Iran

Iran’s military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish and Iranian military leaders held talks on Wednesday over cooperation in the Syrian conflict and counter-terrorism, officials said, during a rare visit to NATO-member Turkey by the Islamic Republic’s military chief of staff. Turkey’s ties with Washington have been strained by U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, and the visit by Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri ...

Iran MPs under fire for ’embarrassing’ selfies with Mogherini

Members of the Iranian parliament have found themselves under fire for “strange” behaviour involving the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini. She was in Iran for President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration on Saturday when she found herself the centre of attention on the parliament floor. Photos showed Ms Mogherini surrounded by a number of male MPs, taking photos. Many social media users ...

Inside Iran’s Mission To Dominate The Middle East

BAGHDAD — Iran has built up a multinational network of tens of thousands of young men from across the Middle East, turning them into a well-drilled fighting machine that is outgunning the US on the battlefield, as Tehran outsmarts the White House in the corridors of power. These men can be found leading the defense of the Syrian president, Bashar ...

US sanctions 18 Iranian entities day after certifying nuclear deal compliance

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday new sanctions on 18 Iranian individuals, groups and networks over non-nuclear behavior, such as support for ballistic missiles development. The move came a day after the administration certified to Congress that Iran is technically complying with the nuclear deal and can continue enjoying nuclear sanctions relief. The treasury department is targeting seven groups and five people that aided ...

Iranian cancer researcher sent home after being denied entry in Boston

An Iranian cancer researcher who travelled to the US with his family on a valid visa has been sent back to his home country two weeks after Donald Trump’s revised travel ban came into force. Mohsen Dehnavi on Monday was denied entry to the US, along with his wife and three children, and detained at Boston’s Logan international airport after US Customs and Border ...

U.S. Hands Off Iran

I just travelled to Iran where was I was invited to speak at the University of Tehran about human rights and “humanitarian intervention.” I put this term in quotes because I’ve rarely ever seen any intervention that was truly humanitarian or that produced humane results, but more on that later. Before I traveled to Iran, a number of friends and ...

For Iran, Qatar Crisis Is a Welcome Distraction

TEHRAN — Iran’s leaders have been noticeably restrained in their response to the Qatar crisis, and for good reason, analysts say. Not only have they welcomed it, they would be happy to see it quietly drag on. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar last month for what they said was its financing of ...

U.N. goes stealth to help rebuild ISIS-ravaged Iraq

WASHINGTON — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are close to tearing the city of Mosul out of ISIS’ stranglehold. Once they do, the sprawling city will join dozens of other towns and villages that need to be rebuilt virtually from the ground up. A vast swath of northern Iraq is reeling from violence and destruction that has forced almost 900,000 people to flee their ...

IRAN SAYS WILL ACT ON US COURT RULING ON TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN

TEHRAN – Iran said on Wednesday it would take “reciprocal action” in response to the US Supreme Court allowing a partial implementation of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries. Lower US courts had completely blocked Trump’s executive order issued on 6 March, which includes a blanket 90-day ban on people from countries including Iran and Libya and a 120-day ...

Iran accuses US of ‘brazen’ plan to change its government

Iran is accusing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of “a brazen interventionist plan” to change the current government that violates international law and the U.N. Charter. Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo said in a letter to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres circulated Tuesday that Tillerson’s comments are also “a flagrant violation” of the 1981 Algiers Accords in which the United States pledged “not ...

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