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Re: Israeli threats stiffen Iran's resolve

Post by puresourceenergy on Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:06 am

yunowu wrote:By VOA News
08 July 2008
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he does not see a possibility of war between Iran and the United States or Israel.

Mr. Ahmadinejad made the comment Tuesday while in Malaysia for a summit of developing Muslim nations....
http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-07-08-voa24.cfm

Yeah right...I understand why he would not see the possibility of war ... as he provokes with threats about Israel being wiped off the map...or maybe 320,000 graves for Americans..or attacking our ships in the straight of Hormuz..man this guy is an idiot...willing to risk lives of his countrymen on very bad poker bluff ...this is something the U.S. will definately not fold on...moron.

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Iran Tests Missiles Amid Tensions with US, Israel

Post by yunowu on Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:06 am

By VOA News
09 July 2008



Iran has test-fired nine long and medium range missiles, including one officials say is capable of reaching Israel.

The missile launch comes amid increased tensions over Iran's nuclear program.
http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-07-09-voa8.cfm
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23996576-15084,00.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/world/view/20080709-147321/Iran-warns-against-attack-as-G8-demands-nuclear-freeze


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Egypt blasts Iran's 'irresponsible' Sadat film

Post by yunowu on Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:58 pm

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Wednesday strongly condemned an Iranian documentary about the 1981 assassination of president Anwar Sadat, calling such works "irresponsible." "We condemn this film in the strongest possible terms," Abul Gheit told reporters in Cairo, two days after Egypt summoned Tehran's envoy in Cairo to lodge a formal...
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/egypt/?id=26820
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_2352865,00.html

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Israel Expresses Concern Over Iran Missile Test

Post by yunowu on Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:17 pm

By Jim Teeple
Jerusalem
09 July 2008
Israeli officials are expressing concern over Iran's test firing of nine missiles on Wednesday. VOA's Jim Teeple has details from our Jerusalem bureau...

http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-07-09-voa34.cfm

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Debate Intensifies About Possible Military Attack on Iran

Post by yunowu on Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:18 pm

By Meredith Buel
Washington
09 July 2008
There has been wide-ranging debate in Washington and the Middle East recently regarding the possibility of a military attack on Iran's nuclear program. The war of words between the United States, Israel and Iran has escalated and has military and political experts considering the consequences. VOA Correspondent Meredith Buel has more in this background report from Washington.
http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-07-09-voa52.cfm

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US Condemns Latest Iranian Missile Test

Post by yunowu on Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:19 pm

By Stefan Bos
Budapest
09 July 2008
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has condemned Iran for testing a missile that could hit Israel, saying it violates the country's U.N. Security Council obligations. Stefan Bos reports for VOA that Rice made the comments in Bulgaria where she was honored for helping secure the release of six medics who were detained in Libya...
http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-07-09-voa8.cfm

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UPDATE 1-Shekel up 1.1 pct vs dollar, matches 11-1/2-year high

Post by yunowu on Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:34 pm

yunowu wrote:By Jim Teeple
Jerusalem
09 July 2008
Israeli officials are expressing concern over Iran's test firing of nine missiles on Wednesday. VOA's Jim Teeple has details from our Jerusalem bureau...

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JERUSALEM, July 9 (Reuters) - Israel's shekel gained 1.1 percent against the dollar on Wednesday, with the currency completing a three-week rally that brought it back to an 11-1/2-year high.
The shekel's official rate was set at 3.23 per dollar, compared with Tuesday's 3.2660.
[url=http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idINL0942488220080709?rpc=611]http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idINL0942488220080709?rpc=611

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Gates Says Iran's Missile Test Does Not Make War More Likely

Post by yunowu on Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:57 pm

By Al Pessin
Pentagon
09 July 2008
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says Wednesday's Iranian missile tests provide further evidence of the need for a European missile defense system, but he says the tests do not make military confrontation with Iran any more likely. VOA's Al Pessin reports from the Pentagon...

http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-07-09-voa56.cfm

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US to review if Statoil violates Iran sanctions law

Post by yunowu on Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:01 pm

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By David Gollust
State Department
08 July 2008

The United States Tuesday imposed financial sanctions against six Iranian individuals and five companies for alleged ties to the country's nuclear and missile programs. U.S. officials confirm meanwhile that overall trade with Iran has been increasing. VOA's David Gollust reports from the State Department.
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WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department will review Norwegian oil and gas giant StatoilHydro's (STL.OL: [url=http://www.reuters.com/stocks/quote?symbol=STL.OL]Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) role in helping to develop Iranian natural gas to see if it violates a U.S. sanctions law against Tehran, a senior U.S. official told Congress on Wednesday.
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Tehran looks beyond Bush

Post by yunowu on Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:07 pm

Iran's seemingly positive response to the latest international initiative on its nuclear program is attributed in some Western capitals to Tehran buckling under the threat of an attack. This is unlikely. Iranian leaders are already looking beyond the George W Bush presidency to an administration they feel they can deal with, be it Democratic or Republican. - Trita Parsi (Jul 8, '08)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JG09Ak01.html

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Total says Iran investment too risky

Post by yunowu on Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:18 am

London: French energy group Total will not invest in Iran because the political risk is too high, the company's chief executive Christophe de Margerie told the Thursday edition of the Financial Times. "Today we would be taking too much political risk to...
http://www.gulfnews.com/world/France/10227676.html
http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=240718&s=b&i=&t=Total_chief_says_too_risky_to_invest_in_Iran
http://www.startribune.com/world/24307824.html?location_refer=World
http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/1901053

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WRAPUP 4-Iran tests more missiles, US vows to defend allies

Post by yunowu on Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:18 pm

* Rice says U.S. will defend allies against Iran
* Iran says missile tests a "lesson for enemies"
* Israel favours sanctions but "not afraid to take action"
* French oil firm Total won't invest in Iran gas deal now

By Alistair Lyon
TEHRAN, July 10 (Reuters) - Iran tested more missiles in the Gulf on Thursday, state media said, and the United States reminded Tehran that it was ready to defend its allies...
http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idINL109563120080710?rpc=611

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US Confirms Offer to Iran on Nuclear Pre-Negotiations

Post by yunowu on Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:30 pm

By David Gollust
Washington
10 July 2008
The State Department confirms that Iran could enter negotiations on its nuclear program without initially meeting the demand of the United States and other major powers that it suspend its uranium enrichment program. U.S. officials say they are amenable to a so-called pre-negotiation in which Iran would only be required to stop adding to its enrichment capacity. VOA's David Gollust reports from the State Department.
http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-07-10-voa59.cfm

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Re: Israeli threats stiffen Iran's resolve

Post by Money4Nothin' on Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:02 pm

Yeah! here we go again. Let's get in a fight with another batch of sand monkeys. We can't take care of the problems we have with Iraq. Now Rice wants to get us into another war. Screw Isreal!!!!! Let em fight their own damn battles. It's nothing but geopolitical BS. If we didn't need to have access to their real estate, we wouldn't have anything to do with these buttholes.

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Iran's missiles are just for show

Post by yunowu on Fri Jul 11, 2008 5:51 am

As a political statement to world leaders gathered in Japan, Iran's test-firing on Wednesday of nine long-and-medium range missiles was impeccable. But even if Iran had the physical means to deliver the nuclear warheads it does not possess, these tests do not mean it has mastered the capability to do so. Iran's real deterrence against an attack comes from the reorganization of its military, giving it effectively 30 armies spread across the country. - Pepe Escobar (Jul 10, '08)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JG11Ak01.html

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Iranian film hits raw Egyptian nerve

Post by yunowu on Fri Jul 11, 2008 5:54 am

Cairo is seething over a film from Iran depicting former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat as a "traitor" for signing the 1978 peace accords with Israel. The spat comes at the height of Iranian efforts to win allies in the Arab and Muslim world, both to penetrate the array of pro-American states in the region, and use them to lobby against a possible Israeli attack. - Sami Moubayed (Jul 10, '08)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JG11Ak05.html

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Why the US won't attack Iran

Post by yunowu on Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:00 am

Despite all the warnings, alarms, rumors and panicky pieces coursing through the international media, an attack on Iran is less likely than ever to happen. For small, vulnerable Israel, an air assault on Iranian nuclear facilities, alone or with the backing of the US, is literally inconceivable, given the disastrous fallout that would follow. - Tom Engelhardt (Jul 10, '08)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JG11Ak03.html

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Russia: Iran's Current Missile Range Too Short for Threat

Post by yunowu on Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:41 am

By Peter Fedynsky
Moscow
11 July 2008
The United States and Russia continue sparring over a Central European missile defense system, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says America is committed to protecting its allies from a possible Iranian missile attack, and her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, claiming Tehran's missiles do not have sufficient range to justify the controversial system. VOA Correspondent Peter Fedynsky has this report from the Russian capital.
http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-07-11-voa16.cfm

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Iran: nuclear timeline

Post by yunowu on Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:05 pm

By David Patrikarakos and Anouk Lorie
Published: July 3 2008 19:06

Chronology of Iran's nuclear programme:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/635130b4-4911-11dd-9a5f-000077b07658.html

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Middle East war dance is mostly for show but not entirely without risk

Post by yunowu on Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:00 pm

Gerard Baker | July 12, 2008


WHEN governments undertake grand gestures in the full glare of public attention, the only thing you can be sure of is that they do not mean what they appear to mean. That's a useful rule of thumb to apply to any exercise in public diplomacy but it's especially helpful when trying to fathom the volatile politics of the Middle East..

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24005720-17062,00.html

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Iraq, Israel reject report about drills against Iran

Post by yunowu on Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:05 pm

BAGHDAD, July 11: Iraq’s defence ministry on Friday denied any Israeli air force drills had taken place in its airspace after a report that the Israelis were preparing there for a possible strike on Iran. An Israeli military spokesman also described the report, carried on the website of the Jerusalem Post as “utterly baseless”. In Washington, the Pentagon...
http://www.dawn.com/2008/07/12/top11.htm

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Iran, EU to hold nuclear talks July 19

Post by yunowu on Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:13 pm

TEHRAN: Iran said Friday that its top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, and European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Javier Salona will hold talks on ending the atomic standoff on July 19 in Geneva, the official IRNA news agency reported. "They are to continue their negotiations about the package on Saturday, July 19," IRNA quoted Ahmad Khadem al-Melleh, spokesman for the secretariat of Iran's supreme national security council, as saying. World powers last month presented Iran with a package...
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/july/12/yehey/world/20080712wor1.html

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Re: Israeli threats stiffen Iran's resolve

Post by williambedloe on Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:54 pm

My friend Yunowu you have certainly stirred up a hornet's nest here regarding Iran...I am not sure if you know this, but the missile tests were frauds:

According to Drudge, the New York Times Sunday will quote military sources that say the missile tests were bogus. The missiles - the article will allege - are old (from the 1990s and out of production), and have only a 768Km range. Also, there were not several missiles test fired, but only one, filmed from different angles.

http://www.drudgereport.com/flashim.htm

Also, one photo has already been shown to be doctored:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080711/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_missiles_photos;_ylt=AtRkvK1r4b5ZAVB2OeU2jU4LewgF


Iran is all bluster...like Iraq was before the US moved in

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President George W Bush backs Israeli plan for strike on Iran

Post by cowpoke on Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:34 pm

President George W Bush has told the Israeli government that he may be prepared to approve a future military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities if negotiations with Tehran break down, according to a senior Pentagon official.
Despite the opposition of his own generals and widespread scepticism that America is ready to risk the military, political and economic consequences of an airborne strike on Iran, the president has given an “amber light” to an Israeli plan to attack Iran’s main nuclear sites with long-range bombing sorties, the official told The Sunday Times.
“Amber means get on with your preparations, stand by for immediate attack and tell us when you’re ready,” the official said. But the Israelis have also been told that they can expect no help from American forces and will not be able to use US military bases in Iraq for logistical support.
Nor is it certain that Bush’s amber light would ever turn to green without irrefutable evidence of lethal Iranian hostility. Tehran’s test launches of medium-range ballistic missiles last week were seen in Washington as provocative and poorly judged, but both the Pentagon and the CIA concluded that they did not represent an immediate threat of attack against Israeli or US targets.
“It’s really all down to the Israelis,” the Pentagon official added. “This administration will not attack Iran. This has already been decided. But the president is really preoccupied with the nuclear threat against Israel and I know he doesn’t believe that anything but force will deter Iran.”

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article4322508.ece

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Re: Israeli threats stiffen Iran's resolve

Post by yunowu on Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:48 pm

williambedloe wrote:My friend Yunowu you have certainly stirred up a hornet's nest here regarding Iran...I am not sure if you know this, but the missile tests were frauds:

According to Drudge, the New York Times Sunday will quote military sources that say the missile tests were bogus. The missiles - the article will allege - are old (from the 1990s and out of production), and have only a 768Km range. Also, there were not several missiles test fired, but only one, filmed from different angles.

http://www.drudgereport.com/flashim.htm

Also, one photo has already been shown to be doctored:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080711/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_missiles_photos;_ylt=AtRkvK1r4b5ZAVB2OeU2jU4LewgF


Iran is all bluster...like Iraq was before the US moved in
Thanks WB for the update in regarding to the doctored photos !! I thought I posted the info already. Obviously already assimilated too much information in the last two weeks, I forgot to update certain information. I thought it would be useful to the IIF members if I group all the fragmented information into one thread. Hopefully, I did not cause too much trouble. Great post Brother Poke. Good to have you back.

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