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Iran's Timeline of Terror

Iran rejects US offer to open nuclear talks amid offer to lift sanctions

Iranian Agents Have Threatened American Voters and Tried to Stir Up Civil Strife

Iranian Textbooks Teach Hatred of America, Arabs, and Jews

Indian Report: Iran Behind Blast Outside Israeli Embassy

Freed academic describes 'psychological torture' in Iran

Experts accuse Iran of rights violations in shooting down Ukraine airlines flight

Iran officially imposes curbs on UN nuclear inspections

Khamenei Says Iran Could Enrich Uranium to 60%

Iran has started producing uranium metal

US says it is willing to sit down for talks with Iran and other nations on nuclear deal

Academic Facing Jail in Iran Escapes to U.K.

New Iranian Bill Aims to Officialize a Policy of Avenging Soleimani and Destroying Israel

Iran deepens breach of nuclear deal at underground enrichment site

Iran says it will not reverse nuclear steps before U.S. sanctions are lifted

Iran Starts More Military Drills in Gulf as US Tensions Simmer

Report: Biden team already holding talks with Iran on US return to nuclear deal

U.S. to Designate Iran-Backed Houthis in Yemen as Terrorist Group

Iran Tests ‘Suicide’ Drones Amid Its Tense Standoff With Trump

Iran starts 20% uranium enrichment, seizes South Korean ship

Iran considering plot to assassinate US ambassador to South Africa, report says

Tzvi Kahn on the Heist of Iran's Nuclear Archive

Iran imposes double execution on champion wrestler for peacefully protesting regime

U.S. Seizes Iranian Fuel Cargo for First Time

After Crushing Anti-Government Rallies At Home, Iran Expresses Support For U.S. Protesters

Iran is increasingly promoting antisemitic Houthi leader from Yemen

How Iran Uses Cultural Centers To Expand Its Influence In Latin America

Satellite images show Iran’s nuclear ambition unaffected by Covid-19 outbreak

Defense officials: Iran pulling out of Syria as Israel pummels its forces there

Iran Puts First Spy Satellite in Orbit. Here's Why Israel Should Worry

Iran suspected of seizing, releasing Hong Kong-flagged tanker near Strait of Hormuz

Wrong Candidates for Aid, Wrong Time

Iran rejects virus aid offer from US 'charlatans' as cases soar

Visible From Space, Iran's Coronavirus Mass Graves Give the Lie to the Mullahs' Propaganda

US warship seizes Iranian weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, Navy says

US warship seizes Iranian weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, Navy says

Who was Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian general and terrorist mastermind killed by U.S. forces?

Trump blames Iran for US Embassy attack in Iraq, vows to hold regime 'fully responsible'

US slaps sanctions on Iran’s biggest airline and shipping group

Iranian forces may have killed more than 1,000 in recent protests, official says

Iran says it killed ‘rioters’ in deadliest unrest in decades

Iran racked by protests after massive gas price hike

State Department Slams Iran for Blocking Nuclear Inspector From Accessing Contested Sites

In Major Nuclear Step, Iran to Resume Enrichment at Underground Site

Iran tried to hack at least one presidential candidate

Trump says it appears Iran is behind attacks on Saudi oil facilities

UN atomic watchdog confirms Iran installing new centrifuges

Iran said hindering IAEA probe at alleged nuclear warehouse exposed by Netanyahu

Iran says it can resume 20% uranium enrichment in days if no economic relief

Iran building new classified military base in Syria: intelligence sources

Secret U.S. Cyber Mission Devastated Iran's Attack Capabilities, Officials Say

Israel says it stopped 'killer drone' attacks from Iran

State TV: Iran to unveil air defense missile system



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Iran warns of war if ‘Zionists’ enter the Persian Gulf

Iran Using GPS Jammers, Pretending to Be American Warships to Trick Vessels, U.S. Says

Trump: US warship destroyed Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

Iranian Boats Tried to Block British Tanker in Persian Gulf, U.K. Says

Original Article - The New York Times, 7/11/19

LONDON — A British warship forced three Iranian boats to back off after they sought to block a British tanker from passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday, in the latest escalation of tensions between Tehran and the West.

“Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to impede the passage of a commercial vessel, British Heritage, through the Strait of Hormuz,” the British government said. “We are concerned by this action and continue to urge the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation in the region.”

Iran denied any attempt to stop the tanker, according to Iranian news agencies.

Last week, British forces seized an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar bound for Syria, on suspicion that it was violating European Union sanctions, which Iran called an act of piracy. Some Iranian officials spoke of retribution, and an officer in Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Mohsen Rezaei, wrote on Twitter that if the tanker were not released, Iran “will be duty-bound to take reciprocal action and seize a British oil tanker.”

The dispute on Thursday is the latest complication in a three-way drama involving Iran, the United States and Europe that has played out since last year, when President Trump abandoned the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and restored sanctions that had been suspended under the deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had derided Britain as recently as Wednesday for its decision to send its warships to escort commercial vessels through the Gulf. Calling Britain “scared” and “hopeless,” Mr. Rouhani had warned that, “You, Britain, are the initiator of insecurity and you will realize the consequences later.”

Britain and other European powers have sought to tamp down rising tensions between the United States and Iran, and salvage the nuclear pact. But Britain’s clashes with Iran could increase its own willingness to join the Trump administration in confronting Tehran, adding momentum to the conflict.

The most recent escalation began in May, after the Trump administration implemented comprehensive new sanctions intended to cut off all Iranian oil exports as part of an effort to pressure Tehran into accepting sweeping new restrictions on its military activities and its nuclear program.

In May and June, six tankers were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz, and Washington said Iranian forces planted naval mines to target some of the ships. The British government has said publicly Iran was “almost certainly” responsible for an attack last month on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran has denied responsibility.




Iran Has Breached Critical Limit on Nuclear Fuel Under 2015 Pact, State Media Reports

Original Article via David E. Sanger | The New York Times

July 1, 2019


WASHINGTON — Iran has exceeded a key limitation on how much nuclear fuel it can possess under the 2015 international pact curbing its nuclear program, effectively declaring that it would no longer respect an agreement that President Trump abandoned more than a year ago, state media reported on Monday.

The breach of the limitation, which restricted Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium to about 660 pounds, does not by itself give the country enough to produce a nuclear weapon. But it signals that Iran may be willing to abandon the limits and restore the far larger stockpile that took the United States and five other nations years to persuade Tehran to send abroad.

The developments were first reported by the semiofficial Fars news agency, citing an “informed source.” Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister of Iran, was later quoted confirming the news, according to another semiofficial outlet, the Iranian Students’ New Agency, or ISNA.


President Hassan Rouhani of Iran in 2018. He said this year that he intended to walk away from the nuclear deal�s restrictions.

The report from Fars said that representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency determined last week that Iran had passed the threshold, but a spokesman for the agency said on Monday that inspectors were “on the ground” and would “report to headquarters” once the stockpile had been verified.

It was unclear how much the action would escalate the tensions between Washington and Tehran after the downing of an American surveillance drone in June nearly resulted in military strikes.

But it returns the focus to Iran’s two-decade pursuit of technology that could produce a nuclear weapon — exactly where it was before President Barack Obama and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran struck their deal four years ago.

While the Trump administration had no immediate reaction to the announcement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that the United States would never allow Iran to get within one year of possessing enough fuel to produce a nuclear weapon. His special envoy for Iran, Brian H. Hook, has often said that under a new deal, the United States would insist on “zero enrichment for Iran.”

Iran has so far rejected beginning any negotiation, saying that the United States must first return to the 2015 agreement and comply with all of its terms.

U.S. Navy drone shot down by Iranian missile over Strait of Hormuz in 'unprovoked attack,' central command says

 U.S. military officials returned fire -- verbally -- hours after Iran blasted a Navy high-altitude drone out of the sky over the Strait of Hormuz, with U.S. Central Command leaders on Thursday slamming the "unprovoked" strike and Tehran's subsequent "false" justifications for it.

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Oil Tankers Off Iran Hit by Suspected Torpedoes

DUBAI—Two oil tankers were damaged in attacks off the coast of Iran early Thursday, including one operated by a Japanese company, on a day when Tehran rebuffed attempts by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to ease a military standoff with the U.S.

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Iran-Linked Individuals Faked Social Media Accounts, Blog Posts, Letters to the Editor

This is the second group of social media accounts identified by FireEye as part of an Iranian propaganda or disinformation campaign.

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The U.S. Is Outplaying Iran in a Regional Chess Match

In the complex game of wits being played between the Trump administration and the Iranian regime, it appears that the U.S. temporarily checked Iran’s usual behavior.

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U.S. Designates Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Decision marks first time an element of a foreign state has been officially designated terrorist entity

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'Iran Has Been Testing Missile's'

When Iran uses the slogan “Death to America,” the country’s supreme leader said on Friday, it is specifically wishing death on President Trump and two of his senior officials.

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‘Death to America’ Means ‘Death to Trump,’ Iran’s Supreme Leader Says

When Iran uses the slogan “Death to America,” the country’s supreme leader said on Friday, it is specifically wishing death on President Trump and two of his senior officials.

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Despite US Warning, Iran Launches Satellite and Fails

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iran earlier this month to scrap its planned satellite launch, threatening to increase sanctions on the country.

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Bolton endorses report accusing Iran of hiding nuclear facilities

National Security Adviser John Bolton retweeted, with apparent approving comment, a report that accused Iran of fudging its reports to nuclear-disarmament watchdogs.

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John Bolton warns Iran 'there will be hell to pay' if aggression continues: 'We will come after you'

National Security Adviser John Bolton delivered a no-holds-barred warning to Iran at a major summit in New York on Tuesday, telling the regime in a fiery speech that "we are watching, and we will come after you" and that there will be "hell to pay" if it continues on its current course.

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Iran's Rial hits record-low 100,000 to the dollar

TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran's currency hit a record low on Sunday of 100,000 rials to the dollar amid a deepening economic crisis and the imminent return of full US sanctions.

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Trump warns Iran's President Rouhani: 'NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN'

Trump's tweet followed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cautioning the American leader on Sunday about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying: "War with Iran is the mother of all wars."

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Iran's Revolutionary Guard Says "Awaiting Orders" To Attack Israel Ahead Of Putin-Netanyahu Summit

Though by many accounts the situation in Syria's south is stabilizing as the government is fast securing the border with Jordan after a major offensive against FSA, al-Qaeda, and ISIS factions in the region, the possibility for further clashes between Israel and Damascus remains high, as we previously warned here

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U.S. - Iran tensions rise over oil route as EU tries to save nuclear deal

LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy stands ready to ensure free navigation and the flow of commerce, the U.S. military’s Central Command said on Thursday, as Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned they would block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if necessary.

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Water shortage, pollution spark fresh protests in Iran's Abadan

Protesters have clashed with security forces in southwestern Iran, a day after several demonstrators were injured in nighttime skirmishes over water shortages and pollution, Iranian state media reported.



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Iran Economic Protests Shut Tehran's Grand Bazaar

Traders at Tehran's Grand Bazaar have taken part in a big protest against rising prices and the plummeting value of Iran's currency, the rial.

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Iran defiant as it holds day of anti-Israel protests

Thousands took to the streets in the capital and other cities for Qods (Jerusalem) Day, held every year since the early days of Iran's Islamic revolution to show support for the Palestinians.

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Secret files prove Iran tried to build a nuclear bomb, Israeli spy agency claims

Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad shared top-secret files with European governments on Sunday night, purporting to prove Iran’s efforts to build a nuclear weapon, claims which the regime in Tehran has always denied.

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Deep In the Desert, Iran Quietly Advances Missile Technology

For weeks, California-based weapons researchers picked through satellite photos of the Iranian facility 25 miles from Shahrud, Iran. They found, they say, that work on the site now appears to focus on advanced rocket engines and rocket fuel, and is often conducted under cover of night. 

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Iran's Leader Warns: Era of 'Hit and Run' Attacks Has Ended

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei threatened on Monday to respond harshly to the overnight attack on the outskirts of Hama. "The era of 'hit and run' attacks has ended, and from now on, any attacks will be answered resolutely," Khamenei was quoted as saying by the Hamas-affiliated Al-Manar website. "The enemies understand that they will achieve nothing by means of war."



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Recent Iranian shipments to Syria concern US intelligence

Washington (CNN)US intelligence is monitoring a series of cargo flights from Iran into Syria that the US suspects may be carrying weapons systems into Syria for potential use by Bashar al-Assad's regime or Iranian forces, CNN has learned.



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Israeli army reveals images allegedly showing Iran's involvement in Syria

Satellite images released Tuesday by Israeli Defense Forces show the scope of the military relationship between Iran and Syria.


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Iran’s Nuclear Industry Moving at a Faster Pace

TEHRAN, Apr. 09 (MNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday Iran’s nuclear industry is moving forward faster than before.


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World War 3: Iran Vows to Obliterate Israel in 25 Years as Middle East Tensions Escalate

Iran’s army chief has vowed to completely destroy Israel within just 25 years, in a dramatic threat issued to their Middle East rival it has been revealed.


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Germany Selling Iran Chemical Weapons Tech, Boosting Anti-Israel Efforts as U.S. Dems Block Trump Ambassador

U.S. officials are increasingly alarmed by a congressional block on President Donald Trump's pick to be the next ambassador to Germany, a holdup that comes as Berlin pursues a host of anti-Israel measures and is growing closer to Iran, according to multiple administration insiders who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.



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Iran says missile production up three-fold

TEHRAN, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Iran's missile production has increased three-fold over the past years, said a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Wednesday.

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Iran says missile production up three-fold

TEHRAN, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Iran's missile production has increased three-fold over the past years, said a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Wednesday.


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Iran’s Russian Anti-Aircraft Missile Now Operational, U.S. Says

Iran tested and deployed a Russian-made anti-aircraft missile system last year that has long worried U.S. and Israeli military officials because it gives the Islamic Republic a “generational improvement in capabilities,” the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency disclosed.


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New satellite photos show Iran establishing another base in Syria

Iran has built another permanent military base outside Syria’s capital city complete with hangers used to store missiles capable of hitting all of Israel, according to Western intelligence sources. 

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Iran could soon be spying on smartphones worldwide, report claims

Millions of smartphone users in the United States, and around the world, are vulnerable to being spied on by the Iranian government, according to a new report. And apparently, all it takes is downloading the wrong app.

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Israel military targets Iranian drone and strikes Syria, F-16 crashes

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will protect itself from “any threat or any attempt to harm its sovereignty” after its military downed an Iranian drone that infiltrated the region.


“Israel is seeking for peace, but we will continue to defend ourselves against any attack against us, and against any attempt by Iran to establish military bases in Syria or anywhere else,” Netanyahu said Saturday after meeting with top brass at military headquarters in Tel Aviv.


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Syria chemical attack rockets ‘Made in Germany,’ report says

The rockets used in the recent chemical attacks in Syria that poisoned dozens of civilians, including children, were “Made in Germany,” Bild reports.Following the attacks in East Ghouta, a suburb outside Damascus with a population of 400,000, the remains of Iranian 107-millimeter rockets with the company logo of Krempel and the product signature “Made in Germany” were found at the sites, Bild reported Monday.


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Iran rejects possibility of renegotiation on nuclear deal with any side

TEHRAN, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that Iran will never engage in the probable calls for renewed talks on the 2105 international deal which put an end to the disputes over the country's nuclear program.

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Iran Resumes Building Missile Plants in Lebanon, Israeli Army Warns in Rare Article in Arab Media

In a rare article published on Arabic-language media, IDF spokesperson warns Lebanese civilians of possible war if Iran develops precision weapons in Lebanon and if Hezbollah takes control of the political system there.

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Iran spends billions on weapons programs, terrorism while ignoring Iranians' basic needs, report finds

Iran is spending billions of dollars on its weapons programs and supporting terrorism around the globe while it ignores the basic needs of its people, a new report asserts.

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Iran ‘will not negotiate on its missile program’

Iran says it will not negotiate on its missile program with European countries, reiterating that its defensive missile activities are off-limits.

Recent reports in the German weekly Der Spiegel and French daily Le Figaro have suggested that Europe is eying to pressure Iran over its missile program and/or regional policies.

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Iran Army to stage massive military drills along Makran coast: Commander

Iran's Army says is planning to hold large-scale joint military exercises in a vast area along the Makran coastal strip, including the shores of the Sea of Oman, in the country's southern and southeastern regions, a senior commander says.

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Iran president slams sanctions policy targeting independent nations

President Hassan Rouhani says Iran is resolved to strengthen its relations with Cuba, especially in the economic sector, expressing his opposition to the sanctions policy targeting independent nations.

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Iran lawmaker says 3,700 arrested in days of protest, unrest

An Iranian reformist lawmaker said Tuesday that some 3,700 people were arrested in the days of protests and unrest that roiled Iran over the past two weeks, offering a far higher number than authorities previously released.

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Houthi attacks supported by Iran: Saudi envoy to Yemen

RIYADH: Houthi attacks against the Yemeni people and Saudi Arabia are supported by Iran, the Saudi ambassador to Yemen said Wednesday.

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Obama's Alternative Facts on the Iran Nuclear Deal

When the Obama administration sold its Iran nuclear deal to Congress in 2015, one of its primary arguments was that the agreement was narrow. It lifted only nuclear sanctions. America, President Barack Obama told us, would remain a vigilant foe of Iran's regional predations through sanctions and other means.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Fix It Or Nix It

In October, President Trump received a chorus of catcalls when he refused to "recertify" Iran's compliance with Barack Obama's flawed nuclear weapons deal with that country. The Europeans, Russia, China and numerous domestic pundits and politicians (including some within Trump's own government) were critical.

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Trove of Bin Laden documents reveal Iran's secret dealings with al-Qaeda

newly released trove of documents recovered from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound have revealed “secret dealings” between Iran and al-Qaeda. 

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Iran Used ‘Some’ Nuclear Deal Money To Fund Terror Campaigns

The Islamic Republic of Iran used some of the funds released to the country under the 2015 nuclear agreement to fund activity in the Middle East, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday.

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U.S. House votes to block aircraft sales to Iran

The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of new measures that block sales of commercial aircraft to Iran, ignoring some lawmakers’ warnings that the hostile move would undermine the 2015 nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers.


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Trump to weigh more aggressive US strategy on Iran, sources say

President Donald Trump is weighing a strategy that calls for more aggressive U.S. responses to Iran's forces, its Shi'ite Muslim proxies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups, according to five current and former U.S. officials.


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An Iranian court upheld a 10 year prison sentence for Chinese-American student Xi Yue Wang on Sunday on charges of collaborating with foreign governments.


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Iran tests first ever long-range missile defence system

Iran has tested its first ever long-range missile defense system amid tensions with the US over its weapons programme, Iranian state media has said.


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U.S. pressure or not, U.N. nuclear watchdog sees no need to check Iran military sites

The United States is pushing U.N. nuclear inspectors to check military sites in Iran to verify it is not breaching its nuclear deal with world powers. But for this to happen, inspectors must believe such checks are necessary and so far they do not, officials say.


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Iran Building Weapons Factories in Lebanon and Syria, Israel Says

Israel is using a visit this week by the United Nations secretary general, Antonio Guterres, to highlight concerns about what it says are Iran’s efforts to produce advanced, precision weapons in Lebanon and Syria.


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Iran Slaps Down Haley: No One Sees Military Sites Without Ayatollah’s Permission

Two years after the Obama administration contended that the nuclear deal it reached with Iran had opened the door to international inspection of military sites, a senior military adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared Sunday that it does not.


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'Strong indications' Trump won't recertify Iranian compliance with nuclear deal

The Trump administration is giving "strong indications" that it is preparing a case to decertify Iran's compliance with the international nuclear agreement, an expert says.


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Qatar defies Saudi Arabia by restoring diplomatic ties with Iran

Qatar has defied Saudi Arabia by strengthening its diplomatic ties with Iran - rather than cutting them back as Saudi Arabia and its allies have demanded.


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Iran: Five days needed to ramp up uranium enrichment

Iran's atomic chief has warned that Tehran needs only five days to ramp up its uranium enrichment to 20 percent, a level at which the material could be used for a nuclear weapon.


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US must pay $245mn in damage to chemical victims of Iraq-Iran war: Judiciary

The Iranian Judiciary has issued a ruling demanding that the US government pay around 245 million dollars in damage to a number of victims of chemical attacks carried out by Saddam Hussein’s troops during the 1980 to 1988 imposed war on Iran.


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Israeli satellite images reveal ‘Iranian missile facility’ under construction in Syria

New imagery released by imageSat, which operates Israel’s EROS-B satellite, reportedly show the first ever Scud missile factory being built inside wartorn Syria. 


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Iran’s President Threatens to Restart Nuclear Program

Iran’s nuclear program could be restarted in a matter of “hours,” if the American government imposes further sanctions on Tehran, the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said on Tuesday.


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Iran Sending Warships to Atlantic Ocean Amid Massive New Military Buildup

Iran is preparing to send a flotilla of warships to the Atlantic Ocean following the announcement of a massive $500 million investment in war spending, according to Iranian leaders, who say the military moves are in response to recent efforts by the United States to impose a package of new economic sanctions on Tehran.


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Iran lawmakers vote to boost spending on missile program

By a huge majority, members of Iran’s parliament voted Sunday to increase spending on the nation’s ballistic missile program and finance its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.


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Iran Bans Two Soccer Stars for Playing Against Israelis

Two players on Iran’s national soccer team were banned for life from playing for their country on Thursday after they participated in a match with their club team in Greece against an Israeli team, an Iranian governmental official said.


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Iran's 'Shameful' Execution Of Man Arrested At Age 15

Iran has executed a 21-year-old man who was arrested at age 15, Amnesty International and an Iranian news agency reported.

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Iranian drone forces US jet to take evasive action

An Iranian drone came within 100 feet of a US Navy F/A-18 attempting to land on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, according to two US defense officials with knowledge of the incident. The officials said the drone forced the US aircraft to take evasive action.


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Rouhani gets Iranian supreme leader's nod as second-term president, faces risks

Hassan Rouhani won the endorsement of Iran's supreme leader for his second term of president on Thursday after an easy election win, pledging to open Iran to foreign trade and investment but facing internal hardline resistance and renewed U.S. antagonism.


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New York Congressman Demands Investigation Into Iranian Funding of US Universities Through Alavi Foundation

A New York congressman is urging US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to investigate the funneling of millions of dollars by an Iranian regime-controlled foundation to Ivy League universities, including Harvard, Columbia and Princeton.


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Exclusive: Iran Revolutionary Guards find new route to arm Yemen rebels

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have started using a new route across the Gulf to funnel covert arms shipments to their Houthi allies in Yemen's civil war, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters.


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Iran complains to UN over new US sanctions against Tehran

Iran has complained to the U.N. Security Council over the latest U.S. sanctions imposed on Tehran.


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Trump administration wants more Iran inspections

The Trump administration is pushing for inspections of suspicious Iranian military sites in a bid to test the strength of the nuclear deal that President Donald Trump desperately wants to cancel, senior U.S. officials said.


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Iran poised to launch rocket into space, as North Korea readies another missile test, US officials say

Two enemies of America are poised for upcoming rocket launches, two senior U.S. officials told Fox News, with another North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile launch expected as soon as Wednesday night and Iran on the verge of sending its own vehicle into space.


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US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian ship in Persian Gulf

A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian ship in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, U.S. defense officials confirmed to Fox News.


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Family of Americans detained in Iran pleads for their release "before it's too late"

The families of four prisoners detained in Iran say Tehran is using them to extract political and financial concessions from Washington. Those families will testify before Congress Tuesday.


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Iran and Iraq sign accord to boost military cooperation

Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military cooperation and the fight against "terrorism and extremism", Iranian media reported, an accord which is likely to raise concerns in Washington.


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Kuwait closes Iran cultural mission, expels diplomats

Kuwait is closing the Iranian cultural mission and related offices in the Gulf Arab state and reducing the number of Iranian diplomats stationed in the country, according to the official news agency, KUNA.


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Iran's president says his country will 'stand up to' the US

Iran's president said on Wednesday that his country will stand up to the United States and reciprocate for any new sanctions that America imposes on the Islamic Republic.


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Trump reluctantly lets WH say Iran still complying with nuke deal

The Trump administration told Congress for a second time Monday that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal and can keep getting sanctions relief, even as it insisted Tehran would face consequences for breaching "the spirit" of the deal.


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Iran Sentences U.S. Graduate Student to 10 Years on Spying Charges

An American student from Princeton University was arrested in Iran and has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges he was spying for the United States, an Iranian judiciary official said on Sunday, an action bound to aggravate relations between the two countries.


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Iranian Researcher Denied U.S. Entry Allegedly Has Ties to Militia

An Iranian cancer researcher who was denied entry to the United States previously headed a student branch of a volunteer paramilitary militia, according to footage aired on Iranian state television on Thursday.


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Report: Iran Building Long-Range Ballistic Missiles in Syria

Iran is said to be building new long-range ballistic missiles at a Syrian weapons factory identified by the United States as developing non-conventional weaponry, according to regional reports alleging that Russia and North Korea are aiding in the endeavor.


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Iran Poised to Gain as ISIS Falls in Mosul

Iraq’s U.S.-backed prime minister declared victory over Islamic State in Mosul on Monday, but Iran is shaping up to be one of the biggest winners in the struggle with Washington for influence in Baghdad and across the region.


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Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria, targets ISIS

Iran's military said Sunday that it has launched several missiles into eastern Syria, targeting Islamic State fighters in retaliation for the twin attacks that rocked Tehran on June 7.


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Damning German intelligence reports emerged in June and July revealing the Iranian regime’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and missile technology in defiance of international sanctions and UN resolutions. A federal intelligence report also said that the Islamic Republic targets Jewish and Israeli institutions with espionage.


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Iran illegally seeking weapons tech from German firms, according to report

Iran is targeting German companies in its bid to advance its missile program, in possible violation of an international agreement, and at least on occasion with the aid of a Chinese company, according to a damning recent report from a German intelligence agency.


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Trump Admin Authorizes Strikes on Iranian-Backed Forces

U.S. forces have been instructed to take all measures needed to protect American interests in Syria, including military measures, as part of an effort that comes after top officials in the Trump administration assessed that Iran is deliberately probing American weaknesses and reactions on the Syrian battlefield, according to senior Trump administration officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.


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British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran in state of 'despair'

A British-Iranian woman serving a five-year jail sentence in Tehran on unspecified charges relating to national security is losing her hair and experiencing “low and despairing” moods as her incarceration lasts far beyond her family’s expectation.


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US delegation: Iran bears historic responsibility for regional instability

The Iranian regime bears historic responsibility for the instability and crisis in the region today and Tehran has been responsible for a series of deadly terrorist attacks against the United States, a bipartisan group of former American officials has said. The 30-member delegation also expressed solidarity with thousands of Iranians gathered in Paris on July 1, 2017 for the annual rally of the Iranian opposition.


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Iranian protesters unveil countdown showing 8,411 days 'to the destruction of Israel'

Anti-Israel protesters in Iran unveiled a digital countdown showing 8,411 days to what they said would be the "destruction of Israel", as part of an annual rally in support of the Palestinian Territories.


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IDF: Iran Paying $195 Million Annually to Fund Anti-Israel Terrorist Groups

Iran’s massive funding of terrorist groups that endanger Israel was exposed in shocking detail by IDF Military Intelligence chief Maj.- Gen. Hertzi Halevi on Wednesday. 


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U.S. on collision course with Syria and Iran once de facto Islamic State capital falls

Trump administration officials, anticipating the defeat of the Islamic State in its de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa, are planning for what they see as the next stage of the war, a complex fight that will bring them into direct conflict with Syrian government and Iranian forces contesting control of a vast desert stretch in the eastern part of the country.


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Iranian vessel in "unsafe" encounter with U.S. warships

U.S. officials told CBS News on Wednesday that an Iranian warship had shined a spotlight and laser at an American military helicopter accompanying two U.S. Navy vessels sailing through the strategic Strait of Hormuz during the night.


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Iran attempts to expand control through Syria as ISIS nears defeat

New efforts by Iranian-backed militias to control supply lines in southern Syria highlight an alarming trend in the war-torn region: Militias and their foreign backers are accelerating their rivalry for power as the U.S.-led coalition shrinks the Islamic State’s territory.


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Iran Arrests Almost 50 After Deadly Tehran Attacks

Iran has arrested almost 50 people in connection with twin attacks on Tehran that killed 17 people last week, officials said, as security forces stepped up efforts to crack down on suspected militants.


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12 dead in attacks on Iran Parliament, Khomenei's mausoleum

Gunmen and suicide bombers on Wednesday launched twin assaults on Iran's parliament and the tomb of the country's revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, leaving at least 12 people dead and scores of others injured.


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Alleged NSA leaker vowed to stand with Iranian terror regime

A government contractor who was charged Monday with leaking top secret U.S. intelligence to the media appears to be a climate change activist and vociferous anti-Trump leftist who is sympathetic to the terrorist regime in Iran, according to her social media profiles.


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Iran Developing Advanced Nuclear Capabilities, Reducing Time to Weapon

Iran is believed to be developing advanced nuclear-related capabilities that could significantly reduce the time it needs to build a deliverable nuclear weapon, according to statements by Iranian officials that have fueled speculation among White House officials and nuclear experts that the landmark accord has heightened rather than reduced the Islamic Regime's nuclear threat.


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Indications Iran Doubling Down on Use of Proxy Forces

An influx of cash that was the byproduct of the deal Iran struck with a group of world powers to curtail its nuclear program may not be changing the way Iran goes about wielding influence across the Middle East and beyond.


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As Iran and U.S. Leaders Trade Barbs, Big Deals Proceed

President Trump, who has never made a secret of his hostility toward Iran, called recently for a grand regional strategy among Sunni nations to isolate the country. But Tehran received that threat with surprising equanimity because, in practice, the Trump administration has shown a willingness to do business with the country.


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Iran says it has built third underground ballistic missile factory

Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard as saying.


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Iran’s President Mocks Trump’s Saudi Arabia Trip as ‘Just a Show’

TEHRAN — Flush from his decisive re-election victoryIran’s president struck back on Monday after a weekend of verbal affronts from the Saudi-American summit meeting, describing President Trump’s visit to Riyadh as empty theatrics and mocking his support for a monarchy that has “never seen a ballot box.”

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U.S. sanctions Iran officials

The United States on Wednesday sanctioned two Iranian defense officials, an Iranian company and members of a China-based network for supporting Iran's ballistic missile program, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement.


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Tribunal lets fake Iranian refugees stay in Australia

SIX Iranian boat people were caught holidaying in their homeland after lying on their visa applications about fearing for their lives if they had to return there.


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Iran to Launch Two New Satellites, Likely Cover for Illicit ICBM Program

Iran is preparing to launch two new domestic satellites into space, according to a new announcement by Iranian military leaders that is stirring discussion among U.S. national security insiders who say the move is likely cover for the test firing of advanced intercontinental ballistic missile technology that could be used as part of Iran's nuclear program.


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Iran minister warns Saudi Arabia after 'battle' comments: Tasnim

Iran will hit back at most of Saudi Arabia with the exception of Islam's holiest places if the kingdom does anything "ignorant", Tehran's defense minister was quoted as saying on Sunday after a Saudi prince threatened to move the "battle" to Iran.


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British grandfather begins seventh year in notorious Iran jail

British-Iranian grandfather will be entering his seventh year in prison for alleged espionage charges in Iran, his family said.


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Iran attempted missile launch from submarine, US officials say

Iran attempted to launch a cruise missile from a submarine in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday but the test failed, two U.S. officials told Fox News.


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Iran Using U.S. Cash to Fund Unprecedented, Massive Military Buildup

Tehran seeks to completely overhaul, revamp military might to counter U.S.

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Boeing Moves Ahead on Delivering First Jets to Iran Next Year

Boeing Co. is making “steady progress” to complete the terms of an 80-jetliner sale to Iran Air and expects to deliver the initial planes next year, the first U.S. aircraft exports to Iran since the country’s revolution in 1979.


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The nuclear deal takes center stage as Iran’s election campaign gets underway

Iran’s short, intense presidential campaign kicks off Friday with the first televised debate featuring six candidates in a race widely seen as a referendum on whether Iranians feel they have benefited from the nuclear deal that took effect last year.


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Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport

AMMAN/BEIRUT, April 27 (Reuters) - Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said, targeting weapons sent from Iran via commercial and military cargo planes.


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US Navy fires warning flare at Iranian vessel in Persian Gulf

A U.S. guided-missile destroyer fired a flare in the direction of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard ship this week during an encounter in the Persian Gulf, a Navy official has confirmed to ABC News.


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Iran's Khamenei says next president should be less engaged with West

Iran's supreme leader called on presidential candidates on Tuesday to champion economic self-sufficiency, further distancing himself from Hassan Rouhani's policy of opening to the West and seeking foreign investment.


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Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway

By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials — and undermined its own counter proliferation task forces.


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Trump Accuses Iran of Violating ‘Spirit’ of Nuclear Deal

Iran is failing to fulfill the "spirit" of its landmark nuclear deal with world powers, President Donald Trump said Thursday days after his chief diplomat said Tehran was meeting the terms of the agreement.


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The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, accused Iran of ‘alarming and ongoing provocations’

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad-Javad Zarif, has criticised the US after his counterpart, Rex Tillerson, said Tehran was creating “alarming and ongoing provocations” to destabilise countries in the Middle East.


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Rouhani says Iran needs "no one's permission" to build missiles

Iran will ask "no one's permission" to build up its missile capability, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, in what appeared to be a defiant response to U.S. efforts to hamper the Iranian military.


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Trump Administration Sanctions Iran Prison Torture Industry

The Trump administration is leveling new economic sanctions against senior Iranian officials and its prison system for widespread human rights abuses, including the systematic torture of those being held in these facilities, according to White House officials familiar with the matter.


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In surprise move, Iran's Ahmadinejad to run for president

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday stunned the country by unexpectedly filing to run in the May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race.


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Iran Claims New Minesweeping Capabilities

The Iranian military holds annual war games to showcase its latest capabilities and technologies. This year, it conducted the Velayat-95 war games in both the Persian Gulf and northern Indian Ocean. Among the marquee capabilities the Iranian navy claims to have acquired was a combined sonic and magnetic approach to de-mining, utilizing both ships and helicopters. The accompanying article from Fars News discusses this capability.


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‘MAKE AMERICA PAY’ Iran calls on Syrian tyrant Bashar al-Assad to make Donald Trump ‘regret’ bombing air base

President Hassan Rouhani claimed Donald Trump’s country was not acting ‘within international frameworks’ and should be made to ‘regret ‘ last week’s cruise missile blitz.


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Iran's long-exiled prince wants a revolution

Reza Pahlavi, the son of the last shah to rule before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, has seen his profile rise in recent months following the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, who promises a harder line against the Shiite power.


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Iran issues threat over U.S. strikes in Syria

Iran "won't be quiet" after the U.S. missile attack that hit a number of military targets in central Syria, Iran's parliament news agency, ICANA.ir, reported Friday.


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Leading Iranian Cleric Enters Election in Threat to Rouhani

The announcement that a prominent conservative cleric will run for Iran’s presidency next month has transformed the race, potentially unifying opponents to President Hassan Rouhani in a strong challenge to his re-election.


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Rex Tillerson: Russia, Iran 'Morally Responsible' for Chemical Attack in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Iran and Russia on Tuesday to use their influence with the Syrian regime to make sure that it will not repeat its use of chemical weapons against its own citizens as part of the civil war currently raging in the country. 


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US House of Representatives: Iran Revolutionary Guards are a terrorist army

The speaker of the US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, called to designate the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group, describing it as a “terrorist army.” He said “Iran supports the terrorist dictator of Damascus and the militias in Yemen, Baghdad and Beirut.”

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Iranian Missile Tests on the Rise

Tehran’s missile development programs—like developing solid fuelled ballistic missiles, bottle-necked warheads, multiple re-entry vehicles (MRVs)—suggests that Tehran is pursuing a missile program that can defeat the missile defence systems of its adversaries, and cruise missiles could be a credible counter measure against enemy ballistic missile defence systems.


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Iran says Russia can use its military bases 'on case by case basis'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to launch air strikes against militants in Syria on a "case by case basis."


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Iran Strikes Back at U.S. With ‘Reciprocal’ Sanctions on 15 Companies

Iran on Sunday sanctioned what it described as 15 U.S. companies, alleging that they support terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land that Palestinians want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier announced by the United States.


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Trump administration planning new Iran sanctions

The Trump administration is planning to roll out new targeted sanctions on Iran as soon as Friday, multiple sources tell CBS News.


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UN atomic chief: Iran inspections at risk without more money

The inspections regime put in place to closely monitor Iran's nuclear activity is in jeopardy unless the U.S. and other nations contribute more money, the head of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday.


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Exclusive: Iran steps up support for Houthis in Yemen's war - sources

Iran is sending advanced weapons and military advisers to Yemen's rebel Houthi movement, stepping up support for its Shi'ite ally in a civil war whose outcome could sway the balance of power in the Middle East, regional and Western sources say.


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Iran's Quds force plotted with the aid of a paid Pakistani man to surveil --and possibly assassinate--the head of the French-Israeli chamber of commerce, according to revelations from a Monday court proceeding in Berlin and German media reports.The daily Berliner Zeitung reported that the 31-year-old Pakistani Syed Mustafa spied on the French-Israel business professor David Rouach who teaches at the elite  Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP)  and served as head of the French-Israeli chamber of commerce.


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Iran's supreme leader calls gender equality 'a Zionist conspiracy'

Iran's Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei accused Israel and the West on Sunday morning of promoting women's exploitation for the purpose of earthly pleasures, calling it a "Zionist conspiracy" aimed at destroying human society.


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It's time for the US to quit enabling Iran in Syria

If the Trump administration is serious about taking on Iran in the Middle East it must transform its strategy in Syria for fighting the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS).  Our current strategy will only continue to strengthen Tehran’s grip on the region.


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Iranian Foreign Minister accuses Israel of being the biggest nuclear threat to humanity

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and accused the State of Israel of being "the greatest nuclear threat to the international community" Thursday night.


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Iran vows to 'liberate' Golan Heights

A new Iran-funded Iraqi Hezbollah "brigade" aims to "liberate" the Golan Heights from Israel, spokesman Seyed Hashem Moussavi last week said last week at a news conference in Iran.


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Iran sends destroyer and warship to the Gulf of Aden

In a provocative move, Iran announced sending the “45 Group” of the Iranian Naval Force, which consists of a ship and a destroyer to the Gulf of Aden and Bab al-Mandab. The tension caused by the continued friction between the Iranian gunboats and US forces located in international waters is due to the persistent attempts of Iran to assist and provide the Yemeni militia with weapons.


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Iran arrests two Catholics in new wave of brutality against Christians


Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested two Christians – a mother and her son – in late February as part of a brutal crackdown on Catholicism in the country’s West Azerbaijan Province.


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Pentagon says Iranian vessels harass Navy ship, as Iran tests missile defense system

Swift-moving Iranian vessels came dangerously close to a U.S. Navy surveillance ship in the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend, U.S. officials said Monday.


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Iran launched 2 ballistic missiles, US officials say

Continuing a pattern of provocative actions, Iran this weekend test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles and sent fast-attack vessels close to a U.S. Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz, U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News.


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Iran reportedly poised for weapons shopping spree after UN ban is lifted

Iran is poised to go on a major military shopping spree in 2020, after a United Nations ban prohibiting the country from purchasing sophisticated weapons is lifted.


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Turbulence in Turkish-Iranian relations

Turkish-Iranian relations are experiencing new turbulence as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Feb. 14 that Tehran is promoting “Parthian (Persian) nationalism.” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu followed suit by referring to Iran’s sectarian policies in the region. Foreign Ministry spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu elaborated further, saying Iranian accusations are “neither acceptable nor comprehensible.”


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Iran claims to have test fired missile

Iran claimed on Monday that it had successfully test fired the latest version of a submarine-launched cruise missile.


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Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Admits to Having Terror Cells Situated and Ready to Strike in US

A recent video posted this week shows Islamic Republic strategist, Hassan Abbassi, discussing the destructive potential of Iran’s hidden army within the US.


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Iran Uses Syrian Battlefields to Train Military Officers

Voice of America News quotes Iranian media reports and spokesmen for the Syrian opposition to report that Iran is using the Syrian battleground to train its military officers.


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Iran ready to give U.S. 'slap in the face': commander

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, as Tehran concluded war games.


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Iran launches 'advanced' rockets during new military exercises

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard has launched several sophisticated rockets during military exercises, Iranian media reported on Monday.


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Iran performs new military drills despite U.S. warnings

Tehran (AFP) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard is to conduct military drills next week, a senior commander announced Saturday, despite warnings from the United States and fresh sanctions over a ballistic missile test.


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Netanyahu: US, Israel have 'grand mission' to confront Iran threat

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Fox News' "Hannity" Thursday night that his country and the United States have a "grand mission" to confront the threat of a nuclear Iran. 


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Iran defeats U.S. Navy in defiant animated film

A full-length animated film depicting an armed confrontation between Iran's Revolutionary Guards and the U.S. Navy is soon to open in Iranian cinemas, amid rising tensions over President Donald Trump's hardening rhetoric against Tehran.


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Report: Flynn was ousted by former Obama officials to protect Iran Deal

According to White House officials speaking to the Free Beacon, Michael Flynn’s resignation was coordinated by a group of former Obama officials and loyalists who wanted to protect the Iran Deal from its largest critic. The effort included planting stories meant to discredit Flynn, the national security advisor to President Trump.


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Iranian “navy drone” crashes in southern port city – media sources

Iranian media sources say that a “military drone” has crashed in the country’s southern port city of Jask on the shore of Oman Sea.


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Hundreds of thousands rally in Iran against Trump, chant 'Death to America': TV

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied on Friday to swear allegiance to the clerical establishment following U.S. President Donald Trump's warning that he had put the Islamic Republic "on notice", state TV reported.


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Iran fires another missile from launch pad, US official says

Iran launched another missile Wednesday from the same launch pad east of Tehran where it conducted a previous ballistic missile test last month, an official told Fox News.


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Iran pulls missile from launchpad after apparent prep for launch, US officials say

Iran removed a powerful missile from a launchpad east of Tehran within the past few days, Fox News has learned, as U.S. and Iranian officials continued trading public barbs about the Islamic Republic's missile tests.


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Iran's Khamenei says Trump shows real face of America

In his first speech since Mr Trump took office, Mr Khamenei said the president had exposed "political, economic, moral and social corruption" in the US.


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Iran: Wave of floggings, amputations and other vicious punishments

Iran’s persistent use of cruel and inhuman punishments, including floggings, amputations and forced blinding over the past year, exposes the authorities’ utterly brutal sense of justice, said Amnesty International.


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U.S. sanctions Iran

The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on Iran following its recent ballistic missile test.


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White House escalates warning to Iran, says all options on table

The Trump administration is considering a range of options to counter Iran’s aggressive activity in the Middle East, said a senior official who would not rule out military action.


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Pentagon: Iran Tested a Ballistic Missile With North Korean Origins

A ballistic missile launched by Iran on Sunday was North Korean in construction or design, according to the Pentagon. The missile test, which ended in failure, was not a violation of 2015's Iranian nuclear deal, but arguably was in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution. 


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Iran 'missile test' to be discussed at UN Security Council

A reported ballistic missile test by Iran is to be discussed by the UN Security Council amid concern the move violates a resolution on the country's capability.


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Iran tests ballistic missile in defiance of UN resolution


Iran conducted a ballistic missile test in yet another apparent violation of a United Nations resolution, U.S. officials told Fox News on Monday.


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Iran says to ban U.S. visitors in retaliation to Trump move

Iran said on Saturday it would stop U.S. citizens entering the country in retaliation to Washington's visa ban against Tehran and six other majority-Muslim countries announced by new U.S. President Donald Trump.


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In a speech made at Yad Vashem a day prior to International Holocaust Memorial Day, Netanyahu addressed the Iranian threat and pointed to the new American president as a strong ally.


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Iran Will Quickly Relaunch Nuclear Program if Trump Trashes Deal

Iran says that if US President Donald Trump carries through with his vow to “tear up” the controversial nuclear deal with Tehran, it will quickly relaunch its nuclear program.


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Iran Caught Importing Missile Technology

Ukrainian authorities have confirmed that they seized a shipment of missile system components bound for Iran, according to official statements that could put the Islamic Republic in violation of international bans on such behavior.


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Iran Trains Children for War

Iran is using new methods of recruiting and training children through its paramilitary militia group, Basij, one of the five branches of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The children, as young as eight years old, are trained to hate the US and Israel and to attack their enemies in the West, as well as to oppose Western values.


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A group of leading Iranian human rights activists and former political prisoners published an open letter on Friday to President-elect Donald Trump asking for a wholesale change from President Obama’s rapprochement with Iran’s clerical regime.


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Iran says unruffled by Trump, has options if he axes nuke deal

Iranian FM promises to ‘surprise’ incoming US president with its response if he follows through on promises to nix the pact


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Iran looks to Syria talks to boost regional clout

Iran is looking to Syria peace talks next week as a chance to build on its regional clout, experts say, as Tehran, Moscow and Ankara all stake out claims for influence.


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Iran Commemorates "Captured US Sailors"-Day With Massive Billboard

Just over a year since Iran captured 10 US sailors - and detained them for around 15 hours - for entering Iranian waters "illegally," it appears America's nuclear-deal-partner wants to make sure its citizenry do not forget...


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Iran: 'There will be no renegotiation' of the Iran deal

Iran will not renegotiate its nuclear agreement with world powers, even if it faces new U.S. sanctions after Donald Trump becomes president, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday.


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Iran welcomes Airbus as first post-sanctions airliner

Iran has taken delivery of its first Western-built passenger plane in decades, following the lifting of sanctions last year.


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James Mattis Calls Iran ‘Biggest Destabilizing Force’ in Region

 President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice for defense secretary, Gen. James N. Mattis, has told Congress that Iran is the “biggest destabilizing force in the Middle East” and that the United States needs to forge a strategy to “checkmate Iran’s goal for regional hegemony.”


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The United Nations chief expressed concern to the Security Council that Iran may have violated an arms embargo by supplying weapons and missiles to Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, according to a confidential report, seen by Reuters on Sunday.


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Diplomats: Iran to get natural uranium batch

VIENNA (AP) — Iran is to receive a huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant, diplomats say, in a move approved by the outgoing U.S. administration and other governments seeking to keep Tehran committed to a landmark nuclear pact.


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Iran: U.S. Surrendered More Than $10 Billion in Gold, Cash, Assets

The Obama administration has paid Iran more than $10 billion in gold, cash, and other assets since 2013, according to Iranian officials, who disclosed that the White House has been intentionally deflating the total amount paid to the Islamic Republic.


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Navy Destroyer Fires Warning Shots Toward Iranian Ships

The USS Mahan, a U.S. Navy destroyer nicknamed "built to fight," fired three warning shots Sunday toward four Iranian vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, a politically strategic and often disputed strait between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. The incident was spurred after the four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ships sped toward the Navy warship, seemingly out of nowhere, while failing to respond to U.S. officials repeated requests for them to slow down, Reuters reported Monday morning.


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Former Iranian President Rafsanjani dies

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday after suffering a heart attack, Iranian state-run media said. He was 82.


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Why Iran Wants So Many Ballistic Missiles

Unlike Iran’s nuclear program, the country’s arsenal of ballistic missiles has received only scant scholarly attention. At best, some highly technical analyses have been offered. At worst, the missiles have been considered only as part of the nuclear project, designed to carry nuclear warheads.


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There’s a battle in Iran over the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is perceived by some as a business empire, with an estimated quarter of the country’s economy under its control.


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Arab separatists in Iran claim to have blown up oil pipelines

DUBAI - Arab separatist militants in Iran said on Tuesday they had blown up two oil pipelines in coordinated attacks in the western Khuzestan region two days earlier, though this was subsequently denied by Iran's Interior Ministry.


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Report: Iranian spy masters 'running covert war' in Syria


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Iran has a vast espionage infrastructure in Germany that coordinates with its embassy in Berlin.

The federal prosecutor in Germany announced on Monday the indictment of a Pakistani man allegedly commissioned by Iran’s regime to spy on the head of the German-Israel friendship society, as well as economic entities.


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Iran's role in the Syrian Civil War

Iran views the survival of Assad's Syrian government as crucial to its ultimate objectives in the region. Ultimately, Iran is partly responsible for the massacre taking place in Aleppo. Here are five ways that Iran has impacted the war in Syria:


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Russia, Iran and Turkey Meet for Syria Talks, Excluding U.S.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — RussiaIran and Turkey met in Moscow on Tuesday to work toward a political accord to end Syria’s nearly six-year war, leaving the United States on the sidelines as the countries sought to drive the conflict in ways that serve their interests.


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Iran Finalizes a 100-Jet Deal with Airbus

Iran has finalized an agreement with Airbus to acquire 100 jetliners, the first of which is tentatively expected to be delivered in mid-January, a senior official said on Monday.


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Iran sanctions renewal becomes law even without Obama signature

In an unexpected reversal, President Barack Obama declined to sign a renewal of sanctions against Iran but let it become law anyway, in an apparent bid to alleviate Tehran's concerns that the U.S. is backsliding on the nuclear deal.


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Netanyahu to Iran: 'Don't threaten Israel, we're a tiger not a rabbit'


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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani orders nuclear-fuelled warships as he accuses US of 'violating' deal

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organisation to start planning the development of nuclear-powered ships in reaction to what he called the United States’ violation of their nuclear deal.


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Iran vows to start a WORLD WAR and destroy Israel if Donald Trump provokes them over their nuclear deal

Donald Trump has had a stark warning from the Iranian defense minister who says the President-elect could trigger a world war if he provokes country’s in the Middle East.


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Boeing Seals Nearly $17 Billion Iran Deal

Boeing Co. clinched a deal to sell 80 jetliners to Iran, completing the first major agreement between a U.S. company and the Islamic Republic, just as the political winds are changing.


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Iran Races to Clinch Oil Deals Before Donald Trump Takes Office

TEHRAN — President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is racing to sign as many oildeals with Western companies as he can before hard-liners at home and President-elect Donald J. Trump have a chance to return the Mideast country to cultural and economic isolation.


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Iran opens chilling kid’s war-based theme park with military checkpoints and AK47s

The Iranian government has opened a sinister kids’ war-based theme park which instead of roller-coasters and roundabouts has military checkpoints and AK47s.


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Shell Expected to Sign Iran Oil Deal Despite Uncertainty Over Trump

Royal Dutch Shell PLC is expected to agree on Wednesday to develop a major Iranian oil field, a spokeswoman for the country’s oil ministry said, signaling that giant energy companies won’t be deterred by President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to undo the Iran nuclear deal.


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Fifteen Saudi Shia sentenced to death for 'spying for Iran'

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 15 people to death for spying for Iran and handed 15 others prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years.


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Netanyahu Wants to Discuss Iran With Trump as Tensions Grow

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to renew his assault on the Iran nuclear deal when he meets with Donald Trump, whose opposition to the accord overarches growing questions about its fate.


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‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Is Bad News For The Iran Deal

President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense likely spells trouble for the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal.


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Senate to vote on renewal of Iran Sanctions Act: Republican leader

The US Senate will vote this week on legislation to renew sanctions on Iran for 10 years, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.


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Democratic Senators Fire Back at Iran for Retaliation Threat Over Sanctions Renewal

Senate Democrats are ripping Iran over threats issued by top Iranian officials to retaliate if Congress extends sanctions that the Obama administration has said are permitted under last summer's nuclear deal, according to conversations with lawmakers conducted by THE WEEKLY STANDARD.


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Senate to vote on Iran sanctions renewal this week

The Senate will vote this week on a bill that would renew sanctions on Iran for 10 years, Senator Mitch McConnell, the chamber's Republican leader, said on Tuesday in remarks as he opened the daily session.


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Iranian patrol boat trains its weapon on US Navy helicopter

A US Navy Seahawk helicopter had what the Navy is calling an "unsafe and unprofessional encounter" with an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps patrol boat Saturday near the Strait of Hormuz.


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Iran may seek naval bases in Yemen or Syria: chief of staff

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran may seek to set up naval bases in Yemen or Syria in the future, the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces said in remarks published on Sunday.


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Iranian general predicts Palestinians will destroy Israel in 10 years

An Iranian general has estimated that State of Israel will not exist in 10 years and will be wiped out by the Palestinians.


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Israel: Iran is smuggling weapons to Hezbollah on commercial flights

Iran is smuggling weapons and ammunition to Hezbollah through commercial flights from the Islamic Republic to Lebanon, according to intelligence information revealed by Israel's UN ambassador to the Security Council, which was cleared for publication on Tuesday.



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Obama Seeks to Fortify Iran Nuclear Deal

The Obama administration is considering new measures in its final months in office to strengthen the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, senior U.S. officials said, with President-elect Donald Trump’s first appointments foreshadowing an increasingly rocky road for the controversial deal.


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Report: 12 members of nuclear negotiating team arrested by Iran for espionage

At least a dozen senior officials who were part of the negotiating team that conducted talks with the west regarding the Islamic Republic's nuclear program were arrested by Iranian authorities on espionage charges, Channel 2 citing an Iranian member of parliament reported Friday.


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U.N. watchdog says Iran is endangering support for nuclear deal

The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday that Iran was endangering support for a landmark deal with major powers by twice overstepping a "soft" limit on sensitive material.


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House passes two sanctions bills, sending foreign policy message on Iran and Syria

The House laid down markers Tuesday as to how it will try to shape foreign policy going into the new administration by passing two sanctions bills: one targeting Iran, the other Syria.


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Eleven Arab Nations Accuse Iran of Sponsoring Terrorism in Middle East

Nearly a dozen Arab nations accused Iran on Monday of sponsoring “terrorism” throughout the Middle East while increasing support for jihadist groups since signing the international nuclear deal last summer.


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Russia may sell Iran $10 billion worth of tanks and jets in new arms deal

Russia is in talks with Iran over a $10 billion arms deal that would Moscow provide advanced tanks, artillery systems, planes and helicopters to the Islamic Republic.


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Trump Faces Battle to Undo Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON— Donald Trump as president will be positioned to swiftly pull the U.S. out of the Obama administration’s landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, as he suggested during his campaign.


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Iran once again exceeds a nuclear deal limit: IAEA report

Iran has exceeded a soft limit on sensitive material set under its nuclear deal with major powers, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Wednesday, hours after Donald Trump - who has strongly criticized the agreement - won the U.S. presidential election.


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U.S. leaving Mosul reconstruction to Iraq — potentially creating opening for Iran

The U.S. spent more than $160 billion to rebuild war-wrecked Iraq and Afghanistan, but there appears to be little appetite in Washington to fund a third big reconstruction era for Iraq’s ongoing second war.


The money vacuum opens the door for terrorist-supporting Iran to inject its influence into more neighborhoods as the U.S. stays out.

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Iran marks U.S. embassy anniversary

Iranians bask in anti-American feeling as they observe 1979 takeover by student activists.


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Military Leader: Iran Sending Elite Fighters Into U.S., Europe

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country’s elite military force, is sending assets to infiltrate the United States and Europe at the direction of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to recent Farsi-language comments from an Iranian military leader.


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Iran Arrests Youth for Pro-Freedom Rally at Celebration of Persian King Cyrus

Iran has arrested organizers of a rally which took place on Friday at the tomb of the ancient Persian King Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae, Iran, to protest the clerical regime’s policies and which coincided with the historic monarch’s birthday


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Lebanon chooses a president supported by Iran and Hezbollah

Lebanon's lawmakers elected Michel Aoun, an lran-backed politician and former general, as president Monday, ending more than two years the country has gone without a leader.


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Iran denies US accusation of Yemen arms shipments

TEHRAN — Iran’s foreign ministry has rejected accusations from the United States that it has been shipping arms to the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to media reports on Monday.


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Congress: Attorney General Lynch ‘Pleads Fifth’ on Secret Iran ‘Ransom’ Payments

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.


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U.S. Officials: Iran Supplying Weapons to Yemen's Houthi Rebels

IRAQ—U.S. officials tell NBC News that they believe Iran has supplied weapons to the Houthis in Yemen — including coastal defense cruise missiles like the ones that were fired at US Navy ships earlier this month.


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The ransom effect? Iran handing down harsh sentences for Iranian-Americans after swap

Republican lawmakers say the Obama administration's controversial “ransom” paid to Iran earlier this year is fueling a new wave of harsh sentences being handed down in the country to Iranian-Americans. 


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Iran's navy touts 'suicide drone'

Iran's navy on Wednesday released a photo of what's being called a "suicide drone" that can be loaded with explosive materials and deliberately crashed into targets at sea and on land.


The announcement was carried by Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency.


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Iran rocked by abuse allegations against top Qur'an reciter

Iran has been shaken by scandalous allegations against a top Qur’an reciter, who is accused of sexually abusing underage trainees, in the first case of its kind to cast a spotlight on the taboo topic.


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U.S. man jailed in Iran: "Either they free me or I die"

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- An Iranian-American held in Tehran has reportedly been sentenced to 18 years in prison for “collaboration with a hostile government,” yet another dual national convicted in a secret trial since Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

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Iran's President Rouhani Calls U.S. Election 'Choice Between Bad and Worse'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani chastised U.S. presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sunday, calling the American election "a choice between bad and worse."


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Iran opposes any foreign meddling in countries’ affairs

A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran opposes meddling by any country in the internal affairs of other states.


In an interview with Iran's Arabic-language al-Alam television news network on Sunday, the Leader’s advisor on international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, criticized Turkey’s military presence in Iraq, which is claimed by Ankara to be aimed at participation in the ongoing Iraqi military operation to retake the strategic northern city of Mosul from Daesh Takfiri terrorists.


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4 Maps That Explain Iran's Place In The Middle East

If you ranked the civilizations that have most affected the course of human development, Persia would be near the top of the list. We forget this because in recent centuries, the states that have ruled in Iran have been either weak or isolated from the rest of the world.

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No Justice in Iran

Iranian hardliners have intensified their anti-Western crackdown by sentencing two Iranian-Americans to 10 years in prison on charges of cooperating with the United States. The unjust judgments, reported by Iranian media on Tuesday, mark the latest effort by the judiciary, controlled by the country’s hardline faction, to thwart improved ties with the United States and the West after the 2015 nuclear deal.


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Iran seeking 'many billions of dollars' in ransom to free US hostages

Iran is seeking “many billions of dollars” in payments from the United States in exchange for the release of several U.S. hostages still being detained in Iran, according to reports by Iran’s state-controlled press that are reigniting debate over the Obama administration’s decision earlier this year to pay Iran $1.7 billion in cash.


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Iran Sentences More Americans, and US ‘Respectfully’ Plays the Game

After Iran coolly announced half a dozen 10-year sentences for men accused of spying on behalf of the U.S. government—two of those American citizens, one a permanent U.S. resident—the State Department debuted, or rehashed, one of its slightly sternly worded statements in response.


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Our Predictable Faceoff With Iran

We now face the ironic, yet all-too-predictable, result of years of U.S. appeasement of Iran in order to secure a global nuclear deal: U.S. military involvement in a proxy war with the Islamic Republic in Yemen.


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US-Iranians jailed by Iran for 10 years

Two dual US-Iranian citizens have both been sentenced to 10 years in jail in Iran for collaborating with the US government, the state-run Mizan judicial news agency has reported.


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Houthis, Iran Warn US Against Further Airstrikes on Yemen

Saudi Arabia has admitted that it bombed a funeral in the Yemeni capital that killed more than 140 people last week after initially denying it.


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Why An Iran-Saudi Arabia Conflict Is More Likely Today Than Ever Before

Much has been written about the cold war between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Though this deadly strategic competition has not caused the sweeping disorder in which the Middle East finds itself, it has widened and deepened it.


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Analyst: Iran Could Spend More Than $1 Billion of $1.7 Billion Windfall on Terror

(CNSNews.com) – The Iranian regime could direct more than $1 billion of the $1.7 billion it received from the Obama administration early this year towards sponsoring terrorism, a defense policy analyst said Thursday.

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Iran’s President Accuses U.S. of ‘Lack of Compliance’ on Nuclear Deal

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran accused the United States on Thursday of not complying with the landmark nuclear agreement that took effect in January, and said American credibility would suffer if the accord were not honored.

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Iran 'determined' to boost military after US-Israel deal

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's chief of staff of the armed forces said Wednesday a $38 billion aid deal between the United States and Israel makes Iran more determined to strengthen its military.

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Iran Borrows Obama's 'Yes We Can' Slogan To Promote Huge Military Parade

Iran is to stage a huge military parade on September 21 under the same ‘Yes We Can’ slogan made famous by Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential election campaign.
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House panel approves bill prohibiting cash payments to Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an election-year broadside, the Republican-led House Foreign Affairs Committee approved legislation Wednesday to prohibit the United States from making cash payments to Iran and require that Congress be notified before any future claims settlements with Tehran are conducted.
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Iran Vessels Harassed U.S. Destroyer Near Persian Gulf, Navy Says

Fifth Fleet spokesman calls interaction ‘unsafe and unprofessional’

Four ships from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps harassed a U.S. destroyer near the Persian Gulf in what the U.S. Navy called an “unsafe and unprofessional” interaction.

The USS Nitze, an Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer, was transiting international waters near the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday when the four Iranian vessels approached at high speed and failed to respond to 12 separate radio communications,...


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State Dept. confirms $400 million Iran payment conditioned on prisoner release


'He lied about the hostages – openly and blatantly – just like he lied about Obamacare,' Trump says.

Republicans are claiming vindication after the State Department confirmed on Thursday that the United States conditioned the release of a $400 million cash payment to Iran on the departure of American prisoners from Tehran.

At a Thursday news briefing, State Department spokesman John Kirby addressed questions about a Wall Street Journal report by explaining that the U.S. held onto the $400 million cash payment until American prisoners were on a plane and safely away from Iran to “retain maximum leverage.” Kirby said the arrangement did not in any way constitute a ransom payment, as President Barack Obama's Republican critics have alleged.


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White House Partner Asked Soros for $750K to Fund Pro-Iran Deal ‘Echo Chamber’

Ploughshares Fund needed cash to spin media, pay off ‘validators’

An organization that played a key role in the White House’s effort to mislead the public and Congress about last summer’s nuclear agreement with Iran requested $750,000 for this campaign from a foundation backed by liberal billionaire George Soros, according to funding documents leaked to the public.

The Ploughshares Fund, a liberal organization cited by top White House officials as a chief architect of the Obama administration’s campaign to push the Iran deal, requested the cash from Soros’s Open Society Foundations so that it could pay off “experts and validators” of the administration’s diplomacy with Iran, according to a funding proposal titled, “Defending Iran Nuclear Diplomacy.”

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How Iran spent its $400M ‘ransom’ windfall

Now that we know President Obama paid Iran $1.7 billion — $400 million in cold hard cash loaded on a secret flight — to ransom four American captives, comes an obvious question: What did Tehran do with all that money?

To hear Team Obama tell it, Iran’s windfall went for strictly benign purposes.

Just last week, CIA Director John Brennan claimed the money Iran is getting under Obama’s nuclear deal “is being used to support its currency” and “build up its infrastructure.”

We doubt that’s true of all the hundred-billion-plus in sanctions relief — and we know it’s not true of the ransom payout.

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The Iran Nuclear Deal Continues to Unravel


The steady drip of disturbing revelations about President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement continues unabated. On Monday, the Associated Press reported that key restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment activities will significantly ease after 10 years, long before those restrictions expire after 15 years.

The AP acquired a confidential document, leaked by an anonymous diplomat involved in the Iran nuclear issue, which it described as an add-on agreement in the form of a declaration submitted by Iran to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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Ben Rhodes Skips out on Testifying in his Role in Iran Deal Deception



Ben Rhodes, the famed White House spinmeister, is entangled in a growing fight with congressional Republicans — the latest fallout from his bombshell magazine profile two weeks ago.


On Monday, three Republican senators called on President Barack Obama to fire his deputy national security adviser, saying Rhodes had been "disrespectful," "deceptive" and dishonest" in how he had sold the Iran nuclear deal to the public. The White House, meanwhile, said Rhodes will not testify about the deal before a House committee, calling it a “separation of powers” issue.


The ruckus over Rhodes follows a New York Times Magazine profile of the former aspiring fiction writer. The piece implied that Rhodes and his colleagues had misled Americans about the nuclear deal by creating an “echo chamber” of allies who promoted the administration’s talking points and emphasized a timeline that suggested negotiations began later than they really did.


House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz invited Rhodes to appear before his panel on Tuesday for a session titled “White House Narratives on the Iran Nuclear Deal.” But in a letter to Chaffetz, White House counsel W. Neil Eggleston writes that Rhodes will not appear before the committee because it would raise “significant constitutional concerns.”


“The appearance of a senior presidential adviser before Congress threatens the independence and the autonomy of the president, as well as his ability to receive candid advice and counsel in the discharge of his constitutional duties," Eggleston writes.


The letter does not say the Obama administration is invoking “executive privilege” in keeping Rhodes away, but the administration prefers to avoid that term whenever possible. Generally speaking, Obama aides won't say they are asserting the privilege unless further legal steps are involved, such as a subpoena being issued.


In a separate letter to Obama, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) also cite the magazine article as they call for Rhodes' dismissal.


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The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru How Ben Rhodes rewrote the rules of diplomacy for the digital age.

Picture him as a young man, standing on the waterfront in North Williamsburg, at a polling site, on Sept. 11, 2001, which was Election Day in New York City. He saw the planes hit the towers, an unforgettable moment of sheer disbelief followed by panic and shock and lasting horror, a scene that eerily reminded him, in the aftermath, of the cover of the Don DeLillo novel “Underworld.”



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Iran Tests Missile Capable of Reaching Israel

Missile Test


TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran test-fired another ballistic missile, the latest in a spate of tests following the implementation of the nuclear deal with world powers earlier this year, according to a report Monday by the country's semi-official Tasnim news agency.


The test-firing of the missile was carried out two weeks ago, the agency quoted Gen. Ali Abdollahi, deputy chief of the armed forces' headquarters, as saying. Tasnim is close to the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard, which is in charge of Iranian ballistic missiles program.


The agency said the missile has a range of 1,250 miles - enough to reach much of the Middle East. Iranian military commanders have described them as a strategic asset and a strong deterrent, capable of hitting U.S. bases or Israel in the event of a strike on Iran.


Iran insists the ballistic tests do not violate the nuclear deal and is likely seeking to demonstrate it is making progress with its ballistic program, despite scaling back on the nuclear program following the deal that led to the lifting of international sanction on Tehran.


Abdollahi said the latest missile tested is very accurate, within 8 meters (yards). "Eight meters means nothing, it means it's without any error," he said. He did not elaborate.


Last month, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Guard's airspace division, said a new, upgraded version of the Sajjil - a solid fuel high-speed missile with a range of 1,200 miles that was first tested in 2008 - would soon be ready.


In March, Iran test-fired two ballistic missiles - one emblazoned with the phrase "Israel must be wiped out" in Hebrew - that set off an international outcry.

Iran's space launch likely an ICBM



What Iran claimed was a “space launch” was likely the test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, sources said.


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Iran refuses to stop test missiles

Iran’s foreign minister said Sunday the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program is “not open to negotiation” with the United States, seemingly spurning an overture from Secretary of State John Kerry.



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Exclusive - Iran missile tests were 'in defiance of' U.N. resolution: U.S., allies



By launching nuclear-capable missiles Iran has defied a United Nations Security Council resolution that endorsed last year's historic nuclear deal, the United States and its European allies said in a joint letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday.


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Third Illicit Arms Shipment in Recent Weeks Seized in Arabian Sea

Third Illicit Arms Shipment in Recent Weeks Seized in Arabian Sea


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Iran Claims to have gotten good intel off U.S. sailors


TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has retrieved thousands of pages of information from devices used by U.S. Navy sailors who were briefly detained in January, the country's state television reported Tuesday.


The report quotes Gen. Ali Razmjou, a naval commander in the powerful Revolutionary Guard, as saying that information filling about 13,000 pages was retrieved from laptops, GPS devices and maps.


Thee Pentagon has previously said Iran only took two SIM cards from satellite phones on the boat.


Razmjou said the move falls within Iran's rights under international regulations, and that the information recovered could be used in "various fields." Iranian authorities returned all the devices taken from the Americans even though it had the right to confiscate them, he said.


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Iran Publishes Pictures of Captured U.S. Sailors Crying

Iran's Pattern of Aggression


Kerry Acknowledges Iranian Sanctions Relief Funds Could End Up In Terrorists’ Hands


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Ayatollah: Iran Will Violate Nuclear Deal 'in Case of Any Deceit'

Iran gives medals for capture of U.S. sailors


Iran's supreme leader has awarded medals to navy commanders for capturing U.S. sailors who entered Iranian territorial waters this month, Iran's state media said on Sunday.


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has said Iran should remain wary of its arch-enemy the United States even after a landmark accord over Tehran's nuclear program, awarded the Fath (Victory) medal to the head of the navy of the Revolutionary Guards and four commanders involved in the seizure of two U.S. Navy boats.


Iran has awarded the Fath medal since 1989 to war heroes, military commanders and politicians, especially those linked to the eight-year Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.


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Israelis and Saudis Reveal Secret Talks to Thwart Iran

Since the beginning of 2014, representatives from Israel and Saudi Arabia have had five secret meetings to discuss a common foe, Iran. On Thursday, the two countries came out of the closet by revealing this covert diplomacy at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.


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Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal is a Bad Deal off to a Worse Start


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The Iran Nuclear Agreement and Reform in Iran

It was widely assumed that with the end of sanctions, Iran would “join the world” and become a less repressive state. To take just one example, the Iranian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo argued in Huffington Post that the nuclear deal created “the opportunity for Iranian civic actors to enable and empower Iran’s civil society space” and “help the country to become more open, transparent and susceptible to international pressure on issues like the death penalty and the imprisonment of civic actors in Iran.”


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Kerry Thanks Iran for Resolving the Crisis It Created


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Iran's Top Leader Expresses 'Pessimism' After Nuclear Deal

Iran's top leader on Tuesday called for vigilance in ensuring that world powers meet their commitments under a newly implemented nuclear deal while expressing "pessimism" about U.S. intentions, state media reported.

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New Iranian-Backed Terror Group Makes Inroads in West Bank, Gaza


Iran moving to bolster presence in Gaza

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Insight - Nuclear success to intensify Iranian infighting but moderate foreign policy


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Iran to Receive Major Economic Windfall as Nuclear Deal Begins

Expert: ‘Kerry might as well have wired the money directly into the Revolutionary Guards’ bank accounts'


Iran’s economy is set to receive a substantial boost in the next two years as a result of billions in sanctions relief from the nuclear deal, according to a new forecast, a windfall that could also secure more resources for the Iranian military and its terrorist proxies.

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Dems urge sanctions after Iran missile tests

Seven Democratic lawmakers are urging President Obama to impose sanctions on Iran after two ballistic missile tests.


“The United States and our allies must take immediate, punitive action and send a clear message to Iran that violating international laws, treaties and agreements will have serious consequences,” the lawmakers wrote to Obama in a letter this week. “We understand the administration is preparing sanctions against individuals and entities involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, and we urge you to announce such sanctions without further delay.”


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After Bomb Test, North Korea, Iran Continue Illicit Nuke Cooperation

After test explosion, lawmakers, experts warn of illicit nuclear axis


One day after North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb, lawmakers and regional experts are warning that Pyongyang and Tehran are continuing an illicit clandestine partnership enabling the rogue nations to master nuclear technology.

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North Korea's nuclear test reveals a major flaw with the Iran deal

North Korea's fourth nuclear test could have been a crucial step toward Pyongyang developing thermonuclear capability — and a breakthrough for a second country with potential nuclear ambitions, as well.


Iran has established ties to the North Korean nuclear-weapons program. As The Daily Beast notes, Iranian officials, including Iranian nuclear program head Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, were present during North Korea's three previous nuclear tests — in 2006, 2009, and 2013.

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U.S. Carrier Harry S. Truman Has Close Call With Iranian Rockets

Senior U.S. military commanders on Wednesday accused Iran's military of "highly provocative" actions in firing unguided rockets 1,500 yards from ships including an American aircraft carrier.


The USS Harry S. Truman was crossing international waters in the Strait of Hormuz when Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRCGN) conducted a live-fire exercise right nearby, according to a statement.


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Iran missile test sparks concern over nuclear deal implementation

Iran is once again testing the international community.


A United Nations panel announced this week that Iran violated a U.N. Security Council resolution when it tested a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead in October.

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Congressman Takes on Iran's Nuclear Cheating

Rep. Pompeo raises serious questions about the IAEA.


The Obama administration is poised to remove sanctions on Iran as soon as January, after the United Nations's nuclear regulatory body—the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)—released a report concluding the country had pursued a nuclear weapons program until 2009, but had not done so since then.


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Iran tested missile, breaching U.N. council resolutions: officials

Iran tested a new medium-range ballistic missile last month in a breach of two U.N. Security Council resolutions, two U.S. officials said on Monday.


The officials, both speaking on condition of anonymity, said the test was held on Nov. 21. One of them said the missile traveled within Iranian territory.


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Congress: Iran Missile Tests Violating Nuclear Deal


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Questions Remain in “Final” Report on Iran’s Alleged Weapons Work

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its long-awaited final report on Iran’s alleged past nuclear weapons work on December 2. This report is likely to be the Agency’s last word on its investigation into what it calls “the possible military dimensions [PMD] to Iran’s nuclear program.” The Agency found that Iran had a “coordinated” program to develop a nuclear weapon through the end of 2003 and that some of the work on nuclear weapons continued into 2009. Specifically, the IAEA found that Iran developed several components of a nuclear weapon and undertook related research and testing.


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U.S. to Help Iran Rebuild Nuclear Reactor


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Iran: U.S. Must Pay Reparations to Islamic Republic


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Iran Launches Blockade On U.S. Goods

Votes to continue ‘Death to America’ campaign

Iran announced over the weekend that it is beginning to implement a blockade of all U.S. goods into the country following an order by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has directed the country’s government to form an “economy of resistance.”

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Obama Licenses Iran To Ship Missiles to Hezbollah

The logical endgame of President Obama’s Iran policy and his “roundtable” approach to Syria has always been to offer American protection for Iranian missile shipments to Hezbollah. Sounds crazy, right? It is. But after all, as the administration’s hard-nosed diplomats will tell you, there needs to be a compromise in Syria to end the killing, which means that Iran must preserve its legitimate core interest—namely, its “link” to Lebanon, where Hezbollah has tens of thousands of missiles aimed at Israel.


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Iran considered nuclear weapons during 1980s Iraq war, ex-president says

Iran considered pursuing a nuclear deterrent when it began its nuclear program in the 1980s, during an eight-year war with Iraq, a former president has been quoted as saying.


Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's comments comes at a sensitive moment, as Iran implements an agreement reached with world powers in July aimed at curbing its nuclear program, to allay Western fears it was trying to build an atomic bomb.

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The Iran Deal just hit a huge snag

One of the biggest mysteries of the Iran nuclear deal has been solved — but the answer may complicate the efforts of the US and its allies to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. 

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Signs Iran Won’t Moderate After Nuclear Deal — and Why

The notion that the Iranian nuclear agreement might lead Iran to moderate was always a long-term bet. And the Obama Administration’s argument that even without that moderation an Iran with a nuclear weapon (or close to one) was far more dangerous than a Tehran without one is a logical and rational conclusion.


But what is clear now is that Islamic Republic regime is not moderating its repressive and authoritarian character but consolidating it. Here’s why.

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Iran's supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States

Iran Issues New Demands on the Nuclear Deal

The Iranian government is now demanding the finished nuclear deal be re-opened for negotiation, again.


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei demanded earlier this month that sanctions be lifted entirely, rather than simply suspended as agreed in the nuclear deal signed in July.

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Ralston: 'Defund Iran' could shake up 2016 ballot

The political fallout from the Iran deal is coming to Nevada.


Not because it will be front and center in the U.S. Senate race as Rep. Joe Heck opposed it and former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto supported it. And not because it will be a focal point in races for Congress, especially Rep. Cresent Hardy’s seat and perhaps for Heck’s seat, too.


But because Nevada is about to become one of a number of states where forces opposed to the deal are going to try to install on the November ’16 ballot a question about whether Carson City should be barred from investing funds in places that sponsor terrorism – i.e. Iran.

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When Iran co-opted the United States


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House goes on record against Iran nuclear deal


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The crucible of the Iran nuclear agreement: The American people vs. political Washington

As Congress reconvenes this week, both House and Senate are considering the most important security legislation that our country has seen this century – the agreement negotiated by the Obama administration on Iran's nuclear weapons program.


The American people overwhelmingly oppose this agreement. However, even before the actual debate begins in Congress the media and the political class want to declare a winner. Unfortunately, in typical Washington fashion there would likely be one winner – insider politics - and one big loser, the American people. 

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Cardin says he is a 'no' on Iran deal


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Iran Commander: We're Getting Prepared to Overthrow Israel



As the White House secured their last needed vote to block a veto override in the Senate on the nuclear deal, Iran unleashed a double-pronged attack: vowing to block inspector access to some sites, and vowing to continue preparations to destroy Israel.

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DM: Iran Not to Allow IAEA to Inspect Every Site

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan warned on Wednesday that Tehran would not allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit every site and facility that it wishes.


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Nuclear Fiascoes: From Diplomatic Failure With North Korea To Debacle With Iran

With Congress due to vote by Sept. 17 on the Iran nuclear deal, there’s a warning worth revisiting. It goes like this: The president is pushing a historic nuclear agreement, saying it will stop a terror-sponsoring tyranny from getting nuclear weapons. And up pipes the democratically elected leader of one of America’s closest allies, to say this nuclear deal is mortal folly. He warns that it is filled with concessions more likely to sustain and embolden the nuclear-weapons-seeking despotism than to disarm it.

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Obama's Democrats face intense pressure as they weigh Iran deal

As he weighed whether to support President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, Representative Donald Norcross was showered with the sort of attention rarely shown to junior members of the U.S. Congress.

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How to Get a Better Deal With Iran


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Obama Gets Low Marks for His Handling of Iran


  • Only one in three Americans approve of his handling of Iran
  • Approval of handling of race relations ticks down below 50%
  • Though improved, approval of handling of immigration still low
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The ayatollah's message to the world


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Treason claims leveled at Jewish senator opposed to Iran deal

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s loyalty called into question by progressives; advocacy group calls discourse a ‘slap in the face’ to his long years of service

Days after announcing his opposition to the Iranian nuclear deal, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer has faced an onslaught of allegations from progressive critics who resorted to classically anti-Semitic allegations of disloyalty and treason. The Anti-Defamation League criticized the accusations Monday, telling The Times of Israel that such accusations are a “slap in the face” to Schumer’s long years of service to the United States.

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Iran publishes book on how to outwit US and destroy Israel

While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran’s religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel.

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The Iran Nuke Documents Obama Doesn’t Want You to See


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House Dem: Iran deal 'simply too dangerous'

A House Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee came out against the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, as the White House seeks to gather Democratic support. 


Rep. Grace Meng (N.Y.) said the "deal before us now is simply too dangerous for the American people." 


"I strongly believe the world could and should have a better deal than that set forth in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which I will therefore oppose," said Meng, who is a member of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East. 

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Obama’s secret Iran deals exposed

President Obama promised that his nuclear deal with Iran would not be “based on trust” but rather “unprecedented verification.” Now it turns out Obama’s verification regime is based on trust after all — trust in two secret side agreements negotiated exclusively between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that apparently no one (including the Obama administration) has seen.

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Does History Support Our Deal with Iran?

Nuclear Bargains And State Department Backlogs

Should a final deal emerge from the Iran nuclear talks, now nearing a June 30 deadline, Congress will expect reports from the President every six months on whether Iran is in compliance. These reports would not be optional. They would be required under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, signed into law last month by President Obama.

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Former Obama advisers warn against emerging Iran deal


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How Obama is Selling Out Iran to the Middle East

The administration’s policies are leading to a dangerously unstable world order.


A running theme of pro-Israel Democrats is that President Obama’s approach to achieving a nuclear deal with Iran is consistent with his “unshakable” support for the Jewish state. 

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AP Exclusive: Iran would get nuclear help in proposed deal

Western powers are offering Tehran high-tech reactors under a proposed nuclear agreement, a confidential document says, but a defiant speech by Iran's supreme leader less than a week before a negotiating deadline casts doubt on whether he's willing to make the necessary concessions to seal a deal.


The talks, which resumed Wednesday in Vienna on restraining any Iranian efforts to make atomic arms, appeared to be behind schedule judging by the draft document obtained by The Associated Press.

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North Korea's Takeaway From The Iran Nuclear Talks

In defense of the Iran nuclear talks, Obama administration officials have made a number of unlikely claims, including the repeated proposition that under the current Tehran regime Iran’s nuclear program could be transformed into something “exclusively peaceful.” But one of the most bizarre statements yet came just last weekend from Secretary of State John Kerry. Speaking to reporters in Beijing, Kerry said he hopes an Iran nuclear deal could have a “positive influence” on North Korea.


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Iran Is Lying And We Know It

If the White House doesn’t pull the plug on negotiations, Congress must.

The most frustrating part for a rational observer of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran is this: There is little doubt that Iran is lying, and will continue to lie, but that doesn’t seem to matter to those negotiating with it. 

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Khamenei to US: Your military ‘can’t do a damn thing’ to us


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Killing Americans and Their Allies


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