January 27, 1990 |
Four men armed with grenades and handguns tried to hijack an Iranian airliner during a domestic flight, but security guards killed them in a midair shoot-out, Iranian news reports said Friday. Tehran Radio, in a dispatch monitored in Nicosia, said the gunmen tried to seize Flight 133 on Thursday night after it took off from the city of Shiraz in southwest Iran en route to the port city of Bandar Abbas on the Strait of Hormuz.
October 22, 2009 |
Iranian security forces have arrested suspects in a suicide bombing that killed at least 41 people, including senior Revolutionary Guard commanders, Iran's police chief said. Gen. Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam said members of the Sunni Muslim rebel group Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, carried out Sunday's deadly bombing and entered Iran from neighboring Pakistan. The group has waged a low-level insurgency in Iran's southeast in recent years, claiming to fight on behalf of the Baluchi ethnic minority, which it says is persecuted by Iran's Shiite Muslim government.
July 7, 2009 |
A day after commanders of the Revolutionary Guard warned there was no middle ground in the dispute over the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the political party of one of Iran's most powerful clerics Monday defiantly issued a statement dismissing the vote. The statement by the Kargozaran party all but cleared away weeks of ambiguity about the stance of the cleric, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
July 2, 1989 |
He is an energetic man of 66, with silky white hair, mischievous eyes and a voice that erupts in a laugh so intense one is sure its force is meant to subdue some rising pain. He is replaying the years since he fled Iran in 1980--escaping a firing squad for the third time. "What I am really missing is my 12,000 volumes of books, which I left in Tehran," says Dr.
December 2, 2009 |
Iran has released five British nationals who were arrested after allegedly straying into Iranian territorial waters while on their racing yacht last week, state radio said today. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband talked with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki late Tuesday and called for the release of the men, according to media reports. "After getting necessary guarantees, Iran released the five," state radio said, Reuters reported. The men were released after Iranian authorities who interrogated them found their entry into Iranian waters happened by mistake, according to the official IRNA news agency.
July 1, 1987 |
Iranian Revolutionary Guards have smuggled two American hostages from Lebanon to Iran, hiding them in coffins part of the way, a Shia Muslim source said Tuesday. A top aide to President Reagan expressed skepticism about the report, and Iran's foreign minister denied it.
July 16, 2010 |
An Islamic militant group whose leader was recently executed by Iranian authorities claimed responsibility for a pair of late Thursday bomb blasts that killed at least 27 people, including members of the Revolutionary Guard, at a mosque in southeastern Iran. Jundollah, a militant group that draws support from Iran's ethnic Baluch minority, said it dispatched two suicide bombers to the mosque during an evening prayer ceremony in the city of Zahedan in order to kill members of the Revolutionary Guard and avenge the arrest and hanging last month of their leader, Abdolmalek Rigi.
November 15, 2011 |
Iranian media are raising questions about the reported suicide in a Dubai, United Arab Emirates, hotel room of the son of a prominent Iranian politician and former Revolutionary Guard commander. The body of Ahmed Rezai was found Saturday in his hotel suite, according to news reports. He was the son of Mohsen Rezai, secretary-general of Iran's influential Expediency Council, which advises the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The elder Rezai ran unsuccessfully as a conservative challenger to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009's disputed election.
January 12, 2010 |
A powerful bomb blast killed one of Iran's leading nuclear scientists this morning in a leafy north Tehran district as he left home for work, officials said. Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, 50, was described by colleagues as a respected Tehran University nuclear physicist. Reformist websites and two students also described him as an outspoken supporter of opposition figure Mir-Hossein Mousavi. But hard-line Iranian officials immediately blamed Israel and the West for the assassination, which came at a time of heightened tension over Iran's nuclear program.