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Some might think the two events (Ali hanging and the 3 bombings) Yet the bombings were against locations that western visiter's use. Chemical Ali was put to death by the Iraq govt. Yet the timing might attack both.

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By CHELSEA J. CARTER, Associated Press Writer Chelsea J. Carter, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 22 mins ago

BAGHDAD Suicide bombers struck near three hotels popular with Western journalists and businessmen Monday just as Iraq announced the execution of Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin known as "Chemical Ali." At least 37 people were killed and more than 104 injured, security officials said.

The blasts coming in a span of about 15 minutes in downtown Baghdad came shortly before state television announced that Ali Hassan al-Majid had been hanged.

There was no claim of responsibility for the latest major attacks in Baghdad about six weeks after a series of blasts killed 127 and brought outcry against Iraq's government for repeated security lapses as U.S. troops withdraw.

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the latest bombings "represent an extension" of the activities of insurgents linked to Saddam's regime. But he stopped short of declaring the blast as possible revenge for the execution.

The first explosion struck at about 3:40 p.m. local time in the parking lot of the Sheraton Hotel, toppling high concrete blast walls protecting the site and damaging a number of buildings along the Abu Nawas esplanade across the Tigris River from the Green Zone.

Two other blasts followed minutes later, striking near the Babylon Hotel and Hamra Hotel, which is popular with Western journalists and foreign security contractors.

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How much longer can this go on?

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By ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press Writer Adam Schreck, Associated Press Writer 2 hrs 21 mins ago

BAGHDAD A suicide car bomber struck a police crime lab in central Baghdad Tuesday, killing at least 21 people and injuring dozens a day after suicide attacks hit several hotels favored by Western journalists, officials said.

The timing of the blast, a day after Iraq hanged Saddam Hussein's cousin and stalwart "Chemical Ali," prompted speculation that the latest attacks were retaliation by Sunni insurgents.

But the top American commander in Iraq, Gen. Raymond Odierno, said he saw "absolutely no connection" between the bombings Monday that killed at least 41 people and the execution. The U.S. military did not have any immediate comment on Tuesday's bombing.

"We didn't turn Chemical Ali over until yesterday afternoon. ... There was no way anybody could have known about that," Odierno said Tuesday during a question-and-answer session with reporters in his office at Camp Victory, the sprawling U.S. military headquarters on the outskirts of Baghdad.

This week's bombings highlight a pattern of increasingly large and well-planned attacks on high-profile targets in the capital. They began with coordinated suicide attacks in August against the Foreign and Finance ministries that killed nearly 100 people.

Since then, Baghdad has been hit repeatedly with major attacks every few months targeting government offices. On Monday, the targets shifted to hotels frequented by Western journalists and security contractors. Nearly 450 people have been killed in Baghdad since the August strike.

Each wave of attacks has dealt another blow to the Iraqi government before March 7 parliamentary elections. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is struggling to answer for security lapses.

The execution of Ali Hassan al-Majid was likely to raise pre-election tensions between the Shiite-led government and minority Sunnis, who are already angered by a candidate blacklist they claim is being used as a political tool to undercut rivals. More than 500 names have been placed on the list for suspected links to Saddam's Sunni-dominated regime.

While there has been no formal claim of responsibility for the attacks at the hotels and against the Ministry of Interior offices, Odierno said it appeared to be the work of al-Qaida. Multiple bombings are a hallmark of the terror network.

Family members arrived in Baghdad to collect al-Majid's body for burial in the family hometown Tikrit later Tuesday, a day after he was hanged for atrocities such as the mass killing of Kurds in a poison gas attack in 1988 and other crimes against humanity.

Local authorities demanded a quick and simple burial without chanting or firing shots in the air as is common in Iraqi funerals, said an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media. The time of the burial was not made public.

In the Kurdish town of Halabja in northern Iraq, the scene of the 1988 poison gas attack that killed 5,000 people and cemented Chemical Ali's infamy, more than 400 Kurdish government officials and families who lost loved ones in the gassing defied the January chill to gather in a cemetery and at a monument to the victims.

"I am wondering which of my family's graves I would visit first to tell them about the death of Chemical Ali so they can sleep in peace," said Parvin Kamal Jalal, a 53-year-old woman who said she lost her parents and 12 other family members in the attack.

Rescue crews were combing through the rubble, looking for casualties of Tuesday's bombing. Officials say the majority of those killed were likely police officers who worked in the forensic investigation office at Tahariyat Square in the central neighborhood of Karradah. At least 82 people were reported injured.

Police and hospital officials said the bomber tried to drive a pickup truck through a checkpoint and blast walls protecting the forensic evidence office.

Among those confirmed killed were 12 police officers and some civilians visiting the office. Officials said more than half the wounded were police.

Rescue teams in blue jumpsuits combed through the debris of the partially damaged three-story building shortly after the blast as a crane removed some of the 10-foot, 7-ton concert blast walls toppled by the explosion.

The office targeted in the attack mainly dealt with data collected during criminal investigations, including fingerprints and other pieces of evidence. It is next to the Interior Ministry's major crimes office, which deals with terrorism cases.

Government offices have been frequent targets of major attacks in the capital since blasts struck the foreign and finance ministries in August, raising questions about the ability of Iraqi security forces to keep the country safe. While the criminal evidence offices have not been targeted by a major suicide bombing before, attackers have struck nearby.

The attack destroyed rooms on the ground floor of the building and damaged parts of the second floor. The office is surrounded by low-rise buildings with shops, takeaway restaurants and offices that were also damaged.

The toll from Monday's attacks continued to rise, with 41 people confirmed killed and up to 106 reported injured, police and health officials said Tuesday. All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details.

The bombings targeted the Sheraton Ishtar Hotel, Babylon Hotel and Hamra Hotel.

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Associated Press Writers Hamid Ahmed, Chelsea J. Carter and Sinan Salaheddin contributed to this report.

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By CHELSEA J. CARTER, Associated Press Writer Chelsea J. Carter, Associated Press Writer 2 hrs 35 mins ago

BAGHDAD A suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt Saturday at a restaurant popular with Iraqi security forces in a city that was once a flash point for sectarian slaughter, killing at least two people, authorities said.

The attack came the same day an al-Qaida front group in Iraq claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing Tuesday at Baghdad's main crime lab that killed 22 people. The bombings appeared aimed at rattling and embarrassing the U.S.-backed Iraqi leadership before national elections in March.

In Saturday's attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a falafel restaurant near a famed Shiite shrine in the Sunni-dominated city of Samarra, 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, a police official said.

The bomber appeared to have targeted the restaurant because it is popular with police and members of Sunni Awakening Councils, also known as Sons of Iraq ex-fighters who turned against al-Qaida and joined forces with the U.S.

Twenty-five people, including 10 policemen and six Sons of Iraq, were wounded, he added.

A medical official at the Samarra hospital confirmed the casualties, saying at least five of the wounded were in critical condition.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Shiite tradition says the Askariya shrine is near the place where the last of the 12 Shiite imams, Mohammed al-Mahdi, disappeared. Shiites believe he is still alive and will return to restore justice to humanity.

In February 2006, a huge explosion destroyed the Askariya shrine's golden dome and ignited fierce fighting between Sunnis and Shiites that killed tens of thousands across Iraq and pushed the country to the brink of civil war. In June 2007, another bombing brought down the twin minarets on the mosque's compound.

Saturday's attack came just hours after the al-Qaida claim, which was posted on militant Web sites.

It was the second claim this week from the Islamic State of Iraq. The group previously said it carried out suicide car bombings at three Baghdad hotels on Monday that claimed at least 41 lives.

The Islamic State of Iraq, which includes al-Qaida in Iraq and other allied Sunni insurgent factions, has now claimed responsibility for all major bombings in Baghdad since August attacks at the Foreign and Finance ministries.

The latest claim could not be independently verified, but the group has used such Web sites in the past to take responsibility for attacks.

The statement described the bombing on the Interior Ministry's forensic lab as the "second phase" of its campaign this week. It also vowed more strikes against offices and institutions of the Shiite-led government.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has made the overall drop in violence around Iraq the centerpiece of his campaign. The U.S. military has repeatedly warned of increased violence before the March 7 parliamentary elections.

But his government has faced an outcry from parliament members and political critics for security lapses that have allowed a string of high-profile attacks in the heart of Baghdad over the past six months.

Associated Press Writer Sameer N. Yacoub contributed to this report.
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With elections coming up the killing continues..

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By CHELSEA J. CARTER, Associated Press Writer Chelsea J. Carter, Associated Press Writer 17 mins ago

BAGHDAD Twin car bombs tore through a crowd of Shiite pilgrims packing a highway as they walked to a holy city south of Baghdad on Friday for a major religious observance, killing at least 40 people and wounding 154 others, Iraqi officials said.

It was the third deadly bombing this week hitting the ceremony in which hundreds of thousands of Shiites have been converging on the city of Karbala. Friday's attack struck during the culmination of the pilgrimage.

This week's violence took place as Iraqi politicians argued over an effort to bar hundreds of candidates from running in the March 7 parliamentary elections because of suspected ties to Saddam Hussein's former regime. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Thursday he would not allow the U.S. ambassador to meddle in the dispute, which Washington fears could hamper Sunni-Shiite reconciliation.

Friday's attack began shortly after noon when a parked car bomb exploded just east of one of three main entrances to Karbala, two Health Ministry officials said. The explosion sent throngs of pilgrims running down the highway and straight into the path of a suicide car bomber who detonated the vehicle, they said.

At least 154 people were wounded in the consecutive blasts, the officials said.

However, an Iraqi police official reported it was two mortar rounds that struck the area, followed by a suicide car bomb. Such conflicting accounts are common in the chaotic aftermath of bombings in Iraq.

The attack came at the height of the pilgrimage when roads around Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, were clogged with people trying to reach the city by Friday. The crowds made it difficult for ambulances to get to the wounded, another police official said.

The officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.
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Man had to look back 6 pages... I know the title is good and clear. I guess not a lot of news about Iran... ....Any opinions to share?

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By ANNE GEARAN, AP National Security Writer Anne Gearan, Ap National Security Writer 26 mins ago

WASHINGTON The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. military has a plan to attack Iran, although he thinks a strike is probably a bad idea.

Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation's highest-ranking military officer, has often warned that a military strike on Iran would have serious and unpredictable ripple effects around the Middle East. At the same time, he says the risk of Iran developing a nuclear weapon is unacceptable.

Mullen would not say which risk he thinks is worse. But he tells NBC's "Meet The Press" that a military strike remains an option if need be.

And he says that, should it come to that, the military has a plan at hand. He didn't elaborate.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. military has a plan to attack Iran, although he thinks a strike is probably a bad idea.

Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation's highest-ranking military officer, has often warned that a military strike on Iran would have serious and unpredictable ripple effects around the Middle East. At the same time, he says the risk of Iran developing a nuclear weapon is unacceptable.

Mullen would not say which risk he thinks is worse. But he tells NBC's "Meet The Press" that a military strike remains an option if need be.

And he says that, should it come to that, the military has a plan at hand. He didn't elaborate.
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Hummm bold, defiant and wanting it their way.. Gee what else is new?



With a few countries being so against what we have as a world partnership with the goals set as standards for all countries to insure all are safe and have little to fear from each country. Iran like N.K. need their a_ _ s wiped. N.K. might get the message if, read on...

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By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 33 mins ago.

UNITED NATIONS – Iran took its case against the United States to the United Nations on Wednesday and strongly condemned the top U.S. military chief for saying military action remains a possibility if the country develops nuclear weapons.

They do fear us and or Israel will attack them. This proves it.
Crying on the International stage to others who agree they should not enrich uranium. Like they are right and all the rest is wrong.

Many Nations with the right weapons point them at what they feel might be an aggressor towards them. The point being enough we all need to cut back as Russia and the US are doing.

And neither has made crazy statements like more chaos, that another country has no right to even breath..
Wake up this is Islam at it's worst, with radicals in control. Who have and still intervene where they can in actions of all types against the US and it's troops.


Iran's acting U.N. ambassador Eshagh Alehabib claimed in letters circulated to the secretary-general and presidents of the Security Council and General Assembly that Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other U.S. officials and lawmakers "threatened" to use military action under the "totally false" pretense that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

Let me have at the button, if it is aimed at their military
complexes, really I would do it... Why keep talking while they push ahead to create a new unstable region, enbolding others in the process.


Mullen said earlier this month that the U.S. military has a plan to attack Iran, although he thinks a military strike is probably a bad idea. Still, he said the risk of Iran developing a nuclear weapon is unacceptable and he reiterated that "the military option" remains on the table.

So what we have plans as does NATO to attack most
countries that are deemed as potential aggressors..


Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Wednesday that Iran's response to an attack would not be limited to the region, suggesting Iran would target U.S. interests beyond the Persian Gulf.

And they even suggest they are potential aggressorsas above and many time before.

While flaunting their goals in the world face...


"It's unlikely that they (U.S.) will make such a stupidity (to attack Iran) but all must know that if this threat is carried out, the field of the Iranian nation's confrontation will not be only our region," Khamenei told state TV. "The area of confrontation will be much wider."

This must please many nations in the region, some I'm sure of and most readers will know them to. Others well they fear them..

And like Afghan, Iraq and Pakistan I say let it go till the Israel Nation is ready as Israel is and has been our allies from the get go.

And build up a coalition of some other Muslims Countries so this isn't twisted as the US and or Israel against the Muslims as it would be.

If these countries don't help then cut all aid to them. All they can do is cut our oil suppy from that area of the world, which needs doing anyway. And this would be the only way it would get done..

Heck we have learned to cut back, and doing more to be off oil is better or so many say.


He also said there will be no talks with the U.S. under the shadow of threats.


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Alehabib said the United States was using threatening language that violates international law and the U.N. Charter and goes against "global efforts to strengthen regional and international peace and security." He reiterated that Iran "would not hesitate to act in self-defense to respond to any attack."

Khamenei said negotiations would be possible if the U.S. stops making threats against Iran, and he set conditions for it.

"If the U.S. puts aside threats, sanctions and its superpower display and refuses to set goals for the talks, then there will be a possibility of talks. But under the present conditions and given the threats and pressures, no talks with be held at all," Khamenei was quoted as saying.

Khamenei also said Iran will not give up its nuclear activities.

"The U.S. and some Western countries have no logic in this issue and the Islamic Republic of Iran will never give up the cycle of nuclear fuel," state TV quoted him as saying.

The U.S. and five key powers — Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — have been trying to revive talks with Iran on its nuclear program and have offered a package of incentives if Tehran freezes uranium enrichment and resumes negotiations.

All are idiots. They made their point now act on it. Get others who fear this in the region to be involved and stand by any attack. We allowed then to get missiles from China, N.K. and Russia. Lets stop the ***** footing and do it...

In late July, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said nuclear talks with the six powers would start in early September, regardless of conditions he set in June, but Khamenei's comments raise questions about the timetable. Iran has also said it wants to revive separate talks involving Tehran, Washington, Paris and Moscow on a fuel swap for Tehran's research nuclear reactor.

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Associated Press Writer Ali Akbar Dareini contributed to this report from Tehran, Iran.

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There have been plans for military action with iran since the 80's. To think we don't have on going planning and updates is foolishness. As you said we hve plans for military actions for every belligerent country in the world and some that are not so belligerent.

iran watched for years how hussein was handled by the un and the rest of the world, they know exactly how to keep everyone talking and arguing and threatening without taking any real action. An attack on iran will spark world wide confrontations. hezbollah and hamas will begin striking targts through the world. They're not just in palestine and lebenon. iran has 50,000 qoms force operatives scattered in the region and other countries in the world. Not to mention non iranian sympathizers.

And they want to be sure that after it starts they appear as the victims.
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There have been plans for military action with iran since the 80's. To think we don't have on going planning and updates is foolishness. As you said we hve plans for military actions for every belligerent country in the world and some that are not so belligerent.

iran watched for years how hussein was handled by the un and the rest of the world, they know exactly how to keep everyone talking and arguing and threatening without taking any real action. An attack on iran will spark world wide confrontations. hezbollah and hamas will begin striking targts through the world. They're not just in palestine and lebenon. iran has 50,000 qoms force operatives scattered in the region and other countries in the world. Not to mention non iranian sympathizers.

And they want to be sure that after it starts they appear as the victims.
True.. And I took that into consideration with
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And if not I gave one answer for that...

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Iran what can one say.. I guess as far from REALITY as any country can be except for N.K. their friend.

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Iran state media call French first lady prostitute

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press Writer 9 mins ago.

TEHRAN, Iran Iranian state media called France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a "prostitute" on Monday in an unusual attack on the wife of a world leader that shows deep anger over her support for an Iranian woman who faced death by stoning on an adultery conviction.

The wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy has condemned the stoning sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, which Iran temporarily suspended but did not throw out after an international outcry.

Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two, could still face execution by stoning or hanging after a final review of her case, her lawyer, Javid Houtan Kian, told The Associated Press Monday.

The Kayhan newspaper, whose editor is a representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, described Bruni-Sarkozy as a "prostitute" on Saturday in an article headlined "French prostitutes enter the human rights uproar."

The state-owned news website inn.ir carried similar remarks on Monday.

"Although Bruni, the morally corrupt singer and actress of Italian (origin), was able to break the Sarkozy family and marry the French president, lately new reports have emerged about her affair with a singer," said the weekend report in Kayhan.

That appeared to be a reference to rumors of infidelity in her marriage that Bruni-Sarkozy dismissed in April as "insignificant." The rumors have since died down.

The French president's office declined Monday to comment on the remarks in Iranian media.
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A decent response to this radical Islamic govt. Which has much blood on it's hands. In their own country and abroad.

Heck I would call the entire govt. whores cause they make life so hard for the average Iranian person.

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Well they have started to fuel up the

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By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press Tue Oct 26, 8:18 am ET

TEHRAN, Iran Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first atomic power plant on Tuesday, moving closer to the start up of a facility that leaders have touted as defying of international efforts to curtail the country's nuclear ambitions.

The Russian-built nuclear power plant in Bushehr has international approval and is supervised by the U.N.'s nuclear agency. However, the U.N. security council has slapped four rounds of sanctions against Iran over a separate track of its nuclear program its efforts to refine uranium, which could eventually be used to create material for a weapon.

"Today, we witnessed an important development in the start up process. After fuel is injected into the heart of the reactor, the reactor door is closed. Then, it will take one or two months to reach a 40 or 50 percent nominal power," Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi told a press conference broadcast on state TV.

He pointed out that the fueling had occurred in spite of the current sanctions.

"The great Iranian nation can manage the sanctions with its resistance, efforts and endeavors and this is its proof," he said, adding that the reactor should start producing electricity "by mid February."

When the 1,000 megawatt plant originally received the nuclear fuel shipment in August, Salehi predicted it would produce electricity by November, but a leak in a storage pool delayed the process for months the latest setback for a reactor first commissioned in the 1970s.

The U.S. recently withdrew its long-standing opposition to the plant after Russia satisfied concerns over how it would be fueled and the fate of the spent fuel rods.

Under a deal signed in 2005, Russia will provide nuclear fuel to Iran, then take back the spent fuel, a step meant as a safeguard to ensure it cannot be diverted into a weapons program. Iran has also agreed to allow the U.N.'s nuclear agency to monitor Bushehr and the fuel deliveries.

Worries remain, however, over Iran's program to enrich uranium for nuclear fuel since the process can also be used to create weapons grade material, something Iran says it has no interest in doing.

The United States claims that the fuel deal with Russia shows Tehran does not need to enrich its own uranium, but Iran maintains it will build other nuclear power plants and has to have its own fuel source.

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