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Iranian Charged in Plot to Kill Bolton

Killing was to be revenge for the death of a Revolutionary Guard commander, officials say

(Newser) - The US has charged a member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard with plotting to assassinate former national security adviser John Bolton. Shahram Poursafi, 45, offered late last year to pay $300,000 for the killing, the Daily Beast reports. The Justice Department said in a statement Wednesday that the...

Families of Canadians Killed in Jet Downed by Iran Get $84M

Iran shot down the flight in early 2020

(Newser) - Update: Families of six of the Canadians killed in a January 2020 shooting down of a Ukraine International Airlines flight in Iran have been awarded $107 million Canadian (approximately $84 million), plus interest, in compensation. A Canadian court awarded the money, and it's not clear how it will actually...

US Fires Warning Shots at Speedboats From Iran

13 Revolutionary Guard speedboats appear to harass US Navy vessels

(Newser) - A group of 13 armed speedboats of Iran's Revolutionary Guard made “unsafe and unprofessional” high-speed maneuvers toward US Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday, and a US Coast Guard cutter fired warning shots when two of the Iranian boats came dangerously close, US officials said....

'A Lot of Red Flags' With Iran's Latest Announcement

Revolutionary Guard says it launched country's first military satellite into orbit

(Newser) - Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it put the Islamic Republic's first military satellite into orbit, dramatically unveiling what experts described as a secret space program with a surprise launch Wednesday that came amid wider tensions with the US. There was no immediate independent confirmation of the launch of the...

Iran Protesters Defy Police
Iran Protesters Defy Police

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...

Iran Says Its 'Fierce Revenge' Has Begun

Trump says 'all is well' after missile attack on Iraq bases

(Newser) - Iran launched Tuesday night what the Revolutionary Guards called "fierce revenge" for the killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani, striking two air bases housing US troops in Iraq with ballistic missiles. The New York Times reports that Iranian officials said the strikes began at 1:20am Wednesday local time—the...

Iran: We Just Fired 'Tens' of Missiles at US Bases

But whether they've done any damage is unclear

(Newser) - Iran struck back at the US for the killing of a top Iranian general early Wednesday, firing a series of surface-to-surface missiles at multiple Iraqi air bases housing US troops and warning the US and its allies in the region not to retaliate. US officials confirmed airstrikes at the al-Asad...

Iran Busts Another Tanker Carrying 'Smuggled Fuel'

Revolutionary Guard says it has seized a third tanker, detained 7 crew

(Newser) - Iran's Revolutionary Guard has seized an oil tanker carrying 185,000 gallons of "smuggled fuel" in the Persian Gulf, the AP reports via Iranian media on Sunday. State TV and the semi-official Fars news agency reported that seven crew members were detained when the ship was seized late...

Instead of Military Strike, US Hit Iranian Computers

Sources say that Trump authorized a cyberattack on Iran's military computers

(Newser) - US cyber forces launched a strike against Iranian military computer systems on Thursday as President Trump backed away from plans for a more conventional military strike in response to Iran's downing of a US surveillance drone, US officials said Saturday. Two officials told the AP that the strikes were...

US Says Video Shows Iranians Removing Mine From Tanker

Tehran accuses US of 'Iranophobic' campaign

(Newser) - The US says Iran was behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman Thursday—and it has proof to back up the claim. A video released by the US military's Central Command late Thursday shows what American officials say was an Iranian Revolutionary Guard boat removing...

Iran Answers Trump on the Chance for Negotiations

'No prospect' at the moment, spokesman says

(Newser) - "I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal," President Trump said Monday about possible talks concerning its nuclear program, "and I think that’s very smart of them, and I think that’s a possibility to happen." He received his answer on Tuesday....

Trump Makes Unprecedented Move Against Iran

He labels the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

(Newser) - In the first such move of its kind, President Trump has labeled Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Never before has the US made that declaration about a foreign military, reports Reuters . In fact, never before has the US used the label against any part of a foreign government,...

Things Are About to Heat Up Between the US and Iran

America will call the Revolutionary Guard a 'terrorist' group, insiders say

(Newser) - The Trump administration is preparing to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization," an unprecedented move against a national armed force that could have widespread implications for US personnel and policy in the Middle East and elsewhere, the AP reports. Officials informed of the step said...

Iranian General to Trump: You Talkin' To Me?

'We are ready to confront you,' says Revolutionary Guard leader Soleimani

(Newser) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhan says he sees no need to respond to any "nonsensical" threat from President Trump . The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard is not so restrained. "As a soldier, it is my duty to respond to Trump’s threats," says Gen. Qassem Soleimani,...

Iran's Guard: We Put Down the Protests

Blames wave of unrest on foreign influences

(Newser) - Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Sunday that the nation and its security forces have ended the wave of unrest linked to anti-government protests that erupted last month, reports the AP . "Iran’s revolutionary people along with tens of thousands of Basij forces, police, and the Intelligence Ministry have broken...

Iran: Trump Decision Could Bring 'Crushing' Response

Trump considers declaring Revolutionary Guards terrorist organization

(Newser) - If the US designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization—as reports state President Trump is likely to do—it would be a "strategic mistake," according to Iran's foreign ministry. "Iran’s reaction would be firm, decisive, and crushing, and the US should bear...

Iran Arrests US Citizen, but No One Really Knows Why

Arrest may be part of backlash against nuclear deal

(Newser) - An Iranian-American oil exec who argued passionately for building bridges between the two cultures—and lifting sanctions—is now in a prison cell in Iran and nobody seems quite sure why. A family friend tells the Washington Post that dual citizen Siamak Namazi, who's based in Dubai, was arrested...

Iran Joins Fight for Saddam's Hometown

Revolutionary Guard puts boots on the ground around Tikrit

(Newser) - Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit is once again in focus, as Iran's Revolutionary Guard teams with Iraqi forces to retake it from ISIS, the Wall Street Journal reports. The head of the Revolutionary Guard's overseas arm is reportedly directing activity near the town as artillery, rockets, and...

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...

Every Iraqi Urged to Pick Up a Weapon

Iraq's top cleric says 'everyone who can' must fight

(Newser) - Iraq's top Shiite cleric issued a statement during Friday prayers today, calling on everyone—Shiite and Sunni alike—to fight back against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the New York Times reports. It is "the legal and national responsibility of whoever can hold a weapon, to...

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