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Iran: We Shot Down Israeli Drone

Revolutionary Guards say aircraft was near Natanz

(Newser) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards is saying its forces have shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site. The Guards issued a statement saying forces fired a missile at the drone as it neared its uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, more than 185 miles south of... More »

Iran: Nuke Test Will Give Us 'National Sparkle'

Revolutionary Guard article breaks huge taboo

(Newser) - “The day after Iran’s first nuclear test is a normal day.” So begins a strange article posted on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Gerdab website that has set off alarms in the West. Originally posted in April, the hypothetical article waxes poetic about how great it will be... More »

Cops Shoot Tear Gas at Iranian Protesters

Opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi's house blocked, phone lines cut

(Newser) - Hundreds of Iranian riot police shot tear gas at protesters in Tehran today, as thousands marched toward the city’s central square in a show of solidarity with Egypt. Some police rode motorcycles and wielded paintball guns, the New York Times reports. Protesters chanted “Death to the dictator”—... More »

Ahmadinejad Got Slapped for Siding With Protesters

Iranian president suggested more freedom would end riots

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, not necessarily known as a big softy, took a surprisingly sympathetic stance toward the protesters then filling the streets to protest his election—and got slapped across the face for his trouble. Ahmadinejad, in a meeting with the Supreme National Security Council, said the people felt "suffocated"... More »

Iran to Gaza Aid Ships: We'll Escort You

Khamenei's offer will obviously not go over well in Israel

(Newser) - If aid ships want to try breaking Israel's naval blockade on Gaza again, they'll have the full force and military escort of Iran's Revolutionary Guard to do it, a spokesman for the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said today. "Iran's Revolutionary Guards naval forces are fully prepared to escort the... More »

US Freed Iraqi Insurgent for Brit Hostage

Iranian involvement suspected in Moore's abduction

(Newser) - Yesterday's release of British hostage Peter Moore two years after he was kidnapped in Iraq was secured by the transfer of an Iraqi Shia insurgent leader with strong ties to Iran. Qais al-Khazali—suspected of planning an attack that killed five US soldiers—has been shifted from US to Iraqi... More »

Iran Cracks Down Ahead of Rally

Internet access slows, foreign media warned on eve of annual event

(Newser) - An annual rally is shaping up as another battle between Iran's government and citizens, with Internet access in Tehran restricted and foreign reporters warned not even to go outside for the next 3 days. Dec. 7 is Students Day, marking the anniversary of the deaths of three student protesters in... More »

Iran Test Launches Its Longest-Range Missiles

Weapon with 1,200-mile range could strike Israel, US military bases

(Newser) - Iran claimed to have test-fired the longest-range missiles in its arsenal today—weapons capable of carrying a warhead and striking Israel or US military bases in the Middle East. It was the third round of missile tests in two days of drills by the power Revolutionary Guard, which controls Iran's... More »

Iranian Protesters Raped in Prison: Candidate

(Newser) - Iranian protesters, both male and female, were raped in a notorious prison in the aftermath of the disputed presidential election, one of the defeated candidates alleged today. Reformist Mehdi Karroubi wrote on his website that senior prison officials told him about "really shameful issues," including sexual violence that... More »

In the Shadows, Ayatollah's Son Calls the Shots

Mojtaba Khamenei has power throughout the security apparatus

(Newser) - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rarely appears in public and cultivates a shadowy reputation—but even further out of the public eye, his son has become one of the post powerful men in Iran. Ultraconservative cleric Mojtaba Khamenei, believed to be around 50 years old, has connections throughout the Revolutionary Guards and... More »

Iran: Foreign Media Speaks for 'Hooligans'

Journalists 'damaging the Islamic republic'

(Newser) - Iran has slammed foreign journalists for sparking unrest in the country as the “mouthpieces” of “hooligans,” CNN reports. The foreign ministry said “hundreds” of foreigners had been allowed into Iran in “a sign of the total transparency in the trends of the elections,” but... More »

Ayatollah Authority Undercut by Flip-Flop

Protests are weakening Khamenei's grip on Iranian regime

(Newser) - The about-face done by Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei—first blessing the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Friday's election then opening an inquiry into vote fraud yesterday—was a rare misstep for the shadowy, usually cautious ayatollah, the New York Times reports, and may have done substantial damage to his reputation,... More »

Washington Slams Iran Over Ship Threat

Tehran calls incident 'ordinary' after vessels 'harass' US Navy ships

(Newser) - Washington is firing diplomatic volleys at Tehran today after five Iranian ships "harassed" three US Navy ships in international waters yesterday, CNN reports. "Such actions are dangerous and could have quickly escalated into something much worse," the Pentagon press secretary said. "We see it as further... More »

Iran Defiant Over New US Sanctions

Putin joins in, calling Americans 'mad people wielding razor blades'

(Newser) - New American sanctions against Iran's Revolutionary Guards provoked a fiery response from Iran today, along with criticism from allies China and Russia. Iran's foreign ministry told the BBC that the sanctions were "contrary to international law, without value and, as in the past, doomed to failure." Vladimir Putin... More »

Iran Looms Large in Campaign

Iran is the new Iraq on the stump

(Newser) - Iran is beginning to dominate the campaign rhetoric of White house hopefuls of both parties as Iraq once did, reports CNN. Tough US sanctions against Tehran and growing indications of some kind of military intervention to halt the development of nuclear weapons are being compared with the steps taken in... More »

White House Switches Plans on Iran

Seymour Hersh on the 'reconceived' campaign to provoke Tehran

(Newser) - Having failed to convince Americans of an imminent nuclear threat from Iran, the White House “has reconceived” its campaign, writes the New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh, targeting Tehran instead as an exporter of terrorism, especially of weapons and insurgents to Iraq. By recasting Iran as an aggressor in Iraq,... More »

Arrested Iranian Trained Iraq Terrorists: US

Tehran's trade delegate also accused of smuggling weapons

(Newser) - The US military said today it arrested an Iranian who allegedly smuggled bombs for use against US and Iraqi forces, the Los Angeles Times reports. Aghawi Farhadi is also accused of training terrorists for Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Soldiers captured Farhadi in a pre-dawn raid in the northern city of Sulaymaniyah,... More »

'People's Army' Dominates Iran's Economy

Doing business in the country means dealing with the Revolutionary Guard

(Newser) - Iran's Revolutionary Guard, which the White House is on the cusp of labeling a terrorist organization, is an economic and political behemoth. The well-connected force has ties to more than 100 companies, dominates the construction industry, is in charge of developing Teheran's subway system, and even runs hospitals. The LA ... More »

Iran Attacks Kurdish Villages in Northern Iraq

Revolutionary Guard shells moutain settlements

(Newser) - Iran's Revolutionary Guard, which the Bush administration is about to declare a terrorist organization, have been shelling mountain villages in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq for several days. The fighting near the border involves thousands of Guards and guerrillas of the Kurdistan Free Life Party, which is  stepping up... More »

US to Label Iran's Elite Force Terrorists

Move allows action to block Revolutionary Guard's assets

(Newser) - Iran's elite military branch, the Revolutionary Guard, will be officially designated a terrorist organization by the US, the Washington Post reports. The declaration will allow Washington to block assets and disrupt the operations of businesses linked to the unit worldwide. The 125,000-member Guard, a  powerful political force, is increasingly... More »

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