Saturday, January 13, 2007

Hugo & Friends Part II

Iranian embarks on Latin American tour to forge anti-US ties
Sat. 13 Jan 2007 Iran focus

CARACAS, Jan 13, 2007 (AFP) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is locked in a tense standoff with the United States, embarks on a Latin American tour here Saturday as he arrives for talks with his ideological "brother," Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The trip will also include visits to Ecuador, Bolivia and Nicaragua, countries controlled by governments critical of Washington.

Ahmadinejad has heaped praise on Chavez for his outspoken support of Iran's disputed nuclear program, which the US and European governments say is part of a project to build atomic weapons.

Facing sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council over its uranium enrichment work and the threat of international isolation, Iran is keen to demonstrate it has backing among a number of leftist leaders in Latin America.

Chavez is the most vocal cheerleader in Latin America for Iran and its hardline president, with both men calling each other "brother" and relishing their status as fierce opponents of Washington's influence.

"Hugo is my brother," Ahmadinejad said during his last visit to Venezuela in September, when the two leaders inaugurated a joint oil well. "Hugo is the champion of the fight against imperialism." MORE...


Iran targets Iraqi nationalists
Fri. 13 Oct 2006 Iran Focus

London, Oct. 13 – A prominent Iraqi politician was gunned down along with 10 of his aides on Thursday in a television station in eastern Baghdad by gunmen wearing police uniforms.
Gunmen raided the offices of Shaabiya satellite channel at 7 am local time and killed Abdul-Rahim Nasrallah, the leader of the National Justice and Progress Party (NJPP) and head of the channel’s board of directors, Hassan Kamil, Shaabiya’s executive director said.

Recently-established Shaabiya, which is owned by the NJPP, had in recent weeks begun test broadcasts. Kamil said that the masked gunmen in police uniforms arrived at Shaabiya’s headquarters in Baghdad’s Zayouna District in seven vehicles and killed security guards and staff most of whom were asleep in their beds.

The NJPP is a secular party which has been very vocal against Iranian meddling in Iraq. Its leader Nasrallah was recently interviewed by an Iranian opposition satellite channel in which he condemned Iranian support for sectarian violence and defended the presence of Iran’s main opposition group, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK or PMOI), in Iraq.

The several thousand-strong MeK has been based in Iraq for more than two decades. Women play a prominent role in its leadership and the group’s secretary general is a British-educated woman called Seddigheh Hosseini.

In June, Iraqi media reported that 5.2 million Iraqis had signed a declaration in support of the group’s presence in Iraq. More...

Iran's ex-Revolutionary Guards chief wants back top brass job
Sat. 13 Jan 2007 Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Jan. 13 – The former chief of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) who resigned his position with the hopes of establishing a political has announced that he wants back his former military post, according to a government-run Persian-language website.

As one of only a handful of IRGC commanders to shoulder the rank of Major General, Mohsen Rezai led the elite military force for over a decade before stepping down in 1997.

Rezai told the North Korean ambassador to Iran in May 2006, “The next decade is the decade of the demise of the American empire”. Weeks earlier, he had said that a nuclear Iran would dominate 17 Muslim countries in the Middle East. More....


Top Iran official says U.S. at impasse in Iraq
Sat. 13 Jan 2007 Iran Focus
Tehran, Iran, – A top Iranian official who was once the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) claimed on Friday that the United States had reached an impasse in Iraq and that its new strategy for security there would fail as well.

"All of the U.S.'s plans and plots have reached an impasse and they will continue to reach dead-ends", Brigadier General Mohammad-Baqer Zolqadr said in comments that were carried by the official news agency IRNA.

Referring to the adoption of a resolution by the UN Security Council which imposed sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear non-compliance, Zolqadr said, "The U.S. has miscalculated". More....


This why WE must support President Bush and the troop build up. How one cannot see the war in Iraq and the War on Terror are one in the same is astounding. These above articles show why "WE cannot afford to fail in Iraq"!

The issues and threats we face today, are much larger than just the War in Iraq. Our known enemies are now starting to meet and form alliances. They are coming together for a common cause - Destruction of the United States!

Our enemies do not care if a person is democrat or republican, the only know we are American. The only way we will be successful is to come together as a country, as Americans!


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