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Iraq: Blast kills 6 security officials

July 24th, 2012 Comments off

Children gather at the scene of a bomb attack in Madain, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, July 23, 2012. An onslaught of bombings and shootings killed scores of people across Iraq on Monday, in the nation’s deadliest day so far this year. The attacks come days after the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq declared a new offensive seeking to re-assert its might in the security vacuum left by the departing Americans. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)Iraqi police say an explosives-rigged motorcycle killed six Kurdish intelligence officials when it blew up near them in a town in the country's north.

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Administration & Intelligence officials: Hersh’s piece is a "slanted book report"…

May 31st, 2011 Comments off
“… In “Iran and the Bomb,” from the issue dated June 6, Hersh adds up what’s known about the Iranian nuclear program and concludes that the Obama administration is overstating the threat coming from Tehran, just as the Bush administration did nearly a decade ago when sizing up Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq.
But two administration officials told 
POLITICO’s Playbook that’s not the case.
“[A]ll you need to read to be deeply concerned about Iran’s nuclear program is the substantial body of information already in the public domain, including the most recent IAEA report,” a senior administration official said… 
“There is a clear, ongoing pattern of deception, … These examples and more make us deeply skeptical of Iran’s nuclear intentions.”
And a senior intelligence official also ripped Hersh, saying his article amounted to nothing more than “a slanted book report on a long narrative that’s already been told many times over.”
“We’ve been clear with the world about what we know about the Iranian nuclear program: Tehran is keeping its options open despite the fact that the community of nations demands otherwise,” the official added…”



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"We’ve got more time than we thought,….. "

January 13th, 2011 Comments off

“…”We’ve got more time than we thought,” said Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Hayden said he now believes the “key decision point” for possible military action against Iran has been postponed until the “next (U.S.) presidential term” which would be after the 2012 election.
At the same time, current and former U.S. national security and intelligence officials believe Iran is actively trying to assemble the infrastructure and know-how for atomic bomb production if and when political leaders decide to build one. …”

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