Saturday, July 16, 2005

Inside the Ring - Negroponte's home

Inside the Ring�-�Nation/Politics�-�The Washington Times, America's Newspaper: "Negroponte's home
Bolling Air Force Base, home to the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency, will be getting a new tenant. John D. Negroponte, the nation's first director of national intelligence, will move his headquarters to Bolling once the two top floors in the Defense Intelligence Analysis Center are readied.
The move to Bolling in Southeast Washington on the Anacostia River is viewed as semi-permanent. The DNI likely will stay there three to five years while a permanent facility is built, we are told.
Mr. Negroponte now works at the New Executive Office Building near the White House."

Al-Qaeda conspiracies foiled in Iran - Irna

Al-Qaeda conspiracies foiled in Iran - Irna: "Al-Qaeda conspiracies foiled in Iran Tehran, July 16, IRNA
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Minister of Information Ali Younesi said on Saturday that Iran has foiled five al-Qaeda conspiracies so far.

He said that since collapse of Taliban in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda made five attempts against Iran which have all been thwarted.

Elaborating on the five stages of Taliban offensive against Iran, he said that different nationalities with passports have entered Iran shortly after collapse of Taliban as the first plot.

"We identified and expelled them to the countries of origin," he said.

The second al-Qaeda plot was that the intelligence apparatus learnt that some elements of al-Qaeda had embarked on underground life in Tehran and northern Iran. They were identified and arrested.

"They had planned to launch terrorist operations from Iran," he said.

"Some of them are in prison and are awaiting court hearing," he said.

The third wave of al-Qaeda offensive against Iran was aimed at infiltrating into Iran from Iraq under cover of Ansar-e Islam and Jond al-Islam.

They were mainly from Iraq and used to carry out cross-border movements.

The fourth wave, was presence of al-Qaeda in eastern part of Iran in the networks of banditry and drug trafficking, he said.

"They had planned to launch terrorist operations and sabotage in Iranian large cities especially in Tehran. Majority of them have been identified and arrested, including 'Abdul Malik' who illegally used to live in Sistan and Baluchestan province and occasionally carried out banditry in eastern Iran."
Younesi said that the fifth wave of al-Qaeda offensive against Iran began last week in which a group of al-Qaeda elements formed teams for terrorist attacks to support al-Qaeda.

"They had unidentified students of theological center, from the Sunnis and Mowlavi sects who were cooperating with Iran and attempted to assassinate them in terrorist operations. They were identified and arrested," Younesi said.

Expulsion of 2,000 to 3,000 al-Qaeda members
Younesi said that about 2,000 to 3,000 al-Qaeda members were identified, arrested and expelled from Iran.

"Currently some 200 al-Qaeda members are in Iranian prisons," Younesi said.

"Since al-Qaeda does not enjoy centralized command, many of the networks are doing by themselves without any link with the central command. That's why some of them are being recruited by foreign intelligence agencies including US Central Intelligence Agency and Israeli intelligence service," Younesi said.

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Xinhua - Iran foils al-Qaida conspiracies, 3000 members detained or expelled

Xinhua - English: "
Iran foils al-Qaida conspiracies, 3000 members detained or expelled 2005-07-17 08:13:44

TEHRAN, July 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Iran has foiled five al-Qaida conspiracies against it and detained or expelled nearly 3,000 al-Qaida members, Intelligence Minister Ali Younesi said on Saturday.

"Currently some 200 al-Qaida members are in Iranian prisons," Younesi told the official IRNA news agency.

"Since the collapse of the Taliban in Afghanistan, al-Qaida made five waves of attempts against Iran which have all been thwarted," Younesi said.

Meanwhile, Younesi accused the United States and Israel of recruiting former al-Qaida members.

The statement is believed to be the most detailed and comprehensive official revelation on Tehran's al-Qaida crackdown so far.

The United States has repeatedly accused Iran of sponsoring terrorists, labeling it as a member of the "Axis of Evil."

Tehran has vehemently rejected the charge, saying Washington is to blame for the growth of many terrorist groups including al-Qaida.

Iran says that it strongly opposes any form of terrorism from which the Iranians also suffer greatly."