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World Digest: Iranian opposition leader Mousavi 'not afraid' to die

Saturday, January 2, 2010

IRAN

Opposition leader 'not afraid' to die

Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said Friday that he is ready to die for his reformist campaign, defying hard-liners' calls for his execution.

"I'm not afraid of being one of the martyrs who lost their lives in their fight for their rightful demands since the vote," Mousavi said on his Web site, referring to a disputed presidential election in June in which he and fellow opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi lost to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Mousavi, whose allegation that the vote was rigged set off a wave of unrest, said that Iran is in "serious crisis" and that arresting or killing him or Karroubi "will not calm the country."

Iranian authorities have intensified their crackdown on the reform movement since Sunday, when eight people -- including a nephew of Mousavi's -- were killed in protests.

-- Reuters

IRAQ

U.S: British hostage spent time in Iran

British computer programmer Peter Moore, freed this week 2 1/2 years after his kidnapping in Iraq, spent at least part of his captivity in Iran, according to U.S. intelligence assessments.

But Gen. David H. Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command and former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, said in Baghdad on Friday that it was difficult to determine what role Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps might have played in the abduction of Moore and four bodyguards from an Iraqi Finance Ministry building in Baghdad.


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