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KUWAIT CITY: Washington will launch a military strike on Iran before April 2007, say sources. The attack will be launched from the sea and Patriot missiles will guard all oil-producing countries in the region, they add. Recent statements emanating from the United States indicate the Bush administration’s new strategy for Iraq doesn’t include any proposal to make a compromise or negotiate with Syria or Iran. A reliable source said President Bush recently held a meeting with Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Dr Condoleezza Rice and other assistants in the White House where they discussed the plan to attack Iran in minute detail. ››read more
Baghdad's Residency Office, a bustling maze of corridors and smoky rooms, is a place of Kafkaesque bureaucracy. Controlled by a Shia political party, it means foreigners who do not want to pay a bribe shuffle from desk to desk to get the signatures, stamps and counter signatures, and then more stamps, required to leave the country. Only one group is rushed through without a cursory glance: agents who breeze through with arms laden with stacks of passports. All of them from Iran. ››read more
President George W. Bush’s address on Iraq Wednesday night was less about Iraq than about its eastern neighbor, Iran. There was little new about the US’s strategy in Iraq, but on Iran, the President spelled out a plan that appears to be aimed at goading Iran into war with the US.
The US foreign policy in the Middle East in the last quarter century has resulted in untold suffering for the people of the region. These policies in one hand are extremely short sighted for the US strategic interests. On the other hand they have resulted in massive destruction of countries in the region such as Afghanistan and Iraq. ››read more
Dear Honorable Mr. President Bush,
Please do not bomb my parents, my parents-in laws, grandmother, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, thousands of other relatives, friends, and 70 million Iranians that do not want anything to do with war and your ideas of democracy and freedom. ››read more
First the Republicans lost their majority status in Congress. Then the Iraq Study Group sent the White House its report card and gave it a failing grade. It looked like Dick Cheney had finally been put in his rightful place –- the ceremonial office vice presidents have traditionally occupied.
But this is a man who's alternately schmoozed and clawed his way to the executive heights in both government and business. Also, he's suffered four heart attacks and the onset of congestive heart failure. Not to mention undergoing a bypass operation, as well as an angioplasty, the implantation of a defibrillator, and the repair of an aneurysm in an artery.
Thursday's raid on the Iranian consulate is more evidence that President Bush is ready to escalate the conflict.
For months, rumors of war between the United States and Iran have been building. Many fear that President Bush is spoiling for a fight, and they've begun to interpret various developments in the region as the run-up to an attack on Tehran. A report in the British press about a possible Israeli raid on Iran's nuclear facilities quickly became linked with predictions about coordinated action with the United States. ››read more
WASHINGTON - An order from President Bush authorized a series of U.S. raids against Iranians in
Iraq as part of a broad military offensive, Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice said Friday. ››read more
Editor's note: This raises the frightening possibility that George W. Bush is capable of starting a war unilaterally with no input from Congress or even US Generals.
U.S. officials tell CBS News that American forces have begun an aggressive and mostly secret ground campaign against networks of Iranians that had been operating with virtual impunity inside Iraq.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress on Friday that Iranians are now on the target list.
"Twice in the last two or three weeks, in pursuit of those networks, when we have gone and captured those cells, we've captured Iranians," said Gen. Peter Pace.
Lawmakers and experts say that President Bush’s speech yesterday is laying the groundwork for war with Iran. The President accused Iran of providing material support for attacks on American troops. He ordered deployment of anti-missile Patriot air defense systems to the GCC countries and an additional carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf - a step irrelevant to the war in Iraq and only useful in a military conflict with Iran.
Call your lawmaker today and urge him or her to prevent a war with Iran! ››read more
Editor's note: CASMII fully supports NIAC's call. We call on all US citizens to take immediate action to stop US military intervention against Iran by immediately calling your lawmakers today and urging them to prevent a war with Iran.
Six Iranians held in a US military raid in northern Iraq were working there with the approval of the authorities, Iraq's foreign minister has said. ››read more
Editor's note: Russia and the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament, Graham Watson, condemned the raid by US occupation forces on the Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic and Republican senators voiced strong concern on Thursday that the Iraq war could spread to neighboring Iran and Syria if the U.S. military were to chase militants across the border.
President Bush, who accuses Iran and Syria of fomenting the violence in Iraq, on Wednesday proposed sending 21,500 more U.S. troops to try to restore security nearly four years after the U.S.-led invasion.
Bush sparked worries that the conflict may widen by his comment that "we'll interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq."
The U.S. military operation Thursday in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil that resulted in the arrests of six Iranians has drawn a sharp denunciation from Iraq's Kurdish regional government.
A spokesman for the autonomous regional government and its presidency expressed their "alarm" and condemned the Thursday morning operation. ››read more
The proposed influx of more than 20,000 American troops in Iraq will change the composition of the U.S.-led operation. Middle East experts Zbigniew Brzezinski and Walter Russell Mead survey the current situation and discuss the implications of increasing troop numbers. ››read more
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Iran that the United States won't "stand idly by" if Tehran tries to disrupt Washington's renewed effort to stabilize Iraq. Speaking hours after US troops detained six Iranians in a raid in northern Iraq, Rice said Washington was determined to crack down on Iran's "regional aggression." ››read more
Bush's "surge" speech is a hoax, but members of Congress and media commentators are discussing the surge as if it were real. I invite the reader to examine the speech...Bush makes it clear that success in Iraq does not depend on the surge. Rather, "Succeeding in Iraq . . . begins with addressing Iran and Syria." ››read more
American forces stormed Iranian government offices in northern Iraq, hours after President George Bush issued a warning to Tehran that was described as a "declaration of war"...A leading UK-based Iran specialist, Ali Ansari, said the incident was an "extreme provocation". Dr Ansari said that Mr Bush's speech on future Iraq strategy amounted to "a declaration of war" on Iran. ››read more
Bush sparked worries that the conflict may widen by his comment that "we'll interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq."...Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record) bluntly told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice he did not think Bush had the authority to launch attacks to stamp out militant networks in Iran and Syria. ››read more
The White House took multiple steps yesterday to elevate dramatically the threat rhetoric against Iran. Bush included what The New York Times described as “some of his sharpest words of warning to Iran” yet. But those words could really be described more accurately not as “threats” but as a declaration of war. He accused the Iranian government of “providing material support for attacks on American troops” and vowed to “seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies.” ››read more
Bush's last throw in the Middle East is not the extra 21,500 US troops to try to stabilise Iraq, but a settling of scores with the real enemy, Iran. Indeed recent events are eerily reminiscent of the path to war in Iraq four years ago. The news this morning of a US military raid on an Iranian consulate in the Iraqi town of Irbil will only stoke tensions more. ››read more