Friday, June 09, 2006

Saturday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 6.10.2006:

The coming battle in the US Senate on Iran.
  • The Hill reported that Senators Santorum and Lugar are headed for clash on Iran sanctions bill. A Must Read.
Expert Analysis of the death of Zarqawi.
  • Michael Ledeen, The National Review Online discussed the importance of the elimination of Zarqawi. The intelligence community was savaged after 9/11 for its failure to connect the dots, and it would be truly embarrassing and very dangerous, to leave the Iranian dot out there apart from the rest of the network we have uncovered and shattered.
  • Richard Miniter & Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, The Weekly Standard discussed the often overlooked connection between Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his role model, Nur ad-Din Zanki (1118-1174) which should provide a note of instruction for the future in dealing with the Iraq insurgency.
Another Iranian leader rejects the Perm-5 proposal.
  • Reuters reported that Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said: "The package they [the Perm-5] have brought is a package that is good for themselves and is not appropriate for the Iranian people."
Western leaders warn Iran.
  • Fox News reported that President Bush warned Iran has "weeks, not months" to suspend its nuclear weapons research and accept a U.S.-backed package of incentives.
  • Dow Jones Newswires reported that French President Jacques Chirac said "We cannot accept that it has launched and pursued a process that could, notably through enrichment, .... lead to the creation of a nuclear weapon."
Iranian opposition groups condemn the Bush administrations recent offer to Iran.
  • The Financial Times reported that rival Iranian opposition groups in exile have condemned the Bush administration’s conditional offer to begin negotiations with the Islamic republic.
Iraqi PM warns Iran.
  • Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister The Washington Post warned "it is necessary that Iraq's neighbors not interfere in its internal matters."
Another Iranian dissident receives press award.
  • Adnkronos International reported that Iranian journalist Iraj Jamshidi, editor in chief of financial daily Asia, has been awarded the International Freedom Prize of the city of Milan.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • The Prospect reported that while Ahmadinejad, the Iran President, continues his “will he, won’t he” game with the West, the country’s footballers are adopting a different approach, a charm offensive.
  • Ilan Berman, The Washington Times reported that the U.S. intelligence community has failed to accurately forecast every single major international WMD incident of the past decade.
  • Asia News reported on the significance of the November 17th election of 86 “Experts will take place in Iran.
  • Cox & Forkum published a cartoon: Message From Above.
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