October 20, 2001 |
Iran's foreign minister rejected a U.S. proposal to include members of the hard-line Taliban militia in any future Afghan government, saying Friday that the idea was "unacceptable." Russia and India, two allies of the United States in the fight against terrorism, also added their voices in opposition to letting Taliban "moderates" into a broad-based coalition being considered to rule Afghanistan if the Taliban regime collapses under U.S.-led bombardment. Secretary of State Colin L.
October 13, 2001 |
If Iranian state television had hoped to capture viewers with its half-hour broadcast of citizens chanting, "Death to America" in cities all over the Islamic Republic on Friday, it was out of luck. Instead, tens of thousands of Iranians poured into the streets of the country to celebrate their national soccer team's 2-1 victory over Iraq. "Bringing national happiness, that's part of winning," said Hassan Ghaffari, director of international relations for the Iranian soccer federation.
October 12, 2001 |
The Islamic Republic's first demonstration against the West for its campaign in Afghanistan took place this week in this holy city where Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini became a cleric. But even here, where hatred toward the U.S. government is as deeply rooted as the demand that women cover every strand of hair beneath the black drape of a chador, participants played down the significance of the rally. "It wasn't a protest.
July 28, 2001 |
Congress sent legislation to President Bush that would extend sanctions for five years against foreign firms that do business with Iran and Libya. By a voice vote and with no debate, the Senate approved a version of the legislation that the House adopted Thursday. Iran and Libya have been accused of involvement in international terrorism. Lawmakers of both parties say the sanctions make it harder for the two countries to finance terrorism with income from oil profits and other forms of
June 8, 2001 |
As Congress moved Thursday to extend sanctions on Iran, a blue-ribbon panel of former top U.S. policymakers called for ending the economic embargoes that have characterized tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic for more than two decades. Lifting sanctions would almost certainly have the widest impact on Iran's rich energy industry--and the United States' growing appetite.
May 6, 2001 |
The United States has closed off the primary supply route Iran has used for almost 20 years to fly weaponry and other material support to Syria for extremist groups in Lebanon, according to U.S. and Mideast officials. That success, however, has been countered by Iran's escalating involvement with extremist groups--primarily Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah--determined to destroy the U.S.-brokered Mideast peace process.