US deployments across Mideast factor in Iran tensions

World 05/11/19, 11:02

A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group rushes toward the Persian Gulf. Decades-old B-52 bombers rumble down runways at desert air bases. The Pentagon, meanwhile, routes a Patriot missile battery and an amphibious supply ship to return to the region. These military deployments in the Persian Gulf, beginning with a sudden May ...

US moving Patriot missile battery to Mideast to counter Iran

World 05/10/19, 16:55

The U.S. will move a Patriot missile battery into the Middle East to counter threats from Iran, the Pentagon said Friday, reflecting ongoing concerns that Tehran may be planning to attack America forces or interests in the region. The Defense Department released a statement about the move but provided no details. ...

US sanctions to hit Iran’s metals industry, a major employer

World 05/09/19, 11:55

U.S. sanctions have targeted Iran's government, its paramilitary forces and the oil exports that fund them. Now they are hitting its vital steel, aluminum, copper and iron industries. The new sanctions, imposed as Tehran announced its partial withdrawal from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, seem to be moving ever ...

US imposes new sanctions on Iran as tensions escalate

Politics 05/08/19, 14:21

President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Iran Wednesday, just days after the U.S. dispatched an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf over what it described as a new threat from Tehran . The sanctions target Iran's steel, aluminum, copper and iron sectors, which provide foreign currency earnings ...

Europeans struggle to preserve Iran nuclear accord

Europe 05/08/19, 14:09

The world powers struggling to preserve a nuclear deal with Iran are facing an increasingly uphill battle, with a new deadline from Tehran on finding a solution to make up for last year's unilateral U.S. withdrawal from the accord and the increasing economic hardship that has put on the Islamic ...

Explains: Long reach of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

World 04/08/19, 14:13

Iran's Revolutionary Guard, designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the Trump administration on Monday, evolved from a paramilitary, domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational force that has come to the aid of Tehran's allies in the Mideast, from Syria and Lebanon to Iraq. The ...

Afghans recruited by Iran for Syria war return home pariahs

World 03/31/19, 05:46

Too poor to even buy pens and notebooks for school, Mehdi left his home in Afghanistan soon after his 17th birthday and headed to Iran, hoping to make his way to Europe and find work. He never made it there.Instead, Mehdi ended up fighting in Syria's civil war, a conflict ...

Wife of missing ex-FBI agent blames Iran but critical of US

Politics 03/07/19, 17:08

The wife of a former FBI agent who vanished in Iran in 2007 expressed bitter frustration Thursday about efforts to get her husband back home. Christine Levinson told a House panel that she holds Iran responsible for the disappearance of her husband, Robert, but she also said three American administrations have ...

Iran cleric linked to 1988 mass executions to lead judiciary

World 03/07/19, 11:47

A hard-line cleric once thought to be a possible successor to Iran's supreme leader was appointed head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary Thursday, sparking concern from rights activists over his involvement in the execution of thousands in the 1980s. Ebrahim Raisi was named to the post in a decree by Supreme ...

Iran lawyer convicted after defending women protesters

World 03/06/19, 06:54

A prominent human rights lawyer in Iran who defended protesters against the Islamic Republic's mandatory headscarves for women has been convicted and faces years in prison, an activist group said Wednesday.The conviction of Nasrin Sotoudeh, who previously served three years in prison for her work, underlines the limits of challenging ...

Iran foreign minister resigns as his nuclear deal teeters

World 02/25/19, 16:38

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif resigned late Monday without warning, offering an "apology" to the nation as the nuclear deal he negotiated with world powers stands on the verge of collapse after the U.S. withdrawal from the accord. The veteran diplomat first offered a vague Instagram post with an "apology" ...

UN nuclear watchdog: Iran stays within limits of 2015 deal

World 02/22/19, 12:20

Iran is continuing to comply with the landmark 2015 deal with major powers aimed at preventing Tehran from building atomic weapons in exchange for economic incentives despite the United States withdrawing from the pact and re-imposing sanctions, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Friday.In a confidential quarterly report distributed to its ...

US says ex-intel official defected to Iran, revealed secrets

Politics 02/13/19, 15:47

A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist who defected to Iran despite warnings from the FBI has been charged with revealing classified information to the Tehran government, including the code name and secret mission of a Pentagon program, prosecutors said Wednesday. The Justice Department also accused Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, of ...

Report: At least 20 Guard personnel killed in Iran bombing

World 02/13/19, 11:50

A suicide bombing targeting a bus carrying personnel of Iran's elite paramilitary Revolutionary Guard force killed at least 20 people and wounded 20 in the country's southeast, state media reported. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came on the day of a U.S.-led conference in Warsaw ...

UN court has jurisdiction to hear part of Iran-US dispute

World 02/13/19, 11:33

The International Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that it has jurisdiction to hear part of a case brought by Iran against the United States that seeks to claw back around $2 billion worth of frozen Iranian assets. The U.S. Supreme Court awarded the money to victims of a 1983 bombing in ...

Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

World 02/11/19, 01:45

Iranians are pouring out onto the streets of Tehran and other cities and towns across the country, marking the date 40 years ago that's considered victory day in the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.On Feb. 11 that year, Iran's military stood down after days of street battles, allowing the revolutionaries to ...

WAS THERE: Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution sweeps nation

World 02/11/19, 01:20

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Feb. 11, 1979, after days of running street battles and uncertainty, Iran's military stood down and allowed the Islamic Revolution to sweep across the country.The caretaker government left behind by the cancer-stricken Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who weeks earlier left the nation, quickly crumbled as the soldiers ...

Watchdog: Revolutionary Iran jails 1.7 million in 30 years

Europe 02/07/19, 09:12

Media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders says that Iranian authorities jailed, and sometimes executed, 1.7 million people around the capital Tehran alone in the first 30 years after the 1979 Islamic revolution.The organization on Thursday revealed its count that included regime opponents, Baha'is and other religious minorities and at least ...

Torture still scars Iranians 40 years after revolution

World 02/06/19, 01:43

The halls of the former prison in the heart of Iran's capital now are hushed, befitting the sounds of the museum that it has become. Wax mannequins silently portray the horrific acts of torture that once were carried out within its walls.But the surviving inmates still remember the screams.Exhibits in ...

Iran’s revolutionaries have mixed feelings, 40 years later

World 02/04/19, 01:21

Forty years after he defected from the shah's Imperial Guard to join the Islamic Revolution, Mohammad Reza Tajik, like many Iranians from that time, looks back wistfully at the youthful excitement they felt and the losses they suffered since then.Working in his woodshop in Tehran, he recounted the deaths of ...

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