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American-Iranian tensions complicated by Ukrainian disaster

A crew of a Ukrainian airlines carry flowers to pay tribute to the flight crew members of the Ukrainian 737-800 plane that crashed on the outskirts of Tehran, arrive for memorial service at Borispil international airport outside Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. An Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people has crashed just minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital's main airport on Jan. 8, 2020.

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

People gather for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Ukraine plane crash, at the gate of Amri Kabir University that some of the victims of the crash were former students of, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Iran on Saturday, Jan. 11, acknowledged that its armed forces

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?

A woman mourns in a demonstration over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 3, 2020. Iran has vowed

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

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei talks to students in Tehran on Wednesday, May 22, 2019; U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, May 31, 2019; current National Security Adviser John Bolton speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

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

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 24, 2019, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Tokyo.

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

In this May 8, 2018 file photo President Donald Trump shows a signed Presidential Memorandum after delivering a statement on the Iran nuclear deal from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is reportedly set to announce Wednesday, May 8, 2019, ways the Islamic Republic will react to continued U.S. pressure after President Donald Trump pulled America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

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

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

An Iranian protestor clenches his fist behind a burnt representation of the U.S. flag during a gathering after their Friday prayer in Tehran, Iran on May 11, 2018. Thousands of Iranians took to the streets in cities across the country to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal with world powers.

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

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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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