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There are 15 messages totalling 1040 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. UN chief calls on Taliban to ease tension after Iranian clash
2. Police guard at Iranian cultural centre gunned down in Pakistan
3. Japan calls on Iran, Afghanistan for self-restraint
4. Iran-Afghan clashes concern Annan
5. Iranian parliamentary speaker accuses Taliban of drug trafficking
6. Iran, Egypt discuss Turkey-Syria conflict: IRNA
7. Iran says it exercised restraint towards Taliban incursion
8. Iranian FM in Ankara to try to defuse Turkey-Syria tension
9. US family battles Washington in terrorism suit against Iran
10. US sees no imminent Iranian incursion into Afghanistan
11. Iranian court upholds death sentence on German
12. Paraguay nabs Iranian trying to enter Israeli embassy
13. Taliban say two killed, five wounded during Iran border clash
14. Iran's Student's support Amir En
15. update/please sign/Amir Entezam

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Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 23:04:50 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: UN chief calls on Taliban to ease tension after Iranian clash

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 8 (AFP) - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
called on the Taliban to calm tensions after the militia clashed
with Iranian forces on the Afghan border on Thursday.
Annan said in a statement released here that he was "concerned"
by the clashes which broke out in the first flare-up of violence
since Tehran deployed troops on the border in August.
"The secretary-general urges all parties to exercise maximum
restraint," the statement said.
"The secretary-general expects the Taliban to cooperate with his
special envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, with a view to
defusing tensions with Iran," it said.
UN envoy Brahimi held four days of talks in Tehran before
heading Thursday for Islamabad to meet with representatives of the
Taliban and Pakistani leaders.
Iran said that its elite Revolutionary Guard had inflicted
"heavy casualities" on the Taliban in three hours of fighting after
the militia attacked a post along the northern section of the
border.
In Kabul, the Taliban's senior spokesman Mawlawi Wakil Ahmad
said the Iranian claims of Taliban incursions were lies and "totally
baseless."


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Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 23:05:10 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Police guard at Iranian cultural centre gunned down in Pakistan

MULTAN, Pakistan, Oct 9 (AFP) - A police guard at Iran's
cultural centre here was shot dead and another was critically
injured in an attack by unknown assailants Friday, police said.
The guards came under fire near the centre as they were
returning to their station after ending overnight duty, they said.
"It is a terrorist attack," said a police official in this
central Pakistani city.
The Iranian cultural centre has an Iranian director living with
his family and several Pakistani employees.
In February last year the centre's Iranian director, Mohammad
Ali Rahimi, ws killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen, along
with about half a dozen Pakistani employees.
Several Iranians, including five Iranian air force cadets under
training in Pakistan, have been killed in attacks since last year.


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Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 23:05:24 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Japan calls on Iran, Afghanistan for self-restraint

TOKYO, Oct 9 (AFP) - Japan's government Friday called for
self-restraint after a reported clash between the Taliban militia
and Iranian forces on the Afghan border.
"I am aware of the report that Afghanistan and Iran had a
military clash and if that is true I would strongly seek
self-restraint from the two sides," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiromu
Nonaka told a news conference.
A foreign ministry official added that "Japan wants Iran and
Afghanistan not to engage in any military conflict."
On Thursday, Iran said its Revolutionary Guards had inflicted
"heavy casualties" on the Taliban militia in the first major clash
since the bitter rivals began building up forces on the Iran-Afghan
border.
In Kabul, the Taliban's senior spokesman Mawlawi Wakil Ahmad
said the Iranian claims of Taliban incursions were lies and "totally
baseless."


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Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 23:04:39 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran-Afghan clashes concern Annan

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is
asking ``all parties to exercise maximum restraint'' in border clashes
between Afghanistan and Iran.
Annan spokesman Fred Eckhard, said in a statement today, ``The
secretary-general is concerned at reports of border clashes between
armed forces of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan and the Islamic
Republic of Iran.''
The statement said, ``The secretary-general urges all parties to
exercise maximum restraint'' in accordance with the Security Council
resolution passed Aug. 28, which calls for an immediate halt to
hostilities, and immediate negotiations, without preconditions, at
establishing a broad-based government.
Annan said he ``expects the Taliban to cooperate with his special
envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi.''
Brahimi arrived today in neighboring Pakistan's capital of Islamabad,
following four days of talks in Tehran with the Iranian leaders.
The talks were being held in Pakistan for ``security'' reasons, and
according to the spokesman, were held ``with a view to defusing the
existing tensions with Iran.''
Iran massed troops along Afghanistan's western border after nine
diplomats and a journalist were reported killed in August in the Taliban
takeover of Mazar-e Sharif in northern Afghanistan.
The British Broadcasting Corp. monitored a report broadcast by
Tehran-TV which reported the recent clashes occurred along a northern
stretch of the border in the area of Torbat-e Jam, Iran.
The broadcast said the Taliban ``targeted the border posts of the
Islamic Republic of Iran with heavy and light weapons.'' It said Iranian
forces in the area responded, and ``the Taliban forces were forced to
end the shelling and retreat.''


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Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 23:05:49 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian parliamentary speaker accuses Taliban of drug trafficking

MADRID, Oct 9 (AFP) - The speaker of the Iranian parliament, Ali
Akbar Nateq-Nuri, accused Afghanistan's Taliban militia in an
interview published here Friday of financing their operations
through drug trafficking.
"They are funded largely through drug trafficking and are a
danger not just for the region but also for the world as a whole,"
he told the daily newspaper El Pais.
Nateq-Nuri, who began a two-day visit to Spain on Thursday, said
Iran was concerned about "the genocidal practices" of the Taliban.
"They have gone against all international principles and have
taken our diplomats hostage and murdered them," he said.
Those currently in power in Afghanistan "have little in common
with the revolutionary groups" which fought the invading Soviet army
in the 1980s, he went on. "They have been prisoners of their past."
After his arrival Thursday, Nateq-Nuri had a short meeting with
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar.
He was scheduled to confer on Friday with deputy premier
Francisco Alvarez-Cascos and Foreign Minister Abel Matutes before
touring the southern cities of Granada et Cordoba where Islamic rule
flourished under the Moors between the 8th and 15th centuries AD.
Tensions have soared between Shiite Moslem Iran and the Sunni
Moslem Taliban since the militia killed eight Iranian diplomats and
a journalists during the capture of the northern Afghan city of
Mazar-i-Sharif in August.
Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Taliban militiamen clashed on
the Iran-Afghan border on Thursday.


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Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 23:05:59 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran, Egypt discuss Turkey-Syria conflict: IRNA

TEHRAN, Oct 9 (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi
held a telephone conversation with his Egyptian counterpart Amr
Mussa as part of efforts to mediate in the conflict between Syria
and Turkey, Iran's official news agency IRNA said Friday.
The agency, quoting a member of the Iranian delegation visiting
Damascus and Ankara, said the conversation was held Thursday, when
Kharazi was in Syria on the first leg of his mediation tour.
"They discussed the latest developments in the current crisis in
relations between the two Moslem countries of Turkey and Syria," the
unnamed official was quoted as saying.
"The conversation took place in relation to a recent trip to
Ankara and Damascus by Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak," he added,
without disclosing the content of the talks.
Kharazi arrived in Ankara from Damascus on Friday to try to
defuse tension over Turkey's threats of military action against
Syria, which it has accused of backing Kurdish rebels.
According to the Turkish Anatolia news agency, Kharazi will meet
his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem to try to avert armed conflict
between the two nations following Turkish demands regarding
suspected Syrian support for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
The Iranian minister met Thursday with Syrian President Hafez
al-Assad to convey a message from the Iranian President Mohammad
Khatami.
In a statement issued before his departure Thursday, Kharazi
said the meeting had been "serious and constructive" and there were
"serious possibilities to resolve the two countries' differences in
a satisfactory manner."
Both Turkey and Syria are members of the Organisation of the
Islamic Conference (OIC), whose presidency Iran currently holds.
Turkey demands that Syria stop providing military and logistic
support for the PKK, which has been fighting Turkish forces in
southeast Turkey since 1984.
Syria denies giving any such support.
In earlier mediation this week, Mubarak met Turkish President
Suleyman Demirel in Ankara on Tuesday for talks on the escalating
war of words between the two states.


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Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 23:05:37 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran says it exercised restraint towards Taliban incursion

TEHRAN, Oct 9 (AFP) - Iran said Friday its forces had exercised
restraint towards a border incursion by the Taliban out of respect
for UN-sponsored diplomatic efforts to ease tension between Tehran
and the Afghan militia.
In a letter to the UN Security Council in New York, Iran said
the militia had attacked "Iran's soil between the border posts of
Ebrahim-Khani and Kandeh-Zuz" in the extreme northern tip of the
Iran-Afghan border in Khorasan province on Thursday.
"Iranian forces made a limited and appropriate response to
defend themselves and repel the Taliban attack which was a blatant
act of aggression and provocation," it said, quoted by the official
Iranian news agency IRNA.
"Iran exercised the utmost restraint in respect for the
diplomatic efforts of Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN special envoy for
Afghanistan, who seeks to oblige the Taliban to abide by the
Security Council resolution 1193," the letter added.
Iran said that its elite Revolutionary Guards had inflicted
"heavy casualities" on the Taliban in three hours of fighting after
the militia attacked a post along the northern section of the
border.
In Kabul, the Taliban's senior spokesman Mawlawi Wakil Ahmad
said the Iranian claims of Taliban incursions were lies and "totally
baseless."
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the Taliban on
Thursday to calm tensions after the clash.
He said he was "concerned" by the fighting, the first flare-up
of violence since Tehran deployed troops on the border with
Afghanistan in August.
"The secretary-general urges all parties to exercise maximum
restraint," the statement said.
"The secretary-general expects the Taliban to cooperate with his
special envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, with a view to
defusing tensions with Iran," it said.
UN envoy Brahimi held four days of talks in Tehran before
heading Thursday for Islamabad to meet with representatives of the
Taliban and Pakistani leaders.
He is on a tour of the region to try to ease growing tension
between Tehran and the Taliban after the militia killed eight
Iranian diplomats and a journalist in Afghanistan in August.


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Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 23:06:15 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian FM in Ankara to try to defuse Turkey-Syria tension

ANKARA, Oct 9 (AFP) - Iran's foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi
arrived here Friday from Damascus to try to defuse tension over
Turkey's threats of military action against Syria, which it has
accused of backing Kurdish separatist rebels.
The diplomatic mission came just before top-ranking Turkish
military and civilian leaders met with Turkish President Suleyman
Demirel to discuss their strategy against Syria
The meeting was expected to result in an ultimatum to Damascus.
Analysts here also expect the government to ask parliament to
authorise military strikes against Syria to be implemented if
diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis fail.
Kharazi met his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem, who handed him a
file of Turkey's demands to neighbouring Syria, a source close to
the government said.
Cem also accused Iran of "closing its eyes" to infiltration by
the separatist rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who
according to Cem cross from northern Iraq to Iranian territory,
Turkish television NTV said.
Both Damascus and Syria have denied Turkey's accusations.
Kharazi for his part passed on to Ankara the views of Syrian
President Hafez al-Assad with whom he discussed the mounting
tensions Thursday.
Kharazi said his meetings in Syria had been "serious and
constructive" and that there were "serious possibilities to resolve
the two countries' differences in a satisfactory manner."
The Iranian minister's visit follows a mediation mission by
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to both capitals earlier this
week.
Syria, bolstered and emboldened by the increasing efforts to
provide mediation, accused Ankara Friday of heightening the crisis
to cover up internal problems, in particular economic decline.
The daily al-Baas, close to the ruling party, said the Turkish
government was trying to create a smoke-screen to divert attention
from "revelations about the relations between the head of the
Turkish mafia ... and Turkish leaders."
Political sources in Damascus also accused Turkey of stirring up
tension on behalf of Israel, whose 1996 accord on military
cooperation with Turkey was described by Syria as a "diabolical
alliance."
The sources warned that "the verbal attacks by Turkey would
continue because Ankara is acting on Israel's behalf to weaken
Syria."
Syrian Foreign Minister Faruq al-Shara called on the United
States to act even-handedly "in the face of provocative declarations
made by Turkey."
US Assistant Secretary of State Martin Indyk met Egyptian
Foreign Minister Amr Mussa Thursday in Cairo and urged Syria to take
"seriously" its crisis with Turkey. He also Ankara, a NATO ally of
Washington, should "cool it."
"We have some very real problems that need to be addressed on an
urgent basis in terms of the PKK and that is the immediate issue,"
he said.
Turkey's demands include a Syrian crackdown on the PKK, the
handing over of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan and end to Syrian
denunciation of Turkish military cooperation with Israel.
Saudi Crown Prince Abdallah ibn Abdel Aziz is due to add his
voice to the general call for a diplomatic resolution of the row
when he visits Damascus and Ankara in the next few days, the Arabic
daily Al Hayat said Friday.
Mussa said Friday that Al-Shara is to visit Cairo soon for an
"exchange of views" on the crisis, although he did not eleaborate on
the agenda.
Al Shara stressed after Kharazi's visit Thursday Damascus's
willingness to settle the crisis by diplomatic means.
He noted the importance of the Iranian mediation attempt given
Iran's role as president of the Organisation of the Islamic
Conference (OIC).
Both Turkey and Syria are members of the OIC.


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Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 23:06:28 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: US family battles Washington in terrorism suit against Iran

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (AFP) - The family of an American student
killed in a 1995 bus bombing in Israel say their quest to nail Iran
for the terrorist attack has fallen victim to Washington's new
friendliness towards Tehran.
Stephen and Rosalyn Flatow, from New Jersey, are seeking to
seize Iran's embassy here and two other diplomatic properties to
collect on a 247.5-million-dollar judgment against Iran that was
handed down over a year ago.
But the State Department has stepped in to oppose the request,
arguing before a US court that it violates laws protecting the
assets of foreign governments.
"The government is claiming to fight back at terrorism with all
the tools available. But I think that in my case, they don't want to
use that tool because they are trying to have some type of
rapprochement with the Iranian government," said Flatow in an
interview with AFP Thursday.
"I find that disturbing," he said.
Flatow won the judgment against Iran in March 1997 under
provisions of a new US anti-terrorism law that grants Americans the
right to seek damages from countries that sponsor terrorism.
In that ruling, a US district court found that Iran was the
sponsor of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad whose fighters staged a
suicide attack on April 9, 1995 that killed Alisa Flatow, a
20-year-old student.
The Islamic militants drove a bomb-laden van into a bus in the
Gaza Strip that she was taking to a beach resort.
During the hearings in 1997, the State Department offered
evidence to support Flatow's claim that Iran had a hand in the
attack by providing funds to the Islamic Jihad.
But that was before US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright put
an end to decades of outright US hostility towards Iran when she
offered in April to sit down with the Islamic republic to try to
restore relations.
The United States broke off diplomatic ties with Iran in April
1980 after Islamic revolutionaries took hostages at the US embassy
in Tehran. They were released in January 1981.
The State Department denies that it is trying to thwart Flatow's
request because of the new climate in relations with Iran.
"There are serious legal issues," said an official.
In a brief recently presented to the court, the State Department
argued that allowing Flatow to seize the Iranian assets would deal a
blow to the Foreign Missions Act and the Vienna Convention on
diplomatic relations.
The law and the treaty state that the real estate of foreign
governments cannot be handed over to an individual to settle a
private claim.
The buildings claimed by Flatow include the Iranian embassy
currently leased by the Turkish government, the ambassador's
residence adjacent to the embassy and the home of the military
attache.
A judge is expected to render a decision in the coming months on
whether the buildings can be sold off to compensate the Flatows.
In the meantime, US lawmakers sympathetic to Flatow's case have
drafted legislation that would allow seizures of government property
in cases involving terrorism.
Iran has repeatedly denied ties to terrorist groups although it
maintains that support for radical Palestinian factions is
legitimate to counter "state terrorism" by Israel.


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Date: Sat, 10 Oct 1998 14:46:53 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: US sees no imminent Iranian incursion into Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (AFP) - The United States said Friday it did
not expect Iran to mount an offensive into Afghanistan any time soon
despite reports of border skirmishes.
Washington also urged Tehran and Afghanistan's ruling Taliban
militia to resolve their differences diplomatically with the
assistance of UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who arrived in Islamabad
Friday.
Noting that Iran has deployed "significant" military forces
along the border with Iran, State Department deputy spokesman James
Foley added however: "we don't have current indications of any
imminent movement of those forces."
US officials are concerned that a war between Iran and
Afghanistan could destabilise the former Soviet republics of central
Asia, where several US companies have landed lucrative oil deals.
"We are actively working with other countries in the region and
through the UN to defuse this crisis," said Foley.
Tensions between Iran and the Taliban have been on the rise
since the August 8 military takeover of the northern Afghan city of
Mazar-i-Sharif by the Islamic militia and the killing there of eight
Iranian diplomats and a journalist.
Iran is demanding the killers be arrested and punished and the
Taliban release around 40 Iranians held captive by the Islamic
militia in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.


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Date: Sat, 10 Oct 1998 14:47:13 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian court upholds death sentence on German

TEHRAN, Oct 10 (AFP) - An Iranian appeals court has upheld a
death sentence passed on German businessman Helmut Hofer for having
an affair with a Moslem woman, the government paper Iran News
reported Saturday.
Hofer was sentenced to death in January under a law banning
sexual relations between Moslems and non-Moslems but the Iranian
supreme court later overturned the verdict. The appeals court began
hearing the case last month.
According to the paper, the appeals court found Hofer guilty
after two sitting and sentenced him to death by hanging. The woman,
identified only as "Vahideh G" was sentenced to 100 lashes.
Hofer's lawyer had asked for a retrial on the grounds that the
57-year-old businessman had converted to Islam when the relationship
started.
The case has reignited tensions between Bonn and Tehran, whose
relations were strained over the verdict of a German court in 1997
which implicated Iranian leaders in the assassination of Kurdish
dissidents in a Berlin restaurant in 1992.


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Date: Sat, 10 Oct 1998 14:46:40 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Paraguay nabs Iranian trying to enter Israeli embassy

ASUNCION, Oct 9 (AFP) - Paraguay's anti-terrorist police caught
an Iranian trying to gain access to the Israeli embassy in central
Asuncion Thursday, a local newspaper reported Friday.
Tehran-born Muhammad Astaraki, 24, was trying to spy on the
movements inside the compound, presumably with terrorist intent, the
police told ABC newspaper.
"We don't know his intentions but we suspect that he was trying
to check out the premises," said police sources, who admitted that
for lack of proof Astaraki would only be expelled from the country
after being questioned.
At the time of his capture, Astaraki, who lived in Brazil near
the frontier with Paraguay, was holding an Iranian passport issued
in Brasilia and tickets to Iran via the Netherlands.
The anti-terrorist police of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil
have been working together for months to identify Islamic suspects
in the zone where their frontiers meet.
Argentine authorities have attributed the bloody attacks against
the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 and a Jewish community
center there in 1994 to Iranian extremists.


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Date: Sat, 10 Oct 1998 14:47:29 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Taliban say two killed, five wounded during Iran border clash

KABUL, Oct 11 (AFP) - The Taliban authorities Saturday claimed
two Afghans were killed, five injured and six villages looted by
Iranian troops during a border clash two days earlier.
Radio Shariat quoted senior Taliban sources as saying Iranian
military forces attacked with heavy and light weapons along the
Afghan border areas in the southwestern province of Herat Thursday.
The Taliban had earlier rejected Iranian claims as "totally
baseless" that the Afghan Islamic militia had incurred "heavy
casualties" after it launched an attack on strategic border
positions inside Iran.
However, the official Taliban radio said Saturday that two
people were "martyred" including the Imam (cleric) of a mosque and
five residents in Karez and Ilias were wounded during the clash.
Karez and Ilias are areas in Herat, near the border where Iran
has massed more than 200,000 troops for military exercises.
The deaths are the first confirmed casualties since relations
between Afghanistan's Taliban regime and Teheran all but collpased
in response to the murder of Iranian diplomats two months ago.
The murders, after the northern town of Mazar-i-Sharif fell to
the Taliban on August 8 during the militia's northern offensive, has
led the two sides to the brink of war.
"As a result of heinous plans by Iran, two countrymen became
martyrs, five were wounded ... also six villages of Karez and Ilias
were mercilessly attacked and looted," authorities here said
Saturday.
The villages included Kandi Sukhta, Joi Baloochan, Dahanai
Zolfeqar, Kela Daryab. The remaining two were not named.
"These moves have been conducted along the borders by Iran in
order to create fear and disrupt security," the sources added.
This was the first admission by the Taliban that Iran's military
exercise could be simply designed to disrupt Taliban military
strategy inside Afghanistan, as opposed to launching a full-scale
invasion.
Thursday's Taliban-Iranian clash came amid mounting speculation
in Kabul that the Taliban are preparing to launch a pre-emptive
stike against the militia's chief local rival Ahmad Shah Masood.
Analysts say the Iranian troop build-up could be used to
Masood's advantage, by forcing the Taliban to divert scarce
resources to Afghanistan's southwest borders.
Masood and his 10,000 men remain the last major threat to
Taliban ambitions of assuming total control of Afghanistan and
continue to shell Taliban frontlines, about 25 kilometres (15 miles)
north of here.
However, Masood's base in the nearby Panjsher Valley was largely
cut off from the outside world during the Taliban's recent victories
in the north.
This has raised fears of a Masood counter-strike designed to win
back supply routes before the winter sets in.
Shortly after Thursday's clash, General Azizollah Jafari, the
commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' ground forces, alleged
Taliban militiamen attacked an Iranian border post in the Saleh-Abad
region of Torbat-e-Jan, in the north of Khorasan province.
He claimed Iranian forces responded and the Taliban suffered
heavy casualties in the three-hour exchange and three Taliban border
posts were destroyed.
Taliban authorities say the situation along the border is now
calm, but Iran had taken advantage of the situation by alleging the
militia had made the first strike.
"The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan security forces along the
border have shown complete restraint and did not retaliate," Radio
Shariat quoted Taliban sources as saying.
Taliban Supreme Leader Mulla Mohammad Omar has said he is
prepared to allow a United Nations delegation to travel to the
border to investigate the situation.


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Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 22:03:31 EDT
From: KPGBT@AOL.COM
Subject: Iran's Student's support Amir En

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Subj: Iran's Students Write in Support of Abbas Amir-Entezam
Date: 98-10-08 00:32:52 EDT
From: About Iran
To: About Iran

About Iran has received the following text from the "Committee for Defense of
Abbas Amir-Entezam, New York." Please distribute this letter as widely as
possible.

October 1998

In the Name of God

From: The Student Committee for the Defense of Prisoners of Conscience


Amir-Entezam: The Legend of Iranian Resistance

Mr. Amir-Entezam, the deputy Prime Minister and the Spokesperson of the
Provisional Government, has been once again the target of the rage of the
authorities. Well known for his efforts to establish democracy and a
strong opponent of the "Assembly of Experts," Mr. Entezam was arrested on
December 21, 1979 on the allegations of espionage for the United States
and was kept in solitary confinement at Evin Prison for 450 days. In
March 1981, in branch no.1 of the Revolutionary Court, Mr. Entezam was
put on trial and convicted to life in prison in the absence of a jury or
a defense attorney.

After fourteen years in prison, in 1992, Mr. Entezam was offered an
opportunity to leave prison. However, he rejected the offer on the basis
of its "lawlessness." For Mr. Entezam, release from jail would mean
freedom only if he were to be acquitted of the espionage charges in a
court of law and before the nation that had once placed its trust in him.


Due to a number of physical ailments caused by various tortures, Mr.
Entezam was transferred to house arrest in 1996. In that year, the
security forces offered Mr. Entezam the chance to leave Iran. But his
love for his country and people of Iran and insistence on legal,
democratic and non violent struggle prevented him from giving in to these
illegal requests.

To Mr. Entezam personal freedom has meant very little. In fact, he
demands a fair trial to prove his innocence and to press charges against
those who ruined 17 years of his life with lies and illegal actions. It
is obvious why his demand for fair trial is being ignored. If this case
is reopened those who put an innocent man in prison for 17 years and took
away productive years of one of most prominent freedom fighters of Iran
will have to stand the trial and pay for crimes of their own.

The students committee for defense of political prisoners finds Mr.
Entezams arrest in violation of articles 22 and 23 of the Constitution
and call upon the Judiciary Branch to review this case in accordance with
article 168 of the Constitution in an open and fair trial and in the
presence of jury and defense attorneys.

Respectfully,
The Student Committee for the Defense of Prisoners of Conscience
Tehran/ Iran

[List of names]

"Translated by the Committee for Defense of Abbas Amir-Entezam, New York"

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Subject: Fwd: Iran's Students Write in Support of Abbas Amir-Entezam
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Subject: Iran's Students Write in Support of Abbas Amir-Entezam
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About Iran has received the following text from the "Committee for Defense of
Abbas Amir-Entezam, New York." Please distribute this letter as widely as
possible.

October 1998

In the Name of God

From: The Student Committee for the Defense of Prisoners of Conscience


Amir-Entezam: The Legend of Iranian Resistance

Mr. Amir-Entezam, the deputy Prime Minister and the Spokesperson of the
Provisional Government, has been once again the target of the rage of the
authorities. Well known for his efforts to establish democracy and a
strong opponent of the "Assembly of Experts," Mr. Entezam was arrested on
December 21, 1979 on the allegations of espionage for the United States
and was kept in solitary confinement at Evin Prison for 450 days. In
March 1981, in branch no.1 of the Revolutionary Court, Mr. Entezam was
put on trial and convicted to life in prison in the absence of a jury or
a defense attorney.

After fourteen years in prison, in 1992, Mr. Entezam was offered an
opportunity to leave prison. However, he rejected the offer on the basis
of its "lawlessness." For Mr. Entezam, release from jail would mean
freedom only if he were to be acquitted of the espionage charges in a
court of law and before the nation that had once placed its trust in him.


Due to a number of physical ailments caused by various tortures, Mr.
Entezam was transferred to house arrest in 1996. In that year, the
security forces offered Mr. Entezam the chance to leave Iran. But his
love for his country and people of Iran and insistence on legal,
democratic and non violent struggle prevented him from giving in to these
illegal requests.

To Mr. Entezam personal freedom has meant very little. In fact, he
demands a fair trial to prove his innocence and to press charges against
those who ruined 17 years of his life with lies and illegal actions. It
is obvious why his demand for fair trial is being ignored. If this case
is reopened those who put an innocent man in prison for 17 years and took
away productive years of one of most prominent freedom fighters of Iran
will have to stand the trial and pay for crimes of their own.

The students committee for defense of political prisoners finds Mr.
Entezams arrest in violation of articles 22 and 23 of the Constitution
and call upon the Judiciary Branch to review this case in accordance with
article 168 of the Constitution in an open and fair trial and in the
presence of jury and defense attorneys.

Respectfully,
The Student Committee for the Defense of Prisoners of Conscience
Tehran/ Iran

[List of names]

"Translated by the Committee for Defense of Abbas Amir-Entezam, New York"

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Date: Sat, 10 Oct 1998 16:02:25 EDT
From: KPGBT@AOL.COM
Subject: update/please sign/Amir Entezam

Hi all,

So far, there are 45 signatures collected from internet and the New York area.
The total of signatures from outside internet stood close to 200 three weeks
ago. I will update the ouside-internet-signature-drive as soon as I get more
information. I

Please help by
distributing this e-mail and encouraging friends of democracy and human rights
to add their name. This campaign will be ongoing untill the case of Amir
Entezam is resolved.

The campaign for freedom of Amir Entezam is linked to the campign for the
freedom of press and resistance to other violations of HR in recent days.

Please add your support by signing and distributing the statement below: Add
your support by sending an e-mail to:

kpgbt@aol.com
name:
profession:
country:

Note that the signatures come from all over the world.

regards

Kourosh

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We, the undersigned, protest the illegal detention of Mr. Amir
Entezam, and demand the immediate and unconditional release of
this tireless soldier of the Iranian national movement.

Mr. Amir Entezam has on numerous occasions demanded a fair public hearing
in which he could respond to the baseless allegations that have been
made against him. We also demand the immediate formation of an
independent tribunal which would hold a hearing on the cruel treatment,
including torture on several occasions, that Mr. Amir Entezam has received
while in prison.
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List from New York and Internet

1. Dr. Ahmad shraff, New Jersey
2. Dr. Sassan Pejhan, New Jersey
3. Noushirvan Hatami, New York
4. Reza Delghavi, New York
5. Massoud Tehrani, New York
6. Abbas Heidari, Connecticut
7. Bahram Rahmani, New York
8. Abdollah Taheri, New Jersey
9. Dr. Kourosh Parsa, Connecticut
10. Abdi Kalantari, New York
11. Saeed Gillani, New York
12. Dr. Iraj Saadat, New York
13. Dr. M. Ghaem Magham, New York
14. Dr. Mousafa Mostafa, New Jersey
15. Dr. Ezzatollah Mohajer Shojaee, New York
16. Dr. Hossein Samaee, Connecticut
17. Dr. Azzizollah Karam-Lou, New York
18. Shahriar Saadat, New York
19. Goudarz Eghtedari, Oregon
20. Dr. Mehran Sam, Neorobilogist, MA
21. Dr. Hossein Abghari, GA
22. Hossein Khanmohammedi, Civi Engineer, Atlanta
23. Nahid Kalantari, Director Noor Research, Atlanta
24. Fereydoun Taslimi, Chairman Iridian Technology, Atlanta
25. Dr. Ghavam Shahidi, New York
26. Mohsen Ekteshafee, New York
27. Manouchehr Shafei, New York
28. Dr. Mansour Farhang, New York
29. Hossein B. Zadeh, Human Rights Campaigner, London
30. Dr. Asghar Abdi, UK
31. Nader Hashemi, Public Relations Director, Canadians Concerned for the
Middle EastCanada
32. Gabriele Ross, Counselor, Oregon, USA
33. Ahmad Rafat , Italy
34. Susan Ghaemi, Australia
35. Farhad Abdolian, Hardware Designer, Sweden
36. Dr L.R. Bartlett, Bacteriologist, U.K.
37. Majid Hashemi, Student, Finland
38. Mehrdad Mohebbi
39. Fara Marz from Tennessee.
40. Faramarz Mehrdadfar, Graphic Designer, Oregon, USA
41. Manijeh Saba, lecturer, USA
42. Dr. Maryam Pirnazar, San Francisco
43. Amir Hussain Khunji, Buisiness, Pakistan
44. Majid Zolfaghari, Software Engineer, Sweden
45. Dr. Kamran Behnia, Physicist, France

List from outside Internet and New York

1. Behrooz Azarnoush, IL
2. Mohandess Amir Azari
3. Mandana Azari
4. Mohsen Ashtiani
5. Dr. Hossein Ayati
6. Aboutorab Aboutorabi
7. Sr. Parvaneh Ahmadi
8. Mohammad Arassi
9. Mohandess Amir Ardalani
10. Nader Osskouyee
11. Dr. Linda Arsalani
12. Amir Asslani
13. Shahla Abghari
14. Sima Afshari
15. Mohammad Afshari
16. Dr. Mohammad Eghtedari
17. Dr. Hamid Akbari
18. Simin Akbari
19. Pari Olfati
20. Nassrin Almasi
21. Sadreddin Elahi
22. Besharat Amanat
23. Dr. Hossein Omid
24. Babak Amir Khosravi
25. Mohandess Morteza Anvari
26. Mehdi Amini
27. Iraj Anbash
28. Dr. Akbar Anaraki
29. Dr. Dariush Izadi
30. Yadollah Babapour
31. Rahim Bajoghli
32. Henry Bahreini
33. Dr. Mohammad Borghei
34. Farzin Bastejani
35. Potkin Bassir
36. javad bambchi
37. Parveez Bohador
38. Bahar Bahramian
39. Dr. Bahram Bahramian
40. Kaveh Bahramian
41. Javad Beheshti
42. Faramarz Behnam
43. Dr. Mansour Biatzadeh
44. Dr. Youness Parsabanab
45. Shahrnoush Parsipour
46. Faramarz Pakzad
47. Dr. Mohammad Parvin
48. Mehdi Panahipour
49. Masoud Poursaleh
50. Bijan Pourzadeh
51. Dr. Jaleh Pirnazar
52. Dr. Torabi
53. Simin Torabipour
54. Mehdi Torabipour
55. Ahmad Taghvayee
56. Habib Taghvayee
57. Mahmoud Tavakol
58. Dariush Tehrani
59. Samad Janfeshan
60. Valiollah Jadidi
61. Fariborz Jaffarpour
62. Dr. Reza Jafari
63. Dr. Farzaneh Choobi
64. Morteza Choobi
65. Manoochehr Choobi
66. Ali Hojatt
67. Pari Hassani
68. Mansoureh Haghseta
69. Javad Heidari
70. Mehdi Khanbaba-Tehrani
71. Dr. Mohammad Reza Khoshnood
72. Zohreh Khayam
73. Shahram Kheiltash
74. Hormoz Kheiltash
75. Fereidoon Dadrass
76. Jeenous Dadfar
77. Bijan Dadgari
78. Dr. Parvin darabi
79. Dr. Parviz Davarpanah
80. Afkham Darbandi
81. Davis
82. Hayedeh Daftari
83. Dr. Margrett Duvalle
84. Kaveh Dowlat-Abadi
85. Mehdi Zolfaghari
86. Kioumars Rad
87. Dr. Ali Rassekh Afshar
88. Dr. Reza Rassekhi
89. Hassan Rashedi
90.Hassan Rajab-nejad
91. Hamid Rajabi
92. Reza Rahimpour
93. Bahman Rahim-Zadeh
94. Nader Rastegar
95. Hossein Rashtian
96. Dr. Hassan Rezayee
97. Abbas Rangchi
98. Mohammad Rangchi
99. Hassan Zerehi
100. Dr. Mahin Zandi
101. Dr. Hassan Zavarehi
102. Ghassem Zehi
103. Jeela Saed
104. Dr. Jalal Salemi
105. Ali Sajjadi
106. Dr. Mehdi Sorkhabi
107. Dr. Houshang Soleiman-Nejad
108. Soussan Shalchi
109. Esmaeel Shaban
110. Amir Massoud Shojayee
111. Hamid Shojayee
112. Zia Shojayee
113. Saeed Shareefi
114. Houshang Shakibayee
115. Mohammad Shahabi
116. Mohammad Shahdadi
117. Jamsheed Showravee
118. Manouchehr Sabooni
119. Amir Hossein Sahab-Ekhtiari
120. Dr. Bagher Samsami
121. Abbas Ali Seirafi
122. Shahla Zargham-pour
123. Dr. Asghar Mina-Talayee
124. Dr. Nasser Tahmassbi
125. Mohammad Reza Adeeli
126. Mohammad Fathi
127. Jafar Fard
128. Massoud Farhadi
129. Manouchehr Farah-Vashi
130. Dr. Jalil Farhoumand
131. Jahangeer Farid-Nia
132. Mohammad Fiaz
133. Rafi Gharapetian
134. Kambiz Ghaem-Magham
135. Khosrow Ghadiri
136. Parvin Gharat
137. Mohammd Ali Gharat
138. Sassan Lebasschi
139. Haj Ghassem Lebasschi
140. Massoud Lebasschi
141. Ardesheer Lotfalian
142. Habibollah Lotfi
143. Manouchehr Kasheff
144. Massoud Kashefi
145. Shahnaz Kamvar
146. Mohammad Kaveh
147. Hassan Karimi
148. Dr. Hossein Karimi
149. Fariborz Karimi
150. Houshang Sadr Keshavarz
151. Hossein Kandi
152. Pedram Kian
153. Dr. Minoo Gorgi
154. Mahmoud Goudarzi
155. Ezzatollah Gooshehgir
156. Dariush Gilani
157. Dr. Mohsen Gilani
158. Dr. Shahnaz Mazandarani
159. Mahmoud Mojeeb
160. Sadegh Mohammadi
161. Dr. Manouchehr Mohammadi
162. Sadegh Mahmoudi
163. Manijeh Marashee
164. Hossein Maboodian
165. Ahmad Meragee
166. Vassimeh Merajee
167. Ali Meghdadi
168. Dr. Keikhossrow Moghadam
169. Dr. Amir Houshang Momtaz
170. Hossein Montazer Haghighi
171. Bijan Mansouri
172. Mohammad Kamal Moazzen
173. Dr. Azzizollah Mohajer Shojayee
174. Pouran Mehdizadeh
175. Dr. Esmayeel Mir Mozzaffari
176. Davood Miri
177. Soudabeh Nasseri
178. Akbar Nazem-Zadeh Fard
179. Mansour Nakhayee
180. Dr. Amir Nazmee
181. Mohammd Navab
182. Amir Nourmandi
183. Nasser Nik-Bakht
184. Mahmoud Nik-Rooz
185. Ali Gholi Nik-Nam
186. Dr. Maryam Vatadoost
187. Jahangeer Vatan-Khah
188. Farideh Harandi
189. Jamsheed Hezar
190. Morteza Homayoun
191. Yahyah Hamadani
192. Dr. Fereidoun Hoveida
193. Farhad Yassayee

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