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Ahmadinejad Criticizes UN Security Council Over Lebanon

Ahmadinejad (file photo) (Fars) August 2, 2006 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today criticized the UN Security Council for being unable to obtain a cease-fire in Lebanon.

Addressing residents of Jajarm, a city in northeastern Khorasan Province, he said the failure to obtain a suspension of Israel's attacks against the Hizballah Shi'ite militia "is a permanent disgrace for members of the international body, including the United States."

Earlier today, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Muslims worldwide to stand against Israel and the United States.

In remarks carried by Iran's main media, he praised Hizballah, which he said "is on the front line of the sacred defense of the Muslim ummah [community of believers] and all nations in the region."

Khamenei said Israel's attacks in Lebanon "will revive the spirit of resistance in the Islamic world."

Also today, former President Mohammad Khatami said Muslims should be "proud" of Hizballah for resisting Israel.

(IRNA, Fars)

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Israeli tanks poised on the border with Lebanon on August 2 (epa)

CLASH OF ARMS: Since mid-July, Israel has been battling Hizballah guerrillas in southern Lebanon and carrying out punishing air strikes throughout the country. International efforts to broker a cease-fire have met with one obstacle after another, as civilian casualties mount and a humanitarian crisis unfolds. Since Hizballah is closely supported by Syria and Iran, the conflict threatens constantly to develop into a regional conflagration.... (more)


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