The Islamic "Information (Intelligence) Minister" Hojatoleslam
Ali Yunesi announced the existence of "parallel" intelligence
and security organizations in the country.
Sheikh Khaled ben Saghar al Qasemi, the Crown Prince of Ra's al Kheymeh
Emirate claims sovereignty over the three Persian islands located
strategically at the entrance of the Persian Gulf.
Iran's Imperial Navy liberated the islands in 1971 following the withdrawal
of British forces.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says Iran denies
freedom of religion to minority religious groups that are not officially
recognized by the state. The Islamic regime has engaged in prolonged
detentions and executions based primarily or entirely upon the religion
of the victims. The commission said members of the Iranian Baha'i
community suffer the worst persecution at the hands of the Islamic