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Well they will be in the news again so I am going to keep and eye on Iran.

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Lawmaker: Iran shot down unmanned US spy plane

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI - Associated Press | AP – 9 hrs ago, 20 July 2011

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane that was trying to gather information on an underground uranium enrichment site, a state-owned news site said Wednesday.

Lawmaker Ali Aghazadeh Dafsari said the drone was flying over the Fordo uranium enrichment site near the holy city of Qom in central Iran, the state TV-run Youth Journalists Club said.

The report did not say when the plane was shot down.

Iran is locked in a dispute with the U.S. and its allies over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, which the West believes aims to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies the accusations, saying its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity and producing isotopes to treat medical patients.

Long kept secret, the Fordo site is built next to a military complex to protect it in case of attack. Iran only acknowledged Fordo's existence after Western intelligence agencies identified it in September 2009. The facility is reportedly located 295 feet (90 meters) underneath a mountain.

Iran says it is planning to install advanced centrifuges at Fordo to speed up its nuclear activities.

U.S. nuclear experts say by increasing the enrichment level and its stock of nearly 20 percent low-enriched uranium, Iran could reach a "break out" capability that would allow it to make enough weapon-grade uranium for a nuclear weapon.

Iran has claimed to shoot down U.S. spy planes in the past. Earlier this month, Iranian military officials showed Russian experts several U.S. drones they said were shot down in recent years.
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Seems politics is about the same where ever one goes. Power wants more power.

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Iran's top leader names mediator in power struggle

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI - Associated Press | AP – 59 mins ago, 25 July 2011

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader on Monday appointed a mediator to resolve an ongoing dispute between the country's president and parliament that has also challenged his own authority.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei named his ally and former judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi to head an arbitration body that will tackle controversies within the ruling system, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The dispute with the parliament and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's differences with Khamenei are part of an ongoing power struggle over shaping Iran's politics ahead of next year's parliamentary elections and the 2013 presidential balloting.

Khamenei's appointment could also be an attempt to weaken former President Hashemi Rafsanjani who now heads the Expediency Council, another arbitrating body in Iran.

Rafsanjani has increasingly been alienated in the establishment because of his tacit support for the opposition in the wake of the disputed June 2009 presidential elections that brought Ahmadinejad another term in office.

The opposition has maintained that the vote was rigged but a bloody crackdown led by the powerful Revolutionary Guard crushed massive street protests that followed the elections.

Although Khamenei has the power to remove Rafsanjani from the post, there are concerns that such a move could further aggravate the current situation.

The establishment of the arbitration panel also means Khamenei is delegating some of his vast powers to Shahroudi to handle the widening political differences between Ahmadinejad and parliament, possibly because the top leader wants to distance himself from the dispute and be seen as standing above factional politics.

Shahroudi will head a five-member panel of hard-liners known for their opposition to any reforms within the ruling system.

The opposition website sahamnews.org promptly denounced Khamenei's move, saying it was "an attempt to sideline" Rafsanjani.
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And then there is this foolishness, yet there is always a possiblity that it is true.

Yet I believe it isn't.

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Iran blamed U.S., Israel for killing of scientist

By Ramin Mostafavi and Hashem Kalantari | Reuters – Sun, Jul 24, 2011

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A senior Iranian official on Sunday blamed the United States and Israel for the killing of an Iranian scientist, who the deputy interior minister said was not linked to Iran's nuclear program as reported by media.

Darioush Rezaie, 35, a university lecturer, was shot dead by gunmen in eastern Tehran Saturday. Some media reports said Rezaie was a nuclear scientist but Deputy Interior Minister Safarali Baratlou said this was not true.

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in a speech broadcast live on state TV blamed the United States and Israel for the killing.

"The terrorist action by American and the Zionist regime (Israel) yesterday ... is another example of the level of their animosity (against Iran)," he said.

Iranian media said security officials were investigating the killing.

Several nuclear scientists have been assassinated in Iran in the last few years.

One scientist was killed and another wounded in Tehran in November, which Iranian officials blamed Israel and the United States for. Washington dismissed that at the time.

It has not been officially confirmed whether Rezaie was involved in Iran's nuclear program, as reported by some media.

Lawmaker Zohreh Elahian said Rezaie had no links to Iran's nuclear program, which the United States and its allies say is a cover to build bombs.

"Rezaie was an elite Iranian physicist ... he was murdered by our country's enemies. But ... he didn't have any connection to Iran's nuclear activities," said Elahian, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Tehran governor Morteza Tamaddon warned that Iran "preserves the right to retaliate," the semi-official Mehr news agency reported. Tamaddon did not elaborate.

Iran, a major oil producer, says its nuclear program is solely for civilian purposes and so far has refused to halt its sensitive uranium enrichment activities, as demanded by the United Nations Security Council.

The refusal has led to the imposition of sanctions by the United Nations, the European Union and the United States.

Iranian MPs Sunday passed a bill obliging the government to impose sanctions on U.S. officials like former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, his deputy Paul Wolfowitz, and military commanders at U.S. detention centres Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The bill, analysts say, is a retaliatory measure against blacklisting senior Iranian officials by Washington, who it says were responsible for human rights abuses in the Islamic state.

Iran rejects accusations about its human rights record.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi)
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Iran still defiant in their nuclear program

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By ALI AKBAR DAREINI - Associated Press, 1 hr 30 mins ago. 22 Aug. 2011

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has moved some of its centrifuges to an underground uranium enrichment site that offers better protection from possible airstrikes, the country's vice president said Monday.

Engineers are "hard at work" preparing the facility in Fordo, which is carved into a mountain to protect it against possible attacks, to house the centrifuges, Fereidoun Abbasi was quoted as saying by state TV.

Abbasi, who is also Iran's nuclear chief, did not say how many centrifuges have been moved to Fordo nor whether the machines installed are the new, more efficient centrifuges Iran has promised or the old IR-1 types.

He did specify that the centrifuges will be taken to Fordo from Iran's main uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, central Iran.

Uranium enrichment lies at the heart of Iran's dispute with the West, a technology that can be used to produce nuclear fuel or materials for atomic bombs.

The United States and some of its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop atomic weapons. Iran has denied the charges, saying its nuclear program is peaceful and aimed at generating electricity, not nuclear weapons.

On Monday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the new program raises suspicions.
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Iran allows a look into one of it's sites of advanced centrifuges & heavy water.


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APNewsBreak: Iran shows UN advanced nuke equipment

By GEORGE JAHN - Associated Press | AP – 48 mins ago. 23 Aug. 2011

VIENNA (AP) — Iran has allowed a top U.N. atomic inspector access to a site where it is developing advanced centrifuges that can be used to make nuclear fuel and to arm warheads, diplomats told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The diplomats said that Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts of the International Atomic Energy Agency also was allowed to tour Iran's heavy water production plant for the first time. Heavy water reactors — like the research unit being built by Iran — produce plutonium which, along with enriched uranium, can be used for the fissile core of nuclear warheads.

A senior diplomat familiar with the visit described the Iranian move as significant in demonstrating openness after years of stonewalling IAEA requests for greater access to restricted nuclear activities.

Iran is under four sets of U.N. Security Council sanctions because it refuses to suspend both enrichment and its heavy water reactor program. Therefore any sign that it is ready to open a larger window is likely to blunt U.S.-led efforts to increase pressure on the Islamic Republic for defying the Security Council.

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This country has to be on one large defense/offensive build up that has to be hurting it's economy and the population. And we know from the past that seems to be little matter to this regime.


Iran unveils new marine missile, torpedo

AFP – 8 hrs ago. 23 Aug. 2011

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled a short range marine missile and a torpedo system on Tuesday as Iran marked its annual "Defence Industry Day," state media reported.

"Qader (Able) missile, built by the capable hands of Iranian experts, is a marine cruise missile with a 200 kilometre (120 mile) range, possessing high destructive ability which can be used against coastal targets and warships," the state television website reported.

Ahmadinejad also unveiled a torpedo system called "Valfajr (The Dawn) to be used by submarines.

It has a payload of 220 kilograms (485 pounds) and can be used in shallow and deep water, the website said, adding that the unveiling ceremony was held at Malek Ashtar University in Tehran which has close links to the Revolutionary Guards, the elite military force.

Ahmadinejad said Iran's arsenal was not aimed at any nations and would only be used to fend off possible aggressions.

"We do not want to use our military might to conquer lands and dominate humanity," the official IRNA news agency quoted him as saying in the unveiling ceremony.

"The best deterrence is that enemy does not dare aggression and must be so certain of a decisive response that it does not contemplate" an attack, he added.

"The enemy's weaponry should be grounded at deployment point and not above Tehran's sky," he added.

Both weapons were "successfully tested," the state television website said.

It quoted Defence Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi as saying that Iran was now "locally" producing the equipment and weapons systems for the navy.

Iran has increased in the past two years the development, testing and unveiling of new "indigenous" military equipment, including missiles.

These weapons are always accompanied by warnings against any potential aggressor, sometimes explicitly directed at the Islamic republic's archfoes, Israel and the US forces deployed in the region.

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All we need is a religious Hitler on steroids with nukes.
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All we need is a religious Hitler on steroids with nukes.


So true yet the real power is in the clearic's on their council, if I am right. But then it is several of what you said.. Ouch big time...
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And the rattling continues from Iran.

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By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY - Associated Press 2 hrs 8 mins ago. 27 nAug. 2011

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's closest ally, Iran, warned Saturday that a power vacuum in Damascus could spark an unprecedented regional crisis while urging President Bashar Assad to listen to some of his people's "legitimate demands." Thousands of protesters, meanwhile, insisted they will defy tanks and bullets until Assad goes.

The 5-month-old uprising in Syria has left Assad with few international allies — with the vital exception of Iran, which the U.S. and other nations say is helping drive the deadly crackdown on dissent.

Saturday's comments by Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi were a subtle shift in tone toward comprise by Tehran, which encouraged the Assad regime to answer to its people while reiterating its support for its key ally. Most previous comments focused on a "foreign conspiracy" driving the unrest.

"Either in Yemen, Syria or any other country, people have some legitimate demands and governments should answer them as soon as possible," Salehi said Saturday, according to the semiofficial ISNA news agency.

But Iran's support for Assad was clear.

"If a vacuum is created in the Syrian ruling system, it will have unprecedented repercussions," he said, adding that Syria has "sensitive neighbors" and that change in the country could lead to regional crisis.

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No end of what Iran will do to create trouble where it can. Lets just hope it doesn't create to big of a problem.

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Iran sends sub, warship on Red Sea patrol: navy
AFP – 7 hrs ago. 30 Aug. 2011

Iran has dispatched a submarine and a warship to the Red Sea on a patrol mission, navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said in a report by state media on Tuesday.

"This flotilla which is comprised of a submarine and a warship will patrol the high seas and display the capabilities of the Islamic republic of Iran," said Sayyari, quoted by the state television website.

In July, Iran announced intentions to boost its military presence in international waters, with plans to deploy warships in the Atlantic.

Sayyari said the flotilla, in its 15th mission of its kind to be dispatched to the Red Sea, would also focus on "fighting piracy".

In recent years, local media have reported that Iranian warships accompanied Iranian ships and those of other nations as they made their way across the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden.

In June, Iranian "Kilo" class submarines escorted warships to the Red Sea "to collect data," in their first mission in distant waters.

Iran's maritime forces are composed mainly of small units equipped with missiles and operating under the control of the elite Revolutionary Guards in the Gulf.

The ocean-going fleet is also small and under the command of the navy which comprises a half-dozen frigates and destroyers from 1,500 to 2,000 tonnes, and three 3,000-tonne submarines bought from Russia in the 1990s.

In February, Iran moved two warships into the Mediterranean, crossing the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, triggering anger in Israel and prompting the Jewish state to put its navy on alert.
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