some Sunni extremist groups," the military spokesman said. (Link to original story)

3. Moscow surprised by Iran's air defense drill near Bushehr - diplomat- Interfax

Russia has expressed its surprise to Tehran over air defense range practice fire near the nuclear power plant under construction in Bushehr on April 6, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin told Interfax on Wednesday. "Iran's air defense forces held range practice near the nuclear power plant under construction in Bushehr, without notifying either the Russian embassy in Tehran or the construction project managers," he said.

4. NATO chief says concerned over Iran's missile threat to Europe - Agence France Presse

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Thursday he was concerned by the potential threat of Iranian missiles to Europe. "Iran's efforts to acquire nuclear capabilities create big concerns for the international community. We should not ignore that Iran has tested missile with a range of 1,800 kilometers that can even reach Europe," Scheffer told the German daily Bild.