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Afghan MP: Taliban Using US, ISAF Assault Rifles
TEHRAN (FNA)- A member of the Afghan parliament on Sunday questioned escalation of Taliban insurgency in the relatively calm province of Kunduz, north of Afghanistan, saying that the Taliban is using the same assault rifles used by US forces and ISAF. ( 15:32:22 - 2009/09/06)

Spokesman Denies Deployment of Israeli Forces at Afghan Borders
TEHRAN (FNA)- Afghanistan's Defense Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi on Saturday dismissed reports on the deployment of Israeli forces at an Afghan border garrison. ( 17:56:12 - 2009/09/05)

Afghan Senator: Main Decisions for Afghanistan Dictated from Abroad
TEHRAN (FNA)- All important decisions for Afghanistan are made in foreign countries, an Afghan legislator said on Saturday, reiterating that even the president of his country had been determined by the foreign powers prior to the recent presidential election in the country. ( 17:30:50 - 2009/09/05)

HRW Slams Riyadh over Discrimination against Shiites
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Human Rights Watch's report strongly lashed out at Saudi Arabia over its "systemic state discrimination" against Shiite Muslims across the kingdom. ( 16:51:36 - 2009/09/04)

Former Gitmo Inmate Speaks Out against Torturers
TEHRAN (FNA)- Benyam Mohammad, a former inmate of the Guantanamo prison in Cuba on Tuesday complained that his US jailors tortured him into identifying himself as one of the members of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group. ( 16:04:51 - 2009/09/01)

Kurdish Top Figure to Become Iraqi Deputy PM
TEHRAN (FNA)- A distinguished head of the Kurdish faction at the Iraqi Parliament is likely to be appointed as one of the two Iraqi deputy prime ministers, sources in Iraqi prime minister's office announced on Tuesday. ( 15:53:14 - 2009/09/01)

Member of SIIC: Ammar Al-Hakim Good Choice for Leading Party
TEHRAN (FNA)- A member of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) Hamam Hamoudi Monday said that Ammar Al-Hakim is a proper choice for leading the council. ( 16:40:12 - 2009/08/31)

Afghanistan Denies Arms Imports from Israel
TEHRAN (FNA)- Afghanistan's Defense Ministry dismissed media reports that the country has concluded an agreement with Israel for the purchase of arms military equipment. ( 17:40:37 - 2009/08/30)

SIIC Official: Maliki Likely to Join Iraqi National Alliance
TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iraqi top Shiite figure predicted that the country's Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is likely to join a newly formed bloc called the "Iraqi National Alliance". ( 16:05:05 - 2009/08/30)

Afghan Politician: US Consulates Provoke Neighbors
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Afghanistan's Islamic Movement Party Molawi Mofleh said on Sunday that the US consulates in the Afghan cities of Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif have turned into intelligence headquarters for the Pentagon, warning that the move would provoke Afghanistan's neighbors. ( 15:56:52 - 2009/08/30)

US Pushing Karzai to Form Coalition Gov't
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United States has exerted much pressure on Afghanistan's incumbent President Hamid Karzai to form a coalition government in the war-shattered country, a source said Saturday. ( 17:03:56 - 2009/08/29)

Abdul Aziz al-Hakim Passes Away
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) head, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, died at the age of 59 ending his long fight with a lung cancer that brought Hakim to a Tehran hospital for the last year of his life. ( 15:40:04 - 2009/08/26)

Afghan Presidential Candidate Rejects Results
TEHRAN (FNA)- One of Afghanistan's presidential candidates on Wednesday rejected the results coming out of the August 20 presidential elections, accusing the government of President Hamid Karzai of massive fraud. ( 15:00:30 - 2009/08/26)

Analyst Blames Iraq's Security Forces for Weak Confrontation against Terrorist
TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iraqi strategy analyst blamed the recent bomb blasts in the country on the weak intelligence and information of the Iraqi security forces, saying that foreign powers have possibly played a major role in the attacks. ( 16:44:54 - 2009/08/24)

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