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U.S. designation of Iran's Guards is illegal: Iranian state TV

U.S. designation of Iran's Guards is illegal: Iranian state TVIran’s state-run TV said on Monday that Washington’s decision to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization contradicted international law and was illegal. “No other country has the legal right to designate as terrorist another country’s armed forces … Iran’s influence in the Middle East and its success in fighting against Islamic State are reasons behind this designation,” state TV said, without quoting a specific official. U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday designated Iran’s Guards a foreign terrorist organization, an unprecedented step that raises tension in the Middle East.



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Suicide bomb kills 27 Iranian Revolutionary Guard, state media says

Suicide bomb kills 27 Iranian Revolutionary Guard, state media saysAt least 27 elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard were killed in a suicide car bombing on Wednesday night, according to state media, in the second major attack inside Iran within six months.    The explosion came as the US, Israel, and Gulf Arab states gathered for a major Middle East summit in Poland which was widely seen as anti-Iran gathering.  The Revolutionary Guard said a suicide bomber had rammed an explosive-laden car into a coach carrying Guardsmen as it drove through the volatile southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.  Media reports claimed at least 10 more people in nearby passenger cars were also killed. The Army of Justice, a Sunni jihadist group based in the province, claimed responsibility for the attack, state media reported.  The blast came days after the Islamic Republic celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Revolution.  The Revolutionary Guard blamed “Takfiri terrorists and mercenaries at the service of foreign intelligence agencies of the world’s arrogant powers”. Iran, which is majority Shia, uses the term Takfiri to describe Sunni extremists.  Tehran has in the past accused Saudi Arabia of funding the Army of Justice, an accusation which the kingdom denies.  Tansim, a news agency linked to the Guard, said at least 27 people were killed and many more wounded in the blast. Pictures from the scene show the bus was torn apart by the explosion.   The attack comes months after a shooting at a military parade in Ahvaz in September which left 25 people dead. That attack was claimed by both Arab separatists hoping to form an independent state from Iran and by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).  Mike Pence, the US vice president and Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, are attending along with ministers from the Gulf Arab states opposed to Iran. European states who support the Iran deal have been less enthusiastic. France and Germany both sent junior representatives while Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, stayed away.   US officials stressed the summit was not meant to be anti-Iranian but Mr Netanyahu somewhat undermined that claim by declaring “the focus is Iran”.    Iran condemned the event as “irresponsible and destructive” while Russia, Turkey, and Qatar all snubbed it. Poland agreed to host the controversial summit as it lobbies Washington to increase the number of US troops on Polish soil as a deterrent against Russia. There are currently around 3,000 US troops in the country on different missions, including Nato deployments. Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, attended the opening of the summit, partly as a chance to convene of meeting of the UK, US, Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the crisis in Yemen. He said Yemen may finally be “on the path to peace” after five years of brutal war if the two sides follow through on agreements reached at UN-brokered talks last year.



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Israel Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria, 11 Reported Dead

Israel Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria, 11 Reported DeadThe overnight missile strikes killed 11 people, including as many as four Syrian soldiers, foreign media reported, and damaged the international airport in Damascus. State-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported waves of attacks early Monday and the interception of dozens of missiles, and Israel took the unusual step of acknowledging the assault. The operation followed a day of violence that began with a raid on Syria widely attributed to the Israeli air force, and the firing of a surface-to-surface missile from Syria that Israel blamed on Iranian Quds forces stationed there.



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11 killed in Israeli airstrikes against Iranian bases in Syria

11 killed in Israeli airstrikes against Iranian bases in SyriaIsraeli airstrikes in Syria killed 11 Iranian and pro-regime fighters on Monday, in the most serious direct confrontation between Iran and Israel in the last six months.  Israeli warplanes attacked bases belonging to Iran’s elite Quds Force after an Iranian missile was fired from Syria towards the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Sunday, the Israeli military said.   The Iranian missile was reportedly fired in response to Israeli air raids carried out inside Syria earlier in the day on Sunday.  By Monday morning, the situation appeared calm but Israeli forces were on high alert and both sides were watching for any signs of a fresh escalation.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said the Israeli attacks had killed 11 people, including Iranian troops, Hizbollah fighters, and at least two Syrians.  It was the highest death toll from Israeli raids since May 2018, when waves of Israeli airstrikes killed at least 23 Iranian and Syria fighters.  Israeli army Merkava tanks gather in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on January 20, 2019 Credit:  JALAA MAREY/AFP Israel is determined to continue its campaign to stop Iran from entrenching in Syria despite Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from the country.  It warned the Syrian regime that it “was putting itself at risk” by allowing Iranian forces to use its territory for strikes against Israel. The head of Iran’s air force, Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh, responded that his forces were “impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the Earth”.  The escalation appears to have begun on Sunday afternoon when Israeli aircraft carried out a rare daylight operation against targets inside Syria. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) refused to comment on whether they struck first.  At around 3pm Iranian forces fired a midrange surface-to-surface missile from Damascus towards the Golan Heights, where thousands of Israelis were skiing on Mount Hermon, according to the IDF.  The Iranian missile was shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome defence system. Israeli skiers recorded video of a pair of interceptor missiles streaking over the ski slopes towards their target. There were no injuries on the Israeli side.  “We saw that as an unacceptable attack by Iranian troops – not proxies, not Shia militias, not Syrian forces, but Iranian troops firing an Iranian-made missile,” said Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli spokesman.  What is believed to be guided missiles are seen in the sky during what is reported to be an attack in Damascus, Syria Credit: Reuters   He said Israeli intelligence showed the missile strike was “premeditated” in that Iran had brought the missile to Syria with the intent of firing it at Israel, rather than using it in the internal Syrian conflict.      Israel launched three waves of airstrikes against Quds Force targets, including their main weapons depot at Damascus airport, which they used to supply their own troops and Hizbollah fighters, the IDF said.  Israel said it had informed the Syrian regime via Russia that it was targeting Iranian bases and warned Syrian forces not to fire on Israeli aircraft.  But Syrian air defence systems nonetheless fired dozens of missiles at the attacking Israeli jets. Israel said it then struck Syrian regime targets in response.   “This regime is putting itself at risk by allowing the Iranians extensive and almost unlimited use of Syrian facilities,” the IDF said. “Syria yesterday paid a price for allowing Iran to plan and conduct attacks from its soil.” Israel has carried out thousands of strikes against Iranian and Hizbollah targets inside Syria as part of its effort to keep Iran from entrenching its forces in the Arab state.   The attacks have mostly been carried out in secret but Israel has become increasingly vocal in recent weeks, with both Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and senior military officers referring publicly to the strikes.  So far, Israel has been able to carry out its operations without sparking a full-blown war but international observers fret that one day a miscalculation by either side could lead a much larger conflict.



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Israel says strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rocket

Israel says strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rocketIsrael struck what it said were Iranian targets in Syria on Monday in response to missile fire it blamed on Iran, sparking concerns of an escalation after a report that 11 fighters were killed. Israel announced the strikes against facilities it said belonged to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force as they were occurring, continuing its recent practice of speaking more openly about such raids. It said the strikes were in response to a medium-range, surface-to-surface missile the Quds Force fired from Syria at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, which Israeli air defences intercepted.



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Israeli military strikes Iranian targets in Syria

Israeli military strikes Iranian targets in SyriaBEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli fighter jets struck Iranian Quds targets inside Syria on Monday and, after coming under fire from anti-aircraft missiles, struck Syrian defense batteries as well, the Israeli military said. Syrian state media cited a Syrian military source as saying Israel launched an “intense attack through consecutive waves of guided missiles”, but that Syrian air defenses destroyed most of the “hostile targets”. Israel’s military said its aerial bombardment targeted “Iranian Quds military sites in Syria”, including munition storage sites and a site located in the Damascus International Airport, along with an Iranian intelligence site and an Iranian military training camp.



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Son: Jailed Iranian TV anchor to appear before US grand jury

Son: Jailed Iranian TV anchor to appear before US grand juryWASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television, who has been jailed in the U.S., will appear Friday before a federal grand jury, her son said.



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American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to US

American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to USNEW ORLEANS (AP) — A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television has been arrested by the FBI during a visit to the U.S., the broadcaster reported Wednesday, and her son said she was being held in a prison, apparently as a material witness.



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Afghan Taliban hold talks with Iranian official in Tehran

Afghan Taliban hold talks with Iranian official in TehranTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran confirmed Monday that a delegation of the Taliban visited Tehran and discussed efforts to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war.



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Zainab Mughal: Worldwide search for planet's rarest blood type for 2-year-old who needs donor of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian

Zainab Mughal: Worldwide search for planet's rarest blood type for 2-year-old who needs donor of Pakistani, Indian or IranianTwo-year-old Zainab Mughal, from Tallahassee, in Florida, was recently diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma. What makes Zainab’s blood different is that it is missing a common antigen, called ‘Indian B’, which most people carry in their blood cells. The only people likely to be a match for Zainab are those whose blood type is ‘O’ or ‘A’ – and whose parents are both 100 per cent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian.



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