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Kadhafi loyalists vow to snuff out protests

TRIPOLI (AFP) – Moamer Kadhafi’s regime vowed on Friday to snuff out attempts to challenge the Libyan leader, after an opposition “day of anger” became a bloodbath and two policemen were reported hanged by protesters. According to a toll compiled by AFP from different local sources, at least 41 people…

Iran to display US drones it shot down, top Iranian commander says

TEHRAN – Iran will put on public display two US Navy drones shot down by its elite Revolutionary Guards, a top Iranian commander said on Saturday. “The planes that were shot down are among the most modern US navy drones and have a long-range capability,” Ali Fadavi, commander of Guards’…

Iran claims to down spy planes but offers no proof

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claims to have shot down several Western spy planes, including two in the Persian Gulf, but provided no evidence. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is based in the Gulf, says it has no reports of aircraft downed “recently.” Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency on Sunday quoted…

Iran denies seizing US troops at Pakistan border

TEHRAN — Iranian officials denied on Sunday reports that its security forces seized seven US troops near the Islamic republic’s border with Pakistan, Tehran-based Al-Alam television and Press TV reported. “No American troops have been arrested. We deny it,” Ali Mohammad Azad, the governor general of Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province, told…

Mullen: US has plan ready to strike Iran if needed

The US military has a plan to attack Iran, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday, although he thinks a military strike is probably a bad idea. Not long after Adm. Mike Mullen’s aired on a Sunday talk show, the deputy chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard was…

Iran Guards making ‘astronomical profits’ from sanctions: Opposition leader

TEHRAN — Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi has said Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards back sanctions against Tehran as they make “astronomical profits” from the punitive measures, a website said on Sunday. “I believe that part of the Iranian rule as well as the Revolutionary Guards are in favour of sanctions as…

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard offers to escort future Gaza aid vessels

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards are ready to provide a military escort to cargo ships trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, a representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday. “Iran’s Revolutionary Guards naval forces are fully prepared to escort the peace and freedom convoys to Gaza with all…

Nigerian militants attack Shell oil pipeline

LAGOS — Nigerian militants calling themselves the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) said Sunday they had attacked a major Shell oil pipeline in the volatile Niger Delta, in a statement obtained by AFP. The group said the overnight attack “successfully disabled the trunk line belonging to Shell in the swamp of…

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