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Iranian president says U.S. should leave Venezuela-bound gas tankers alone

Iranian president says U.S. should leave Venezuela-bound gas tankers alone

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May 23 (UPI) -- Iran's President, Hassan Rouhani, warned the United States Saturday not to create trouble for a group of Iranian oil tankers headed for Venezuela to help the latter country address a major fuel shortage. "If our oil tankers in the Caribbean Sea or anywhere else in the world get into trouble caused by the Americans, they (US) will run into trouble reciprocally," Rouhani said in a telephone conversation with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Rouhani said Iran would never "start tensions and clashes" but would retaliate if provoked. Last month U.S. officials said they were monitoring five oil tankers crossing the Atlantic with 60 million gallons of Iranian gasoline headed toward Venezuelan waters. The shipment is intended to address a fuel shortage in the forme...
‘Shoot them out of the water’: Trump tells US Navy to destroy Iranian boats harassing American ships

‘Shoot them out of the water’: Trump tells US Navy to destroy Iranian boats harassing American ships

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Donald Trump says he has instructed the US navy to fire on any Iranian ships that harass it at sea.It comes as tensions escalate between the two countries again, with Iran's Republican Guard announcing the launch of the country's first military satellite. Mr Trump said on Twitter: "I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea." I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2020 At a briefing later, he said that he was not changing the military's rules of engagement, adding: "We're covered - we're covered 100%".He said: "We don't want thei
At least 56 killed in stampede at burial ceremony for Iranian general

At least 56 killed in stampede at burial ceremony for Iranian general

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At least 56 mourners have been killed in a stampede, causing the burial of Iran's top military commander to be postponed, Iran's state television has reported.More than a million people were on the streets for the funeral procession of Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike near Baghdad airport on Friday. The stampede in the general's hometown of Kerman has also left 213 people injured. He was due to be buried in a "martyrs' cemetery" today. Image: Iranian mourners gather around a vehicle carrying the coffin of Qassem Soleimani It is not now clear when Major General Soleimani's burial will now take place.As mourners gathered in Kerman, the semi-official Fars news agency reported that a top Iranian security official said T...
US forces kill top Iranian general in airstrike on Baghdad airport

US forces kill top Iranian general in airstrike on Baghdad airport

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By Alison Chung, news reporter US forces have killed a top Iranian general in a drone airstrike on Baghdad airport - an attack that marks a dramatic escalation of tensions with Tehran.Iran immediately threatened a "crushing revenge" for the assassination in Iraq of Major General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force and spearhead of Iran's spreading military influence in the Middle East. The Pentagon confirmed US forces had killed the general, a revered figure in the region, on Friday. Image: Qassem Soleimani was one of Iran's most powerful figures It said Maj Gen Soleimani, 62, had "orchestrated" attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the past few months and appro...
Israel attacks Iranian military targets in Syria

Israel attacks Iranian military targets in Syria

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Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Israeli military said Wednesday it carried out "wide-scale" strikes against Iranian targets in Syria overnight in retaliation for rockets fired at the country a day earlier. Israel Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee said in a statement that warplanes had struck dozens of Iran's elite Al Quds Forces and Syrian military targets in Syria, including surface-to-air missiles, munition depots and military bases in areas concentred near Damascus. #BREAKING: We just carried out wide-scale strikes of Iranian Quds Force & Syrian Armed Forces targets in Syria in response to the rockets fired at Israel by an Iranian force in Syria last night.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 20, 2019 Israel said the 1 a.m. attack was in retaliation for four rockets lau