Gen. Aziz Nassirzadeh as saying that the Air Force’s 'young generation are impatient and ready for a fight against the Zionist regime to wipe it off the Earth'
Iran - U.S.
The history and relations between Iran and the United States are complex and multi-faceted, with today’s ideological and political conflicts having their roots in actions during the 1950s and U.S. involvement in Iranian affairs.
Until the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Tehran-Washington ties were of great strategic importance to both nations. Iran, led by the pro-American Shah, was a close ally in a much troubled and hostile region. The Shah resumed power after a 1953 coup sponsored the CIA and other international agencies, which led to the overthrow of democratically elected prime minister Muhammad Mossadeq.
Bilateral ties flourished throughout the Shah’s subsequent reign, but as tensions grew in the run-up to the 1979 revolution, the U.S. was seen as partially responsible within Iran for the Shah's oppressive regime. Relations reached breaking point in November 1979 when the Shah, by then in exile after the revolution, was allowed into the United States for medical treatment. Angry Iranian students stormed the American Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 people inside hostage. The bulk of the captives were only released in January 1981.
Hostility between the two countries seemed to solidify in the 1980s, with the revelation that U.S. was supplying Iraq with advanced weaponry during Iran’s eight year bloody war with Iraq. Furthermore, an Iranian passenger plane was shot down in 1988 by a U.S. Naval vessel inside Iranian waters, killing all 290 people onboard.
Iran-U.S. relations slightly improved in the mid-90s with the election of Iranian President Mohammed Khatami. The U.S. welcomed Khatami’s calls for dialogue and his reformist stance on bilateral ties. This was a short-lived rapprochement, and the election of hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president sparked a new deterioration in Iran-U.S. ties.
Ahmadinejad’s regime has clashed with the Americans over U.S. support for Israel, its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and its position over Iran’s nuclear program. The U.S. and the West have accused Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons, and have pushed for a series of sanctions aimed at curbing these atomic aspirations. The U.S. has also declined to rule out a strike on Iran to stop it from building a nuclear bomb. The U.S. also views Iran as meddling in Middle Eastern peace bids, encouraging Syria to resist American overtures and supporting Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas and Lebanese-based Shi'ite organization Hezbollah.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the blast targeted a convoy of the U.S.-led coalition and U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters
FBI detained Marzieh Hashemi when she landed in St. Louis Sunday, but the reason for her arrest has not been disclosed
Pentagon looking at putting a layer of sensors in space to more quickly detect enemy missiles as China and Russia develop more advanced weapons
The effects of the revolution, including the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the ensuing hostage crisis, have reverberated through decades of tense relations between Tehran and Washington
Marzieh Hashemi, who was born in New Orleans as Melanie Franklin, was arrested after arriving in St. Louis, says Press TV
Iran claims rocket failed to reach 'necessary speed' in the third stage of launch ■ Israeli premier says Tehran is lying about nature of its tests
'Why don't we sink them?' U.S. president told his national security team, sources tell Axios, in 'disproportionate' proposal they say could have quickly led to war
The request, which a U.S. official said 'definitely rattled people,' was made after mortars launched by Iran-affiliated militants fell near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, The Wall Street Journal reports
Pompeo said the U.S. will not let Iran turn Syria into the next Lebanon, and will act to 'expel every Iranian boot' from Syria
Although the circumstances of Michael R. White’s detention remain unclear, Iran in the past has used its detention of Westerners and dual nationals as leverage in negotiations
Tehran says the 46-year-old Michael White is under arrest after NYT reported that he was detained in July and his family only learned of the fact three weeks ago
Khamenei also recounted a story about a U.S. official who once predicted he would celebrate Christmas in Iran - remarks most likely referring to John Bolton
Proposals to remove four zeros from the currency have been floated since 2008, but the idea has gained strength as the rial lost more than 60 percent of its value in 2018
Spat between Turkey and U.S. over American support for Kurds played into Putin's hands ■ Taking aim at social media, Erdogan cracks down on ‘terror’
'China, India, Japan, South Korea and other countries that were granted waivers from America to import Iranian oil are not willing to buy even one barrel more from Iran'
A flotilla is expected to set off for the Atlantic in March according to Iran's naval deputy commander. The move is in response to the presence of U.S. aircraft carriers in the Gulf
Turf wars have helped the Syrian president, with his Iranian and Russian allies, recover much of the territory previously held by rebels
A look at some of his statements Wednesday on Twitter and at a Cabinet meeting
Mike Pompeo says the launches use ballistic missile technology and would therefore violate a UN resolution
In recent days, Trump appeared to back off from any hasty pullout from Syria and stressed that the operation would be slow
Ending a long absence of U.S. aircraft carriers in the region, the USS John C. Stennis entered the Gulf last week, and was shadowed by the Revolutionary Guards' speed boats
This year saw Israel’s secret attack on Syria’s nuclear reactor go public and the Khashoggi’s murder threaten MBS' charm offensive, Haaretz sums up 12 months of proxy wars and regional politics
Iranian president announces budget of 4,700 trillion rials, warns sanctions will affect Tehran's economic growth
Iran's navy commander says U.S. navy is allowed to sail in international waters near Iran ■ 'They do not have the courage or ability to take any measures against us'
Iranian naval vessels, helicopters and drones all participate in exercise on island near Strait of Hormuz; Guards' speedboats fire rockets but U.S. navy says they weren't pointed at American vessels
Washington's Kurdish partners warn U.S. pullout will allow ISIS to regroup in Syria ■ Putin says he hasn't seen signs of withdrawal yet, doesn't know what it means ■ Netanyahu vows to continue to prevent Iranian entrenchment
Trump has said his instinct is to quit Afghanistan as a lost cause, but more recently he’s suggested a willingness to stay in search of peace with the Taliban
Senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham blasted Trump's decision to pull all U.S. troops out of Syria
The diplomatic cables also reveal Europe's anxiety about Trump, Russia and Iran - concludes the New York Times