Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Latest News and Views from Iran and the World

Iran’s Foreign Ministry says strikes on Israel “self-defense”

Tehran says it has responded to “the aggressive act of the Zionist regime against the Iranian embassy in Damascus" and warned that it won't hesitate to take defensive measures against any act of aggression.

IRGC commander: Iran’s next response against any Zionist aggression will be stronger

The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami has warned that the Israeli regime will get a tougher response if it reacts to the Iranian retaliatory operation on occupied territories on Sunday.

Top Iranian commander: Israel to receive harsher response in case of new attacks

The Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces said on Sunday that Iran does not intend to launch any new attacks against Israel following the massive drone and missiles strikes overnight on the Israeli-occupied territories in retaliation for the occupying regime’s targeting of Iran’s consulate in the Syrian capital earlier this month.

Biden told Netanyahu US won’t support Israeli counterattack on Iran

US President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a phone call that Washington will oppose any Tel Aviv counterattack against Tehran, a senior White House official told Axios.

Officials say US concerned Israel will respond to Iran without mulling over potential fallout

Some top US officials are concerned Israel could do  something quickly in response to Iran’s attacks without thinking through potential fallout afterward, according to a senior administration official and a senior defense official, NBC News reported.

Iran says retaliation against Israeli ‘legitimate defense’, warns of more intense raids

Iran’s permanent mission to the United Nations defended Tehran’s retaliation against Israel's recent terrorist attack on the Islamic Republic’s diplomatic premises in the Syrian capital Damascus. It warnred of more severe raids in case of fresh Israeli attacks.

People take to streets in Iran to express support, joy over reprisal  against Israel

People across Iran were on the streets overnight on Sunday to show their support for Iran’s much-anticipated retaliatory drone and missile attacks against Israel.

Iran’s IRGC launches dozens of missiles, drones into Israel, hitting key military targets

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced its Aerospace Division struck specific targets inside Israel, using dozens of missiles and drones.

Ex-Iranian diplomat says unclear if Iran has made final decision over attack against Israel 

A former Iranian diplomat rejects claims that Iran has decided to attack the Zionist regime from its own soil in retaliation for Tel Aviv’s recent attack on the Iranian consulate section in Damascus that killed several Iranian military advisors.

Portugal says is in contact with Iranian authorities over seized ship

Lisbon is in contact with Tehran after a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship was seized by Iran on Saturday, Portugal’s government told CNN.

Female jimmy jump reaches Iranian football club Esteghlal’s goalkeeper 

A female Iranian jimmy jump, apparently a fan of Esteghlal FC’s, on Friday jumped down the fence between the spectators and the pitch to meet goalie of the Blues Seyed Hossein Hosseini after the referee whistled the end of the match against Aluminum FC in the central city of Araak.

Ex-UK defence minister says London should consider sending troops to Ukraine

The UK should consider sending troops to Ukraine, a former defence minister has stated days after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Kiev was at risk of losing its war with Moscow.

Rare surgery in Shiraz: Operation on fetus with heart disease in mother’s womb

Iranian surgeons have carried out a rare surgical operation on a fetus with a heart condition in the mother’s womb.

Interior miniater: Hired terrorists keep Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan from development 

Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi says efforts are underway to advance very good development programs in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchesta province, warning that terrorists are trying to prevent such efforts from coming to fruition.

Iran produces unique pollinating module for drones

A group of researchers from the Tehran-based Sharif University of Technology have designed pollinating module that can be installed on all types of Iranian and foreign drones for use in gardens in a completely smart manner.

Israel ‘in complete panic’ over Syria attack response: Military aide to Iran’s Leader

Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military aide to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, said the Zionists have, over the past week, been in a state of panic, fearing Tehran’s retaliatory attack in the wake of the Israeli regime’s deadly raid on Iran’s mission in Damascus.

Ukrainian soldiers feel betrayed by new conscription rules: Report

Ukrainian forces hoping to be demobilized after three years are reportedly dismayed after a provision granting them leave was left out of a newly adopted mobilization bill, multiple Western outlets have claimed.

Germans do not believe Ukraine can win war against Russia: Survey

The vast majority of Germans do not believe that Ukraine can prevail against Russia, even with Western military equipment at its disposal, a new poll conducted on behalf of the broadcaster ZDF has suggested. Only one in ten Germans thinks that Kiev can win, the survey found.

One Palestinian killed, several injured in settler attack on West Bank village

One Palestinian was shot dead and dozens were wounded in a large-scale attack by Israeli settlers and soldiers on the village of al-Mughayyir in central West Bank.

Street sweeper sacrifices life to unclog sewage canal to ward off inundation

Images have gone viral on social media in Iran showing a street sweeper trying very hard to unclog a sewage canal in a street in the northwestern Iranian city of Ardebil to prevent a deluge.

IRGC naval forces seize Israeli-linked ship in Persian Gulf

The naval forces of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) seized a cargo ship linked to the Zionist regime in the Persian Gulf.

Report: Iran ahead of other OPEC members in terms of rise in crude output in March

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says Iran took the lead among oil producers in March 2024 when it produced 3 million 188 thousand barrels per day (bpd) of crude, 28,000 bpd more that its output in February.

Persian Gulf states warn US not to conduct attacks against Iran from their territory or airspace

The Persian Gulf monarchies have called on the US not to use American military bases on their territories to launch military operation in response to any potential Iranian attack on Israel, sources told Middle East Eye.

Russia says tested top secret nuclear-capable missile

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test had been carried out from the Kapustin Yar range in Astrakhan Region.

US moving more assets to West Asia to enhance deterrence ahead of Iran retaliation

The United States military is moving additional assets into the Middle East to bolster deterrence and force protection ahead of an anticipated Iranian retaliatory strike against Israel, an American defense official has told Sputnik news agency.