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Iran arrests ‘network of homosexuals and satanists’ at birthday party

Iran’s revolutionary guards have announced the arrest of “a network of homosexuals and satanists” in the western city of Kermanshah, close to the country’s border with Iraq, prompting fresh alarm over the treatment of gay people in the Islamic republic. The news website of the revolutionary guards in Kermanshah province,…

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard not happy about historic Rouhani-Obama phone call

The commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said Monday that President Hasan Rouhani should have refused to take last week’s historic telephone call from US counterpart Barack Obama. It was the first public criticism by a senior Iranian official of Friday’s landmark first contact between leaders of the two countries…

Iran reportedly pushing for revenge strikes if U.S. attacks Syria

The leader of a paramilitary arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has allegedly ordered militia groups in Iraq to strike U.S. interests in the event of an American military incursion into Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported. The message from Qasem Soleimani, head of the Qods Force, as the unit is…

Iran to hold new wargames soon in key oil waterway

Iran is to hold fresh military exercises in and around the strategic Strait of Hormuz within weeks, the naval commander of its powerful Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Friday. The manoeuvres are to be held in the Iranian calendar month that runs from January 21 to February 19,…

Iran-US brinkmanship over oil strait worsens

A showdown between Iran and the United States over Tehran’s threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to oil tankers worsened with warships from each side giving weight to an increasingly bellicose exchange of words. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards rejected a warning that the US military would “not tolerate” such…

Iran downs U.S. drone, threatens reprisal: reports

TEHRAN — Iran’s military said it shot down a US Army drone inside its territory near the Afghan and Pakistani borders on Sunday, and threatened to retaliate for the violation, Iranian media reported. The Al-Alam Arabic language satellite channel, quoting a military source in Iran’s joint chiefs of staff, said…

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards dare Israel to attack

Iran dares Israel to attack, because the retaliation would send the Jewish state to “the dustbin of history,” a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said, according to the Fars news agencyMonday. “Our greatest wish is that they commit such a mistake,” the chief of the Guards’ aerospatial division, Amir-Ali Hadjizadeh, was quoted as saying. “For some time there…

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