Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Retired Adm. Michael Mullen who served in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations said Sunday that the Iranian regime poses "a much more difficult challenge" than the threat posed by the ISIS.
Mullen said on NBC's "Meet the Press" it's the Iranian regime committed acts of terrorism, which led to the war in Iraq.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended on Sunday the letter he and 46 other Republican senators sent to the leaders of the Iranian regime on Monday, in which they warned any deal they sign with the Obama Administration would serve only as an executive agreement that could be revoked by a future president.
Senator McConnell also expressed his concern that President Obama is about to make a very bad nuclear deal.
The President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, met a number of delegations from the German Parliament (Bundestag) in addition to other political personalities during a trip to Berlin last week.
During the first of a series of such meetings, which took place on Thursday, March 5, Mrs. Rajavi met with the following dignitaries: former President of the Bundestag and Germany’s first-ever female minister, Professor Rita Süssmuth, Ms. Katharina Landgraf, parliamentarian from the Christian Democrat party and Deputy Chair of the Christian Democrat Women’s Group in the Bundestag, Ms. Sylvia Pantel, a Christian Democrat member of the Bundestag, Ms. Rita Pawelski, Chairwoman of the Society of Former Bundestag Members, and Ms. Hille Gosejacob, Honorary Chair of Social Workers’ Syndicate and Chair of the German Committee in Solidarity for a Free Iran.
Nearly 13,000 Syrians, including 108 children, have been tortured to death in Syrian regime’s prisons since the uprising began in March 2011, a monitoring group said Friday.
The head of the UK-based Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, said: "Some of the families of those killed under torture were forced to sign statements that their loved ones had been killed by rebel groups."
In an interview with French daily Le Figaro, the former head of NATO and the multinational forces in Afghanistan and CIA director, US General David Howell Petraeus warned against the threat by the Iranian regime in Iraq.
General Petraeus described the activities of Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Iranian regime’s Quds Force in Iraq, as ‘disturbing.’
--- In a large gathering in Berlin on Saturday, March 7, tens of thousands of people from 40 countries called on the world to focus on Tehran as the epicenter of Islamic fundamentalism and extremism. They expressed their support for democratic and tolerant interpretations of Islam and for the Iranian democratic opposition as the antithesis of Islamic extremism.
The Union of Iranian Associations in Germany organized this meeting. Iranian communities and their supporters from throughout Germany had campaigned to hold this meeting in Berlin.
On Thursday 12 March, Dr Alejo Vidal-Quadras, President of the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) and former Vice-President of European Parliament (1999-2014) was the key-note speaker in a conference held at Palais de Nations, the UN Headquarters in Geneva, on the deteriorating situation of human rights in Iran.
In his speech, Vidal-Quadras said: “Iran, under the so called moderate Rouhani, has executed many more prisoners than Ahmadinejad during the same period. In fact, it is number one in the world for the highest number of executions per capita with 1300 or 1400 executions during Rouhani’s term.”
Some very difficult issues remain in Iran nuclear talks and it is hard to tell if there can be a breakthrough when negotiations resume next week, a senior European diplomat said on Friday in Brussels.
According to Reuters, the senior European diplomat, speaking to journalists on condition of anonymity, said: "We've really made progress, particularly in the last weeks, but there are still some very difficult issues.”
Germany's second-biggest bank has agreed to pay $1.45bn (£980m) to US authorities after it violated American sanctions against doing business in Iran and Sudan.
US regulators said Commerzbank bank had "turned a blind eye" to illegal practices.
In recent days, several teachers who participated in the Sunday, March 8 protest in the cities of Tehran and Karaj have been summoned by the courts and by the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and faced interrogations.
In particular, four members of the Teachers' Union in the city of Karaj (located at the west of Tehran) were summoned to the city’s "Revolutionary Court" and the regime's agents asked them to commit to no longer participating in union activities.