Crossfire War – RAPID FIRE NEWS=TEHRAN – KABUL – ISLAMABAD WATCH – Central – South – West Asia Theatre: Massive Car Bombs Damages India Embassy in Kabul – Iran Has Used Civilian Companies to Masque Nuclear Weapons Program – Evade Inspection – Iran Pursues Biological Weapons Research – India Chief Minister in Kashmir Resigns
Night Watch: KABUL – “Whenever we do a suicide attack we confirm it. The Taliban did not do this one.” That was the statement from Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid after a devastating suicide car bomb attack on the India Embassy in Kabul which the Jerusalem Post/AP report killed more than forty people and wounded 141 but the wounded toll could increase. This was the single worst attack in Kabul since the Taliban were first overthrown in late 2001 but I believe Mujahid when he said it was not them who carried it out. The Taliban are very proud of their attacks and like to publicize it but in this case I suspect it was conducted by a government, or by two of them in coordination, who do not welcome India’s economic presence in Afghanistan any more than they welcome the West, Tehran and with the complete cooperation-understanding of Islamabad. India’s projects across Afghanistan have been the targets of attacks by Islamic militants, directed by Iran-Pakistan, for several years as they attempt to prevent India from having a major presence in this Central Asia crossroads and its links to the rest of the resource rich Central Asia region especially Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan. [JPOST]
The spokesman for the Afghanistan Interior Ministry, Najib Nikzad stated “terrorists have carried out this attack in coordination and consultation with some of the active intelligence circles in the region.” Quite often an attack of this magnitude, with no claim of responsibility, usually means Iran’s direct involvement. India Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said two Indian diplomats were killed, one of them Defense Attache Brigadier R. Mehta and diplomat V. Venkat Rao. Iran-Pakistan would not want India to have any influence in Afghanistan’s military and would definitely want to disrupt any cooperation between India-NATO. Right after the attack the United Nations issued a warning to its entire staff to stay off Kabul’s streets as reports came in that a second suicide car bomb attack could be near.
Amir Abad – The Jeursalem Post and the British daily The Telegraph have outlined how Iran’s government deliberately set up several civilian companies outside Tehran to continue its nuclear weapons research and development. The information comes from Western intelligence sources which discovered the network was established by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) knowing the civilian fronts would never be inspected. Their work revolved around the blueprints for atomic bombs sold to them by the Pakistan scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan in the early 1990s which is why I have always stated Iran has had nuclear weapons for quite some time and they are constantly adding to their stockpile of nuclear warheads for their ballistic missiles. Dr. Khan led the development of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and the day after Pakistan exploded several nuclear bombs in 1998, in response to India, Iran Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi visited Pakistan and praised what he called “the Islamic bomb” because he knew what Pakistan has Iran has also. The report mentioned one building in particular located in Amir Abad in western Tehran which has been used to construct components for P2 centrifuges which are used to enrich weapons grade uranium. [JPOST]
Reuters actually mentioned several years ago Iran is also using laser in its uranium enrichment, a feature which could be the result of China’s support and the Russian scientists that went south at the end of the Cold War in 1990. Look carefully at the photo of Iran’s Natanz nuclear site with all the flags flying around it as if Tehran is advertising it wanting the enemy to attack the site since it is not really important just a showpiece of deception not only of the United Nations inspection but also for enemy aircraft.
Karaj – AKI/The Sunday Times of London report Iran purchased more than 215 Vervet monkeys from a Tanzanian dealer possibly for the purpose of researching-developing biological weapons. Tehran arranged the purchase through Iran’s Razi Vaccine & Serum Research Institute ostensibly to develop vaccines but the Tanzanian dealer, Nazir Marji, said the monkeys are too small to be used for vaccines. Every year Marji sells 4,000 Vervet monkeys to laboratories around the world but an Iranian opposition group has often accused the Razi Institute of engaging in biological weapons production. The Razi Institute is based in Karaj just 30 miles (50 km) west of Tehran. Another Tanzanian dealer, Filbert Rubibira was asked last year to prepare a similar order for China’s military for what Beijing called “scientific purposes” but the ordered was cancelled at the last minute for reasons not made public. [AKI]
Srinagar – Al Jazeera is reporting the India State Government of Jammu-Kashmir has collapsed with the resignation of Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad due to the massive demonstrations which erupted in late June over the land grant of 40 acres for the erection of a Hindu shrine. A major contributing factor to his resignation was the withdrawal of the PDP party of their support. Hindu political parties and activists began their demonstrations further south in Jammu when Azad revoked his land grant decision and have since imposed an economic blockade of Kashmir to the north. [ALJAZEERA]