July 10, 2009 |
The U.S. military Thursday freed five Iranians who had been held since 2007 on suspicion of aiding Shiite Muslim militants, handing them over to the Iraqi government before their planned departure for Iran. In a move likely to ease friction between Tehran and Washington at least on the issue of Iraq, the five were received by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki at his office in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone before being handed over to the Iranian Embassy in the evening.
June 27, 2008 |
Despite talk of war, officials of the United States and Iran have tried to get their messages out to each other through the wall of animosity between their two governments. Iranian officials have been reaching out, more modestly, in a bid to influence American public opinion. In a lengthy interview with The Times at his office here, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Hosseini described Americans as peace-loving people who "hate violence." The career diplomat predicted that economic pressures, other military entanglements and public opinion would prevent the Bush administration and its successor from going to war against Iran.
April 18, 2007 |
U.S.-led coalition forces in southern Afghanistan recently intercepted Iranian-made weapons that were being shipped to fighters for the Taliban, historically regional rivals of Tehran, the Pentagon's top general said Tuesday. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the munitions, which included mortars and C-4 explosives, were captured within the last month near the city of Kandahar, which serves as the military and administrative capital of the restive south.
January 12, 2007 |
Iraqi Kurds, among America's staunchest supporters, condemned the detention early Thursday of six Iranian diplomats during a raid by U.S. forces on the Iranian Consulate in the Kurdish city of Irbil. The Kurdish president and the regional government released a statement calling for the release of the six. The U.S. military said one of the diplomats was freed. "The U.S.
March 8, 2003 |
An Argentine judge asked Interpol to arrest four Iranian diplomats for alleged involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires, a judicial source said. The names on the arrest warrants were not immediately available, the source added. Israel and the United States have always said they suspected that Iranian-backed Middle Eastern guerrillas were behind the bombing. Iran has repeatedly denied any involvement.
August 14, 2002 |
In the first visit by an Iranian head of state to neighboring Afghanistan in 40 years, President Mohammad Khatami threw his support Tuesday behind the U.S.-backed government here but strongly criticized the American approach to the global war on terrorism. Apparently referring to the ongoing hunt by U.S.