Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Spy Trial In Iran Of Washington Post Reporter Adjourns

By Dpa Correspondents, dpa (TNS)

TEHRAN — The trial in Iran of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been detained for the past 10 months on charges including espionage, began in a Tehran court on Tuesday, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

The proceedings were then adjourned, with no concrete date set for the next hearing, according to the ISNA news agency.
Observers said it was still not clear what exactly Rezaian is accused of spying on.

Rezaian, who holds dual U.S. and Iranian citizenship and is the newspaper’s bureau chief in Tehran, was arrested in July along with his wife, the journalist Yeganeh Salehi, who was later released from detention.…

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Biden Tries To Mollify Iraqis, Promises Training And Equipment

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden called Iraq’s prime minister Monday to try to smooth over a rough exchange of words between the two governments after the fall of important cities to Islamic State militants in recent days.

In his call with Prime Minister Haider Abadi, Biden paid respects to “the enormous sacrifice and bravery” of Iraqi fighters over the past 18 months of fighting, particularly around Ramadi, in western Iraq, according to a White House account of the call. Ramadi and Palmyra, in Syria, both fell to the militant group over the last week.…

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U.S. Defense Secretary Says Iraqis Need ‘Will To Fight’ To Defeat Islamic State

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration intensified its defense of the president’s strategy against the Islamic State group, with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter making a vigorous case that the terrorist group can be defeated only if the Iraqis “develop the will to fight.”

After Islamic State victories in the Iraqi city of Ramadi and in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra last week, Carter fended off suggestions that it’s time to position U.S. ground troops and troop air controllers near the trouble spots to contain the Islamic State.

Local officials and fighters must take responsibility, he said.…

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