James JefriA quarter of US casualties in Iraq have been caused by groups tied to the Iranian regime, the new US ambassador to Iraq said on Thursday.

According to Reuters, James Jeffrey added, “My own estimate, based just upon a gut feeling, is that up to a quarter of the American casualties and some of the more horrific incidents in which Americans were kidnapped ... can be traced without doubt to these Iranian groups.”

AlawiA huge split has apparently gripped the coalition of incumbent Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, the Arab-language daily Asharq al-Awsat International reported on Friday.

According to the daily, “A source in the National coalition led by Ammar Hakim, the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, said that 35 members of the State of Law coalition led by Nouri al-Maliki have contacted the National coalition informing it of their decision to depart from the State of Law.”

PetraeusUPI -  Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said Wednesday Iran is providing a "modicum" of assistance to the Taliban.

EGLThe Swiss energy group EGL does not consider that its 18 billion gas contract with the National Iranian Gas Export Company fall under American sanctions in regard to Iran, despite similar opinions in the U.S. Congress.

Ria NovostiTwo Russian commentators have written in an opinion piece that the clerical regime is on the brink of collapse owing to the conflicts brewing in its dominant factions.

Karar - DoroghThe Iranian regime is exaggerating and bluffing when it comes to its drone bombers, the director of the Russian Centre for Strategy and Technology Analysis said on Tuesday.

According to Ria Novosti, Ruslan Pukhov also said the regime does not have the capability to defend itself against air assaults.

Alawi - MotlaqAs the incumbent Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, grapples with rising street demonstrations by the Iraqi people against his government, this week, Dr. Ayad Allawi, the leader of the al-Iraqiya coalition, which won a majority in the March parliamentary elections, traveled to Kuwait after meeting with the president and prime minister of Russia in Moscow. Another senior leader of the coalition, Dr. Saleh Mutlak, visited Turkey to hold talks with the country’s president, prime minister and foreign minister.

KahrizakThe Iranian regime’s General Prosecutor on Monday confirmed reports that three judiciary officials linked to the heinous crimes committed at Kahrizak death camp have been suspended from work.

Gholamhossein Ejei added that the case of crimes committed by the regime’s agents at the University of Tehran’s dormitory is also being investigated separately.

KuwaitKuwait is closely monitoring "sleeping terror cells" tied to the Iranian regime, Agence France Presse reported on Sunday.

The AFP story was based on a report by al-Qabas daily citing Kuwaiti security sources.

Nuke BusherSubsequent to the launch of the Bushehr nuclear reactor, governments in the US, Britain and France emphasized growing international worries concerning the Iranian regime’s nuclear activities and called on Tehran to comply with its international obligations.

The US State Department’s spokesman, Darby Holladay told AFP on Saturday that the reactor "underscores that Iran does not need an indigenous enrichment capability if its intentions are purely peaceful."