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"I have spent my
life tracking down the murderers of yesterday. Mr. Timmerman is
tracking down the murderers of tomorrow."
-- Simon Wiesenthal
on the latest protests in Iran can be
found at www.iran.org
reporting on Iran's ties to the 9/11
May 19, 2011: Lawsuit:
Detailed information about
Iran's material involvement in the planning and execuction of the 9/11
attacks finally surfaces in a U.S. courtroom.
Sept. 10, 2008: Iran’s
Role in 9/11 Attack. Probably the best short summary of the
case against Iran before the release of the Havlish evidence in May 2011.
April 13, 2009: More on Iran and
9/11, and Bin Laden's falconry forays in Iran, on the
MIchael Savage show. Ken tells the extraodinary story of
Parrot, renowned falconer and conservationist, who met a Bin Laden
confidant in Central Asia. Here
is the written version, as it appeared in Newsmax a few
earlier. And here is a
more recent version,
Jan. 19, 2009: The
revealed that Saad Bin Laden and other top al
Qaeda leaders were being
sheltered in Iran, thanks to the IRGC's Quds Force.
2008: Michael Savage
interviews Ken on revelations from Countdown to Crisis about what the
9/11 Commission found about Iran and what Ken learned from Iranian
2006: Khobar Towers Shame, Ten
Years After. The U.S. intelligence
community was well aware of Iran's tie-in with al Qaeda and their plans
to attack U.S. military facilities in Saudi Arabia before the Khobar
Towers attack, but never passed on that info to the commander in the
Feb. 17, 2004: Defector
Points Finger at Iran in September 11 Plot.
June 11, 2003: Defector
Alleges Iranian Involvement in 9/11 Attacks This is
16, 2009: Reporting from
Iran plan to buy Lebanon election.
- See also my commentary piece from
Times, with new revelations in the Hariri murder
The Pro-Iran Lobby:
- Feb. 23. 2007: The
Mullah's Voice, the unofficial
lobby in Washington. This is the story that first focused attention on
- For more, see Hassan Daioleslam's detailed expose, Iran's
Reprinted from NewsMax.com
Turkey Escalate Battle
Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 07:36 AM
By Kenneth R. Timmerman
Iran called on NATO member Turkey on Tuesday to help battle dissident
Kurds in the rugged mountains along the northern border between Iran
Turkey sent 20 tanks, 300 special forces troops, and surveillance
drones into Iran, eyewitnesses quoted by the Firat news agency
Firat is close to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party in Turkey (PKK),
which is waging its own fight against the Turkish government and also
has bases in northern Iraq.
But as I found out during a visit to the area this February, the PKK
camps are hours away from the area where Iran has been battling its own
rebel Kurds, who belong to the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, PJAK.
Turkey’s move marks a dramatic escalation in the battle. For their
part, PJAK spokesmen claim they have killed more than 250 Iranian
Revolutionary Guards Corps troops and destroyed several IRGC forward
Turkey denies claims that it was coordinating military operations with
Iran out of concerns that this would jeopardize its membership in the
NATO alliance. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with his
chief of general staff on Tuesday to discuss the new military moves.
Because of high casualties among draftee soldiers, Turkey plans to
recruit 5,000 “contract troops” to combat the Kurds, the Turkish daily
al-Hurriyet reported after the meeting.
Turkey purchased the Heron surveillance drones it sent to Iran from the
Israeli firm Elbit in 2009, before the recent suspension of
Israeli-Turkish defense cooperation.
Iranian shelling of Iraqi Kurdistan has caused hundreds of villagers to
flee the region and and has caused fires in large areas of farmland and
forests, according to the Red Cross.
Kurdish commentator Rebwar Karim Wali said, “Iran is only shelling to
create unrest in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. It is certainly more than
just wanting to confront a group of guerrilla fighters. As soon as the
Arab Spring began and people started revolting against their dictators,
Iran feared the flames could catch up with it as well. That is why it
began to create unrest in places where it finds some influence."
Even PJAK’s political rivals agree that Iran leaders fear that the
opposition Green Movement, which until now has been dominated by
Persian-speaking Tehran-based intellectuals, might link up with ethnic
groups such as PJAK.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari broke 10 days of virtual silence
from Baghdad on Wednesday, telling Iran that the shelling would damage
ties between the two countries. "We again demand that the Iranian
government stop its continuing shelling" of Iraqi territory "because
this is not constructive for Iraq-Iranian relations and will damages
ties," he told reporters.
"The shelling has continued for five years, but this time the duration
has been longer than previous instances," he added.
Also on Wednesday, a spokesman for U.S. military forces in Iraq called
on Iran to stop shelling Iraqi villages. "Iran has to stop its
bombardments of Kurdistan’s villages and respect the sovereignty of
Iraq,” Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan told the Kurdistan News Agency.
"Iran has no right to shell Kurdistan's border villages without the
prior agreement of the federal government. Bilateral relations are
built on mutual respect and both governments have to work together to
end these conflicts,” he added.
Tehran has put out mixed messages on the fighting. A top military
commander in charge of the operation told Iranian news agencies on
Tuesday that the Revolutionary Guards and local Kurdish bassiji
militias succeeded in killing 50 PJAK fighters since the operations
“Our offensive against the American anti-revolutionaries of PJAK will
continue along the Iranian border with Iraq in the north until the
central government in Iraq and the Kurdistan region . . . deploy police
and military forces along the mutual border,” he said.
While visiting Baghdad on Wednesday, Iran’s border guard commander
Hussein Zolfiqar, denied that Iranian troops had crossed into Iraqi
territory. “The Iranian forces have never pushed into Iraqi
territories. All the clashes took place inside Iran’s territories.”
Iranian media have been claiming that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki gave prior approval for the assault against PJAK bases inside
northern Iraq. A PJAK spokesman, Sherzad Kamangar, said PJAK has
repelled 19 separate Iranian attempts to penetrate across the border
But Adel Brawari, an adviser to al-Malaki on Kurdish affairs, is now
denying there was any such agreement. The Baghdad government was
unanimous its "political rejection of Iran's conduct,” he told the Ur
News Agency in Iraq.
The Tehran representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, one of
two ruling parties in the Kurdish Regional Government of northern Iraq,
told the Tehran Times this week that his party’s militia does not have
sufficient forces to control the border area. “We have announced that
we do not have the military capability to prevent [PJAK] from taking
action against Iran or to expel them from Kurdistan,” Nazim Dabbagh
told the state-run Iran Students News Agency on Wednesday.
He insisted that the PUK, which controls the border with Iran, had not
given PJAK any authorization to establish military training camps
inside KRG territory. “We believe that armed aggression has never
produced good results in the world, and we think problems should be
resolved through diplomacy,” he added.
Several of Dabbagh’s cables back to the KRG government in Erbil have
been leaked to Kurdish media in recent weeks, revealing intense
pressure from Iran on the KRG government to close the PJAK camps.
For more background and insight, read “Iranian Troops Attack Kurdish
Camps in Iraq.”
Iran also demanded this week that Germany arrest PJAK secretary general
Rahman Haj Ahmadi and extradite him to Iran where he could be
prosecuted on charges of terrorism and be executed.
Ahmadi has lived in Germany for forty years and has German citizenship.
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