Posts Tagged ‘ Iran ’

Iran: Nuclear scientist killed in bombing

January 11, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed Wednesday morning when a bomb ripped through his car in a northern Tehran neighborhood, Iranian media reports said. It was the fifth attack targeting an Iranian nuclear scientist in two years and will likely add to the tension between Iran and the West over the Islamic Republic's contested nuclear enrichment program." (01/11/12)

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US naval strike group arrives in Arabian Sea as tensions rise with Iran

January 11, 2012
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Fox News    

"A new aircraft carrier strike group has entered the Arabian Sea and another is on its way, a Pentagon official said in a news briefing Wednesday -- a shuffling of the U.S. fleet amid rising tensions with Iran. Officials said there is no connection between the fleet movements and threats from Iran, however, the arrival of the USS Carl Vinson comes on the heals of Iranian military exercises in the Persian Gulf and threats to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil transit route." (01/11/12)

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Iran: American has 20 days to appeal death sentence

January 10, 2012
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CNN    

"Amir Mirzaie Hekmati, an American sentenced to death in Iran for espionage, has 20 days to appeal his case, according to Iranian law. 'If the sentence is appealed, then the Court of Appeals will hear the case. If not, then the sentence is final,' judiciary spokesman Mohseni Ejeie said, according to the semi-official Iranian Student News Agency. The statement was the first by a judiciary official, regarding the trail and the sentence." (01/10/12)

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Iran: Former US Marine sentenced to death as spy

January 9, 2012
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Athens Banner-Herald    

"A former U.S. Marine interpreter arrested while on a trip to visit his Iranian grandmothers has been sentenced to death as a CIA spy, state radio reported Monday, in a case likely to become a new flashpoint in the escalating tensions .... It was the first time an American citizen has been sentenced to death in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran." (01/09/12)

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EU moves closer to Iran oil ban

January 4, 2012
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Bloomberg News    

"European Union governments moved closer to halting oil purchases from Iran, stepping up the confrontation over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program. EU foreign ministers are aiming to announce harsher sanctions on Iran’s energy and banking industries at their next meeting on Jan. 30 after Greece lifted its objections to an oil embargo." (01/04/12)

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Iran warns US carrier not to return to Persian Gulf

January 3, 2012
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Washington Post    

"Iran’s army chief on Tuesday warned a nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf, as Iran’s navy ended 10 days of tense war games in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. Defense Department promptly rejected the warning. ... Following Western threats to impose an embargo on Iranian oil, Iran threatened to close off the Persian Gulf during the war games but refrained from doing so." (01/03/12)

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Iran: Regime says it has produced its first nuclear fuel rod

January 1, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"Iran said Sunday that its scientists had produced the country’s first nuclear fuel rod and its navy had test-fired a new medium-range surface-to-air missile, announcements that were likely to heighten concerns about the country’s disputed uranium-enrichment program. The Islamic Republic News Agency, or IRNA, reported that the nuclear fuel rod had 'passed all physical and dimensional tests' and had been inserted into the core of Tehran’s research reactor." (01/01/12)

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U.S. in $3.5 billion arms sale to UAE amid Iran tensions

January 1, 2012
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Reuters    

"The United States has signed a $3.5 billion sale of an advanced antimissile interception system to the United Arab Emirates, part of an accelerating military buildup of its friends and allies near Iran. The deal, signed on December 25 and announced on Friday night by the U.S. Defense Department, 'is an important step in improving the region's security through a regional missile defense architecture,' Pentagon press secretary George Little said in a statement." (01/01/12)

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Iran tracks US aircraft carrier amid Strait of Hormuz tension

December 29, 2011
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MSNBC    

"An Iranian surveillance plane has video recorded and photographed a U.S. aircraft carrier near a strategic waterway in the Persian Gulf, the country's IRNA news agency reported Thursday. The report did not provide details, and it was unclear what information the Iranian military could glean from such images. But the announcement is an indication that Iran is seeking to cast its navy as having a powerful role in the region's waters." (12/29/11)

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US to Iran: Don’t you dare act like us

December 28, 2011
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Guardian [UK]    

"Tensions between the United States and Iran have dangerously ratcheted up as naval officials with America's Fifth Fleet warned any attempt by Iran to close a strategically vital oil route through the Strait of Hormuz would 'not be tolerated.' The news heightens a sense of growing crisis in the Persian Gulf after two days of threats by senior Iranian figures that they might shut down the important trade route in response to any future international sanctions against the country's oil exports." (12/28/11)

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Iraq: Iranian exiles agree to move camp

December 28, 2011
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Washington Post    

"The head of an Iranian exile group holed up at a camp in Iraq said Wednesday that the first of the camp’s residents are ready to move to a new location picked by the Iraqi government, solving a potential crisis. The announcement Wednesday by Maryam Rajavi, the Paris-based leader of the group, averted what could have been a bloody showdown with Iraqi authorities if the residents had refused to move." (12/28/11)

 

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Iran seeks death for American accused of spying

December 27, 2011
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Seattle Times    

"An American man accused by Iran of working for the CIA could face the death penalty, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported Tuesday. In a closed court hearing, the prosecution applied for capital punishment, the report said, because the suspect, identified as Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, 'admitted that he received training in the United States and planned to imply that Iran was involved in terrorist activities in foreign countries' after returning to the U.S." (12/27/11)

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Iran rejects judge’s ruling on 9/11 attacks

December 25, 2011
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Miami Herald    

"Iran has rejected a New York judge's finding that Tehran is liable in the Sept. 11 attacks along with the Taliban and al-Qaida. According to state TV, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman referred to last week's judgment as 'clumsy scenario-making' by the U.S. The spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, repeated Iran's insistence that al-Qaida has no presence in the country." (12/25/11)

 

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UN, Iraq agree on Camp Ashraf resettlement plan

December 25, 2011
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"The United Nations and the Iraqi government have signed an agreement to relocate several thousand Iranian exiles living in a camp in northeastern Iraq, the U.N.'s office in Baghdad announced Sunday. But it's not clear yet whether the camp's residents have signed off on the deal. In a statement late Sunday, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said the agreement establishes a process to move the residents of Camp Ashraf to a temporary location." (12/25/11)

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UN denounces human rights violations in Iran

December 20, 2011
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New Orleans Times-Picayune    

"The U.N. General Assembly has approved a resolution denouncing serious human rights violations in Iran ranging from flogging and amputations to frequent use of the death penalty. Iran's U.N. Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee tried to prevent a vote on the nonbinding resolution Monday but the attempt was soundly defeated." (12/19/11)

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Engineer: Iran hijacked US drone

December 15, 2011
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Iran guided the CIA's 'lost' stealth drone to an intact landing inside hostile territory by exploiting a navigational weakness long-known to the US military, according to an Iranian engineer now working on the captured drone's systems inside Iran. ... Western military experts and a number of published papers on GPS spoofing indicate that the scenario described by the Iranian engineer is plausible." (12/15/11)

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Iran claims to extract data from US drone

December 12, 2011
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Washington Post    

"Iranian military experts are in the final stages of extracting data from a sophisticated U.S. drone that crashed in Iran under mysterious circumstances this month, a lawmaker said Monday. In Washington, President Obama said Monday that the United States has asked Iran to return the drone." (12/12/11)

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Iran: Protesters storm British embassy

November 29, 2011
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Reuters    

"Iranian protesters stormed two British Embassy compounds in Tehran Tuesday, smashing windows, hurling petrol bombs and burning the British flag in a protest against sanctions imposed by Britain, live Iranian television showed. Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency said protesters took six British diplomatic staff hostage from an embassy compound in the north of the city but it withdrew the story from its website minutes later without giving any explanation." (11/29/11)

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Iran denies explosion after mystery blast heard near key nuclear facility

November 29, 2011
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MSNBC    

"Iran denied reports of a blast heard near a key nuclear facility on Tuesday, as new satellite pictures emerged of damage from an earlier explosion that left 17 dead at another location. ... Mohammad-Mahdi Ismaili, Isfahan's deputy governor in political and security affairs, called the reports 'sheer lies' on Tuesday, according the Jerusalem Post quoting the IRNA news agency." (11/29/11)

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Russia: New sanctions against Iran unacceptable

November 22, 2011
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CNN    

"Russia called new sanctions against Iran 'unacceptable,' saying the new punishments would hurt efforts to talk with Tehran. The Russian Foreign Ministry posted a statement Tuesday, a day after the United States announced tougher sanctions against Iran -- joining Britain and Canada in a coordinated effort to tighten the screws around the country's suspected nuclear weapons program." (11/22/11)

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Obama’s dumb new sanctions on Iran

November 22, 2011
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The Nation
by Robert Dreyfuss  

"It’s hard to understand what, exactly, the Obama administration is trying to accomplish by slapping yet another layer of sanctions on Iran. From a policy point of view, it makes no sense whatsoever. The only possible conclusion is that it’s political, designed to fend off attacks from hawks and Republican candidates that Obama is feckless on Iran. ... Those who argue that the administration is boxing in Iran while preparing the ground for war against Tehran -- just as the Bush administration did with Iraq -- are wrong." (11/22/11)

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US, Britain, Canada team up to slap new sanctions on Iran

November 22, 2011
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MSNBC    

"The United States, Britain and Canada announced fresh plans Monday to sanction Iran's financial and energy sectors, steps analysts said would raise pressure on Tehran but were unlikely to halt its atomic program. The United States named Iran as an area of 'primary money laundering concern,' a step designed to isolate its banking sector; blacklisted 11 entities and individuals suspected of aiding its nuclear programs; and expanded sanctions to target companies that help develop its oil and petrochemical industries." (11/21/11)

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Keeping Newt undercover

November 22, 2011
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Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"It takes hard work to evoke sympathy for Iran’s odious regime. But Newt Gingrich and his fellow GOP presidential maybes proved up to the task during their recent South Carolina debate. The cheerful casualness with which they talked about deploying covert operations against Iran will make it much harder for America to win friends and influence people to achieve its foreign policy objectives." (11/22/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/11/22/keeping-newt-undercover  

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Reports: Mossad linked to Iran explosion?

November 14, 2011
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Guardian [UK]    

"A series of news reports linking Israel's intelligence agency the Mossad to a blast at a military facility in Iran, in which 17 people were killed and a further 15 wounded, has gained widespread coverage in the Israeli media on Monday. ... Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office refused to comment on growing speculation of the Mossad's involvement." (11/14/11)

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EU mulls new sanctions against defiant Iran

November 10, 2011
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Reuters    

"The European Union may approve fresh sanctions against Iran within weeks, after a U.N. agency said Tehran had worked to design nuclear bombs, EU diplomats said on Thursday." (11/10/11)

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