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American-Iranian tensions complicated by Ukrainian disaster

American-Iranian tensions complicated by Ukrainian disaster

Brita Hunegs, Staff Writer

January 26, 2020

176 passengers died earlier this month when a Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran. The Iranian government acknowledged their military had shot down the jet in a reactive response to the U.S. targeted killing of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and subsequently amplified tensions between the two countries.  Of the passengers, 82 were Iranian, 63 Canadi...

Tensions spike between US, Iran following Soleimani’s assassination

Tensions spike between US, Iran following Soleimani’s assassination

Cailey Gleeson, Nation & World Editor

January 12, 2020

Tensions between the United States and Iran following the U.S.-led airstrike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani on Jan. 3 continue to mount, as new information comes to light and the world waits to see what will happen next. Gregory Mark, law professor and former associate counsel for the Office of Ind...

Under pressure, Iran admits it shot down jetliner by mistake

Under pressure, Iran admits it shot down jetliner by mistake

Associated Press

January 11, 2020

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In the face of mounting evidence, Iran on Saturday acknowledged that it shot down the Ukrainian jetliner by accident, killing all 176 people aboard. The admission by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard undermined the credibility of information provided by senior officials, who for three...

Iran strikes back at US with missile attack at bases in Iraq

Iran strikes back at US with missile attack at bases in Iraq

Associated Press

January 7, 2020

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister is calling a ballistic missile attack on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops a “proportionate measures in self-defense.” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also tweeted early Wednesday that Iran does not seek escalation or war, but will defend itself...

Cycle of revenge: What’s next after killing of Iran general?

Cycle of revenge: What’s next after killing of Iran general?

Associated Press

January 3, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — The unprecedented killing of Iran's top general in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq has sent shockwaves across the Middle East, with Iran and its allies vowing revenge amid fears of an all-out war. But while they have vast arsenals and are within striking distance of U.S. troops deployed...

Tensions rise between leaders in Tehran, Washington

Tensions rise between leaders in Tehran, Washington

Bianca Cseke, Online Editor

June 3, 2019

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to rise as the White House announced that it will send an additional 1,500 troops to the Middle East, and President Donald Trump tweeted about “the official end of Iran” if the two countries were to go to war. The Trump administration has said — thoug...

US moves to strengthen forces in Middle East to counter Iran

US moves to strengthen forces in Middle East to counter Iran

Susannah George and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press

May 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the U.S. and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials...

US imposes new sanctions on Iran as tensions escalate

US imposes new sanctions on Iran as tensions escalate

Deb Riechmann and Ben Fox, Associated Press

May 8, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Iran Wednesday, just days after the U.S. dispatched an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf over what it described as a new threat from Tehran. The sanctions target Iran's steel, aluminum, copper and iron sectors, whi...

Poland summit: What to expect at this week’s U.S.-sponsored “Ministerial to promote Peace and Security in the Middle East”

Poland summit: What to expect at this week’s U.S.-sponsored “Ministerial to promote Peace and Security in the Middle East”

Brian Pearlman, Nation & World Editor

February 11, 2019

It was announced in early January: an international summit in Warsaw on February 13-14, sponsored by Poland and the U.S., with a focus on Iran and the Middle East. While the State Department said in a press release the "Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East" w...

Iran’s president blames US after attack on military parade

Iran’s president blames US after attack on military parade

Associated Press

September 24, 2018

Iran's president on Sunday accused an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the Persian Gulf of being behind a terror attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded 60. Hassan Rouhani's comments came as Iran's Foreign Ministry also summoned Western diplomats over them allegedly providing havens...

The U.S. pulls out of Iran Deal

The U.S. pulls out of Iran Deal

Brian Pearlman, Copy Editor

May 14, 2018

President Donald Trump campaigned on withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and on Tuesday May 8, ahead of the May 12 deadline, he did what many in Washington expected: he announced America would no longer be abiding by the terms of the JCPOA – also known as the Iran nuclear deal....

Leaving the headscarf behind

Leaving the headscarf behind

Brian Pearlman, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018

It appears to have started with Vida Movahed, a 31-year-old Iranian woman: Standing on a utility box on a busy street corner in Tehran, she quietly waved her headscarf as if it were a white flag while her long hair flowed behind her. This protest against Iran’s compulsory hijab laws quickly sparked a social ...

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