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  • Russian S-300 anti-air weapon already delivered to Iran - Despite the efforts of US and Israeli leaders, Moscow has begun delivering the highly sophisticated medium-range air defense S-300 system to Iran for securing its nuclear and strategic sites against potential attack.
    Source: DebkaFile [18th Dec 2008]
  • Ahmadinejad Offers Obama Landmark Congratulations - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday congratulated Barack Obama on his election win -- the first time an Iranian leader has offered such wishes to a U.S. president-elect since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
    Source: Fox News [7th Nov 2008]
  • US military, economic policies the real threat: Ahmadinejad - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday accused the United States of encircling his country, and said Washington was the real threat to world stability.Ahead of a speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Iranian leader defended his confrontational stand against the West and Israel."I'd like to ask you, is it the Iranian (army) that's around the territories around the country, or is it the US troops that are around?" he asked during an interview on National Public Radio.
    Source: AFP [24th Sep 2008]
  • Myth of Iran wiping Israel off the map dispelled - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is due to address the UN General Assembly in New York on September 23. In an exclusive Press TV interview with the president on his message for the world, he also sheds light on several controversial issues.
    Source: PressTV [19th Sep 2008]
  • Largest Naval Deployment Since 1991 Heads For Persian Gulf - The largest naval deployment since 1991 is unfolding as no less than three U.S. warships make their way towards the Persian Gulf in what observers are calling an "unprecedented" build-up, while Kuwait has activated its highest war alert in anticipation of a potential attack on Iran. According to reports, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the USS Ronald Reagan, and the USS Iwo Jima are steaming towards Middle East waters to reinforce the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS Peleliu which are already in the region.
    Source: Prison Planet [12th Aug 2008]
  • Preparing the Battlefield - The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran. - Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program.
    Source: The New Yorker [30th Jun 2008]
  • Israeli source says IAF drill a 'dress rehearsal' for attack on Iran - An Israeli political official familiar with a reported long-range mission designed to prepare for a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, held early this month, has said that the Iranians should “read the writing on the wall.  "This was a dress rehearsal, and the Iranians should read the script before they continue with their program for nuclear weapons. If diplomacy does not yield results, Israel will take military steps to halt Tehran’s production of bomb-grade uranium," the source told The Times. (Ynet)
    Source: Ynet News [21st Jun 2008]
  • Clinton on an Iran Attack: 'Obliterate Them' - Clinton further displayed tough talk in an interview airing on "Good Morning America" Tuesday. ABC News' Chris Cuomo asked Clinton what she would do if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons. "I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran," Clinton said. "In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them."
    Source: ABC News [22nd Apr 2008]
  • 6 Signs the U.S. May Be Headed for War in Iran - Is the United States moving toward military action with Iran? The resignation of the top U.S. military commander for the Middle East is setting off alarms that the Bush administration is intent on using military force to stop Iran's moves toward gaining nuclear weapons. In announcing his sudden resignation last week following a report on his views in Esquire , Adm. William Fallon didn't directly deny that he differs with President Bush over at least some aspects of the president's policy on Iran. For his part, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said it is "ridiculous" to think that the departure of Fallon - whose Central Command has been working on contingency plans for strikes on Iran as well as overseeing Iraq - signals that the United States is planning to go to war with Iran.
    Source: US News [19th Mar 2008]
  • Mischievous 'Filipino Monkey' could have triggered latest US-Iran row - A heckling radio ham known as the Filipino Monkey, who has spent years pestering ships in the Persian Gulf, is being blamed today for sparking a major diplomatic row after American warships almost attacked Iranian patrol boats.
    Source: The Guardian [14th Jan 2008]
  • Pentagon Says Ships Harassed by Iran - In what U.S. officials called a serious provocation, Iranian boats harassed and provoked three U.S. Navy ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, threatening to explode the American vessels.
    Source: SF Gate [7th Jan 2008]
  • Ex-CIA official: Israel will attack Iran on its own - "I came back from a trip to Israel in November convinced that Israel would attack Iran," Bruce Riedel, a former CIA official and senior adviser to three US presidents, George W. Bush among them, told the American Newsweek magazine in an article published Friday.
    Source: The Jerusalem Post [29th Dec 2007]
  • Russia will supply new anti-aircraft missiles for Iran - Russia is to supply Iran with a new and lethal anti-aircraft system capable of shooting down American or Israeli fighter jets in the event of any strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.
    Source: The Guardian [27th Dec 2007]
  • It Turns Out Ahmadinejad Was the Truthful One - Bush is either a liar or out to lunch on the most important issue he faces.
    Source: AlterNet [13th Dec 2007]
  • The Flaws In the Iran Report - Rarely has a document from the supposedly hidden world of intelligence had such an impact as the National Intelligence Estimate released this week. Rarely has an administration been so unprepared for such an event. And rarely have vehement critics of the "intelligence community" on issues such as Iraq 's weapons of mass destruction reversed themselves so quickly.
    Source: The Washington Post [7th Dec 2007]
  • Iran says ready to act if attacked - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday Iran was ready to respond if attacked, but played down the prospect of war with the United States.
    Source: Reuters [18th Nov 2007]
  • Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail strike out Iran - Yahoo! and Microsoft have removed Iran from the country lists of their webmail services as stronger US sanctions against the Islamic republic begin to bite.
    Source: The Register [8th Nov 2007]
  • Bomb Iran, majority of Americans says in new poll - Despite President Bush's perpetually abysmal approval ratings, it appears his increasingly hostile rhetoric against Iran has drummed up enough fear of a "nuclear holocaust" or a World War III that a majority of Americans are in favor of a US strike against the country aimed a curtailing its apparent nuclear ambitions, a new poll shows.
    Source: The Raw Story/Zogby poll [31st Oct 2007]
  • Bomb Iran? U.S. Requests Bunker-Buster Bombs - Tucked inside the White House's $196 billion emergency funding request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is an item that has some people wondering whether the administration is preparing for military action against Iran. The item: $88 million to modify B-2 stealth bombers so they can carry a newly developed 30,000-pound bomb called the massive ordnance penetrator, or, in military-speak, the MOP.
    Source: ABC News [28th Oct 2007]
  • Strike on Iran Would Roil Oil Markets, Experts Say - A U.S. military strike against Iran would have dire consequences in petroleum markets, say a variety of oil industry experts, many of whom think the prospect of pandemonium in those markets makes U.S. military action unlikely despite escalating economic sanctions imposed by the Bush administration.
    Source: Washington Post [26th Oct 2007]
  • Putin warns US against attacking Iran - Russian leader Vladimir Putin met his Iranian counterpart Tuesday and implicitly warned the U.S. not to use a former Soviet republic to stage an attack on Iran . He also said countries bordering the Caspian Sea must jointly back any oil pipeline projects in the region.
    Source: Yahoo [16th Oct 2007]
  • Silence in Syria, Panic in Iran - On September 6, Israeli Air Force F-15 and F-16s conducted a devastating attack on targets deep inside Syria near the city of Dayr az-Zawr. Israel's military censors have muzzled the Israeli media, enforcing an extraordinary silence about the identity of the targets. Massive speculation in the world press has followed, such as Brett Stephens' Osirak II? in yesterday's (9/18) Wall St. Journal . Stephens and most everyone else have missed the real story. It is not Israel's silence that "speaks volumes" as he claims, but Syria's. Why would the Syrian government be so tight-lipped about an act of war perpetrated on their soil?
    Source: To The Point News [11th Oct 2007]
  • Iran rejects nuclear program talks - Negotiations over Iran's nuclear enrichment activities would be meaningless because the country has a legal right to pursue the technology, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying on Sunday [7th Oct 2007].
    Source: Reuters [8th Oct 2007]
  • I hate all Iranians, US aide tells MPs - British MPs visiting the Pentagon to discuss America's stance on Iran and Iraq were shocked to be told by one of President Bush's senior women officials: "I hate all Iranians."
    Source: Daily Mail [7th Oct 2007]
  • Archbishop attacks neocons over US threat to bomb Iran - Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has criticised the neoconservatives of the Bush administration and accused them of "potentially murderous folly" for suggesting military action against Syria and Iran.
    Source: The Guardian [6th Oct 2007]
  • Iran's parliament votes to label CIA, U.S. Army 'terrorist' groups - The Iranian parliament on Saturday voted to designate the United States' Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army as terrorist organizations, IRNA, the country's state-run news agency, reported.
    Source: CNN [30th Sep 2007]
  • Neocon 'godfather' Norman Podhoretz tells Bush: bomb Iran - One of the founding fathers of neoconservatism has privately urged President George W Bush to bomb Iran rather than allow it to acquire nuclear weapons. Norman Podhoretz, an intellectual guru of the neoconservative movement who has joined Rudolph Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign as a senior foreign policy adviser, held an unpublicised meeting with Bush late last spring at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. The encounter reveals the enduring influence of the neoconservatives at the highest reaches of the White House, despite some high-profile casualties in the past year.
    Source: The Sunday Times [30th Sep 2007]
  • CFR's Hart Suggests False Flag Event For Iran War - Tacit warning to Iranian government suggests staged event may be used to ensure "bombs fall on your head". Council on Foreign Relations member Gary Hart , famed for stating that Americans will die en- mass on home soil this century, and for declaring 48 hours after 9/11 that it should be used "to carry out a new world order", has written a scathing letter to the leaders of Iran clearly warning that the U.S. government has a history of staging provocations in order to initiate conflict with other nations and that Iran could be next.
    Source: InfoWars [27th Sep 2007]
  • Iran closes border with northern Iraq - Iran closed major border crossings with northeastern Iraq on Monday to protest the U.S. detention of an Iranian official the military accused of weapons smuggling, a Kurdish official said.
    Source: Associated Press [24th Sep 2007]
  • Iran's Ahmadinejad: No attack on Israel - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday [24th Sept 07] that Iran would not launch an attack on Israel or any other country, and he does not believe the U.S. is preparing for war against Iran.
    Source: Associated Press [24th Sep 2007]
  • Iran Draws Up Plans to Bomb Israel - The deputy commander of Iran's air force said Wednesday that plans have been drawn up to bomb Israel if the Jewish state attacks Iran, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. The announcement comes amid rising tensions in the region with the United States calling for a new round of U.N. sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program and Israeli planes having recently overflown, and perhaps even attacked, Iranian ally Syria's territory.
    Source: Associated Press [20th Sep 2007]
  • Iran to use "all means" to defend itself if attacked - Iran said on Wednesday it would use "all our means" to defend itself if attacked by the West, three days after France's foreign minister publicly raised the possibility of war over Tehran's disputed nuclear activities. When asked whether Iran would block the Hormuz Strait, the world's most important water way for oil shipments, if attacked, government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham dismissed it as "far- fetched" that anybody would take "this foolish option".
    Source: Reuters [19th Sep 2007]
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