Wednesday, February 14, 2007

News around the Middle East

George W. Bush insists that maybe the government of Iran is behind attacks in Iraq. The Washington Post: "What we don't know is whether the head leaders in Iran ordered the Quds Force to do what they did." He then asked, "What's worse? That the government knew or that the government didn't know?"

The Hairir memorial/protest in Lebanon brought tens of thousands of government supporters to Beirut, and peace was largely maintained, BBC News.

The United States claims that Sadr has left Iraq to avoid the surge. Sadr's office denies this. BBC News.

Borzou Daragahi notes that the border closing around Iraq are not likely to prevent all weapons from entering the country. But quotes a Sadrist lawmaker as saying, "One of the methods of this plan is using the psychological war against the terrorist." The Los Angeles Times.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard was attacked by a bomb (Sunni militants) in the Southeastern part of the country. The Christian Science Monitor has a recap. The Guardian reports that this is close to Baluchestan, the area of Pakistan not under government control. This could mean trouble along the Iran-Afghanistan border.

The French arrested 11 al Qaeda linked terrorists last year, International Herald Tribune.

A Saudi al Qaeda group called for attacks on U.S. linked oil interests, Reuters.


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