سالها بود که ماموران اسرائیلی میخواستند دانشمند هستهای ایران را ترور کنند. عاقبت راهی پیدا کردند تا بدون حضور مأموران در صحنه این کار را انجام دهند.
Israeli agents had wanted to kill Iran’s top nuclear scientist for years. Then they came up with a way to do it with no operatives present.
Officials seized the domains of about three dozen websites just days after Iran elected a new, hard-line president, and at a critical moment in nuclear negotiations.
Ebrahim Raisi, who is accused of grave human rights violations, has also been penalized by the European Union.
Turnout appeared low on Friday, with many voters saying they would not cast ballots in an election that they feel has been manipulated in favor of a hard-line conservative candidate.
Low turnout would signal a rejection of the election. But not voting gives the regime a near-certain assurance that their candidate is victorious.
An ultraconservative judiciary chief appears to have the only real chance of winning after a council of powerful clerics disqualified virtually all the other viable candidates.
Regional rivalries lie at the heart of opposition to the nuclear pact. Could a revived agreement chart a better path?
Iran-backed militias in Iraq are suspected of carrying out recent drone strikes on sensitive American targets in Iraq, evading U.S. defenses.
Efforts to save the vessel, the biggest in the country’s naval fleet and described as a “training ship,” failed. The authorities offered no cause for the blaze.
Potential rivals to Ebrahim Raisi, Ayatollah Khamenei’s favored choice, were barred from the June 18 election, and the remaining candidates do not present a serious challenge.
Tehran jumped at the chance to portray militants’ barrages on Israel as revenge for Israeli attacks on Iran. But Israel says Tehran played no role in the latest conflict.
The incident, in the Strait of Hormuz, was the third time in just over a month that vessels from the two countries have come dangerously close.
Significant hurdles remain. But it was an optimistic signal by the Biden administration that an American return to the accord between Iran and world powers could be within reach.
The tense encounters come as the two countries have resumed talks over renewing the 2015 nuclear agreement. The latest episode ended only after an American warship fired warning shots.
For nuclear talks in Vienna to succeed, Iranians and Americans need to be more honest about their past actions.
Recent attacks suggest that Israel has a clandestine network inside Iran and that Iranian security services have been powerless to break it.
An Iranian-American couple’s relocation to Iran after their daughters went off to college in the United States was a mistake paid for in accusations of spying, murky prosecution and prison.
In return, South Korea pledged speedy action to address Iran’s complaints about $7 billion impounded there as a result of U.S. sanctions.
Abductions and executions of Iranian journalists and activists seem to be aimed at complicating the resumption of talks under the Biden administration.
Tehran said the ship, which was taken with its crew, had been violating environmental protocols, but its owner has called the accusation “absurd.”
The flights came a week after President Trump warned Tehran following rocket strikes on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.
Ruhollah Zam had been convicted of encouraging an antigovernment uprising in 2017 through a Telegram channel he ran from exile in France.
It was the second time in three weeks that Air Force bombers had conducted long-range flights near Iranian air space on short notice.
Contradictory reports from Iran expose tensions between competing factions of the government as each seeks to avoid blame for a major security lapse.
The killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist is likely to impede the country’s military ambitions. Its real purpose may have been to prevent the president-elect from resuming diplomacy with Tehran.
Iran expressed fury over the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, blaming it on Israel and the United States. His death may complicate President-elect Biden’s intention to restore the Iranian nuclear deal.
Iranian state media said the scholar, Kylie Moore-Gilbert, was released in exchange for the return to Iran of three Iranian citizens, described as businessmen who had been held abroad.
Israeli agents shot Abu Muhammad al-Masri on the streets of Tehran at the behest of the U.S., officials said, but no one — Iran, Al Qaeda, the U.S. or Israel — has publicly acknowledged the killing.
The Trump administration is trying to fortify its campaign of maximum pressure against Iran from being reversed by a potential Biden administration.
A Canadian-Iranian software engineer for Facebook, a tech celebrity in his native Iran, visited family in Tehran in January. His recent revelations of what happened next have stirred outrage.
The high-seas handover blocked two diplomatic adversaries from evading American economic sanctions. Iran denied it was its fuel.
Iranian officials say that some of the explosions at factories and military facilities, and some forest fires, may have been sabotage but blamed weather and accidents for the others.
Some officials say that a joint American-Israeli strategy is evolving — some might argue regressing — to a series of short-of-war clandestine strikes.
The precise location of Friday’s explosion was unclear, but analysts said there are several military and training facilities in the area.
A Middle Eastern intelligence official said Israel planted a bomb in a building where advanced centrifuges were being developed.
The release of Michael R. White, announced by his mother in the United States, came a day after an Iranian scientist held by the American authorities was returned to Iran.
The country has been hit with a triple-whammy: raging coronavirus, American sanctions and, now, oil so cheap that it’s barely profitable.
The announcement by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps could not immediately be confirmed. The U.S. says such launches advance Iran’s missile program.
So far, the evidence suggests that Iran’s recent actions are calculated to pressure the Trump administration and Europe rather than rushing for a bomb.