Iran

Iran’s leader meet with Putin for closer ties between Tehran and Moscow

Iran’s supreme leader, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran, said on Monday U.S. policies in the Middle East region were a threat to both countries and called for closer ties between Tehran and Moscow. The civil war in Syria has evolved into a wider proxy struggle between global powers, with Russia and Iran supporting Syrian President ...

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Iranian security forces arrested members of a jihadist linked with ISIS

Iranian security forces have arrested members of a jihadist cell linked with ISIS near the country’s western borders with Iraq, the head of the Revolutionary Guards said Sunday. Quoted by the ISNA news agency, General Mohammad Ali Jafari said Iranian security forces were monitoring attempts by militants to “create insecurity” in Iran. “ISIS has multi-layered support networks. One such network ...

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Russia and Iran have signed for air defence system

Russia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of Russian state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec. “S-300, the air defence system, the contract has already been signed,” Chemezov was quoted as saying at the Dubai Airshow. A nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers earlier this deal ...

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Iranian leader: ‘Death to America’ refers to policies, not the nation

“Death to America” just isn’t what it used to be. On Tuesday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneimade a speech to university students, to which they responded with shouts of “Death to America!” That’s nothing new in Iran, particularly if the Ayatollah is speaking. But it’s not a common way to refer to a country with which you have just ...

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Ahmadinejad’s bodyguard killed in Syria

A bodyguard for former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Tehran’s state media reported. Abdollah Baqeri Niyaraki was also a former member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. He was in Syria serving as a military adviser to the nation’s troops, the semiofficial FARS news agency says. His death comes on the heels of ...

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Number of Iranians Killed in Hajj Stampede Grows to 464 people

The number of Iranian pilgrims who died last week in a human crush near Mecca in Saudi Arabia has nearly doubled to 464, Iran reported on Thursday, increasing tensions between the two countries and adding to doubts that the Saudi government had provided a full accounting of the disaster. The deaths occurred on Sept. 24, when large crowds of pilgrims ...

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Russia and Iran talked up ties between two nations at the UN Assembly

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talked up ties between their two nations on Monday at the 70th United Nations General Assembly. Putin called for the formation of a “broader, general” coalition to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “I would like to note that our relations are developing quite actively,” Putin told Rouhani at a ...

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Post-Deal Iran Asks if U.S. Is Still ‘Great Satan,’ or Something Less

  President Hassan Rouhani, by a picture of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The two have offered starkly opposing views of Iran’s future since reaching a deal on its nuclear program. Credit TEHRAN — A new struggle is unfolding in Iran, where the top leaders have begun to tackle the question of how to deal with the United States ...

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Airstrikes aimed at Iran’s nuclear facilities

U.S. airstrikes aimed at Iran’s nuclear facilities would likely set back the regime’s quest for a weapon by one or two years and require waves of attacks spearheaded by the ultra-heavy conventional bomb known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, according to military officials and experts. A comprehensive attack aimed first at taking down Iran’s air defenses and destroying its deeply ...

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Zarif met al-Assad in Damascus

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, and called on regional countries to “fight terrorism and extremism”. Assad, in turn, thanked key ally Iran for its support in a four-year civil war that has cost more than 240,000 lives. “I say to the other (regional) players and to our neighbours that now is ...

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