Khamenei blames counter-revolution, enemies for 'sabotage' in Iran gasoline price protests
Khamenei blames counter-revolution, enemies for 'sabotage' in Iran gasoline price protests"Some people are no doubt worried by this decision ... but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people. The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so," Ayatollah Khamenei said, according to state TV.
An Iranian special forces commander has warned President Donald Trump if the US attacks Iran it " will destroy Tensions have risen since the US withdrew from the 2015 Iran deal. You know that this war will destroy all your capabilities." He also accused the US president of using the language of
Soleimani advised US President Donald Trump to consult with former American military and intelligence officials before making anti- Iran threats. The Iranian commander said Washington should learn lessons from its fiasco in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of its so-called war on terror.
's head of the Revolutionary Guard on Monday threatened to destroy the United States and its allies, accusing the nations during a televised speech of instigating that erupted earlier this month after the announcement of massive .
Speaking to tens of thousands of people holding signs with anti-U.S. slogans in Tehran's Revolution Square, Gen. Hossein Salami accused the U.S.,, and of fueling the deadly unrest.
“We have shown restraint. ... We have shown patience towards the hostile moves of America, the Zionist regime (Israel) and Saudi Arabia against the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said. "If you cross our red line, we will destroy you. We will not leave any move unanswered.”
Violence in protests 'absolute tragedy': NATO Iraq chief
The violence surrounding waves of anti-government protests across Iraq has been "an absolute tragedy", NATO's Iraq chief told AFP on Sunday at the close of his year-long mandate. "While the events of the last six weeks are an absolute tragedy, NATO continues to urge restraint to the government of Iraq," said Canadian Major General Dany Fortin, the outgoing commander of NATO's Iraq mission.More than 330 people have died since October 1 in rallies in Baghdad and cities across the south calling for an overhaul of the current government, making them Iraq's deadliest demonstrations in decades.
“ You (Trump) threaten us with paying a price like few countries have ever paid. Trump, this is the language of night clubs and gambling halls,” said Iran ‘s Guards commanders have threatened to destroy U . S . military bases across the Middle East and target Israel, which Iran refuses to recognize
Iran will destroy the United States and its allies if they cross Tehran's red lines, the head of the country's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has said in Addressing thousands of demonstrators in the capital on Monday, General Hossein Salami accused the US , the United Kingdom, Israel and
The protests against a massive rise in fuel prices and a slash in government subsidies have further divided many Iranians and their religious regime. The country has seen an economic decline since the U.S. restored sanctions after withdrawing from thenegotiated during the Obama administration.
Many have complained of the inability to obtain jobs, travel abroad and soaring food prices and the cost of living. Some Iranians have seen their once middle-class lifestyle reduced to day-to-day struggles to stay afloat.
At least 143 people have been killed since Nov. 15, according to Amnesty International. The human-rights group accused Iranian security forces of using firearms against unarmed protesters from rooftops and helicopters.
Report: Leaked intelligence cables show Iran’s grip on Iraq
BEIRUT (AP) — The New York Times and The Intercept say they have reviewed hundreds of pages of purported Iranian intelligence documents that detail Iran’s massive influence in neighboring Iraq. They say the unprecedented leak of 700 pages of Iranian intelligence cables shows Tehran’s efforts to embed itself in Iraq, including paying Iraqi agents working for the United States to switch sides.
ISTANBUL — The powerful commander of Iran ’s special forces warned the United States on Thursday to halt threats of military action against Tehran, raising the stakes in an already fiery exchange between U . S . and Iranian leaders this week. The combative message from Maj.
US President Donald Trump will lose everything he has if he dares to wage war against Iran , the commander of the nation’s elite Quds Force warned . US - Iranian relations deteriorated dramatically since Trump pulled out of the landmark Iran nuclear accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan
“The rising death toll is an alarming indication of just how ruthless the treatment of unarmed protesters has been by the Iranian authorities and reveals their appalling assault on human life,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Some demonstrators have accused the government of torturing those who've been arrested and detained.
Iran has cut off internet access for several days to quell the unrest, making it difficult for groups to ascertain the extent of the violence on the ground. Authorities said banks and government offices have been set on fire and more than 1,000 people have been arrested.
During Monday's rally, speakers called for capital punishment for rioters and further restrictions on social media. Some also criticized President Hassan Rouhani’s administration for the way the fuel hike was implemented.
He promised the hike would fund new subsidies for poor families.
Gasoline in Iran remains among the cheapest in the world, with the new prices jumping 50 percent to a minimum of 15,000 rials per liter. That's 12 cents a liter, or about 50 cents a gallon. By comparison, a gallon of regular gas in the U.S. costs $2.59.
Fox News' Bradford Betz and Hollie McKay and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Iran Is Secretly Moving Missiles Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say .
Iran has used the continuing chaos in Iraq to build up a hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq, part of a widening effort to try to intimidate the Middle East and assert its power, according to American intelligence and military officials. The buildup comes as the United States has rebuilt its military presence in the Middle East to counter emerging threats to American interests, including attacks on oil tankers and facilities that intelligence officials have blamed on Iran. Since May, the Trump administration has sent roughly 14,000 additional troops to the region, primarily to staff Navy ships and missile defense systems.