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June 26, 1989 | From Reuters
An Iranian official, who gloated over the charred bodies of Americans killed in an attempted hostage rescue in 1980 and who was known as Iran's "hanging judge," was replaced Sunday as head of Parliament's foreign affairs committee. The official news agency IRNA, reporting an annual election for the post, said that Sadegh Khalkhali was replaced by Said Rajai-Khorasani, a deputy from Tehran and former chief of the Islamic Republic's mission at the United Nations. Khalkhali horrified Americans at the height of the U.S. Embassy hostage crisis in 1980 by his macabre gloating at a news conference over the burned bodies of service personnel killed in a helicopter crash during an unsuccessful bid to rescue the captives.
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June 26, 1989 | From Reuters
An Iranian official, who gloated over the charred bodies of Americans killed in an attempted hostage rescue in 1980 and who was known as Iran's "hanging judge," was replaced Sunday as head of Parliament's foreign affairs committee. The official news agency IRNA, reporting an annual election for the post, said that Sadegh Khalkhali was replaced by Said Rajai-Khorasani, a deputy from Tehran and former chief of the Islamic Republic's mission at the United Nations. Khalkhali horrified Americans at the height of the U.S. Embassy hostage crisis in 1980 by his macabre gloating at a news conference over the burned bodies of service personnel killed in a helicopter crash during an unsuccessful bid to rescue the captives.
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January 20, 1991 | From Reuters
Iran's top policy-making group Saturday reaffirmed Tehran's neutral stance in the Persian Gulf War. The declaration from a National Security Council meeting gained further authority by the rare attendance of Iran's spiritual leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Before the declaration, there had been calls in the Iranian Parliament and press for a "holy war" against the United States, solidarity with Iraq and an end to Tehran's neutrality in the war.
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June 27, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Iranian interior minister said Tuesday that 99% of the victims from a devastating earthquake have been counted, but a Red Cross official said the death toll could still reach 70,000. Officials say that as many as 50,000 people have been killed, 200,000 injured and half a million left homeless by Thursday's quake in northern Iran. Foreign aid continued to pour into the capital, Tehran.
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August 9, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Shahpour Bakhtiar, the late Shah of Iran's exiled prime minister and an outspoken foe of Tehran's current government, and Bakhtiar's secretary were found stabbed to death Thursday near Paris despite heavy security, the French Interior Ministry said. There were no immediate claims of responsibility, but Iranian exiles blamed Tehran. Police said they were looking for three Iranians who had visited Bakhtiar on Wednesday night.
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January 21, 1991 | KENNETH FREED and MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's call for a holy war against the United States and its Arab allies in the Persian Gulf was rejected Sunday by powerful Muslim religious leaders, even as the Iraqi leader renewed his demand for destruction of the Western "infidels" and their allies. The latest Iraqi attempt to turn the conflict over Kuwait into a 20th-Century version of the Crusades came Sunday when Baghdad Radio broadcast a seven-minute speech by Hussein.
OPINION
February 7, 2010 | By Joshua Prager
On June 20, a young Iranian woman was shot dead at one of the mass protests that followed the contested re- election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Millions of people around the world watched video of Neda Agha-Soltan hemorrhaging on Tehran's Karegar Street, and hers became the tragic, beautiful and galvanizing face of the reform movement in Iran. Witnesses implicated a member of the Basij, the governmental militia, in Agha-Soltan's death. But an Iranian ambassador and ayatollah quickly pinned her shooting on the CIA and her fellow protesters, while a broadcasting official -- and a government-sponsored documentary that aired last month -- said the death had been simulated by the Western news media and by Agha-Soltan herself.
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August 26, 1988 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
Direct peace talks between Iran and Iraq lasted only two hours Thursday before negotiators split off to separate rooms to consult with their capitals. U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar said he was pleased with the "serious beginning" to the first meeting between the two governments since the costly Persian Gulf War began eight years ago.
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April 10, 1992 | ROBIN WRIGHT and KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Iranians go to the polls today in what is widely expected to be a turning point for the Islamic republic's 13-year-old revolution. The first peacetime election for Parliament--which also marks the first public confrontation between hard-liners and pragmatists--may signal the end of the reign of the most radical of Iran's mullahs and the beginning of better relations with the West.
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August 9, 1987 | G. H. Jansen, G.H. Jansen, who has covered the Middle East for many years, is a Sunni Muslim who took part in the 1973 hajj .
Last week a cantankerous old Iranian Shia, Ruhollah Khomeini, currently resident in north Tehran, tried for the seventh time to challenge the God of Islam on the matter of the hajj pilgrimage. This time God won, but it was a terrible victory. Nevertheless, the outcome will be a good thing for all Muslims, and for Iraq and all other opponents of Iran, including the United States.
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August 17, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein vowed Thursday that Iraqi troops will not withdraw from occupied Kuwait, declaring in a televised "open letter" to President Bush: "There is no going back." In a personal lecture laden with prophesies of disaster, Hussein told Bush that "you, the President of the United States, have chosen to be a liar like the band you have selected and consider to represent the Arab nation." He warned that U.S.
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