November 11, 2009 |
One night he came home covered with blood. "What happened?" she asked, looking up from her textbook, aghast at the red splashes on his hands, shirt and face. "Nothing," he said, before ducking into the bathroom. "I was helping some of the wounded." She believed him. She had to. He was her husband, the man she loved. Besides, she knew the rules of the Basiji, the hard-line Iranian militia he belonged to: An order was an order, and if that meant cracking the heads of some demonstrators during the unrest this summer, so be it. She knew, because she belonged to the Basiji elite herself.
October 6, 2009 |
Iran's supreme leader has replaced the head of the feared militia at the center of the postelection crackdown with a senior military officer under U.N. sanctions for links to the country's ballistic missile program, state media reported. The Basiji militia, whose members operate in plain clothes and often wield crude weapons, was blamed for much of the violence against crowds protesting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed June 12 reelection. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei replaced commander Hossein Taeb on Sunday, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
November 29, 2010 |
Two separate explosions killed a nuclear scientist and injured another in the Iranian capital Monday morning, official news outlets reported. Both scholars' wives and a driver were also injured in the attacks, according to the news agencies. The slain scientist, Majid Shahriari, was a member of the nuclear engineering team at the Shahid Behesti university in Tehran, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency, or IRNA. No one claimed responsibility for the attacks and no arrests have been made, Iranian officials said.
August 17, 2009 |
Iranian authorities released a French researcher from Tehran's Evin Prison into the custody of diplomats Sunday, even as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed the West for the mass protests that followed his disputed reelection in June. The Iranian leader also named a hard-line loyalist with strong ties to the Revolutionary Guard and the pro-government Basiji militia to oversee the country's vast intelligence infrastructure. The release of Clotilde Reiss, 24, eases strains between the Islamic Republic and Europe.
August 21, 2009 |
Iran's embattled leader toned down his rhetoric, softened his voice and attempted to directly woo the people in a live prime-time television interview Thursday ahead of what most analysts predict will be a fierce fight with parliament over his proposed Cabinet. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said 11 of his 21 nominees have doctoral degrees, and said it was an advantage that many of them appear to be staunch loyalists of his. "Some people suggested that such and such person is capable but he does not agree with you," he said.
November 28, 2007 |
Iran's judiciary acquitted a moderate former government official of espionage charges Tuesday, prompting vehement criticism by supporters of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and escalating the infighting within Iran's leadership. Authorities had charged Hossein Mousavian, Iran's former nuclear negotiator and a confidant of pragmatist cleric Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, with divulging state secrets to other countries this year.