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February 10, 2012

News Roundup 02/09

NBC: U.S. Officials Say Israel Sponsored MEK to Assassinate Iranian Nuclear Scientists
After long suspicion by the Iranian government that assassinations of the country’s scientists are being carried out by members of the MEK terrorist group and trained by Israel’s Intelligence Agency, Mossad, NBC says U.S. officials have confirmed that MEK was behind assassinations against Iranian nuclear scientists with Israel’s help:

“Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran’s leaders. U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Obama administration is aware of the assassination campaign but has no direct involvement.” (MSNBC.com 02/09)

Next IAEA report on Iran being billed as harshest yet
The next IAEA quarterly report on Iran’s nuclear inspections are being framed by some diplomats as being “harsher than the last one” and will allegedly include new details that Iran has worked on developing nuclear warheads for a ground-to-ground missile. (Haaretz 02/09)
Ex-Marine sentenced to death in Iran needs U.S. intervention, lawyer says
Lawyer for Amir M. Hekmati, who has been charged in Iran for allegedly spying for the CIA and received the death sentence, says his client has a chance to be saved if the Obama Administration does everything possible to intervene.  US officials say Iran has denied US access to Hekmati, but that the Administration is continuing to press for his release. (Washington Post 02/09)
Notable Opinion: Will AIPAC & Bibi get their way?  
MJ Rosenberg predicts Israel will not attack Iran this year because the consequences are uncertain and potentially grim:

“Despite all this, I do not think that either Netanyahu or his lobby are all that eager to go to war. After all, Israel’s intelligence community opposes it for a host of reasons starting with the fact that it would not eliminate Iran’s nuclear program. There is also the fear that Iran’s Hezbollah allies in Lebanon, on Israel’s northern border, have tens of thousands of missiles that they can let fly if Iran is attacked. Above all is the understanding that no one knows if an attack would make Israel safer or threaten its very existence.” (Huffington Post 02/09)

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