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Iran Now Said to Have Enough Nuclear Material For Bomb

November 20, 2008

Iran has now produced roughly enough nuclear material to make, with added purification, a single atom bomb, according to nuclear experts analyzing the latest report from global atomic inspectors.

The figures detailing Iran’s progress were contained in a routine update on Wednesday from the International Atomic Energy Agency, which has been conducting inspections of the country’s main nuclear plant at Natanz. The report concluded that as of early this month, Iran had made 630 kilograms, or about 1,390 pounds, of low-enriched uranium.

Several experts said that was enough for a bomb, but they cautioned that the milestone was mostly symbolic, because Iran would have to take additional steps. Not only would it have to breach its international agreements and kick out the inspectors, but it would also have to further purify the fuel and put it into a warhead design — a technical advance that Western experts are unsure Iran has yet achieved.

“They clearly have enough material for a bomb,” said Richard L. Garwin, a top nuclear physicist who helped invent the hydrogen bomb and has advised Washington for decades. “They know how to do the enrichment. Whether they know how to design a bomb, well, that’s another matter.”

Iranian Shahab-2 (L) and Shahab-3 missiles stand on display ... 
Iranian Shahab-2 (L) and Shahab-3 missiles stand on display in front of a large portrait of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a square in south Tehran in September 2008. Many experts believe Iran now has enough nuclear material for at least one bomb and has delivery options with missiles.(AFP/File/Atta Kenare)

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US military: 10 militants killed in Afghan raids

November 16, 2008

A raid by U.S. coalition troops in eastern Afghanistan killed five al-Qaida associated fighters and detained eight others, including a militant leader, the U.S. military said in a statement Sunday. Two U.S. troops were wounded in a suicide attack in the west.

Another five insurgents were killed in a firefight in a southern province, said the U.S. military, which has vowed to keep up attacks throughout the winter to keep pressure on insurgents trying to overthrow Afghanistan‘s pro-Western government.

The detained al-Qaida associated militant leader is accused of assisting the Taliban with the movement and training of Arab and other foreign fighters into Afghanistan, the coalition statement said, without identifying him.

The troops made the raid in Paktia’s province Zurmat district Saturday. Five armed militants were killed and eight detained, the coalition said.

Afghan police officers look at the wreckage of a car used by ... 
Afghan police officers look at the wreckage of a car used by a suicide bomber in the western city of Herat November 16, 2008. Two U.S. soldiers were wounded in a suicide car-bomb attack on their convoy in the western city of Herat, a U.S. military spokesman said.REUTERS/Mohammad Shoaib (AFGHANISTAN)

Violence by various insurgent groups has spiked this year to the highest level since a U.S.-led coalition ousted the Taliban’s hard-line Islamist regime in 2001 for sheltering Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders.

Attacks are up 30 percent from 2007, military officials say. More than 5,400 people — mostly militants — have died in insurgency-related violence this year in Afghanistan, according to a tally by The Associated Press of figures provided by Afghan and international officials.

A suicide car bomber, meanwhile, struck a U.S. convoy in the western Herat province on Sunday, wounding two troops and damaging two of their vehicles, said Col. Greg Julian, the spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

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Israeli Defense Official: “We Won’t Allow Iran to Go Nuclear”

November 15, 2008

Israel will not tolerate a nuclear Iran, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, the head of the Defense Ministry’s Diplomatic-Security Bureau, has stressed to The Jerusalem Post in an unusually hard-hitting interview.

For now, Israel is backing diplomatic and economic efforts to thwart the Iranians, Gilad added, but it doubts these will work and it is keeping all options open.

By David Horovitz
Jerusalem Post 

Asked about the complexities of any resort to military action, particularly since Iran has built its facilities to withstand a repeat of the IAF’s 1981 destruction of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor at Osirak, Gilad replied, tellingly, that domestic critics 27 years ago said the Osirak raid “couldn’t be done. And the fact is, it succeeded.”

“Iran is a country with smart people that have capabilities,” he noted. “It really would be a considerable challenge. Come the day, if and when this or that option is adopted, what will matter is the outcome.”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, seen here in September ... 
Iran’s President Ahmadinejad.
(AFP/Getty Images/File/Jeff Zelevansky)

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Russia’s Medvedev urges vigilance after bomb blast

November 7, 2008

Russia faces a lingering terrorist threat and cannot drop its guard, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday, a day after a suspected suicide bombing killed 12 people.

By Denis Dyomkin, Reuters

Security officials said they suspected a woman had blown herself up in Thursday’s blast at a bus stop in Vladikavkaz, a city in Russia’s North Caucasus region where Moscow has been struggling to contain a wave of violence.

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev arrives for his annual state ... 
Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev arrives for his annual state of the nation address in the Kremlin in Moscow, November 5, 2008.(RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Dmitry Astakhov/Reuters)

“This event shows that the terrorist threat in our country remains. It is no time to relax,” Medvedev said at a meeting with senior law enforcement officials in St Petersburg.

“Even though active terrorist attacks in our country have been suppressed, the conditions for these kinds of crime exist.”

Alexei Malashenko, a security analyst at the Moscow Carnegie Center, said the use of a female suicide bomber could point to militant Islamists who have not used the tactic on this scale since a spate of deadly attacks that culminated in the 2004 Beslan school siege, in which more than 300 people were killed.

In a separate explosion on Friday in Ingushetia, also part of the North Caucasus region, a police officer with the organized crime unit died after a bomb went off under his car as he opened the door, Interfax news agency reported.

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Pakistan: Bomb Kills Tribal Elders Meeting to Take on Taliban, al-Qaeda

November 6, 2008

A bomb has killed at least nine people and wounded nearly 40 at a gathering of tribal elders in the Pakistani tribal area of Bajaur, hospital staff say.

The bomb went off when the tribal elders were gathering to draw up a plan to drive militants out of their area as part of a government anti-Taleban plan.




Bajaur is a crucial hub for insurgents, with access routes to Afghanistan and the rest of Pakistan.

Hospital staff say they expect the number of casualties to increase.

Officials say that the bomb – detonated by remote control – targeted members of the Salarzai tribe as they were discussing ways to evict the Taleban from their area. They say that a senior tribal elder, Sazlal Karim, was among the dead.

Targeting elders

In a separate incident on Thursday, officials said that at least four suspected militants were killed in aerial bombing by Pakistani jets in Bajaur.

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KHAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed 10 people and wounded 30 when he blew himself up at a meeting of ethnic Pashtun tribal leaders in northwest Pakistan‘s Bajaur area on the Afghan border on Thursday, government officials said.

Pakistani security forces are fighting Islamist al Qaeda and Taliban militants in Bajaur and authorities are encouraging tribesmen to raise militias to force militants from the region.

The bombing took place as about 200 men of the pro-government Salarzai tribe gathered in Batmalai village, 20 km (12 miles) north of Khar, for a jirga, or tribal council, to draw up a plan to drive militants out of their area, the officials said.

“The bomber walked up to the jirga and set off explosives strapped to his body. Ten people were killed,” a senior government official in Khar, the main town in the region, told Reuters by telephone.

Another government official, Jameel Khan, said 30 people were wounded in the blast.

Pakistani troops patrol in the troubled Bajaur region in September ... 
Pakistani troops patrol in the troubled Bajaur region in September 2008. Ten people were killed and 45 injured when a suspected suicide bomber blew himself up at a gathering of tribesmen in Bajaur — a Pakistani region known as a Taliban safe haven.(AFP/File/Aamir Qureshi)

Tribal elder Kamal Khan said: “We don’t know how and when he got there. We just heard a blast and then people started running here and there.”


It was the second attack on a tribal council meeting in less than a month and the latest attack in an intensifying campaign by militants that has raised fears for Pakistan, a nuclear-armed U.S. ally which is also struggling with an economic crisis.

A suicide car bomber attacked a meeting in the Orakzai region, south of Bajaur, on October 10 killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 100.

Tribal elder Kamal Khan said their drive against the militants would go on.

“This bombing won’t deter us but will make us more committed to drive out the miscreants,” he said.

The military says more than 1,500 militants have been killed in fighting in Bajaur since August. There is no independent verification of the military’s casualty estimate.

Separately, authorities released a Taliban militant commander and three of his comrades in exchange for the release of 10 soldiers abducted by militants near the northwestern town of Hangu, a government official said.

In another incident, militants fired five rockets at the airport in the main northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday night but there were no casualties, police said.

Three of the rockets fell on empty land near the airport. The other two landed inside the airport perimeter but caused no damage, they said.

(Additional reporting by Mian Saeed-ur-Rehman; Writing by Zeeshan Haider; Editing by Robert Birsel and Paul Tait)


Deadly blasts rock Indian state

October 30, 2008

At least 64 people have been killed in a series of bomb explosions in India’s north-eastern state of Assam, the police say.

By Subir Bhaumik
BBC News, Calcutta
More than 160 others were injured in at least 18 blasts, the majority of them in the state capital, Guwahati.

The separatist United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) denied any role in the blasts and blamed Indian “occupation forces” for engineering them.

Security forces have been fighting separatist rebels in Assam for decades.

The explosions in Guwahati and the towns of Kokrajhar, Barpeta Road and Bongaigaon occurred within an hour after 1100 local time (0530 GMT).

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North Korea bans UN staff from nuke complex

October 9, 2008

By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press Writer

VIENNA, Austria – Diplomats say that North Korea has made all of its Yongbyon nuclear facilities off limits to international inspectors.

The diplomats say the North’s decision was made recently but declined to offer details. The diplomats demanded anonymity Thursday because their information was confidential.

The reported move expands the area that the International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors are no longer allowed to monitor.

Pyongyang already barred agency personnel from its plutonium reprocessing facility at Yongbyon last month, when it made good on threats to restart its weapons-producing atomic program.

Blasts push Pakistan toward new policy

March 11, 2008
By ASIF SHAHZAD, Associated Press Writer

LAHORE, Pakistan – The spread of terrorism across Pakistan Tuesday from its unruly tribal regions to the cultural capital of Lahore has added to pressure to rethink its U.S.-allied president’s approach to countering al-Qaida and the Taliban as a new government prepares to take office.

After two deadly suicide bombings in this normally peaceful eastern city, pressure grew for more dialogue with militants and less punitive military action, which President Pervez Musharraf‘s opponents say has only fueled the violence.

A Pakistani firefighter shouts in front of burning vehicles ...
A Pakistani firefighter shouts in front of burning vehicles after the bomb explosion beside the badly damaged building of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Lahore. Suicide attackers detonated two huge truck bombs in Pakistan Tuesday, killing 26 people, partly demolishing a police building and deepening a security crisis facing the new government.(AFP/Sameed Qureshi)

At least 24 people were killed and more than 200 wounded Tuesday when massive explosions ripped through a police headquarters and a business located near a house belonging to the widower of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

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Pakistan: Explosion in Lahore; Aussies Cancel Cricket Tour

March 11, 2008

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) – Police in Pakistan say an explosion has hit an office of the federal police in the eastern city of Lahore. State media are reporting that several people have been wounded.

A wounded man is treated at a hospital in Peshawar, after a ... 

City police official Mohammed Khalid says the blast hit an office of the Federal Investigation Agency in downtown Lahore on Tuesday. He says it remains unclear what caused the explosion.

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Australia Cancels Cricket Trip to Pakistan

By Shahid Hashmi

KARACHI (AFP) – Australia have scrapped their upcoming cricket tour to Pakistan over security fears, their cricket boards said in a statement Tuesday, after bombs killed 20 people in the eastern city of Lahore.

“I  can confirm they have conveyed to us that they have cancelled the tour. We are disappointed and we are issuing a policy statement soon,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating officer Shafqat Nagmi told AFP.

The tour was due to begin on March 29 and Lahore was one of the venues where Australia were due to play.

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Violence Continues in Pakistan Before Elections

February 16, 2008
By Muhammad Khurshid
Voice for Peace
February 16, 2008
Terrorists have carried out yet another suicide attack in tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border just two days before election killing scores of people. The attack has created great terror and fear among the people. Some of the people expressed the fear that terrorists may carry out more attacks.The interior ministry confirmed that at least 37 people were killed in Parachinar suicide blast Saturday outside an election office of an independent candidate backed by PPP.

“The death toll is now 37,” interior ministry spokesman Brigadier Javed Cheema said after the attack in the northwestern tribal town of Parachinar, bordering Afghanistan.

The ministry confirmed that the blast was suicide attack.

“Twenty-one people died and 93 were injured. It’s a very severe emergency, a lot of the wounded are in a critical condition,” a doctor at the main hospital in Parachinar was quoted as saying earlier.

A correspondent of an international news agency present at the hospital said he had counted at least 21 dead bodies.

Talking to media, a security official earlier said that a suicide bomber attacked a Pakistan People’s Party meeting outside the party office in Parachinar.

“A man with long hair drove a car into the crowd and blew himself up,” a witness added.

Another security official said the blast happened outside the office of local PPP candidate Riaz Hussain in Parachinar, the main town in the Kurram tribal region.

In a separate incident in the nearby Bajaur tribal area militants blew up a polling station with a timebomb, police said.

According to the initial reports, the bomb was believed to have been rigged to a car, which was parked outside the election office near Eidgah.

Talking to media, Riyaz Hussain Shah said that he is safe. At the time of blast, he was present in the office.

Parachinar political administration said the relief operation is in progress and the injured are being shifted to the hospital.

According to reports from Swat, several people were injured in a powerful bomb blast in Saidu Sharif. Condition of several injured persons is critical.

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