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Iran Guards chief vows 'decisive response' after Trump threat

Apr 23, 2020 - 10:32 PM

'We have also ordered our naval units to target [US boats and forces] if they try to endanger the safety of our ships or boats of war,' says Major General Hossein Salami

TENSION. In this file photo, Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami speaks during a pro-government rally in the capital Tehran's central Enghelab Square on November 25, 2019. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran hails military satellite launch as U.S. tensions simmer

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:56 PM

The United States charges Iran's satellite program is a cover for its development of missiles. The Islamic republic has previously insisted its aerospace activities comply with its international obligations.

NOUR. This handout photo provided by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official website via SEPAH News shows an Iranian military satellite – dubbed the Nour – which the Revolutionary Guards said on April 22, 2020 was launched from the Qassed two-stage launcher in the Markazi desert, a vast expanse in Iran's central plateau, amid tensions with US. Photo by Iran's Revolutionary Guard via Sepah News/AFP

General Qasem Soleimani: Iran's regional point man

Jan 03, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Where once he kept to the shadows, Soleimani has in recent years become an unlikely celebrity in Iran – replete with a huge following on Instagram

(FILES) In this picture taken on September 14, 2013, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, receives condolences following the death of his mother in Tehran. Top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US strike on Baghdad's international airport on January 3, 2020, Iraq's powerful Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force has said, in a dramatic escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran. MEHDI GHASEMI / ISNA / AFP

Iran says seized British-flagged tanker 'free' to leave

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Stena Bulk, the company that owns Stena Impero, says that it expects the vessel to be released soon, but expresses caution about the situation

SEIZED. This handout photo received on July 19, 2019 courtesy of Nico Kemps shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, off the coast of Amsterdam on December 26, 2018. File photo by Nico Kemps/

Iran seizes new boat near vital oil shipping lane

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:11 PM

A naval patrol of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has intercepted the vessel carrying 250,000 liters of fuel near the Strait of Hormuz

Iran says no talks with U.S. 'under any circumstances'

May 23, 2019 - 11:02 PM

(UPDATED) Keyvan Khosravi, spokesman of the Supreme National Security Council, says there has been an uptick in official delegations travelling to Tehran from various capitals, although 'most of them are coming on behalf of America'

Bahrain jails 138 for planning Iran-linked 'terror' group

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:23 AM

Bahraini opposition swiftly condemns the verdict, while human rights group Amnesty International decries the 'mockery of justice' and 'mass arbitrary denaturalization'

(FILES) A photo taken on March 31, 2012 shows a Bahraini demonstrator drapped the Bahrain flag as smoke rises from tear gas fired by riot police during a protest on the southern outskirts of Manama.  The Gulf state of Bahrain, on April 16, 2019, jailed 138 people and revoked their citizenship for plotting to form a "terror" group with links to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the public prosecutor said. AFP

Iran president says U.S. 'leader of world terrorism'

Apr 09, 2019 - 4:57 PM

'Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists?' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asks in a speech broadcast live by state television

IRAN REACTS. President Hassan Rouhani says that the United States is the real 'leader of world terrorism' after Washington blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a 'foreign terrorist organization.' AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

U.S. designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorist organization

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Following US President Donald Trump's announcement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns all banks and business of consequences to dealing with the Revolutionary Guards from now on

TERRORISTS? Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps march during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the 1980s war with Iraq. File photo by AFP

U.S. to declare Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorist group – report

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:09 AM

Quoting unnamed officials, the newspaper says President Donald Trump's administration would announce the long-mulled decision soon and that concerned defense officials were bracing for the impact

Iran summons Pakistan envoy over suicide bombing

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:46 PM

An Iranian official at the ministry calls on Pakistan to quickly take the necessary steps for the identification and arrest of the attack's perpetrators

Iranians cry 'revenge' at funeral of suicide bomb victims

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:28 PM

'The government of Pakistan must pay the price of harboring these terrorist groups and this price will undoubtedly be very high,' says Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, referring to jihadist outfit Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice)

Iranian mourners gather around the coffins of Revolutionary Guards who were killed in a suicide attack, during their funeral in southeastern city of Isfahan on February 16, 2019. - Iran's Revolutionary Guards accused "Pakistan's security forces" of supporting the perpetrators of a suicide bombing that killed 27 troops on February 13, in remarks state TV aired. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Iran conducts naval exercise in Gulf – U.S. official

Aug 03, 2018 - 12:44 PM

The timing of the exercise is unusual, as it appears to be similar in scale and nature to a drill that ordinarily happens later in the autumn

IRAN NAVAL EXERCISE. In this file photo, the Iranian Corvette Admiral Naghdi is seen docking in the Red Sea Sudanese town of Port Sudan on October 31, 2012. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Iran denies links to Bahrain 'terror cell'

Mar 04, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'Pinning the blame on others and repeating outdated scenarios and baseless accusations against others will not help the Bahraini government resolve its problems with its citizens,' said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi

Bahrain arrests 116 alleged members of 'Iran-linked cell'

Mar 03, 2018 - 11:51 PM

Bahrain claims that the cell planned to target leading security figures and carry out attacks on oil and other vital installations

Head of Iran Guards declares 'end of the sedition'

Jan 03, 2018 - 11:04 PM

(UPDATED) General Mohammad Ali Jafari says the Revolutionary Guards only intervened 'in a limited way' against fewer than 15,000 'troublemakers' nationwide

SUPPORT. Pro-government demonstrators hold posters of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left) and Iran's founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a march in Iran's holy city of Qom, 130 kilometres south of Tehran on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mohammad Ali Marizad/AFP

Iran says its missiles into Syria hit ISIS targets

Jun 19, 2017 - 3:09 PM

The June 18 strike comes after twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 killed 17 people in the first attacks in the Islamic republic claimed by ISIS

U.S. warship fires warning shots at Iranian boats in Strait of Hormuz

Jan 10, 2017 - 9:07 AM

The shots fired by the destroyer USS Mahan on Sunday January 8 put an end to the incident which US officials denounced as unsafe and unprofessional

USS Mahan (DDG 72) in the Atlantic Ocean during Exercise Mediterranean Shark, Sept 27, 2002. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Rex Nelson

Iran tests more missiles in defiance of US warning

Mar 09, 2016 - 4:24 PM

UPDATED The missile tests described by Iran s powerful Revolutionary Guards as a show of force in the face of US pressure come just weeks after the implementation of Iran s historic nuclear deal with world powers

A handout picture made available by the Iranian defence ministry official website shows, an Iranian ballistic missile launch at an undisclosed location, in Iran, on March 8, 2016. Defense Ministry Official Website/Handout/EPA

Iran releases US sailors seized in Gulf

Jan 13, 2016 - 6:12 PM

3rd UPDATE The sailors – 9 men and a woman – are freed after being seized in the Gulf

epa05099360 A handout picture made available by the US Navy on 13 January 2016 shows a Riverine command boat from Riverine Detachment 23 operating with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) (not pictured) during a maritime air support operations center exercise in the Arabian sea, at sea, 12 June 2012. Two US naval vessels were detained on 13 January 2016 by Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf, but US defense officials said the sailors on board the ships were not in any danger. After losing contact with the 'two small naval craft,' which media reportedly to be two Riverine patrol boats, US officials established communication with Iranian authorities 'who have informed us of the safety and well-being of our personnel,' the Pentagon said. The Pentagon has received assurances the sailors would be allowed to continue their journey promptly. They were en route from Kuwait to Bahrain when they were detained. EPA/US NAVY/ZANE ECKLUND HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Minister says Iraq halts Tikrit operation to avoid losses

Mar 17, 2015 - 11:37 AM

Iraqi forces halt a massive operation to retake the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State ISIS group to avoid casualties and protect infrastructure

A picture made available on 16 March 2015 shows Iraqi soldiers inspecting the scene of clashes with Islamic State (ISIS) fighters in eastern Tikrit city, north of Iraq, 15 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Iraqi forces enter ISIS-held Tikrit after 10-day push

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:55 AM

A combination of army police and volunteer forces move into northern and southern Tikrit the hometown of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and a main ISIS stronghold

Fallujah residents inspect a house damaged in an apparent airstrike carried out by the Iraqi army on Fallujah, Iraq, 10 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

Mar 05, 2015 - 12:35 PM

Concern mount over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces are trying to trap Islamic State ISIS group jihadists

READY FOR ACTION. Volunteers from Iraqi Shiite militia take up position near Tikrit city, northern Iraq, 02 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Iraq jihadists slow Tikrit advance

Mar 04, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Outnumbered and outgunned the jihadists who have held Tikrit since June 2014 have been resorting to guerrilla tactics to disrupt the government s advance

READY FOR ACTION. Volunteers from Iraqi Shiite militia take up position near Tikrit city, northern Iraq, 02 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Iraq forces take on Tikrit in biggest operation yet

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:33 PM

Iraqi government forces have been working their way north in recent months notching up key victories against ISIS but Tikrit is their toughest target yet

TAKING COVER. Volunteer Shiite fighters, known as the Popular Mobilisation units, who support the Iraqi government forces in the combat against the Islamic State (ISIS) group fire a Howitzer artillery canon in the village of Awaynat near the city of Tikrit on February 28, 2015. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Iran general killed with Hezbollah fighters in Israel raid

Jan 19, 2015 - 10:41 PM

An analyst close to the Islamic resistance group Hezbollah says he has no doubt the group would retaliate either from Lebanese or Syrian territory

HIGH TENSION. This photo shows Israeli tanks patrolling near Israeli-Syrian border. File photo by Atef Safadi/EPA

US strike will trigger reactions 'beyond' Syria: Iran

Sep 01, 2013 - 12:17 AM

Iran Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari says aggression on Syria may reinforce extremism that will result to pain massacre and the exodus of the innocent population

WARNING. Iran's Revolutionary Guards Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari warns that a US strike on Syria will result in 'pain, massacre and the exodus of the innocent population'. File photo by EPA/STRINGER