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News: Terrorism and fundamentalism

Italian court orders Iran asset freeze

ImageFinancial Times - A court in Italy has ordered the freezing of an Iranian government account held in a Rome bank in what lawyers say represents an unprecedented legal victory for three US families seeking compensation from Iran for its alleged support of Palestinian suicide bombings that killed their relatives.


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Iran-MidEast: Mullahs' president reiterates his views on Middle East

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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.”


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Iran-Iraq: Ex-general says Iranian led torture of detainees

ImageThe Washington Times, BAGHDAD - An Iraqi general formerly in charge of special Interior Ministry forces said yesterday that a senior Iranian intelligence officer was in charge of a network of detention centers where suspected insurgents were routinely tortured and sometimes killed.

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.


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Iran-Iraq: Abuse cited in 2nd jail operated by Iraqi ministry

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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.


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Iran-UN: Security Council blasts Ahmadinejad's remarks on Israel

UN Security CouncilNCRI - The UN Security Council on Friday joined the growing international furor over revolting remarks by clerical regime's president Ahmadinejad, questioning the Holocaust and suggesting that the "tumour" of the state of Israel be relocated to Europe.

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."


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Iran-Saudi: Ahmadinejad's remarks anger Saudis

King Abdullah of Saudi ArabiaNCRI - Saudis fumed Friday that mullahs' president Ahmadinejad marred a summit dedicated to showing Islam's moderate face by calling for Israel to be moved to Europe,

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.


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