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Tehran steps up campaign against senior Iraqi Shiite clerics

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Iran Focus: Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the Islamic Propaganda Agency have been waging an extensive campaign in recent days to undermine the position of senior Iraqi Shiite clerics who have been reluctant to tow Tehran’s line in Iraq, targeting in particular Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani.

Daily links Iraq clashes to Iran’s internal scene

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Iran Focus: The editor of the influential state-owned daily, Kayhan, made a clear link between the current turmoil in Iraq and the developments on the internal political scene in Iran, noting that mounting problems facing the U.S. in Iraq have silenced those who were hoping for “regime change” in Iran.

Rift grows as Iranians caught fighting for Sadr

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The Guardian: Security officials in Baghdad were last night urgently investigating the background of 30 Iranians who were caught fighting for a rebel Shia cleric in Iraq, amid mounting concern over the involvement of the Tehran regime in the uprising.

Bus and truck collide in southeast Iran, 15 dead

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Reuters: A bus and a truck collided in southeast Iran killing 15 people and injuring 20 others, the official IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

California Firm Fined for Illegal Export of Parts

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Los Angeles Times: A California aircraft parts supplier, Interaero Inc., pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to illegally shipping $40,000 of missile and jet fighter equipment to a supplier in China who planned to forward the shipment to Iran.

Iran a Nuclear Threat, U.S. Says

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Washington Post: Iran told British, French and German officials last month that it could produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear bomb within a year, Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton said yesterday in arguing the case for international pressure on the Islamic Republic.

Iran will go ahead with nucelar programme regardless: Khamenei

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AFP: Iran is determined to proceed with its nuclear programme despite international concern, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has insisted, the state news agency IRNA reported Monday.

Analysis: Is Iran showing its hand in Iraq?

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UPI: A senior Iraqi government official played videotapes for reporters showing seized boxes of weapons intended for Moqtada Sadr’s Mahdi Army. Wael Abdel Latif, minister for the provinces in Iraq’s interim administration, said the weapons came from Iran.

IAF chief: Iran seeking nuclear warheads

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AP & JERUSALEM POST: Iran plans to arm its missiles with nuclear warheads, according to Israel Airforce chief Maj.-Gen. Eliezer Shkedi. Shkedi told Army Radio that not just Israel is threatened but the entire world.

Iran can see opportunity across border

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USA TODAY: Iran’s increasing support for insurgent Shiites in Iraq is giving the fighting in Najaf the appearance of a proxy war between Iran and the United States, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.