News: Terrorism and fundamentalism
Reuters, LONDON, October 12 - Britain has accused Iran of running training camps to teach militants how to carry out roadside bomb attacks on British troops in southern Iraq, according to newspaper reports on Wednesday.
London believes Iran's Revolutionary Guard has taught Shi'ite militia members from Iraq how to make armor-piercing devices, the Daily Mirror reported, citing an unnamed defense source.
Press Association, October 10 - The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have established a headquarters in an attempt to command and control terrorist activities in southern Iraq - including operations against British forces, it has been claimed.
The allegation was made by Hossein Abedini, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran at a London press conference.
By Philip Sherwell in Washington
The Sunday Telegraph, October 9 - Iran's new hardline president has placed his country's nuclear programme under the control of militant commanders of the Revolutionary Guards, the military's most committed wing.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has launched a purge of moderates in national and provincial government since his election two months ago, has drafted in fellow radical revolutionaries to top administrative posts - a move that will heighten Western fears over Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Daily Telegraph, October 7 - Considering that eight British soldiers have lost their lives in Iraq this summer, the Government's reaction was bizarre. Instead of the Prime Minister or a member of his Cabinet standing up and pointing the finger of blame, it was left initially to an unnamed senior official.
By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor
Daily Telegraph, October 6 - For the past two years, the Foreign Office has done its utmost to defend Iran from American accusations that Iranian mullahs were stirring trouble in Iraq.
"On the contrary," British diplomats retorted, "Iran is being very helpful in the political process. It has an interest in stability in Iraq."
By Christopher Adams, Roula Khalaf, Neil MacDonald and Gareth Smyth
Financial Times, October 6 - Rarely have British officials been so outspoken in criticising Iran. London has always been cautious in linking Tehran with the insurgency that has dogged efforts to rebuild Iraq after the US-led invasion. Yesterday, though, just days ahead of a crucial vote on the country's new constitution, something snapped.
The warning to Tehran that it stop interfering in its neighbour's affairs reflects long-standing western concern that elements of the Iranian regime have been in contact with Sunni insurgents and a faction of a radical Shia group.
In a letter to the European Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana, NCRI's Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Mohammad Mohaddessin, expressed concern over the deteriorating situation of human rights in Iran, Tehran's continuing drive to obtain nuclear weapons and its increasing meddling in Iraq.