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Iraqi general tells of prison torture horror

Iraqi general tells of prison torture horror turkishpress.com

AMMAN – An Iraqi general formerly in charge of special forces said on Sunday he witnessed horrific scenes of torture in Iraqi prisons and accused a Shiite militia of being responsible.

"It was horrific. Thousands of detainees, often teenagers, beaten, burned, receiving electric shocks, then the majority killed," Muntazar al-Samarrai, who fled Iraq for Jordan five months ago, told AFP.

In video footage Samarrai said he filmed at one detention center, men show whip marks and acid burns. One of them has lost an eye. Another’s legs are broken. Still another has nails driven into his body.

The video also shows the mutilated corpses of three men who Samarrai said died as a result of torture.

Iran will produce nuclear fuel, enrich uranium, nuclear chief says

Iran will produce nuclear fuel, enrich uranium, nuclear chief saysTEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s top nuclear official said Saturday that his country will enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel in Iran despite the U.S.-led international drive to curb such efforts.

"For me, there is no doubt that the process of producing nuclear fuel in Iran will be accomplished," Gholamreza Aghazadeh, head of the Atomic Organization of Iran, said during a press conference. "There is no doubt that we have to carry out uranium enrichment."

Muslim nations vow to combat extremist religion, rein in terror

Mecca: Muslim nations vow to combat extremist religion, rein in terror By The Associated Press
MECCA – Leaders at the biggest-ever Muslim summit on terrorism vowed Thursday to fight extremist ideology, saying they would reform textbooks, rein in the issuing of religious edicts and crack down on terror financing.

Kings, heads of states and ministers from more than 50 Muslim countries closed a two-day summit held in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, that had been convened in a bid to address terrorism that has increasingly confronted their own governments and to counter criticism that the Islamic world has been doing to little to confront extremism.

Moroccan source: Terrorist cell reveals plans for establishing Al-Qaeda in North African countries

Moroccan source: Terrorist cell reveals plans for establishing Al-Qaeda in North African countriesBy Ahmad Al-Arqam

Asharq Al-Awsat, Rabat – Investigations carried out by the Moroccan security services after the arrest of a terrorist cell that was made up of 17 members have uncovered the cell’s terrorist plans. These plans included restructuring the Al-Qaeda organization in Saudi Arabia following the Saudi security forces’ success in finding and arresting a number of its activists. The cell also planned to have the extremist Algerian Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) rejoin Osama Bin Ladin’s organization and set up an Al-Qaeda branch in the Maghreb countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia) as a base for attacks to be launched on the countries that support US administration.

December 09 2005

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13th Issue December 09 2005
In this issue

  • Ahmadinejad: Israel should be moved to Europe
  • Muslim nations vow to combat extremist religion, rein in terror
  • Moroccan source: Terrorist cell reveals plans for establishing Al-Qaeda in North African countries
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    I’m sure our readers have heard the remarks President Mahmoud Ahmadinjad made regarding Israel yesterday. The genius suggested that in order to decrease tensions in the Middle East, we should “move Israel to Europe.”

    While Ahmadinejad was busy increasing tensions throughout the world, some other leaders at the Islamic Conference in the holy city of Mecca, were trying to minimize them by calling for an “Islamic renaissance.”

    The Islamic Conference was correctly concerned about the rise in Islamic extremism and obviously terrorism.

    Finally, OIC introduced a 10 year plan to firstly reorganize itself and secondly change some minor things like educational reforms by changing text books in schools!

    Well, it seems like the renaissance will have to wait for now.

    What the Islamic world needs in fact is a rudimentary change. While undemocratic governments are still ruling these countries and extremism, as a by product, is growing more and more under the surface, progressive, democratic and moderate movements and ideas still get little or no chance to breath.

    Censuring text books is not the solution to extremism and fundamentalism. The antidote is progressive Islam and that is what these countries need a dose of.

    Editor

    Ahmadinejad: Israel should be moved to Europe

    Iranian President asks Germany, Austria to give part of their land to Israel to establish state on their soil.

    MIDDLE EAST ONLINE

    By Stefan Smith

    Tehran-Iran’s hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that if Germany and Austria feel responsible for massacring Jews during World War II, a state of Israel should be established on their soil.

    Ahmadinejad, who sparked an international outcry in October when he said Israel “must be wiped off the map”, also repeated his view that the Jewish state was a “tumour”.

    Muslim nations vow to combat extremist religion, rein in terror

    By The Associated Press

    MECCA – Leaders at the biggest-ever Muslim summit on terrorism vowed Thursday to fight extremist ideology, saying they would reform textbooks, rein in the issuing of religious edicts and crack down on terror financing.

    Kings, heads of states and ministers from more than 50 Muslim countries closed a two-day summit held in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, that had been convened in a bid to address terrorism that has increasingly confronted their own governments and to counter criticism that the Islamic world has been doing to little to confront extremism.

    Moroccan source: Terrorist cell reveals plans for establishing Al-Qaeda in North African countries

    By Ahmad Al-Arqam

    Asharq Al-Awsat, Rabat – Investigations carried out by the Moroccan security services after the arrest of a terrorist cell that was made up of 17 members have uncovered the cell’s terrorist plans. These plans included restructuring the Al-Qaeda organization in Saudi Arabia following the Saudi security forces’ success in finding and arresting a number of its activists. The cell also planned to have the extremist Algerian Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) rejoin Osama Bin Ladin’s organization and set up an Al-Qaeda branch in the Maghreb countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia) as a base for attacks to be launched on the countries that support US administration.

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    Ahmadinejad: Israel should be moved to Europe

    Ahmadinejad: Israel should be moved to EuropeIranian President asks Germany, Austria to give part of their land to Israel to establish state on their soil.

    MEDDLE EAST ONLINE
    By Stefan Smith – TEHRAN

    Iran’s hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that if Germany and Austria feel responsible for massacring Jews during World War II, a state of Israel should be established on their soil.

    Ahmadinejad, who sparked an international outcry in October when he said Israel "must be wiped off the map", also repeated his view that the Jewish state was a "tumour".

    Tehran’s Nuclear Clock is Ticking Faster

    Tehran’s Nuclear Clock is Ticking FasterGlobal Politician

    Hamid Namvar – 12/8/2005

    In an under-reported interview, the head of International Atomic energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, told the British daily Independent that if Iran acts on its threat to reopen its Uranium enrichment underground facility at Natanz, then Tehran could be only "a few months" away from a nuclear weapon after the plant begins its operation. Say what? Only “a few months”?

    Police: Bombing in Bangladesh Kills Five

    Bombing in Bangladesh Kills FiveBy FARID HOSSAIN Associated Press Writer
    The Associated Press

    DHAKA, Bangladesh Dec 8, 2005 — A bomb ripped through a crowded street in northern Bangladesh on Thursday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens in an attack police said may have been carried out by a suicide bomber on a bicycle.

    The blast in the town of Netrokona occurred about an after authorities defused another bomb in the same area, said police officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

    Suicide bomber kills 30 on Baghdad bus

    A suicide bomber killed 30 people and wounded at least 18 in an attack on a bus in a busy Baghdad bus station on ThursdayBAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed 30 people and wounded at least 18 in an attack on a bus in a busy Baghdad bus station on Thursday, police said.

    The vehicle was about to leave the Nahda bus station in the city center for the Shi’ite city of Nassiriya when the bomber got on board and detonated his explosives, they said.
    It was the second big blast in three days in the capital, a week before a parliamentary election, and followed a similar attack on the bus station in August, when bombers targeted buses headed for Shi’ite dominated southern Iraq.

    Iran-Iraq: Official inquiry proves mullahs’ repressive role in Iraq

    Official inquiry proves mullahs’ repressive role in Iraq  Iranian regime’s meddling in Iraq became more evident following the discovery of a torture center in that country in November.

    An Iraqi official investigation into the torture of more than 170 Iraqi detainees in a center belonged to the Interior Ministry in Baghdad found that forces guarding the center had close ties with the clerical regime in Iran.