Pro-Iranian militia attacks base with US presence in Iraq amid Blinken’s visit

Ramallah (--), 05/11/2023.- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken looks on during a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) in the West Bank city of Ramallah, 05 November 2023. EFE/EPA/ALAA BADARNEH / POOL

Baghdad, Nov 5 (EFE). – The pro-Iranian Islamic Resistance group on Sunday claimed responsibility for a new attack on the Ain al Asad military base housing US personnel in western Iraq, in the midst of United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s unexpected visit to Baghdad. The Iranian-backed alliance of Iraqi militias said in a … Read more

US warns increased attacks on bases in Iraq and Syria

US National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby participates in a news conference during which they faced questions on the situation in Israel and Gaza, in Washington, DC, USA, 23 October 2023. EFE/EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Washington, Oct 23 (EFE).- White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Monday that rocket and drone attacks by Iranian-backed groups against US military bases in Iraq and Syria have increased in recent days. “We are deeply concerned about the potential for a significant escalation of these attacks in the coming days,” Kirby … Read more

Saudi investments in Iran could happen ‘quickly’ after deal to restore ties

Iranian newspapers reporting on the tripartite agreement between China, Iran and Saudi Arabia signed in Beijing the previous day, at a newsstand, in Tehran, Iran, 11 March 2023. EFE/EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

Riyadh, Mar 15 (EFE).- Saudi investments in Iran could happen “very quickly” following a Chinese-brokered deal for the two foes to restore diplomatic ties, Saudi Arabia’s finance minister said Wednesday. The agreement struck in China on Friday paves the way for the two regional powerhouses of the Middle East to begin a process of normalizing … Read more

Iran president orders probe into wave of poisonings at girls’ schools

(FILE) Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a parliament session in Tehran, Iran, 22 January 2023.  EFE/EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

Tehran, Mar 1 (EFE).- Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday ordered an investigation into a wave of suspected gas poisoning attacks at girls’ schools in the country. At least 13 cases were reported on Wednesday in the cities of Tehran, Ardabil, Parand and Kermanshah, the latest incidents in a spate of over 30 poisonings since … Read more

Iran announces retaliatory sanctions against European Union, Britain

Tehran, Feb 22 (EFE).- Iran announced new sanctions against 36 people and entities from the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom in retaliation to the recent restrictive measures by Brussels. The Islamic republic has sanctioned several military companies and politicians, including EU parliamentarians, from various European countries. The Iranian foreign ministry said those sanctioned … Read more

Iranian footballer sentenced to 26 years in prison over anti-government protests

Tehran, Jan 9 (EFE).- An Iranian court has sentenced high-profile footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani to 26 years in prison for his alleged involvement in killing three security officers during nationwide anti-government protests. Mizan news agency reported on Monday that three more protesters were given the death penalty after being convicted for the murder of three Basij … Read more

Iran publicly executes second man over anti-government protests

Tehran, Dec 12 (EFE).- Iran on Monday executed a second person linked to the nationwide anti-government protests, despite international criticism following its first hanging last week. Majid Reza Rahnavard was publicly hanged in the holy city of Mashhad after he was sentenced to death for killing two members of the security forces, the judiciary’s Mizan … Read more

Iran issues 5 more death sentences, mulls blocking women’s bank accounts

Tehran, Dec 6 (EFE).- Iran has sentenced five more people to death for allegedly participating in the protests that have gripped the country for nearly three months, the country’s judiciary announced on Tuesday.  The convicted protesters are accused of fatally stabbing a member of the Basij — volunteers in Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard— at the … Read more