News: Terrorism and fundamentalism
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.
NCRI, September 28 – Iraqi dailies including Az-Zaman, Al-Haqaeq, Al-Fourat reported that two thousand Iraqi lawyers and jurists, 41 political and social groups, sheikhs' councils and over 200,000 Iraqi citizens called for revision of Article 21(3) of draft constitution in their joint declaration released on September 25.
The Sunday Times, September 25 - As the US special forces Hercules flew low over the desert in March 2003 before landing behind enemy lines, Hazim al-Shalan prepared to step onto Iraqi soil for the first time in almost 20 years.
Shalan — the exiled leader of a Shi’ite tribe with 1m members worldwide and 250,000 in southern Iraq — had already been helping British and American intelligence for several months.