Archive for June, 2009

The U.S. Department of Defense is “on edge” over the turmoil in Iran, and has directed U.S. naval assets in the Persian Gulf to be, in layman’s terms, in “non-incident mode,” military officials told FOX News Monday.

Meanwhile, the former crown prince of Iran contended that members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard are showing “discontent” and some are “contemplating the contingency” of defying the regime in the wake of the Islamic Republic’s disputed presidential election.

U.S. military commanders are said to have been instructed to be alert to any possibility of a clash with Iranian naval assets, and to position themselves in such a way as to diminish the ability of Iran to stage an incident, however small, that could be used to rally the support of the Iranian people to the regime and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose backers are accused of voter fraud in the national election 10 days ago.

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Marines are spreading out across Afghanistan’s southern Helmand Province in an effort to hunt down Taliban fighters.


Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has vowed he will stand by the protesters whose week of defiance has deeply shaken the country. (June 22)


Aleksandr Pikaev from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, thinks that Islamic extremists wanting to destabilize Ingushetia could be behind the attack, although an investigation is underway.


US Marines fight at close contact with Taliban forces in a fierce battle to secure a compound in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.


As the Islamic Republic slides deeper into unrest, the fate of Iran’s nuclear resources is becoming a pressing matter of concern, DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s Washington sources reported Friday, June 19. Iran’s nuclear program is far more advanced than generally acknowledged in the West; so is its ballistic missile development. Should factional strife or civil war paralyze central government, those assets would become vulnerable.

Read more here:DEBKAfile

Iranians students clash with police at Shiraz University

Numerous people are protesting and clashing over election results near Shiraz University , by evening, police were using tear gas, clubs and water cannon as they tried to disperse the demonstrators.

Riot police in Iran have used tear gas, water cannon and batons to disperse about 3,000 people attempting to protest over the disputed presidential election of Mahmoud Ahmdinejad, the president.

Witnesses said that dozens of people were hospitalised after being beaten by police and pro-government militia in the capital, Tehran, on Saturday.




Police clash with protesters in Iran




Iran Cracks Down On Protesters

Exactly a week after Iran’s election result sparked protests across the country, the authorities have cracked down hard to end them. Police have used tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters on the streets of Tehran.

Defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi has said he is “ready for martyrdom” as his supporters clashed with police in Tehran.

His backers were demonstrating over the re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who won by a landslide despite opposition claims the result was rigged.




Iran’s supreme leader rejects vote fraud claims

Iran’s supreme leader on Friday rejected opposition claims that last week’s presidential elections were rigged, describing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s win as “definitive” and demanding an end to days of protests.

In his first speech since the June 12 election outcome sparked the country’s worst unrest in 30 years, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the vote accurately reflected the will of the people and accused “enemies of Islam” of stoking anger.


Internet’s role in exposing hidden footage of Iran protests




The Black Watch 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) came under attack for several hours during Operation Tora Arwa [Picture: Sgt Chris Halton RLC copyright/MOD]

Scottish soldiers have found a large quantity of Taliban weapons and drugs in an arduous six-day operation which saw them coming under sustained enemy attack for several hours.


Under the cover of dark, troops from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) were dropped by helicopter into Kandahar Province on 10 June 2009 in an operation called Op Tora Arwa.

The Battle Group came under sustained attack for several hours from insurgents using machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) yet repelled the attacks to amass the large finds.

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President Barack Obama says a nuclear-armed North Korea would pose a ‘grave threat’ to the rest of the world. AP correspondent Julie Pace reports on Obama’s message to the communist nation. (June 16)