Imperialist rodents threaten Iran, Iraq

Iranian intelligence operatives detained over a dozen squirrels found within the nation’s borders earlier this month, claiming they were serving as spies for Western powers determined to undermine the Islamic Republic. “In recent weeks, intelligence operatives have arrested 14 squirrels within Iran’s borders,” state news agency IRNA reported. “The squirrels were carrying spy gear of foreign agencies, and were stopped before they could act, thanks to the alertness of our intelligence services.” (YNet, July 17) Meanwhile in Iraq, British forces have denied rumors that they released a plague of ferocious man-eating badgers in the city of Basra. Several of the creatures, caught and killed by local farmers, have been identified by experts as honey badgers, which do not attack human beings unless threatened. UK military spokesman Major Mike Shearer said: “We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area.” (BBC, July 12)

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