Washington Times: 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.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 13 Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed on Tuesday the United States-backed roadmap to peace in the Middle East and called for resistance against the state of Israel as the only path to liberation in the troubled region, state television reported.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 13 Irans former president and strongman Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani joined other senior officials of the Islamic Republic on Monday in defending remarks by the countrys hard-line President against the state of Israel.
Knight Ridder Newspapers: The Iranian-backed militia the Badr Organization has taken over many of the Iraqi Interior Ministry's intelligence activities and infiltrated its elite commando units, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.
Dow Jones Newswires: European Union foreign ministers called on Iran Monday to show greater respect for human rights, saying the situation in Iran was deteriorating and damaging E.U.-Iran ties. The E.U. ministers said they regretted that Iran has failed to hold talks on human rights this year, "despite the E.U.'s strong and repeated requests."
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Dec. 12 Prominent womens rights personalities from Iraqs Diyala Province condemned on Monday massive meddling by Iran in their countrys internal affairs ahead of key elections this week. They called for widespread and active participation in the elections by Iraqi women to combat this threat.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 12 Mondays edition of the state-run daily Hamshahri carried the photo of a young Afghan who was hanged in public on Saturday for a crime he was alleged to have committed as a minor.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 12 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has replaced the Islamic Republics ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, according to a report on Monday in Fars news agency, which is owned by the Office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
DPA: The German government said Monday it will ask European Union leaders formally to condemn remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denying the Holocaust happened and suggesting that Israel be moved to Europe.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Dec. 12 Iran is setting the grounds to influence Thursdays parliamentary elections in Iraq by sending its agents across the border in large numbers under the guise of pilgrims, according to a Baghdad security official.
Washington Post: 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.
AP: Iran opened the door Sunday for U.S. help in building a nuclear power plant - a move designed to ease American suspicions that Tehran is using its nuclear program as a cover to build atomic weapons.