Iraqi Shiite: No interference from Iran: "-Hakim, a key ally of Iran, also lamented the 73 deaths in fighting Monday between Iraqi government forces and Shiite militiamen of firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, calling the clashes in the southern city of Diwaniyah 'annoying and painful.'Minority Sunni Arabs have been urging the Shiite-led government to... Continue Reading →

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Will the US Again Attack Iran ? This Time Without Saddam? - by Chris Moore: "And as it turns out, many of the WMD that Saddam used against Iran were supplied to him by Egypt, Singapore, India, and U.S. allies from Europe. Worse yet, the CIA provided Iraq with intelligence used to 'calibrate' its mustard... Continue Reading →

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News - Iran gives the US all the right answers: "WASHINGTON - Even before Iran gave its formal counter-offer to the permanent-five-plus-one countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China plus Germany) on Tuesday, the administration of US George W Bush had already begun the process... Continue Reading →

Ahmadinejad launches new nuclear project??International News??Reuters.com: "'Iran is not a threat to anybody, not even to the Zionist regime,' Ahmadinejad said, using Iran's term for its arch-enemy Israel, which the Islamic Republic does not recognize."

EU to Query Iran on Lukewarm Response - Forbes.com: "I have always said that we must begin negotiations without preconditions. ... That is why Iran must understand we cannot come to the negotiating table when every day new centrifuges are being constructed,' Steinmeier told reporters. "

'Ahmadinejad would sacrifice half of Iran to wipe out Israel' Jerusalem Post: "Israel, these sources went on, realized early the danger posed by Iran's nuclear drive but erred in supporting the US in hanging tough rather than pushing it toward cooperation. "

Bombs Aimed at G.I.?s in Iraq Are Increasing - New York Times: "?Senior administration officials have acknowledged to me that they are considering alternatives other than democracy,? said one military affairs expert who received an Iraq briefing at the White House last month and agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity.?Everybody in the administration... Continue Reading →

Why Israel can't win militarily. By Gareth Evans and Robert Malley: "But, the United States says, stopping violence is not enough unless we deal with what the administration calls 'root causes.' Indeed. Yet it posits a dubious zero-sum choice: Either we tend to those causes now, while violence flares, or we never will. Surely there... Continue Reading →

Asharq Alawsat Newspaper (English): "At the other end of the spectrum, Iran's 'Supreme Guide' Ali Khamenehi has echoed the views expressed by Rice and Blair. He, too, says that the war in Lebanon is about reshaping the Middle East. A week ago, his Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motakki presented that analysis in Beirut, drawing flak from... Continue Reading →

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