Iran

IRGC busts terror outfit, kills three terrorists near Iraq border

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has smashed a terror outfit and killed three terrorists in the west of the country near the border with Iraq. In a statement on Saturday, the Najaf Ashraf Base of the IRGC Ground Forces said it had identified and completely destroyed a “counter-revolutionary terrorist group” that planned to carry out acts of sabotage and ...

Iran calls on world to stand up to Trump, save nuclear deal

The world should stand up to Washington’s bullying behavior, Iran’s foreign minister was quoted as saying on Sunday by state media in a letter to counterparts, as the top diplomat intensifies efforts to save a nuclear deal after a U.S. exit. U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out last month from the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers that lifted ...

Graham returns from Israel: We must ‘stop the Iran-Assad machine’

War between Israel and Iranian proxy forces is imminent, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators warned Tuesday after a trip to the Middle East last week. “Any time you leave a meeting where the request is ammunition, ammunition, ammunition, that’s probably not good,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of a meeting with Israeli officials. Graham is the Senate’s lead appropriator ...

Iran Releases Hundreds of Anti-Government Protesters From Detention, Officials Say

Iranian officials said Sunday that hundreds of people detained in recent weeks during anti-government protests have been released and acknowledged that at least 25 people were killed during the unrest. The demonstrations that erupted in a number of towns and cities were the largest seen in Iran since the disputed 2009 presidential election, but authorities say the unrest has waned ...

Iran’s Rouhani says Trump ‘failed’ to kill off nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mocked Donald Trump for failing to kill off the Iran nuclear deal despite the US leader’s 2016 election promise to do so. Trump signed off on a waiver Friday to keep several sanctions on Iran suspended, essentially keeping the nuclear deal in effect. The US President must sign such waivers every few months under the Joint Comprehensive Plan ...

Trump’s Justice Department Calls Anti-Iran Bill Unconstitutional

An anti-Iran bill passed in the House this month with the support of the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC is unconstitutional, according to a Justice Department memo obtained by BuzzFeed News. The determination is a setback for legislation Republicans hope will expose Democrats as soft on Iran and curry favor with pro-Israel donors. It also underscores the increasingly elaborate attempts ...

Strong Quake Strikes Southeastern Iran

A strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck southeastern Iran on Friday, followed quickly by an aftershock measuring 5.1, the U.S. Geological Survey says. At least 42 people were injured and several homes destroyed, officials say. The epicenter of the quake was located about 36 miles northeast of the city of Kerman in a sparsely populated area of the country. The depth of the ...

Iran-North Korea’s ‘axis of evil’ may be Trump’s biggest threat

With sanctions and rhetoric, President Donald Trump may be pushing North Korea and Iran closer together. On Wednesday, while in Seoul on his Asia tour, three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups displayed military strength nearby, while Trump gave dire warnings to North Korea’s leader to abandon nuclear weapons. “Do not underestimate us, and do not try us,” Trump said while addressing the ...

Middle East tensions rise as Iran and Saudis jostle for power

A string of escalatory moves in the Gulf in recent days suggest the long-brewing cold war between Saudi Arabia and its regional arch-rival Iran could soon grow hot. It began with the surprise resignation of the Lebanese prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, announced on Saturday from Saudi Arabia. Riyadh is believed to have pressed him to step down in frustration that ...

Iran’s supreme leader dismisses Trump’s ‘rants and whoppers’

Iran’s supreme leader has said his country will not take heed of “rants and whoppers of a foul-throated US president”, in a speech that also made clear that Tehran will not be the first to violate the nuclear deal. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in his first reaction since Donald Trump decertified the Iran deal, said on Wednesday that “we will not tear ...

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