Jay Deshmukh

Iran braces for protests on revolution anniversary

Iran marks the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution with nationwide marches on Thursday, while security forces are on high alert.

Khamenei: US ‘hiding a dagger’ in talks with Iran

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at the United States on Tuesday, saying Tehran will reject any talks backed by its arch-foe.

Ahmadinejad heads for New York

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad travels to New York this week for the UN General Assembly, his disputed re-election still sparking violent protests.

Hundreds arrested in violent Iran clashes

At least 457 people were arrested in violent clashes in Tehran, state radio said on Monday, in which 10 people were also killed.

Iran clerics back down amid police warnings

An Iranian group that had planned to organise a rally on Saturday backed down after authorities warned of consequences if they went ahead.

Deadly fighting in Baghdad as Iraq marks Saddam’s fall

Iraq on Wednesday marked the fifth anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein's iron-fisted regime with the nation still in turmoil, the capital under curfew and a surge of deadly violence in the Shi'ite bastion of Sadr City. Iraqi officials said three mortar rounds slammed into Sadr City, killing at least seven people and wounding 24 others.

US forces kill 49 in Baghdad Shi’ite stronghold

United States forces killed 49 ''criminals'' in fierce fighting with militants in Baghdad's Shi'ite stronghold of Sadr City on Sunday during a raid targeting an Iranian-linked insurgent. Medics at four hospitals confirmed 17 dead, including a boy and a girl, but US military spokesperson Major Winfield Danielson said there were no civilian casualties and no reports of American losses.

‘Screams of pain and bloody blankets’

A former Iraqi lawmaker gave chilling testimony of torture and beatings at the trial on Wednesday of 15 aides of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, including the notorious ''Chemical Ali'', who are accused of crimes against humanity. ''I heard screams of pain as prisoners were beaten and tortured,'' the witness said.

US mounts major Iraq assault

United States troops in Iraq launched a major assault against al-Qaeda-linked militants and alleged Iranian-aided extremist groups on Monday as a Sunni leader accused Iran of plotting genocide against his people. Operation Phantom Strike, the military announced, was being waged nationwide to disrupt Shi'ite extremist networks and insurgents affiliated to al-Qaeda.

US arrests Bin Laden link in Iraq

United States forces have arrested a top Iraqi militant who acted as a link between al-Qaeda's Iraqi offshoot and Osama bin Laden, the global jihadist network's Saudi founder, the US military said on Wednesday. Brigadier General Kevin Bergner said American troops had arrested Khaled al-Mashhadani on July 4 in the northern city of Mosul.

Dozens die in Iraq violence

Two double bomb attacks killed at least 35 people in Iraq on Friday, while gunmen raided the home of a police chief, massacring his wife, brother and 12 bodyguards and seizing his children. A twin bomb attack on a Shi'ite mosque near the northern oil city of Kirkuk killed at least 19 people and wounded 22, police and medical officials said.

Iraq suicide bomber kills nine US soldiers

A suicide car bomber struck a United States military outpost north of Baghdad, killing nine soldiers and wounding 20 others, in the deadliest attack on American ground forces in Iraq in 16 months. In an attack claimed by al-Qaeda, the bomb exploded against a patrol base in the restive province of Diyala on Monday.

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