News: Terrorism and fundamentalism
By DEXTER FILKINS
New York Times, BAGHDAD - Less than two days before nationwide elections, the Iraqi border police seized a tanker on Tuesday that had just crossed from Iran filled with thousands of forged ballots, an official at the Interior Ministry said.
NCRI - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, mullahs’ president reiterated his doubt about the Holocaust according to media reports in Iran on Tuesday.
"If the killing of Jews in Europe is true and the Zionists are being supported because of this excuse, why should the Palestinian nation pay the price?" the state television's Web site quoted Ahmadinejad speaking to an Islamic conference in Tehran.
To undermine efforts for peace in the Middle East, Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying: "The West's policy has always been in favor of the Zionist regime and to the detriment of the Islamic world. It can't be a judge or mediator now.”
Gen. Muntazar Jasim al-Samarrai spoke to The Washington Times just as Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said he had widened an urgent investigation into complaints of abuse and torture in the country's detention facilities.
Official Says 12 Prisoners Subjected to 'Severe Torture'
Washington Post, BAGHDAD, December 12 - An Iraqi government search of a detention center in Baghdad operated by Interior Ministry special commandos found 13 prisoners who had suffered abuse serious enough to require medical treatment, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Sunday night.
An Iraqi official with firsthand knowledge of the search said that at least 12 of the 13 prisoners had been subjected to "severe torture," including sessions of electric shock and episodes that left them with broken bones.
A statement released by Britain's UN envoy Emyr Jones Parry, the current council president, said the body's 15 members "condemn the remarks about Israel and the denial of the Holocaust attributed to Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."
Even some of Ahmadinejad's allies in Iran were growing disillusioned, fearing he has hurt the country with his wild rhetoric. Rival factions within the regime also called on the ruling clerics to reel him in.