Contents tagged with Iran

  • Iran agrees to pay compensation to Ukraine for downed airliner

    Iranian authorities "expressed readiness" to pay compensation to Ukraine for the Boeing airliner, which was shot down near Tehran, said the official representative of Iran’s Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic Abbas Mousavi as quoted by IRNA news agency.

    But this "will take time," Mousavi added. According to him, it is necessary to discuss "various technical and legal aspects" of the situation.

    The Boeing 737-800 of International Airlines of Ukraine, en route from Tehran to Kyiv, crashed …

  • Iran expresses interest in buying latest Russian weapons

    Tehran is interested in purchasing latest Russian weapons, Russia is Iran's priority partner in military cooperation, said Iranian Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali.

    "We will consult with Russia on what we need to strengthen our defense capability. The Russian government and the Russian people have been and remain with us in tough times. In this regard, Russia is a priority partner for us," he said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Kommersant.

    Jalali noted that Russia has great …

  • Iran: Ukrainian airliner was shot down due to air defense system misconfiguration

    The air defense system, which shot down the plane of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) in Iran, had wrong settings, because previously it was relocated, said Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, as quoted by TASS.

    "One of Tehran's air defense systems was relocated. This led to a change in its geographical location and direction," the statement reads.

    It is noted that due to the misconfiguration, the airliner was mistakenly identified by the system as an object moving towards Tehran. …

  • Russia and Iran on collision course in Syria

    A large Russian military column entered the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor. These were rather three columns that came from different places. The Arabic-language Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported, citing sources in Deir ez-Zor, that about 90 military vehicles, including large trucks, entered al-Tala’i military camp. This is the first time that a military convoy of this size has passed through the city of Deir ez-Zor.

    This "invasion" takes place amid the clashes between pro-Iranian …

  • Israel believes Iran will try to retaliate against airstrikes on its positions in Syria

    Former Head of the Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence Directorate, now head of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) , Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin commented on the latest attacks on Syria, which are attributed to Israel.

    According to Yadlin, the operational assessments of the situation under which Tehran is preparing to withdraw its forces from the territory of Syria are not true.

    "Massive strikes on Syrian territory last night refute the assumptions …

  • Iran: investigation into the downed Ukrainian airliner is at final stages

    Iran has almost completed its investigation into the crash of the Boeing-737 Ukraine International Airlines airliner, which killed 176 people, said Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Mohsen Baharvand, Alarabiya reports.

    "The investigation is almost finished, and there is no ambiguity, we know what happened," the deputy minister said.

    According to him, the analysis of the flight recorders of the Ukraine International Airlines aircraft is the only remaining …

  • Iran intends to send black boxes of downed Ukrainian airliner to France

    Iran intends to send flight recorders of the Ukraine International Airlines plane, which was shot down by an Iranian missile on January 8,  to France.

    The Iranian authorities explained that the decision was made because Ukrainian side allegedly delayed the response regarding the fate of the flight recorders, reported the Iranian agency ISNA.

    "In response to the delay, the Iranian authorities decided to send the black box of the plane to another country (possibly France)," the statement reads. …

  • Russian military recruits Syrian locals to join Haftar’s Army in Libya

    The Russian military is recruiting young people in Syria to join the ranks of general Khalifa Haftar's mercenaries in Libya, reports the Turkish news agency Anadolu citing sources.

    According to the agency, those wishing to join the anti-government forces in Libya are registered in mercenary recruitment centers in Homs. They are offered a large amount of money for Syria, $1.5 thousand a month, for joining Haftar’s ’s Army. Russia is reportedly assisted by Iranian militants in its recruitment …

  • Media: Iran uses Russian Khmeimim air base to transport weapons to Syria

    The second Iranian cargo plane in the last two weeks landed at the Russian Khmeimim military base in Syria, reported the Arabic-language news outlet Alhurra.com. Nothing is known about the nature of the cargo.

    According to the newspaper, in this way Iran guarantees the uninterrupted supply to military units stationed in Syria, without fear of attacks by the Israeli Air Force.

    The Syrian authorities can also use this method of delivering the necessary goods until security conditions are in …

  • Russian troops move to Iranian-held areas in eastern Syria

    Russian forces conducted the first military patrol on the outskirts of Al Mayadin in the eastern Deir ez-Zor countryside, Deir Ezzor 24 network reported, citing its sources. This is the first time that Russia moved its militarily to the region.

    According to Deir Ezzor 24 sources, the Russian patrol drove near Al-Rahba Castle in the city, and near al-Taybah roundabout in Al Mayadin.

    The first Russian patrol in the area comes amid reports that Moscow wants to establish a foothold in the eastern …