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Trump Responds to 'Clown' Barb From Iran's Leader

'He should be very careful with his words!'

(Newser) - First there was MAGA; now there's MIGA. That stands for "Make Iran Great Again," which was President Trump's message to Iranian leadership Friday during a tense tweet-off between himself and Ayatollah Ali Khameini. This week, for the first time since 2012, Khameini delivered a Friday sermon,... More »

Canada to Pay Families of Victims Aboard Plane

Trudeau says he'll still pressure Iran for compensation

(Newser) - Canada will offer compensation to families of those killed when Iran shot down a Ukranian airliner to help with travel and funeral expenses, the National Post reports. The government will offer the families $25,000 per victim — about $19,000 US — and will continue to pressure the Iranian... More »

As It Turns Out, 11 Troops Were Hurt in Iran's Strike

American service members are being treated for concussions

(Newser) - After Iran fired missiles at two Iraqi bases with American troops, President Trump and Pentagon officials said the US had no casualties. As it turns out, 11 US service members are being treated for concussions, reports the New York Times . All have been transferred to military facilities in Kuwait and... More »

Iran's Supreme Leader Calls Trump a 'Clown'

Khamenei delivers first Friday sermon in Tehran in 8 years

(Newser) - In his first Friday sermon in Tehran in eight years, Iran's supreme leader said President Trump is a "clown" who only pretends to support the Iranian people but will "push a poisonous dagger" into their backs. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the mass funerals for Iran's top... More »

Congress Doesn't Get Briefings on Iran After All

State, Defense departments scrap scheduled meetings at the last minute

(Newser) - The State and Defense departments have called off three classified briefings for members of Congress, who have questions about the Iran situation, that were scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. House committee members were expecting to hear from State Department officials about embassy security, CNN reports, while a Senate panel was... More »

Video Shows 2nd Missile Hit Iran Plane

They were fired less than 30 seconds apart: 'NYT'

(Newser) - Iran says it has arrested the person whose video showed an Iranian missile striking Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752, who is likely to face charges related to national security. The arrest, reported by the BBC , comes as the New York Times reports that not one, but two missiles struck the... More »

Schumer: We Have 51 Votes to Restrain Trump on Iran

Senate minority leader says they have the votes needed to pass war powers resolution

(Newser) - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he thinks Democrats have the votes they need to pass a bipartisan resolution asserting that President Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who is sponsoring the measure along with two Republican... More »

Iran State TV Anchors Quit: 'Forgive Me' for the 'Lies'

The Association of Iranian Journalists says public trust is melting down

(Newser) - Two anchors for Iranian state TV have quit amid growing furor over the downing of a Ukrainian jetliner, Fox News reports. "Thank you for accepting me as anchor until today," said Zahra Khatami, formerly of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. "I will never get back to... More »

Iran Nuclear Deal's Days May Be Numbered

Iran warns of 'strong response' amid heightened tensions

(Newser) - The 2015 Iran nuclear deal could be dead in its tracks with three signatories rejecting Iran's argument that it was able to lift restrictions on enriched uranium production owing to US sanctions. Britain, France, and Germany said Tuesday that they were triggering the "dispute mechanism" within the agreement,... More »

Iran Makes Arrests in Downing of Plane

Rouhani calls it an 'unforgivable' mistake

(Newser) - Iran's judiciary said Tuesday that arrests have been made for the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people on board just after takeoff from Tehran last week. The announcement came amid an upswell of anger and protests by Iranians in recent days over the... More »

Iran: We Didn't Shoot at Protesters

Things are getting ugly in Tehran after downing of Ukrainian plane

(Newser) - The latest escalating tensions between the US and Iran involves the people of Iran themselves. Per Reuters , protesters gathered for a third day Monday in Iran, after a violent weekend that pitted the demonstrators against riot police. Video circulating on social media showed the latter beating protesters with batons, security... More »

Iran Protesters Defy Police

Meanwhile, the head of the Revolutionary Guard says he wishes he were dead

(Newser) - Iranian demonstrators defied a heavy police presence Sunday night to protest their country's days of denials that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 people, the latest unrest to roil the capital amid soaring tensions with the US, the AP reports. Videos posted online showed protesters shouting... More »

8 Rockets Hit Iraqi Air Base

Four Iraqi officers are wounded at Balad Air Base

(Newser) - Eight rockets landed on an Iraqi air base Sunday and injured four Iraqi officers—but who perpetrated the attack remains unclear. Iraq's military says the Katyusha rockets struck Balad Air Base, which hosts foreign contractors and US troops roughly 46 miles north of Baghdad, CNN reports. Al Jazeera notes... More »

Defense Sec. 'Didn't See' Rationale for Trump's Big Move

And other quotes around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Was there a rationale for killing Iran's top general? Defense Secretary Mark Esper seemed to convey mixed messages Sunday on that hot-button topic, the New York Times reports. On CBS' Face the Nation, Esper cast some doubt on President Trump's claim that he ordered Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani'... More »

Olympian Defects From Iran

'Whatever they said, I wore,' says Kimia Alizadeh, the nation's only female medalist

(Newser) - Iran's only female Olympic medalist said she defected from the Islamic Republic in a blistering online letter in which she described herself as "one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran." Taekwondo athlete Kimia Alizadeh posted the letter on Instagram, the AP reports, as Iran's... More »

Protests Erupt After Iran Admits Guilt

And Ukraine is demanding a full apology over downed passenger plane that killed 176 people

(Newser) - Iran's admission that it "unintentionally" shot down a passenger jet this week, killing all 176 on board, hasn't exactly eased tensions. Thousands of angry protesters hit the streets in Iran on Saturday and faced tear gas from riot police, the New York Times reports. Videos show some... More »

Iran Admits 'Unintentionally' Shooting Down Passenger Jet

Officials say it was mistaken for 'hostile target'

(Newser) - Iran announced Saturday that its military "unintentionally" shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed earlier this week , killing all 176 aboard, after the government had repeatedly denied Western accusations that it was responsible. The plane was shot down early Wednesday, hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on... More »

US Airstrike Failed to Kill Another Iranian Commander

State Department says target has 'a long history of targeting Americans'

(Newser) - The US tried, but failed, to take out another senior Iranian commander on the same day that an American airstrike killed the Revolutionary Guard's top general, US officials said Friday. The officials said a military airstrike by special operations forces targeted Abdul Reza Shahlai, a high-ranking commander in Iran'... More »

They'd Just Tied the Knot. After the Celebration, a Doomed Flight

Arash Pourzarabi, Pouneh Gorji had flown to Iran from Canada to get married

(Newser) - Among the 176 people killed when Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 crashed after taking off from Tehran, 63 of them were Canadians , and among that smaller group was a couple who'd just gotten married days before, CNN reports. "They were basically the kindest souls that I know, honestly,... More »

US Penalizes Iran, Rebuffs Iraq

Tehran gets more sanctions, and State Department rejects troop withdrawal

(Newser) - As promised, the US has imposed more sanctions on Iran after the missile strike on American targets in Iraq. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin announced them Friday, reports Reuters . They hit Iran's manufacturing, mining, and textile sectors, but they also target eight military and... More »

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