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Senior Cleric Describes Iran’s Indigenized RQ-170 as Major Blow to US

TEHRAN (FNA) – Tehran’s Provisional Friday Prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani underlined that the reverse engineering of the US RQ-170 drone that was downed in 2011 and its redesigning and production has struck a heavy blow at the United States.

Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani said, “The manufacture of Iranian drone based on the US RQ-170 spying drone, which was captured by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force was a major blow to the US.”

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Iranian Intelligence Minister: Bombing Plots during Moharram Mourning Ceremonies Foiled

TEHRAN (FNA) – Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alawi announced on Wednesday that the country’s forces have foiled bombing plots in the Central city of Qom during the Moharram mourning ceremonies (October 26-November 4).

“During the mourning days of Moharram (lunar) month this year, some sought to plant bombs in Qom city but they were arrested before doing any action,” Alawi said in the Western city of Hamedan today.

People in Iran and other countries throughout the world mourn the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein (PBUH) on the first ten days of Moharram.

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IRGC Commander: Iran Moving Ahead of US in Naval Science Production

TEHRAN (FNA)- Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said Tehran has outpaced Washington in producing naval science.

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Iran Unveils, Tests New Homemade Long-Range Radar System

TEHRAN (FNA) – Iran on Tuesday unveiled and successfully tested a new home-made long-range radar system named Sepehr (Sky) with the capability of detecting satellite and space objects’ trajectories.

“The Sepehr radar system covers a range of over 2,500 kilometers and can detect stealth targets and micro UAVs at low, medium and high altitudes while it can also very easily identify and detect ballistic, semi-ballistic and cruise missiles,” Lieutenant Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Shahrokh Shahram said addressing the unveiling ceremony today.

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Iran Flies Final Model of RQ-170

TEHRAN (FNA) – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh announced that the Iranian version of the RQ-170 drone with the capability of conducting bombing and reconnaissance missions has had its first flight after tests.

“We had promised to fly the final model of RQ-170 in the second half of the current (Iranian) year (which started on March 21) and this has happened and the footage of its flight will be released soon,” Hajizadeh told reporters in Tehran on Monday morning. Continue reading Iran Flies Final Model of RQ-170

Iranian Commander: Syrian Missile-Manufacturing Plants Built by Iran

TEHRAN (FNA) – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said Syria’s missile-production plants have been built by Iran.

“The missile production plants in Syria have been built by Iran and the missiles designed by Iran are being produced there,” Hajizadeh said in an interview on Tuesday.

He also said that even the resistance front in Palestine and Lebanon has received missile-production trainings from Iran.

“The Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance have grown highly powerful in this field (missile production) now,” Hajizadeh said.

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Newspaper close to Iran Supreme leader reacts to Obama’s letter

by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s personal website has republished an article by Kayhan newspaper that responded to reports about US President Barack Obama’s letter offering Iran cooperation against the Islamic State (IS) if a nuclear deal is signed by Nov. 24. Though the newspaper does not always specifically reflect Ayatollah Khamenei’s views, the fact that this article was republished on his website is a rare endorsement of some of the views expressed in the article.

Obama’s letter, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, initially received straightforward coverage from Iranian news agencies and brief mentions on Iranian TV. In recent days, there has been more coverage, especially the foreign media reacting to the letter. Continue reading Newspaper close to Iran Supreme leader reacts to Obama’s letter

Iranian general accuses US of supplying ISIS with arms, aid

The US delivered arms and aid supply to militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in eastern Iraq, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier claimed on Saturday, according to a report by the Iranian state news agency IRNA.

Describing the US’s fight against ISIS as a “lie,” General Massoud Jazayeri Jazayeri said “the US and the coalition air dropped weapons, ammunition, food and medical equipment to ISIS militants – which have been besieged by the Iraqi army – in Jalawla town of Diyala [in eastern Iraq] a few days ago.”

Jazayeri claimed that the US supported ISIS, currently in control of large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, since the beginning of the insurgency. Continue reading Iranian general accuses US of supplying ISIS with arms, aid

Discovering Iran: Women’s Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, Global Research

Iran Trip:  September – October 2014

Marcel Proust said: “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”  During the past two decades, I visited Iran on numerous occasions staying 10-14 days at a time.  This time around, I stayed for 2 months and heeding Proust, I carried with me a fresh pair of eyes.    I discarded both my Western lenses as well as my Iranian lenses and observed with objective eyes.  It was a formidable journey that left me breathless.  

Part I – Women of the Islamic Republic of Iran

It is hard to know where to start a travel log and how to describe a newfound world in a few pages.  However, given the obsession with the status of women, it is perhaps appropriate to start with the women in Iran as I perceived them.

Western media with help from feminists and Iranians living outside of Iran portray Iranian women as being “oppressed” — foremost because women in Iran have to abide by an Islamic dress code – hijab.   Yes, hijab is mandatory and women choose to either wear either a chador or to wear a scarf.   But what is crucial to understand is the role chador played in pre 1979 versus the post Revolution era. Continue reading Discovering Iran: Women’s Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran