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Israeli Air Force chief: We are ready to deal with Iran

November 19, 2008

“We are ready to do whatever is demanded of us” in order to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, IAF commander Maj. -Gen. Ido Nehushtan told German magazine Der Spiegel in an interview published Tuesday.

Nehushtan told the magazine that whether a military strike is eventually decided upon is a political question and not an issue of Israel’s military capabilities.A strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities “is a political decision,” the IAF commander said, “but if I understand it correctly, all options are on the table… The Air Force is a very robust and flexible force. We are ready to do whatever is demanded of us.”

From the Jerusalem Post

Above: Brig.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan, commander of the Israeli Air Force.

When asked by the paper whether the Israeli military was able to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities, which are spread around the country and partly located underground, Nehushtan said, “Please understand that I do not want to get into details. I can only say this: It is not a technical or logistical question.”

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Iran warns U.S. military after Obama win

November 5, 2008

Iran warned U.S. forces in Iraq on Wednesday that it would respond to any violation of Iranian airspace, a message analysts said seemed directed at the new U.S. president-elect more than neighboring American troops.


The Iranian army statement, reported by state radio, came after a cross-border raid last month by U.S. forces into Syria, a move that was condemned by Damascus and Tehran.

But an Iranian politician said the timing suggested it was directed at Barack Obama, who won Tuesday’s U.S. vote, more than the U.S. military, and might reflect concern by hardliners in Iran who thrived on confrontation with Washington.

Obama has said he would toughen sanctions on Iran but has also held out the possibility of direct talks to resolve rows, which include a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

A U.S. Army Apache helicopter flies during a mission in Baquba, ... 
A U.S. Army Apache helicopter flies during a mission in Baquba, in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, November 4, 2008.(Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

“Recently it has been seen that American army helicopters were flying a small distance from Iraq’s border with Iran and, because of the closeness to the border, the danger of them violating Iran’s border is possible,” state radio reported.

Iran’s armed forces will respond to any violation,” radio said, citing a statement from Iran’s army headquarters.

Washington, which has not had diplomatic ties with Tehran since 1980, has accused Iran of funding, equipping and training militants in Iraq. Iran denies this and says security problems are due to the presence of U.S. troops who should quit Iraq.

“This is a clear message to the American president-elect because radicals are not very happy that Obama has been elected,” said the Iranian politician.

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US strikes Somali town, targets al-Qaida

March 3, 2008
By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military attacked a “known al-Qaida terrorist” in southern Somalia, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.

Spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters that the attack was launched on Sunday, local time, but he declined to provide any details, including whether the targeted individual was hit or whether there were any other casualties.

Whitman also would not identify or further describe the targeted individual or say how the attack was carried out.

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General: Israel Can Destroy Or Cripple Iran’s Nuke Program

November 1, 2007

RTTNews) – A senior Israeli Defense Officer has said that Israel has the capability to destroy or cripple Iran’s nuclear program.

The unnamed brigadier-general who spoke to a few Jewish journalists in Toronto on October 22 had his remarks posted on the Canadian Jewish News Web site.

The general said, “Delay can also be helpful. We have to be prepared for any eventuality”. The general also said that striking Iran’s nuclear facilities would not be easy, since its facilities are widely scattered and buried deep underground, the report said.

The general also said that though the UN sanctions had had “some positive effects,” it has not deterred Iran from pursuing nuclear capabilities.

Israeli Air Strike on Syria: Israel, U.S. Shared Data On Suspected Nuclear Site

September 21, 2007

By Glenn Kessler and Robin Wright

Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, September 21, 2007; Page A01

Israel’s decision to attack Syria on Sept. 6, bombing a suspected nuclear site set up in apparent collaboration with North Korea, came after Israel shared intelligence with President Bush this summer indicating that North Korean nuclear personnel were in Syria, U.S. government sources said.

The Bush administration has not commented on the Israeli raid or the underlying intelligence. Although the administration was deeply troubled by Israel’s assertion that North Korea was assisting the nuclear ambitions of a country closely linked with Iran, sources said, the White House opted against an immediate response because of concerns it would undermine long-running negotiations aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

Ultimately, however, the United States is believed to have provided Israel with some corroboration of the original intelligence before Israel proceeded with the raid, which hit the Syrian facility in the dead of night to minimize possible casualties, the sources said.

Israel Tested Iran War Plan Says American Diplomat

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Iran to use “all means” to defend itself if attacked

September 19, 2007

TEHRAN (Reuters) – 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.”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday comments by French government officials talking about the possibility of war over Iran’s nuclear programme were intended for the media and should not be taken seriously.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


Rice swipes at IAEA, urges bold action on Iran

Adm. Fallon presses case against Iran

U.S. watches Syria, Israel after air strike

U.S. watches Syria, Israel after air strike

September 18, 2007

By Bill Gertz
The Washington Times
September 18, 2007

U.S. intelligence agencies have stepped up monitoring of Syria and Israel for signs of a new military confrontation after a recent Israeli air strike inside Syria, Bush administration officials said yesterday.

Israeli military forces remain on alert but not as ready as shortly after the night raid Sept. 6 into northern Syria, said defense and security officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The air strike was followed by press reports that the raid was carried out against a secret Syria-North Korea nuclear facility.

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N. Korea denies nuclear ties with Syria

September 18, 2007

By JAE-SOON CHANG, Associated Press Writer

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea strongly denied Tuesday that it has provided Syria with secret nuclear cooperation, claiming the charge was fabricated to block progress in the North’s relations with the United States.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the country has upheld a pledge made last October, when it conducted its first-ever nuclear test, that it would be “a responsible nuclear weapons state” and not transfer any nuclear material out of the country.

The North “never makes an empty talk but always tells truth,” the ministry said in the statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

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Muhammad’s Dispatch from Tribal Areas, Pakistan, Thursday, July 26, 2007

July 26, 2007

Note from Peace and Freedom: We have known Muhammad, a professional journalist working in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan, for some time now. Yesterday we paid tribute to him, first among many who participate in our work for Human Rights and justice. Below you shall find his daily dispatch to us, as always, written in the form of a letter to Mr. John E. Carey.

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir, Oh Sir!

Today I am really short of words to explain what is in my heart. Your kind words have really given immence pleasure and happiness. I shall repeat my words you are great. It is due to your kind cooperation that now the terrorists in the tribal areas are on the receiving end. The defeat of terrorism in the tribal areas will certainly have positive impact on war on terrorism in other parts of the world.

Though the situation in the tribal areas is still critical, but now I think the some tengible steps are being taken by the government of Pakistan. I firmly believe if Pakistan sincerely desires to eliminate terrorism then there will be no terrorism in Afghanistan and other parts of the world. Now the situation has been changing to the better.

There is still reports of violence in parts of Pakistan. I think this is the last desperate moves of the terrorists. According to report, at least nine people were killed and 41 others, including seven policemen, were injured when five rockets, fired by militants, hit heavily-populated parts of the city in early hours of Wednesday, officials and residents of the area said. At least five rockets, fired from different locations, hit two houses and a bookshop in the heart of the city. Police said that three rockets exploded, while two were defused.

Residents said that most of the casualties were caused by a rocket which fell and exploded in the middle of a crowd which had gathered in the Chai Bazaar area to carry out rescue in the house of Sher Daraz which was earlier hit by another rocket at about 1.30am that did not explode.
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The rocket, which fell in the middle of the crowd, left seven men and a woman dead, and 41 others wounded. “The rescue work was going on when the second rocket landed in the middle of the crowd, causing huge casualties,” said a resident.

The victims, including three students of a nearby madressah, have been identified as Farman, Qasim Khan, Imran, Shakirullah, Hafiz Roohullah, Umar Siddiq Khan, Zainullah and Farzana. The name of one victim could not be ascertained.

Hospital sources said that the condition of five injured men was critical and they had been shifted to Peshawar.

Witnesses said that shortly after the first two rockets, three more rockets landed in residential areas in the middle of the city. Two rockets, one of which failed to explode, hit a house in the Gohakhel locality, while the third landed on the upper storey of Rehmania Kutubkhana, a book shop, destroying it completely. The building immediately caught fire but no loss of life was reported.NWFP Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani, who belongs to Bannu, condemned the attack and announced a compensation of Rs100,000 for each of the dead and Rs50,000 each for the injured. Residents said that fear and tension had gripped the Bannu city, which is situated near the tribal region.

On Wednesday, a religious organisation, Tahaffuz Khatm-i-Nabuwat, took out a procession to protest against the attack. The local leadership of the MMA on Wednesday announced that a strike would be observed in the city on Thursday to condemn the rocket attacks.

Dear Sir, I am really grateful for your kind words about me in your articles.

I prey to God Almighty to give me a chance to serve you further.

You have been great.

Your my brother and friend. Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely.

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas, Pakistan

Defense Officials Testify on al-Qaeda in Pakistan

Defense Officials Testify on al-Qaeda in Pakistan

July 26, 2007

By William Branigin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The United States would be willing to launch a military strike against al-Qaeda in a tribal region in Pakistan if it had the information and opportunity to do so, U.S. defense and intelligence officials told a House panel today.

In testimony about a new National Intelligence Estimate on al-Qaeda, the officials were pressed on what can be done to eliminate what they conceded is a “safe haven” for the terrorist organization in the North Waziristan area of Pakistan, a rugged area that the Islamabad government does not control.

James R. Clapper Jr., undersecretary of defense for intelligence, told a joint hearing of the House Armed Services and Intelligence committees….

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