Timeline Iran: 2005-2015
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2005 Jan 1,
Iran was forecast for 4.6% annual GDP growth with a population at 71
million and GDP per head at $2,400.
(Econ, 1/8/05, p.94)
2005 Jan 5, The head of the
IAEA said Iran has agreed to give U.N. inspectors access to a huge
military site that the United States alleges is linked to a secret
nuclear weapons program.
2005 Jan 13, In Iran a
malfunctioning heater in an Iranian school ignited a barrel of
kerosene, touching off a blaze that killing 13 children.
2005 Jan 17, Iranian President
Mohammed Khatami arrived in Zimbabwe to a red carpet welcome from
his counterpart Robert Mugabe with whom he is due to hold talks over
2005 Jan 22, Iran's state-run
television reported that the hard-line constitutional watchdog has
decided that women can run for president in June elections.
2005 Jan 23, Iran's hard-line
leadership ruled out allowing women to run for president in June
elections, denying reports in the state-run media that it had
decided to allow female candidates for the first time.
2005 Jan 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai started a two-day visit to Iran mainly focused on
boosting economic relations and inaugurating a new cross-border
2005 Feb 3, Iran and Syria
rejected President Bush's charges that they sponsored terrorism. An
Iranian official called the claims groundless. The Syrian
information minister said the democracy America seeks for the Middle
East could not come through force.
2005 Feb 4, Diplomats said Iran
has agreed to give the UN nuclear watchdog agency a fresh look at a
military complex linked by the US to possible atomic arms research.
2005 Feb 13, Iran rejected a
European demand to stop building a heavy water nuclear reactor in
return for a light-water reactor.
2005 Feb 14, In Iran a mosque
fire killed 59 people and injured another 350. it was blamed on a
kerosene heater that was placed too close to a thick curtain that
separated male and female worshippers.
2005 Feb 16, Syria and Iran
announced a united front amid perceived US threats.
(WSJ, 2/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 18, Russian Pres.
Vladimir Putin said that Moscow will continue its nuclear
cooperation with Iran and that he is convinced Tehran does not
intend to develop atomic weapons.
2005 Feb 22, In central Iranís
Kerman province a 6.4 earthquake flattened villages and collapsed
mud-brick homes, killing over 500 people and injuring nearly 1,000.
2005 Feb 27, Iran and Russia
signed a deal that would deliver nuclear fuel to the Middle East
country for the startup of its first reactor.
2005 Mar 5, Iran said it will
never agree to a permanent halt on enriching uranium and warned that
a more unstable Middle East would result from a U.S.-backed effort
to haul Tehran before the UN Security Council for possible
2005 Mar 10, Iranís Pres.
Khatami began a 3-day visit to Venezuela and planned to strengthen
political and economic ties with Pres. Chavez.
2005 Mar 23, Iran agreed to
extend nuclear talks with EU nations and maintain a suspension of
uranium enrichment but insisted it wonít scrap the program.
(WSJ, 3/24/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 18, Iran suspended the
nationwide operations of Arab TV broadcaster Al-Jazeera, accusing it
of inflaming violent protests by the Arab minority in its southwest.
2005 Apr, The Ahwazi intifada
(uprising) began in Iranís southwest Khuzestan province. Since the
1979 Islamic revolution a third of some 5 million Ahwazis, the
native Arabs, were driven from the oil-rich province.
(SSFC, 11/5/06, p.A16)
2005 May 9, Iran confirmed that
it has processed 37 tons of uranium into gas, a key step into the
using the material as a fuel for reactors or weapons.
(WSJ, 5/10/05, p.A1)
2005 May 10, Iran officially
launched production of its first locally built submarine, dubbed
Ghadir, a craft that can fire missiles and torpedoes at the same
2005 May 26, The WTO agreed to
allow Iran to open talks to join the body that governs international
commerce, a day after Iranian nuclear negotiators renewed Tehran's
vow to refrain from developing atomic weapons.
2005 May 28, Iran's hard-line
Guardian Council approved a law that puts pressure on the government
to develop nuclear technology that could be used to build atomic
2005 Jun 12, In Iran 4 bombs
exploded in Ahwaz, the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province
on the Iranian border with Iraq. 9 people were killed and 36 wounded
in the deadliest explosions in the nation in more than a decade.
2005 Jun 17, Iranians voted in
an election shaping up as the closest presidential race since the
1979 Islamic Revolution. Young people disillusioned by the theocracy
called for a boycott of the balloting. Voters failed to give any
candidate an outright majority and hard-liners made an unexpectedly
strong showing. A 2nd round between former president Rafsanjani and
conservative Tehran mayor Ahmadinejad was scheduled in a week.
6/18/05)(WSJ, 6/20/05, p.A13)
2005 Jun 24, Iranians packed
polling stations in a tight presidential race. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(49), the hardline Tehran mayor, won Iranís presidency in a
landslide election victory that cements conservative control over
the nation's political leadership.
2005 Jun 25, Iranís new
president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he seeks to make his country a
"modern, advanced, powerful, and Islamic" model for the world.
2005 Jun 26, Iran
President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed to pursue a peaceful
nuclear program, an effort the US maintains is really a cover for
trying to build atomic bombs, and said his government will not be an
2005 Jul 4, In an illegal
overflight an American Shadow-200 aircraft crashed about 38 miles
inside Iranian territory in the province of Ilam. On Nov 7 Iran
circulated letters at the UN protesting the violation of its
territory and airspace.
2005 Jul 19, Iran publicly
executed two teenagers accusing them of raping a 13-year-old boy and
having gay sex, according to Iran's ISNA news agency. Before Mahmoud
Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were executed in Edalat ("Justice") Square
in Mashhad, they were held in prison for 14 months and lashed 228
2005 Jul 24, Iran's state-run
media reported that its hard-line judiciary had acknowledged
widespread human rights violations in prisons, including the use of
2005 Jul 27, Iran said it will
restart some nuclear activities as soon as August and that it has
fully developed solid-fuel technology in producing missiles, a major
breakthrough that increases the accuracy of missiles hitting
2005 Jul 28, Assistant
Secretary of State David Welch told the US House International
Relations Committee said Iranian cadres are training Hezbollah
fighters in Lebanon.
2005 Jul 31, Hasan Rowhani,
Iran's top nuclear negotiator, said his European counterparts have
proposed a guarantee that Iran will not be invaded if Tehran agrees
to permanently halt uranium enrichment.
2005 Aug 2, Hassan Moghaddas,
an Iranian judge who sentenced several reformist dissidents to jail,
including hunger-striking reporter Akbar Ganji, was shot dead in his
car by a lone gunman riding a motorcycle.
2005 Aug 2, France, Britain and
Germany hardened their tone toward Iran, warning that Tehran risked
triggering an international crisis and could face U.N. sanctions if
it follows through with a threat to resume its nuclear program.
2005 Aug 5, European
negotiators offered Iran long term support for its civilian nuclear
program, including access to nuclear fuel, in exchange for a binding
commitment not to develop atomic weapons.
2005 Aug 6, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
was sworn in as Iran's president, saying he wants peaceful relations
with the world but rejecting outside pressure to change course.
2005 Aug 6, Iran rejected
Europe's proposal for ending the standoff over Tehran's nuclear
program, saying it was "unacceptable" because it did not give the
country the right to enrich uranium.
2005 Aug 8, Iran resumed
uranium conversion activities at its Isfahan nuclear facility, a
step that Europeans and the US warned would prompt them to seek UN
sanctions against Tehran.
2005 Aug 10, Iran removed the
final seals from equipment at a uranium conversion plant as U.N.
inspectors watched, paving the way for Tehran to fully open the
facility despite European and U.S. calls for it to maintain the
suspension of its nuclear program.
2005 Aug 11, In Vienna the
board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
unanimously approved a resolution demanding that Iran suspend all
nuclear activities it resumed earlier this week.
2005 Aug 13, In Iran at least
17 people were reported killed over the last 3 weeks and many more
wounded during anti-government protests in the western province of
2005 Aug 25, In an illegal
overflight an American Hermes aircraft crashed 125 miles inside
Iranian territory in the Khoram Abad area.
2005 Aug 26, An Iranian
daredevil died while attempting to break the world record for
jumping over buses on a motorcycle. Javad Palizbanian (44) was
trying to leap over 22 buses parked side-by-side when his motorbike
came down on the 13th bus.
2005 Aug 28, Iran rejected what
it termed conditional negotiations with Europe over Tehran's nuclear
program and said it wanted instead to have talks with the UN's
international nuclear watchdog agency.
2005 Sep 7, Iran offered to
send the US 20 million barrels of crude oil to help it overcome the
devastation of Hurricane Katrina if Washington waives trade
2005 Sep 14, In NYC Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blasted US unilateralism, militarism
and privilege and called for the UN to promote spirituality. The
conservative Muslim leader advanced unusual broad concepts,
including recommendations that the UN "institutionalize justice at
the international level" and ensure all members have "equal rights."
2005 Sep 15, Iran's Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran is willing to provide nuclear
technology to other Muslim states. Hours later, European nations
renewed an offer of economic incentives if the Mideast nation would
halt its uranium enrichment.
2005 Sep 18, Iran said that it
has no plans to resume uranium enrichment soon but warned that it
might change its mind if the International Atomic Energy Agency asks
the UN Security Council to consider sanctions against the Islamic
2005 Sep 24, The 35-nation
board of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency approved a resolution that
could lead to Iran's referral to the U.N. Security Council for
violating a nuclear arms control treaty, something the United States
has been urging for years.
2005 Sep 25, Iran rejected a
resolution by the UN nuclear watchdog agency that put it one step
away from Security Council referral, calling the move "illegal and
illogical" and orchestrated by the United States.
2005 Oct 2, A Dubai-based
newspaper said it stands by a story in which it quoted Iran's
president as saying he might curtail oil sales if his nation is
referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions over its
2005 Oct 5, Iran's foreign
minister met with Omani officials, part of a tour of Gulf countries
to win support for his government's standoff with the West over its
2005 Oct 11, Diplomats said
Iran has signaled it is ready to compromise on granting access to
sites linked to possible work on nuclear weapons and other demands
from the UN atomic watchdog agency to try to avoid referral to the
2005 Oct 15, In Iran 2 bombs
hit a shopping center Saturday in Ahvaz, near the southwestern
border with Iraq, killing two people and wounding at least 50.
2005 Oct 20, Iranian state-run
television said that the country's Supreme Cultural Revolutionary
Council, headed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, issued the ban on
foreign films that promote what were termed "arrogant powers", a
propaganda term the Iranians use to refer to the United States.
2005 Oct 21, Iran's supreme
leader, long a critic of the United States, praised the U.S.-backed
constitutional referendum in Iraq as "blessed" and urged Iraqis to
participate December's parliamentary elections.
2005 Oct 26, Iranís Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that Israel was a "disgraceful blot"
and should be "wiped off the map." He also said a new wave of
Palestinian attacks will destroy the Jewish state.
2005 Oct 27, Iran launched its
Sina-1 satellite from the Plesetsk launch pad in northern Russia, a
major step in the country's long-term ambitions. Sina-1 gave Iran a
limited space reconnaissance capability over the entire Middle East,
2005 Oct 28, Tens of thousands
of Iranians staged anti-Israel demonstrations across the country,
repeating calls by their ultraconservative President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad for the destruction of the Jewish state.
2005 Nov 2, Iran's government
said it was removing 40 ambassadors and senior diplomats, including
supporters of warmer ties with the West, from their posts in a
shake-up that comes as the Islamic republic takes a more
confrontational international stance. Thousands of Iranians burned
flags and chanted slogans against Israel and the US in the largest
demonstration in years outside the former US Embassy in Tehran. Nov
4 marked the 26th anniversary of the 1979 embassy seizure.
2005 Nov 6, Iran said it
supported a stable Iraq and called for expediting the construction
of an oil pipeline and railway between the two neighbors.
2005 Nov 10, Senior officials
said the US and Europe are ready to compromise with Iran over its
nuclear program and have tentatively approved a plan that would
allow it to make the gas used in producing enriched uranium.
2005 Nov 20, Iranís Parliament
approved a bill requiring the government to block international
inspections of its atomic facilities if the UN nuclear monitoring
agency refers Iran to the Security Council for possible sanctions.
2005 Nov 27, In southern Iran
an earthquake measuring at least magnitude-5.9 shook a sparsely
populated area, flattening seven villages and killing 10 people.
2005 Dec 2, Russian media
reported that Russia plans to sell more than $1 billion worth of
tactical surface-to-air missiles and other defense hardware to Iran.
2005 Dec 3, Iran's hard-line
constitutional watchdog approved a bill blocking international
inspections of atomic facilities if the nation is referred to the
U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
2005 Dec 6, A C-130 Iranian
military transport plane crashed into a 10-story apartment building
as it was trying to make an emergency landing, ripping open the top
of the structure and igniting a huge fire. At least 115 people were
killed including 21 on the ground in the Azadi suburb of Tehran.
2005 Dec 10, Iran's top nuclear
official said that his country will enrich uranium and produce
nuclear fuel despite the U.S.-led international campaign to persuade
it to abandon such ambitions.
2005 Dec 11, Iran's parliament
approved Kazem Vaziri Mahaneh, who has been acting minister for the
past three months, the 4th nominee for the key post of oil minister.
2005 Dec 11, Iran offered the
United States a share in building a new nuclear power plant in an
apparent effort to curb U.S. opposition to its atomic program.
2005 Dec 14, Iran's hard-line
president lashed out with a new outburst at Israel on, calling the
Nazi Holocaust a "myth" used as a pretext for carving out a Jewish
state in the heart of the Muslim world.
2005 Dec 15, European and US
officials said the EU has formally protested to Russia about its
sale of sophisticated missiles to Iran, saying the diplomatic row
reflected disarray on how to pressure Tehran to scale back its
suspect nuclear program.
2005 Dec 17, India and Pakistan
agreed to begin work by 2007 on a pipeline to bring natural gas from
Iran, moving ahead with the project despite US disapproval. Iran
hoped to break ground this year on a 1,700 mile, $4 billion natural
gas pipeline to deliver gas across Pakistan to India. The US opposed
the line and threatened sanctions under the 1996 Iran Libya
Sanctions Act (ILSA) law.
2005 Dec 19, In Iran Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad banned all Western music from state radio and TV
(SFC, 12/20/05, p.A2)
2005 Dec 24, Russia's Foreign
Ministry made a formal offer to Iran to move its uranium enrichment
program to Russia, raising diplomatic pressure on Tehran to accept
the Western-backed plan it has so far rejected.
2005 Dec 25, Iran denied that
it received a proposal to move its uranium enrichment facilities to
Russian soil, a compromise Europe is seeking to resolve a standoff
over Iran's nuclear program.
2005 Dec 29, Top Iranian and
Russian officials agreed to hold talks on a Russian proposal aimed a
resolving Tehran's nuclear standoff with the West.
2005 Dec, US Teamster Pres.
James Hoffa sent a letter to Iranís Pres. Ahmadinejad demanding the
release of 14 union workers unjustly detained and beaten.
(SSFC, 8/19/07, p.E3)
Iranís Parliament ordered that the countryís foundations (bonyads)
start paying at least some taxes. Several were exempted including
the Imam Reza Shrine.
(WSJ, 6/2/07, p.A12)
2005 In Iran Kord Zanganeh was
selected as head of the Iranian Privatization Organization, putting
him at the center of the new divestment drive. Over the next five
years, he oversaw the sale of about $67 billion worth of shares.
North Korea delivered over a dozen intermediate-range ballistic
missiles to Iran. [see April 27, 2006]
(WSJ, 7/6/06, p.A4)
2006 Jan 1, An Islamic militant
group kidnapped nine Iranian soldiers near that country's border
with Pakistan. On Jan 4 Al-Arabiya said the group threatened to kill
them unless the Tehran government released 16 members from prison.
2006 Jan 2, In Iran the daily
Asia newspaper and Nour-e-Banovan magazine were ordered closed by
the Culture Ministry, which monitors the press.
2006 Jan 3, A top official said
Iran has decided to resume research into nuclear fuel production in
a statement certain to increase concerns that Iran is moving toward
production of nuclear weapons.
2006 Jan 9, Iran state TV
reported that 14 alleged members of an Islamic extremist group had
been detained. The group in late December grabbed and held nine
2006 Jan 9, In northwestern
Iran a small military passenger jet crashed, killing at least 13
people, including the commander of the ground forces of Iran's elite
2006 Jan 10, Iran removed UN
seals on uranium enrichment equipment and resumed nuclear research
Tuesday, defying demands it maintain a two-year freeze on its
nuclear program and sparking an outcry from the US and Europe.
2006 Jan 11, British PM Tony
Blair said that Western countries were likely to seek economic
sanctions against Iran after Tehran restarted its nuclear program,
but a powerful cleric said it would not curtail its research.
2006 Jan 12, The British,
French and German foreign ministers said that negotiations with Iran
over its nuclear program had reached a "dead end" and the Islamic
republic should be referred to the U.N. Security Council for
2006 Jan 13, Iran threatened to
block inspections of its nuclear sites if confronted by the UN
Security Council over its atomic activities. The hard-line president
reaffirmed his country's intention to produce nuclear energy.
2006 Jan 14, An Iraqi sailor
was killed and nine were captured by an Iranian Navy vessel during a
skirmish in the Gulf near the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Iraqi
coast guardsmen were pursuing suspected oil smugglers in disputed
2006 Jan 15, Iranís Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposed his 1st budget bill. The government
expected some $36 billion in oil revenues, promised to build 300,000
housing units and planned to maintain energy subsidies amounting to
10% of GDP.
2006 Jan 15, Iran said it would
sponsor a conference to examine the scientific evidence supporting
2006 Jan 16, State radio
reported that Iran has allocated the equivalent of $215 million for
the construction of what would be its second and third nuclear power
2006 Jan 17, Iran lifted its
ban on CNN, a day after the government barred the US network from
the country because of its mistranslation of nuclear comments by
2006 Jan 19, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began a visit to Syria to consolidate an old
alliance made increasingly crucial as both countries face mounting
US pressure and the threat of international sanctions.
2006 Jan 20, Iranís Central
Bank Governor said Iran moving its foreign currency reserves out of
European banks as a pre-emptive measure against any possible UN
sanctions over its nuclear program.
2006 Jan 22, Iran said it was
not withdrawing its foreign currency reserves from European banks,
despite reports late last week that it already had begun the
2006 Jan 23, A senior envoy
said Iran will immediately retaliate if referred to the UN Security
Council next week by forging ahead with developing a full-scale
uranium enrichment program.
2006 Jan 24, In Iran 2 bombs
exploded in a bank and outside a government building in Ahvaz, a
southwestern city with a history of violence involving members of
Iran's Arab minority. 6 people were killed and 46 others wounded. A
Web site claiming to represent Arab secessionists in the Ahvaz
region said they carried out the attack. On June 8 a court found 9
defendants to be enemies of God, and sentenced them to death. 15
other defendants received sentences ranging from seven to 30 years
in prison. In July Iran's Supreme Court confirmed death sentences
for five Iranian Arab separatists convicted for the bombings.
2006 Jan 25, Iran's top nuclear
negotiator said that Tehran views Moscow's offer to have Iran's
uranium enriched in Russia as a positive development but no
agreement has been reached between the countries.
2006 Jan 26, Iran's Civil
Aviation Organization said it has proposed resuming direct flights
between Iran and the United States after more than 25 years, despite
political hostilities between the two countries.
2006 Jan 27, Georgia's
president said that Iran had agreed to start providing emergency gas
supplies to the Caucasus mountain nation as early as this weekend,
signaling an end to an energy crisis made worse by an extreme cold
2006 Jan 28, Iran's foreign
minister said Tehran and Moscow have agreed to expand the number of
countries participating in the plan to enrich Iranian uranium in
Russia, describing a compromise that could satisfy U.S. concerns
about the nuclear program.
2006 Jan 30, Iranís Interior
Ministry said 7 Iranian soldiers kidnapped last month by Jundallah,
(God's Brigade), have been freed. No word was given on the fate of 2
other kidnapped soldiers.
2006 Jan 31, Iran struck back
at the Big Five's decision to refer the country's nuclear file to
the Security Council, saying the move has no legal justification and
would be the end of diplomacy.
2006 Feb 3, Iran warned it no
longer would consider a Kremlin proposal to move its uranium
enrichment program to Russia if it is referred to the UN Security
Council for allegedly violating a nuclear arms control treaty.
2006 Feb 4, The ISNA news
agency reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has
ordered the cancellation of economic contracts with countries where
the media have carried cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
2006 Feb 4, The UN nuclear
watchdog reported Iran to the UN Security Council in a resolution
expressing concern that Tehran's nuclear program may not be
"exclusively for peaceful purposes." Iran retaliated immediately,
saying it would resume uranium enrichment at its main plant instead
of in Russia.
2006 Feb 5, Iran ended all
voluntary cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog but said it was
open to a proposal to enrich Iranian uranium in Russia, softening
its earlier response to being reported to the Security Council over
fears it wants to produce nuclear arms.
2006 Feb 7, A prominent Iranian
newspaper said it would hold a competition for cartoons on the
Holocaust to test whether the West extends the principle of freedom
of expression to the Nazi genocide as it did to the caricatures of
the Prophet Muhammad.
2006 Feb 11, Iran's president
rejected US and European pressure to freeze the country's nuclear
program and hinted that Iran may withdraw from the Nuclear
2006 Feb 12, Iran reaffirmed
its commitment to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, a day after
its hard-line president implied Tehran was considering withdrawing
from the pact after being reported to the UN Security Council.
2006 Feb 13, Diplomats said
Iran has started small-scale enrichment of uranium, a process that
can produce fuel for nuclear reactors or bombs. Talks with Moscow on
moving Iranian enrichment to Russia as a way ensuring Iran has no
direct control were put on indefinite hold.
2006 Feb 14, Iran said it had
resumed uranium enrichment; Russia and France immediately called on
Iran to halt its work.
2006 Feb 18, India confirmed
the H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens. Iran confirmed the virus in
wild swans. Indonesia confirmed its 19th death from the virus.
Germany France and Austria reported more dead birds. Nigeria claimed
to be bringing the virus under control.
2006 Feb 20, Russian and
Iranian negotiators concluded a day of talks on Moscow's offer to
enrich uranium for Iran and agreed to continue.
2006 Feb 22, Iran offered to
help finance a Palestinian Authority run by the Hamas militant
group, state radio said in a report that brought a quick warning
from Israel that it would do all it could legally to stop the
Palestinians from receiving the money.
2006 Feb 26, Iran's nuclear
chief said an agreement was reached with Moscow to set up a joint
uranium enrichment facility on Russian soil, a deal that could
assuage global concerns that Tehran wants to build atomic bombs.
2006 Feb 27, Iranian Foreign
Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told Japan that Tehran would not suspend
its atomic research and development, casting doubt over whether a
Russian agreement would defuse a crisis over Iran's nuclear
2006 Feb, Iranian security
forces, according to a Kurdish group, killed 10 demonstrators.
(Econ, 6/3/06, p.42)
2006 Mar 3, In Austria talks
between EU negotiators and Iran over its nuclear ambitions broke up
without any agreement, paving the way for potential UN Security
Council action against Tehran as early as next week.
2006 Mar 3, Iran offered to
suspend full-scale uranium enrichment for up to two years during
discussion in Moscow. The proposal reflected Tehran's attempts to
escape UN Security Council action over the activity, which can be
used to make nuclear arms.
2006 Mar 5, Iran warned it will
start large-scale uranium enrichment if it is referred to the UN
Security Council because of international concerns over its nuclear
2006 Mar 7, Iranís President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the IAEA, the UN nuclear agency, to
compensate Iran for suspending its nuclear activities since 2003.
2006 Mar 8, Iran threatened the
US with "harm and pain" for its role in hauling Tehran before the UN
Security Council over its nuclear program. America's ambassador to
the United Nations said Iran's comments reflected the menace it
2006 Mar 8, Train services
linking Pakistan with neighboring Iran were suspended indefinitely
following bombings and rocket attacks on the rail in southwestern
2006 Mar 9, Iran's supreme
leader Ali Khamenei and its president said that Tehran would not
abandon its nuclear program and rejected its referral to the U.N.
Security Council as unjust.
2006 Mar 11, Iran threatened to
use oil as a weapon if the UN Security Council imposes sanctions
over its nuclear program.
2006 Mar 12, Iran said it had
ruled out a proposal to move its uranium enrichment program to
Russia, further complicating the international dispute over the
country's nuclear program.
2006 Mar 13, Iranian lawmakers
approved spending $15 million to investigate alleged American
intervention in the country.
2006 Mar 14, China and Russia
objected to a tough UN Security Council statement backed by the
United States, Britain and France calling for a report in two weeks
on Iran's compliance with demands that it suspend uranium
2006 Mar 16, The White House
issued a 49-page security strategy report that listed Iran as the
single country that may pose the biggest danger to the US and
reaffirmed pre-emptive military actions as a central tenet of US
(WSJ, 3/16/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 16, In Iran rebels
under Abdolmalek Rigi, posing as security forces, killed 22 people
on the southeastern Zabol-Zahedan road in Sistan-Baluchestan
2006 Mar 17, Akbar Ganji (46),
an Iranian dissident journalist, was freed after spending most of
his six-year prison term in solitary confinement. He vowed to keep
criticizing the hard-line clerical regime. Ganji was jailed in 2000
after reporting on the killings of five dissidents by Intelligence
2006 Mar 25, In India PM
Manmohan Singh and Iranian Vice-President Rahim Mashaee held talks
in New Delhi during which they stressed the need to strengthen
bilateral ties, particularly in the energy sector.
2006 Mar 29, The UN Security
Council demanded that Iran suspend uranium enrichment, the first
time the body directly urged Tehran to clear up suspicions that it
was seeking nuclear weapons.
2006 Mar 31, The air force
chief of the elite Revolutionary Guards said Iran successfully
test-fired a new missile, the Fajir-3, with the ability to avoid
radar and hit several targets simultaneously.
2006 Mar 31, In western Iran 3
strong earthquakes and several aftershocks reduced villages to
rubble, killing 70 people and injuring about 1,200 others.
2006 Apr 2, Iran announced its
second major new missile test within days, saying it has
successfully fired a high-speed torpedo called Hoot (whale), capable
of destroying huge warships and submarines.
2006 Apr 4, Foreign Minister
Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran is prepared to negotiate on the
large-scale enrichment of uranium but will never abandon its right
to enrich uranium.
2006 May 7, Iran's hard-line
parliament threatened to pass legislation that would force the
Tehran government to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation
2006 Apr 8, The New Yorker
magazine reported in its April 17 issue that the administration of
Pres. George W. Bush is planning a massive bombing campaign against
Iran, including use of bunker-buster nuclear bombs to destroy a key
Iranian suspected nuclear weapons facility.
2006 Apr 9, A Swiss
investigator has issued an international arrest warrant for Iran's
former intelligence chief in the killing of an exiled Iranian
opposition leader. It demands the arrest of Ali Fallahian,
intelligence minister from 1989-1997, on grounds he "decided and
ordered the execution of Kazem Rajavi." Rajavi was shot to death in
Geneva in 1990.
2006 Apr 11, Former Iranian
President Hashemi Rafsanjani said that Iran has enriched uranium
using 164 centrifuges, a major development in nuclear fuel cycle
2006 Apr 12, Iranís deputy
nuclear chief said the country intends to move toward large-scale
uranium enrichment involving 54,000 centrifuges, signaling its
resolve to expand a program the international community has insisted
2006 Apr 16, State-run
television reported that Iran will give the financially strapped
Palestinian Authority $50 million in aid.
2006 Apr 22, Iran's envoy to
the UN nuclear watchdog agency said the Islamic republic had reached
a "basic deal" with the Kremlin to form a joint uranium enrichment
venture on Russian territory, state-run television reported.
2006 Apr 25, Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said that the country is ready to
transfer its nuclear technology to other countries. Tehran
threatened to halt all cooperation with the UN atomic energy agency
if the UN Security Council imposes sanctions, warning that it might
hide its nuclear program if the West takes any other "harsh
2006 Apr 25, Russia launched a
satellite for Israel that the Israelis say will be used to spy on
Iran's nuclear program.
2006 Apr 27, Iran's UN
ambassador denounced Israel's election as a vice-chair of the U.N.
Disarmament Commission, calling the Jewish state a threat to peace
in the Middle East.
2006 Apr 27, Israel's military
intelligence chief said in a published interview that Iran has
received its first batch of North Korean-made surface-to-surface
missiles that put European countries within firing range.
2006 Apr 29, Russian Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr
Mottaki to suspend enriching uranium and ensure full-scale
cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA.
2006 May 2, In Iran a court
sentenced two Swedes to three years in prison each for photographing
military installations. The two men, both in their 30s, were
convicted of photographing military buildings and telecommunications
equipment on Qeshm, an Iranian island in the Strait of Hormuz.
2006 May 3, Britain and France
introduced a UN Security Council resolution demanding that Iran
abandon its uranium enrichment program, possibly setting the stage
for sanctions if Tehran does not comply.
2006 May 4, Over Chinese and
Russian opposition, Western nations circulated a UN Security Council
resolution that would demand Iran abandon uranium enrichment or face
the threat of unspecified further measures, a possible reference to
2006 May 8, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrote to President Bush, proposing "new
solutions" to their differences in the first letter from an Iranian
head of state to an American president in 27 years.
2006 May 8, Indonesia said it
supported Iran's right to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful
means ahead of a visit to the country by President Mahmoud
2006 May 9, Officials said Iran
will supply crude oil and equity investment to build an oil refinery
in Indonesia that will supply China and provide Iran with a secure
outlet in the face of possible sanctions.
(WSJ, 5/10/06, p.A8)
2006 May 9, Iran's president
declared in a letter to President Bush that democracy had failed
worldwide and lamented "an ever-increasing global hatred" of the
U.S. government. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice swiftly
rejected the letter, saying it didn't resolve questions about
Tehran's suspect nuclear program.
2006 May 11, Iran's president
said he was ready to negotiate with the United States and its allies
over his country's nuclear program but he also suggested that any
threats against Tehran would make the dialogue more difficult.
2006 May 13, In southeastern
Iran armed bandits stopped four cars and killed 12 passengers on the
road between the cities of Kerman and Bam.
2006 May 15, A top official
said the EU will support an Iranian nuclear program that cannot be
put to military use and will boost political and economic
cooperation if Tehran accepts international oversight.
2006 May 15, In Iran
Mohammadi-Ashtiani was convicted of having an "illicit relationship"
with two men, according to her lawyer and London-based human rights
watchdog Amnesty International. Amnesty said she received 99 lashes
as per her sentence but was subsequently accused of "adultery while
being married" in September 2006 during the trial of a man accused
of murdering her husband. In 2010 her sentence of death by stoning
was temporarily halted.
2006 May 17, Iran's President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected a possible European offer for
incentives, including a light-water nuclear reactor, in return for
allaying fears about his country's nuclear program by giving up
2006 May 21, Pakistan and Iran
officials met again in Islamabad to discuss a proposed 1,735-mile
pipeline that would deliver Iranian gas to Pakistan and India.
2006 May 23, Iranís government
closed one of the country's top three newspapers, detaining its
editor and cartoonist, Mana Neyestani, for publishing a caricature
that caused members of Iran's Azeri minority to riot in protest.
Amnesty International said in a report in 2007 that 19 people were
reported killed in the unrest and hundreds arrested. Neyestani was
released from jail after 3 months and fled the country with his
wife. In 2012 he published his autobiographical comic book "An
Iranian Metamorphosis," a Kafkaesque story recounting his 2006
2006 May 24, Stone-throwing
Iranian students fought police and Islamic vigilantes on in protest
against restrictions imposed by the government of President Mahmoud
2006 May 25, In Iran protests
by Iranian Azeris peaked when 4 demonstrators were killed in the
part-Azeri town of Naghadeh.
(Econ, 6/3/06, p.42)
2006 May 28, Afghanistan and
Iran pledged to crack down on drugs passing over their shared border
as Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Tehran. Officials also
signed seven agreements dealing with the reconstruction of
2006 May 30, Iran's foreign
minister said that Tehran is ready to restart negotiations with the
European Union on its nuclear program, but he ruled out direct talks
with the US.
2006 May 31, The US said it
would join in face-to-face talks with Iran over its disputed nuclear
program if Tehran first agreed to put challenged atomic activities
on hold; Iran dismissed the offer as "a propaganda move."
2006 Jun 1, In Vienna the US
and 5 world powers agreed to offer Iran proposals that would bring
it significant benefits if it halts its drive to master nuclear
(SFC, 6/2/06, p.A3)(WSJ,
2006 Jun 3, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld, attending a security conference in Singapore,
branded Iran the world's leading terrorist nation yet hoped Tehran
seriously would consider incentives from the West in exchange for
suspending suspect nuclear activities.
2006 Jun 6, Diplomats in
Austria said the US is prepared to provide Iran with some nuclear
technology if it stops enriching uranium.
2006 Jun 8, Pres. Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Iran was ready to discuss "mutual concerns" over
his country's nuclear program, but he refused to first suspend
2006 Jun 11, Iran's top nuclear
negotiator said that his country wants "unconditional" nuclear talks
and that a Western incentives package has "weak points."
2006 Jun 13, In Austria Western
countries at a 35-nation UN meeting pushed for consensus on the need
for Iran to freeze uranium enrichment, but diplomats said that most
nonaligned countries were preparing to endorse Tehran's right to
continue the work.
2006 Jun 21, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said his country will respond in mid-August to the
package of incentives on its nuclear program offered by the West.
"We are studying the proposals. Hopefully, we will present our views
about the package by mid-August."
2006 Jun 21, Scores of students
chanting "Bush Go Home!" marched through Austria's capital to
protest a visit by President Bush for the annual US-EU summit. The
summit produced no breakthroughs but showed Bush moving toward
better cooperation with Europe on Iran, energy, climate change and
other fronts. Bush accused Iran of dragging its feet on a Western
incentive package aimed at getting Tehran to suspend uranium
6/22/06, p.A4)(AP, 6/21/07)
2006 Jun 23, Iranian Oil
Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh said Iran will halt gasoline imports
from September 23 and start rationing gasoline supplies to motorists
because of budget constraints.
2006 Jun 25, It was reported
that Iran had purchased 800 high-caliber sniper rifles made by Steyr
Mannlicher, an Austrian firm.
(SSFC, 6/25/06, Par p.7)
2006 Jun, In Iran a
Revolutionary Guard engineering group won a $2.3 billion contract to
develop part of a big gas field in Iranís part of the Persian Gulf.
(WSJ, 10/14/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun, Iran exported about
2.8 million barrels of oil per day, some 3% of world demand.
(Econ, 6/10/06, p.46)
2006 Jul 6, In Iraq a suicide
car bomb tore through buses carrying Iranian pilgrims near a Shiite
shrine on the outskirts of Kufa, killing 14 people and wounding 38.
2006 Jul 12, The EU joined the
US in warning Iran it faced UN Security Council action if no
solution could be found to a stand-off over its nuclear program.
World powers agreed to send Iran back to the UN Security Council for
possible punishment, saying the clerical regime has given no sign it
means to negotiate seriously over its disputed nuclear program.
2006 Jul 14, Israel tightened
its seal on Lebanon, blasting its air and road links to the outside
world and bringing its offensive to the capital for the first time
to punish Hezbollah and with it, the country for the capture of 2
Israeli soldiers. Israel destroyed the home and office of
Hezbollah's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah. Lebanese guerrillas
fired a barrage of at least 60 Katyusha rockets throughout the day,
hitting more than a dozen communities across northern Israel.
Israeli warplanes destroyed the building housing the headquarters of
Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Beirut. Hezbollah guerrillas
attacked an Israeli warship that had been firing missiles into
southern Beirut. A senior Israeli intelligence official said Iranian
troops helped Hezbollah fire a missile that damaged the warship off
the Lebanese coast. He also said about 100 Iranian soldiers are in
Lebanon and helped fire the Iranian-made, radar-guided C-802 at the
ship that killed 4 sailors. Deaths in 3 days of fighting rose to 61
people in Lebanon and 10 in Israel.
(AP, 7/14/06)(AP, 7/14/07)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.58)
2006 Jul 16, Iran said that
Western incentives to halt its nuclear program were an "acceptable
basis" for talks, and it is ready for detailed negotiations.
2006 Jul 24, Hezbollah's
representative in Iran struck a defiant tone, warning that his
Islamic militant group plans to widen its attacks on Israel until
"no place" is safe for Israelis.
2006 Jul 25, The first edition
of a newspaper owned by the Iranian version of Hezbollah appeared on
newsstands with messages of support for its Lebanese cousins in
their fight against Israel.
2006 Jul 28, The five permanent
members of the UN Security Council reached a deal on a resolution
that would give Iran until the end of August to suspend uranium
enrichment or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.
2006 Jul 29, Iran state radio
said the government would reject a proposed UN resolution to suspend
uranium enrichment by Aug. 31 or face the threat of international
sanctions. State media also reported that President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad has ordered government and cultural bodies to use
modified Persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into
the language, such as "pizzas" which will now be known as "elastic
2006 Jul 29, In Tehran the
presidents of Iran and Venezuela pledged to support one another in
disputes with Washington, with the Iranian calling Hugo Chavez "a
brother and trench mate."
2006 Jul 31, Akbar Mohammadi
(34) died in Tehranís Evin Prison after a nine-day hunger strike to
protest a lack of medical care. Mohammadi had been arrested for
taking part in protests at Tehran University in July 1999, Iran's
biggest anti-government demonstrations since the 1979 Islamic
revolution. The EU later expressed grave concern regarding the harsh
treatment of dissidents, opposition leaders, student activists and
all human rights defenders in Iranian prisons.
2006 Jul 31, The UN passed
Resolution 1696, which demanded that Iran suspend uranium enrichment
by the end of August.
2006 Aug 1, Iran's President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected the UN Security Council resolution
giving Iran until Aug. 31 to suspend uranium enrichment. Ahmadinejad
added that Tehran will pursue its nuclear program.
2006 Aug 6, Iran's top nuclear
negotiator said that Iran will expand uranium enrichment, in
defiance of a UN Security Council resolution giving the Islamic
Republic until Aug. 31 to halt the activity or face the threat of
political and economic sanctions.
2006 Aug 18, A bus carrying
Iranian tourists crashed into a truck in eastern Turkey, killing 18
and injuring 29.
2006 Aug 19, The Turkish
Foreign Ministry said that it had forced two Syria-bound Iranian
planes to land and be searched for rockets and other military
equipment, one on Jul 27 and the other on Aug 8, during the conflict
between Israel and Hezbollah.
2006 Aug 21, Diplomats and UN
officials said Iran has turned away UN inspectors wanting to examine
its underground nuclear site in an apparent violation of the
2006 Aug 22, The Orizont, a
leased Romanian oil rig off the coast of Iran, came under fire from
Iranian military vessels and was later occupied by Iranian troops. A
2nd Romanian rig had recently been towed from Iranian waters due to
2006 Aug 23, Iran urged Europe
to pay attention to what it called "positive" signals in its
counterproposal to a nuclear incentives package aimed at persuading
Tehran to roll back its nuclear program. Russia and China backed
Iran's call for negotiations to end the standoff.
2006 Aug 26, Iran's hard-line
president inaugurated a heavy-water production plant, a facility the
West fears will be used to develop a nuclear bomb, as Tehran
remained defiant ahead of a UN deadline that could lead to
2006 Aug 27, Iran test fired a
new submarine-to-surface missile during war games in the Persian
Gulf. A brief video clip showed the long-range missile, called
Thaqeb, or Saturn, exiting the water and hitting a target on the
water's surface within less than a mile.
2006 Aug 29, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad challenged the authority of the UN Security Council as
Iran faces a deadline to halt its uranium enrichment and he called
for a televised debate with President Bush on world issues.
2006 Aug 30, Iran released
Ramin Jahanbegloo, a Canadian-Iranian writer, who was accused of
working with the US to overthrow the government.
2006 Sep 1, Iran underlined its
disregard for the UN deadline to halt uranium enrichment, now
expired, when its president vowed never to give up its nuclear
program and accused the West of misrepresenting Tehran's nuclear
2006 Sep 1, In northeastern
Iran a Russian-made Tupolev 154 airplane with 148 people on board
skidded off the runway and caught fire, killing 29 people.
2006 Sep 2, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad vowed Iran would defend the aims of its nuclear program
during any negotiations as the EU gave Tehran extra time to show it
was serious about talks. Iran offered to help support the cease-fire
in Lebanon in talks with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and
insisted that diplomacy is the only way to resolve Tehran's nuclear
dispute with the West.
2006 Sep 6, Iran unveiled its
first locally manufactured fighter plane during large-scale military
exercises. The report said the bomber Saegheh is similar to the
American F-18 fighter plane, but "more powerful."
2006 Sep 7, Mohammad Khatami,
former president of Iran (1997-2005), spoke at Washington National
Cathedral as part of a 2-week speaking tour in the US. He urged
dialogue instead of threats. A group of Jewish Iranians, who say
their missing relatives were kidnapped and tortured by the Iranian
government, filed suit in Manhattan against Khatami. They delivered
the summons to him directly the next day as he visited the US.
(SFC, 9/8/06, p.A13)(AP,
2006 Sep 8, The Bush
administration said it has blocked access to the US financial system
by Iranís Bank Saderat. The bank was alleged to have helped transfer
hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorist organizations including
Hezbollah and Hamas. (WSJ, 9/9/06, p.A4)
2006 Sep 9, Iran's top nuclear
negotiator met with the European Union foreign policy chief for
crucial talks seen as the last chance for Iran to avoid U.N.
sanctions over its nuclear defiance.
2006 Sep 11, Iran closed down
two opposition newspapers, one of which had recently poked fun at
hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the way his government
has handled nuclear talks with the West.
2006 Sep 12, Iraqi PM Nouri
al-Maliki made his first official visit to Iran since taking office
and planned to ask Tehran to prevent al-Qaida members believed to be
in Iran from crossing into Iraq to carry out attacks. A parked car
bomb detonated in Baghdad's upscale Mansour neighborhood, killing at
least six people and wounding 18 others. Bombings, mortar attacks
and shootings overnight and during the day left at least 24 people
dead and dozens wounded around the country.
2006 Sep 13, The EU's foreign
policy chief and Iran's top nuclear negotiator abruptly postponed
talks on easing tensions over the refusal of the Tehran regime to
suspend uranium enrichment.
2006 Sep 13, A letter from the
office of IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei, sent to the head of the US
House of Representatives' Select Committee on Intelligence, said an
August 23 committee report contained serious distortions of IAEA
findings on Iran's nuclear activity.
2006 Sep 14, An Iranian
opposition figure said Iran has secretly revived a program to enrich
uranium using laser technology, reportedly with favorable results,
citing information from members of the resistance inside the
2006 Sep 17, Iran's president
made his first visit to Venezuela, seeking to strengthen ties with a
government that also opposes the US.
2006 Sep 19, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the UN General Assembly and took aim
at US policies in Iraq and Lebanon. He accused Washington of abusing
its power in the UN Security Council to punish others while
protecting its own interests and allies.
2006 Sep 26, Russia and Iran
signed a deal in Moscow whereby Russia will ship fuel to a
controversial atomic power plant it is building in Iran by March.
2006 Sep 28, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country rejected the suspension of
uranium-enrichment activities by Tehran, "even for one day."
2006 Sep 28, An explosion on a
natural gas pipeline outside Bazargan, an Iranian border city, shut
down the flow of gas to Turkey. Officials believed the explosion was
an act of sabotage by separatist Kurdish rebels.
2006 Sep 29, A press report
said Japan has decided to stop financial support for the development
of Iran's largest onshore oil field if the Islamic republic
continues uranium enrichment. The move means Japan's virtual
withdrawal from its two billion-dollar contract to develop the
Azadegan field. The contract was signed in 2004 by Inpex Corp., a
Japanese oil exploration company that is supported by the government
but also has private stakeholders.
2006 Oct 3, A top Iranian
nuclear official proposed that France create a consortium to enrich
uranium in Iran, saying that could satisfy international demands for
outside oversight of Tehran's nuclear program.
2006 Oct 8, In Iran Hossein
Kazemeini Boroujerdi, a popular Shiite Muslim cleric who opposes
mixing religion and politics, was detained after his supporters
clashed with police outside his home in the capital Tehran.
2006 Oct 17, The EU said it
felt obliged to back limited sanctions against Iran's nuclear
program after Tehran refused to halt uranium enrichment as a
condition to start negotiations.
2006 Oct 21, Foreign Minister
Sergey Lavrov said that Russia was ready to discuss ways to pressure
Iran into accepting a broader international oversight of its nuclear
program, but added that "any measures of influence should encourage
creating conditions for talks." He said Russia will not allow the UN
Security Council to be used to punish Iran over its nuclear program.
Russia indicated it would strictly enforce sanctions on North Korea
as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met top leaders in Moscow
at the end of a tour to push for full implementation of the UN
penalties in response to Pyongyangís nuclear test.
2006 Oct 25, A semiofficial
news agency reported that Iran has expanded its controversial
nuclear work by starting a second cascade of centrifuges to enrich
2006 Oct 25, Argentine
prosecutors asked a federal judge to order the arrest of former
Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani and seven others for the 1994
bombing of a Jewish cultural center that killed scores of people.
2006 Oct 26, Russia rejected a
draft UN resolution put forward by European powers targeting Iran's
nuclear program, saying the proposed measures did not advance
objectives agreed on earlier by major world powers.
2006 Nov 1, Ignoring widespread
condemnation, Iran awarded the top prize in a Holocaust cartoon
contest to a Moroccan artist for his depiction of Israel's security
wall with a picture of the Auschwitz concentration camp on it.
2006 Nov 2, Iran successfully
test-fired three new models of sea missiles in a show of force to
assert its military capacities in the Gulf.
2006 Nov 2, Russian and China
indicated that they will not support a draft UN resolution imposing
tough sanctions on Iran for its refusal to halt its nuclear
2006 Nov 3, Russia proposed
major amendments to a European draft resolution on Iran, saying it
wants sanctions limited to measures that will keep Tehran from
developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles while keeping the
door open for negotiations.
2006 Nov 10, Iran's state media
paid scant attention to an Argentine's judge request for the arrest
of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani and other officials for the
1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires.
2006 Nov 10, Asian nations
reached their first international agreement to implement what has
been dubbed the "Iron Silk Road." Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia,
China, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Laos, Russia, South Korea,
Turkey and seven other nations agreed to meet at least every two
years to identify vital rail routes, coordinate standards and
financing and plan upgrades and expansions, among other measures.
The UN first conceived the Trans-Asian Railway Network in 1960.
2006 Nov 19, Iranís official
Islamic Republic News Agency reported that President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad has demanded more ties with North Korea and urged for
nuclear disarmament in Korean peninsula.
2006 Nov 19, Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe left on a four-day state visit to Iran to
beef up trade and political ties.
2006 Nov 20, Iran invited Iraq
and Syria to talks in Tehran aimed at curbing violence in Iraq.
(SFC, 11/21/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 20, In Austria 35
nations tried to find common ground in a fractious session focusing
on what to do about Iran's requests to the UN nuclear watchdog
agency for help on projects including building a plutonium-producing
2006 Nov 23, The UN nuclear
agency decided to deny Iran technical help in building a
plutonium-producing reactor, but left room for Tehran to eventually
renew its request. The IAEA said Iran has agreed to crack open the
books on its uranium enrichment activities, a move that could give
experts a better grasp of a program the Security Council fears could
be misused to produce atomic bombs.
2006 Nov 24, A Defense Ministry
official said Russia has begun delivery of Tor-M1 air defense
missile systems to Iran, confirming that Moscow would proceed with
arms deals with Tehran in spite of Western criticism.
2006 Nov 26, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he would help the US calm Iraq if
Washington changes what he described as its "bullying" policy toward
2006 Nov 27, Iraqi President
Jalal Talabani arrived in Tehran to meet with his Iranian
counterpart amid increasing calls for Washington to enlist Iran's
help in calming the escalating violence in neighboring Iraq. In
Baghdad gunmen opened fire on a crowded street, killing six Iraqis
and wounding three, some of whom were sitting in a parked car.
Police in western Baghdad found the bodies of two Iraqis who had
been kidnapped, blindfolded and shot. A bomb exploded under an oil
pipeline and set it on fire south of Baghdad. A US Air Force jet
carrying one pilot crashed in Iraq.
2006 Nov 27, In Iran a
Russian-designed antonov-74 crashed in Tehran, killing 38 people.
They included members of the elite Revolutionary Guards and
high-ranking officers. This was Iranís third military air plane
crash in the last year.
2006 Nov 29, Iran's President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed a letter to the American people to be
released at UN headquarters in New York. He urged the American
people to demand the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and reject
what he called the Bush administration's "blind support" for Israel
and its "illegal and immoral" actions in fighting terrorism.
2006 Nov, Venezuela inaugurated
its Venirauto car factory, a joint venture with Iran. The first 300
units were released on July 9, 2007.
2006 Dec 1, In Argentina a
court declared former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani and eight
others fugitives from justice in Argentina, where they are wanted in
connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center.
2006 Dec 5, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed to stick by the nuclear program and issued
a new threat to downgrade relations with the EU if European
negotiators opted for tough sanctions. A media rights group warned
that Internet censorship in Iran is on the rise after Iran blocked
access to the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube.com.
2006 Dec 6, Philippe
Douste-Blazy, the French foreign minister, said that Iran will face
UN sanctions for refusing to halt its nuclear program but that major
world powers remain divided over their extent.
2006 Dec 11, Iran promised $250
million to Palestineís Hamas-led government.
2006 Dec 11, Iran opened a
Holocaust conference that it said would examine whether the genocide
2006 Dec 12, A two-day
conference questioning the existence of the Nazi Holocaust ended in
2006 Dec 15, Iranians voted in
local council elections that were expected to be a first test of
support for hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad since he took
office more than a year ago.
2006 Dec 16, Iran's president
said his country was ready to transfer nuclear technology to
neighboring countries, Kuwaiti television reported, a week after
Arab states on the Persian Gulf announced plans to consider a joint
nuclear program. Early election returns showed hard-line President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's conservative opponents leading in elections
for local councils and a powerful clerical body.
2006 Dec 18, Opponents of
hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took an early lead in key
races in Iran's local elections, according to partial results
announced, with moderate conservatives winning control of councils
2006 Dec 21, In Iran final
election results showed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's opponents
won local council elections.
2006 Dec 23, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to impose sanctions on Iran for refusing
to suspend uranium enrichment. The Security Council resolution
ordered all countries to stop supplying Iran with materials and
technology that could contribute to its nuclear and missile
programs. It also froze the Iranian assets of 10 key companies and
12 individuals related to those programs. Iran denounced the
sanctions. Chinaís endorsement was an important symbolic act.
12/24/06)(Econ, 1/13/07, p.37)
2006 Dec 24, Iran vowed to push
forward efforts to enrich uranium and to change its relations with
the international nuclear watchdog.
2006 Dec, US military
commanders showed US lawmakers mortar rounds and other munitions and
fragments that had Iranian serial numbers and markings. The news was
made public Feb 9, 2007.
Ali Gheissari and Vali Nasr authored ďDemocracy
in Iran: History and the Quest for LibertyĒ (Oxford Univ. Press).
2006 Iran passed legislation
empowering individuals to sell their own kidneys, and is believed to
be the only country in the world where this is the case.
2006 In Iran yoga was named as
a threat to Islam during a conference of intelligence and security
officials in Qom.
(Econ, 5/17/14, p.48)
2006 Executions in Iran nearly
doubled this year to 177, making it the worldís heaviest user of
capital punishment per head of population.
2007 Jan 9, The Bush
administration barred Bank Sepah, Iranís oldest bank, from doing any
future business in the US, accusing it of transferring Iranian
missile payments to North Korea. Germanyís Commerzbank AG said it
will stop handling dollar transactions for Iran at its new York
branch by Jan 31.
2007 Jan 10, In central Iran a
truck smashed into a bus, killing at least 14 people.
2007 Jan 11, In Iraq US-led
multinational forces detained six Iranians at Tehran's diplomatic
mission in the northern city of Irbil. A suicide truck bomber hit
the house of the head of the municipal council in Samarra, killing
three people and wounding 33. Gunmen killed a professor driving home
from the University of Mosul. Suspected Sunni insurgents set fire to
a large oil pipeline in northern Iraq, interrupting the flow from
the Kirkuk oil fields.
2007 Jan 14, The US military
said 5 Iranians arrested in northern Iraq last week were connected
to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard faction that funds and arms
insurgents in Iraq.
2007 Jan 16, Russia said it had
delivered new anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran and would
consider further requests by Tehran for defensive weapons.
2007 Jan 22, Iran barred 38
nuclear inspectors on a UN list from entering the country in what
appeared to be retaliation for the UN sanctions imposed last month.
2007 Jan 22, Rosoboronexport
chief Sergei Chemezov said Russia had fulfilled a contract to sell
air defense missiles to Iran. This included 29 sophisticated missile
systems under a $700 million contract signed in December 2005.
2007 Jan 26, An Iranian
opposition group based in France claimed Iran has thousands of paid
operatives working in neighboring Iraq.
2007 Jan 30, The Saudi foreign
minister said Saudi Arabia and Iran are working together to try to
calm the crises in Iraq and Lebanon.
2007 Feb 1, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad launched anniversary celebrations for Iran's Islamic
Revolution with a defiant promise to push ahead with the country's
controversial nuclear program.
2007 Feb 2, Iran said it will
allow UN surveillance cameras at its Natanz nuclear complex.
(WSJ, 2/3/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 7, Aron Groiss,
director of research at the Center for Monitoring the Impact of
Peace, presented a study in London saying textbooks used in Iran's
schools are instilling students with hatred toward the West,
especially the United States, and urging them to become "martyrs" in
a global holy war against countries perceived to be enemies of
2007 Feb 9, The UN atomic
monitor suspended nearly half the technical aid it provides to Iran,
a symbolically significant punishment for nuclear defiance that only
North Korea and Saddam Hussein's Iraq had faced in the past.
2007 Feb 11, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, marking the 28th anniversary of the Islamic
Revolution, vowed his country would not give up uranium enrichment.
2007 Feb 12, EU foreign
ministers approved plans for implementing UN sanctions against Iran,
a move that is meant to punish Tehran over its refusal to halt
2007 Feb 14, A car loaded with
explosives blew up near a bus carrying members of Iran's elite
Revolutionary Guards in southeastern Iran, killing 11 of them and
wounding 31. An al-Qaida-linked Sunni militant group reportedly
claimed responsibility. Within a week Nasrollah Shanbe Zehi was
convicted and executed for the bombing.
2007 Feb 15, An adviser to
Iraq's prime minister said that radical Shiite cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr is in Iran, but denied he fled due to fear of arrest during
an escalating security crackdown.
2007 Feb 16, Japan's Cabinet
approved sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program under UN
Security Council guidelines.
2007 Feb 17, Syrian President
Bashar Assad arrived in Iran to discuss Iraq and other Middle East
issues with President Mahmoud Ahmadinajed.
2007 Feb 21, India said it has
banned the export to Iran of all material, equipment and technology
which could contribute to Tehran's nuclear program.
2007 Feb 25, Iranís Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country would proceed with its nuclear
program, comparing its nuclear drive to a train that has no reverse
gear or brakes. Iran said it had successfully launched its first
rocket into space for research purposes. The rocket reached an
altitude of 150 kilometers (93 miles) but did not stay in orbit.
2007 Feb 28, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made his first visit to Khartoum, for talks with
his Sudanese opposite number Omar al-Beshir.
2007 Feb 28, Syria said it
would participate in a Baghdad-organized conference of Iraq's
neighbors that the US plans to attend. Iran said it was considering
whether to take part.
2007 Mar 3, Saudi Arabia's king
personally welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upon his
arrival, a rapprochement many hope will help calm sectarian tensions
threatening the Middle East. The leaders pledged to fight the spread
of sectarian strife in the Middle East, which they said was the
biggest danger facing the region.
2007 Mar 6, Iran said its
former deputy defense minister was missing while on a private trip
to neighboring Turkey, and its top police chief accused Western
intelligence services of possibly kidnapping the official.
2007 Mar 7, Russian nuclear
energy officials hosted an Iranian delegation for talks on the
construction of a Russian-built plant that has fallen behind
schedule because of what Moscow said were delays in payments by
2007 Mar 8, In Austria
delegates to a 35-nation meeting of the International Atomic Energy
Agency approved the suspension of nearly two dozen nuclear technical
aid programs to Iran as part of UN sanctions imposed because its
2007 Mar 8, Syriaís Pres.
Bashar Assad inaugurated the first stage of a joint Syrian-Iranian
auto factory, test-driving one of the new cars and declaring that
the project will boost cooperation between the allies.
2007 Mar 9, In Iran Robert
Levinson, a retired FBI agent, disappeared from the island of Kish,
a free trade zone. Levinson retired from the FBI in 1998 and became
a private investigator. He was investigating cigarette smuggling in
early 2007, and his family has said that effort took him to Iran. In
2010 the AP confirmed Levinsonís ties to the CIA. In late 2010 his
family received proof that the father of seven was alive. In 2015
the US offered a $5 million reward to find Levinson.
3/4/11)(SFC, 12/14/13, p.A5)(Reuters, 3/9/15)
2007 Mar 11, Iranian TV quoted
government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham as saying Ahmadinejad
"intends to attend a UN Security Council meeting to be held on
Iran's nuclear case in order to defend the rights of the Iranian
nation in exploiting peaceful nuclear energy."
2007 Mar 12, Iran issued a bank
note with a nuclear symbol in a move seen as an assertion of its
national will in the face of international sanctions over its
insistence on enriching uranium.
2007 Mar 12, Gen. David
Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, said in a newly released
interview that it's "indisputable" Iran is training and arming
militants to fight against US-led troops in Iraq. Police found only
nine bullet-riddled bodies in Baghdad, apparent victims of
Sunni-Shiite reprisal killings.
2007 Mar 14, The Russian
state-run company building a nuclear plant in Iran warned that
Iranian payment delays may cause "irreversible" damage to the
project, another strong signal of Moscow's annoyance with Tehran.
2007 Mar 15, Interpol said it
plans to issue international requests for the arrest of five
prominent Iranians and a Lebanese militant in connection with the
1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Argentina.
2007 Mar 15, The six world
powers reached an agreement on a draft resolution for a new package
of sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program. It included an
embargo on arms exports and an asset freeze on more individuals and
companies associated with Tehran's nuclear and missile programs.
2007 Mar 16, Six major powers
sent a strong signal to Iran that they remain united in seeking to
rein in its nuclear ambitions, compromising on a sanctions package
to step up pressure on the Islamic republic to suspend uranium
2007 Mar 18, Iran's justice
ministry said Shahram Jazayeri, a fugitive Iranian businessman, was
arrested outside the country after escaping from authorities last
month. Jazayeri had been sentenced in 2002 to 27 years in prison for
embezzlement in a high-profile conviction.
2007 Mar 20, Russia confirmed
that it has begun pulling out experts from the Iranian nuclear power
plant they were helping build and that it is withholding nuclear
fuel for Iranís reactors.
2007 Mar 23, Iranian naval
vessels seized 15 British sailors and marines who had boarded a
merchant ship in Iraqi waters of the Persian Gulf as part of efforts
to protect the Iraqi coastline and its oil terminals; they were held
for 13 days.
2007 Mar 24, The UN Security
Council unanimously voted to impose additional sanctions against
Iran for its refusal to stop enriching uranium, a move intended to
show Tehran that defiance will leave it increasingly isolated.
2007 Mar 25, Iran announced it
was partially suspending cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog
agency, citing what it called ďillegal and bullyingĒ Security
Council sanctions imposed on the country for its refusal to stop
2007 Mar 25, British PM Tony
Blair said that the 15 British sailors and marines captured by Iran
as they searched for smugglers off the Iraqi coast were not in
Iranian waters and warned that Britain viewed their fate as a
2007 Mar 28, Iran aired a video
of 15 captured British sailors and marines; the lone female captive,
shown in a white tunic and a black head scarf, said the British
boats had "trespassed." The crew members were released April 4,
2007 Mar 29, Britain took its
escalating crisis with Iran over 15 captured sailors to the UN
Security Council, as Tehran said it would not release the only woman
among the detainees.
2007 Mar 30, One of the 15
British service members held captive in Iran appeared on the
government's Arabic-language TV and said he apologized "deeply" for
entering Iranian waters without permission.
2007 Mar 31, President Bush
called for the release of 15 British sailors and marines held by
Iran, calling their capture by Tehran "inexcusable behavior." The
crew members were released on April 4.
2007 Apr 1, In Iran about 200
students threw rocks and firecrackers at the British Embassy,
calling for the expulsion of the country's ambassador because of the
standoff over Iran's capture of 15 British sailors and marines.
Britain examined options for new dialogue with Tehran over the
seized crew of 15 sailors and marines, as a poll suggested most
Britons back the government's goal of resolving the standoff through
diplomacy. Iran's state television aired new video showing two of
the 15 captured British sailors pointing to a spot on a map of the
Persian Gulf where they were seized and saying it was in Iranian
territorial waters; Britain's Foreign Office immediately denounced
2007 Apr 2, The US asked Tehran
for information on the disappearance of a former FBI agent who went
missing on a private business trip to Iran.
(WSJ, 4/3/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 3, Iran reported that
an Iranian diplomat in Iraq seized two months ago by uniformed
gunmen has been released.
2007 Apr 3, In Baghdad a senior
foreign ministry official said his government was "intensively"
seeking the release of five Iranians detained there by the US. Two
US soldiers were killed by small-arms fire, one in eastern Baghdad
and another on foot patrol in the southern outskirts of the capital.
Iraqi and US troops found a huge stash of weapons in a raid on the
home of Sunni legislator Khalaf al-Ilyan. They detained at least a
dozen men for questioning. Khalaf al-Ilyan, in Jordan for surgery,
later denied the charges and accused the Iraqi government and Iran
of trying to discredit him because of his criticism of state
2007 Apr 4, Iranís President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad freed the 15 detained British sailors and
marines as an Easter holiday "gift" to the British people. Syria
said it played a key role in resolving the standoff over the 15
British sailors and marines held by Iran. Turkey brokered the
release of the British sailors.
2007 Apr 6, A Royal Navy
lieutenant who was among the captives held by Iran said British
sailors and marines held for nearly two weeks were blindfolded,
bound and threatened with prison if they did not say they strayed
into Iranian waters.
2007 Apr 8, In western Iran at
least 26 people were killed and 18 others injured after a truck
smashed into a bus.
2007 Apr 9, Iran announced that
it has begun enriching uranium with 3,000 centrifuges, dramatically
expanding a program that the UN has demanded it halt. An Iranian
Revolutionary Guard general visited Russia despite a UN travel ban
over Tehran nuclear defiance. Russia denied any violation.
2007 Apr 15, Iran said it is
seeking bids for the building of two more nuclear power plants,
despite international pressures to curb its controversial program.
2007 Apr 16, In Iran 2 Swedish
construction workers, who had been convicted of espionage and
imprisoned for taking photographs of military installations, were
released after being pardoned.
2007 Apr 17, Israel's Shin Bet
security agency said that it has broken up an Iranian plot to
recruit Israelis of Iranian origin as spies, part of what it says is
a burgeoning Iranian intelligence operation against the Jewish
state. Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian militant near
Jenin. Four Israelis were shot and wounded as they were driving near
the West Bank Jewish settlement of Naaleh.
2007 Apr 17, US Marine Gen.
Peter Pace said US-led coalition forces in southern Afghanistan
recently intercepted Iranian-made weapons that were being shipped to
Taliban fighters. A roadside bomb hit a United Nations vehicle in
southern Afghanistan's main city, killing four Nepalese guards and
an Afghan driver. An old artillery shell exploded outside a school
compound in the western city of Herat, killing four children and
wounding five others.
2007 Apr 19, Iranian engineers
began filling a new dam as archaeologists warned that its reservoir
will flood newly discovered antiquities and could damage Iran's
grandest site, the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis.
2007 Apr 21, Iran signed a
major gas development and production agreement with Austrian energy
2007 Apr, In India Mahindra
Renault, a joint venture formed in 2005, launched a new version of
the Logan priced at $7,100 before taxes. The original Logan was
designed in Romania. It went on sale in Iran in March under the name
Tondar (thunder), with record orders and deliveries due in May.
Iranís model was built by Iran Khodro (IKCO) and Saipa.
2007 May 1, Iran stood firm in
opposing language in a nuclear conference agenda that reaffirms the
need for full compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, a
stance that diplomats said could scuttle the meeting aimed at
strengthening the accord.
2007 May 2, The Iranian state
news agency reported that the country's former nuclear negotiator,
Hossein Mousavian, has been arrested on an unspecified security
2007 May 3, In France Claude
Mandil, head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), told a news
conference that there is no reason why Iran should not have nuclear
2007 May 4, Former Iranian
President Mohammad Khatami met with Pope Benedict XVI for talks the
Vatican hoped would help heal tensions left from the pontiff's
remarks on Islam and violence, but the Iranian said the wounds were
still very deep.
2007 May 8, Iran accepted a
compromise on the agenda of a 130-nation nuclear conference, meeting
in Austria, clearing the way for the meeting to approve it and end
six days of deadlock that threatened to doom the gathering to
2007 May 11, Iran detained Kian
Tajbakhsh (45), an Iranian-American working for the George Soros
Open Society Institute.
(SFC, 5/24/07, p.A12)
2007 May 12, Yemen said it was
recalling its ambassadors to Iran and Libya over what it sees as
their support for Shi'ite Muslim rebels involved in bloody clashes
with government forces. The government of Sunni-dominated Yemen
accused the rebels of seeking to oust its secular administration and
install Islamist rule.
2007 May 13, Iran confirmed
that it has detained Haleh Esfandiari, a prominent Iranian-American
academic. A hardline newspaper accused her of spying for the United
States and Israel and trying to start a revolution inside Iran.
2007 May 13, The US said it is
willing to talk to Iran if discussions deal only with Iraq, where
the Bush administration says Tehran is undermining the Baghdad
government and exporting deadly roadside bombs. Iran's foreign
ministry spokesman said that Tehran has agreed to a formal request
from the US to talk about security in Iraq. Vice President Dick
Cheney held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak toward the
end of a regional tour, focusing on ways to stem chaos in Iraq and
on Iran's impact on security in the Gulf.
2007 May 15, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on Gulf Arab neighbors to send experts to
inspect his country's nuclear power plant, in an apparent effort to
ease fears over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
2007 May 21, The presidents of
Belarus and Iran sought to cement ties that the Belarusian leader
called "a strategic partnership." Belarus will develop an oil field
in Iran under an agreement announced by President Alexander
Lukashenko during a visit by Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
2007 May 21, Iran charged Haleh
Esfandiari, a jailed Iranian-American academic, with setting up a
network to overthrow the Islamic establishment, the government
announced. Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the
Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, has been held
at Tehran's notorious Evin Prison since early May.
2007 May 22, Iran jumped
gasoline prices 25% in a new blow to consumers already disgruntled
over high inflation, and the government said it will begin rationing
fuel in two weeks.
2007 May 24, The head of the UN
nuclear agency said he agreed with CIA estimates that Iran was three
to eight years from being able to make nuclear weapons and he urged
the US and other powers to pursue talks with the Islamic country.
2007 May 26, An Iranian
official said that Iran, embroiled in a row with Washington over its
nuclear program, has increased the amount of its oil export earnings
in currencies other than US dollars to about 70%.
2007 May 28, The US ambassador
in Baghdad said he and his Iranian counterpart agreed broadly on
policy toward Iraq during four-hour groundbreaking talks, but
insisted that Iran end its support for militants. The Iranian
ambassador later said the two sides would meet again in less than a
month. A suicide car bomber struck a busy commercial district in
central Baghdad, killing at least 21 people and damaging a Sunni
shrine. In central Baghdad a battle raged after insurgents hijacked
two buses and kidnapped at least 15 passengers. At least 3 policemen
were killed. A roadside bomb killed 2 people and injured 9 when it
detonated under a parked car in the central Baghdad district of Bab
al-Muadham. Another 2 people were killed and 6 were wounded after
two mortar rounds slammed into a street in Karrada, a
Shiite-dominated neighborhood in downtown Baghdad.
2007 May 28, In northwest Iran
7 Revolutionary Guard members and five militants were killed in
clashes with armed insurgents.
2007 May 29, Iran's judiciary
spokesman said US academic Haleh Esfandiari and two other
Iranian-Americans have been "formally charged" with endangering
national security and espionage.
2007 May 30, Iranian troops
killed 10 militants in ongoing clashes in the country's northwest,
near the border with Turkey.
2007 May 31, Iran pledged to
end years of stonewalling and provide answers on past suspicious
activities to the UN nuclear monitoring agency probing its atomic
program, in a move being seen as an attempt to avoid new UN
sanctions. Mostafa Pourmohammadi, Iran's hard-line interior
minister, encouraged temporary marriages as a way to avoid
extramarital sex, a stance many in this conservative country fear
would instead encourage prostitution. A temporary marriage, or
"sigheh," refers to a Shiite Muslim tradition under which a man and
a woman sign a contract that allows them to be "married" for any
length of time, even a few hours.
2007 Jun 2, Iran detained 3
Finns for allegedly straying into its territorial waters during a
fishing trip in the Persian Gulf. In June 6 Iran agreed to release
2007 Jun 4, US Defense
Secretary Robert Gates said Iranian weapons have begun flowing into
Afghanistan, but he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed
involvement by Tehran cannot yet be proved. Six Taliban rebels were
killed in a gunfight with Afghan and NATO-led troops in the eastern
province of Paktia.
2007 Jun 6, Cyclone Gonu
battered Oman's coast on its path toward the world's most important
crude oil tanker route. It waned after killing 49 in Oman and 9
people in Iran, where severe flooding encircled over 100 villages.
6/9/07, p.A1)(AP, 6/10/07)
2007 Jun 8, The US froze bank
accounts of four Iran banks tied to Tehranís nuclear efforts. Iran
confirmed for the first time that it is holding Ali Shakeri of Lake
Forest, Calif., an Iranian-American peace activist, the fourth dual
citizen it has detained in recent months.
2007 Jun 11, Iran announced it
will help build five new refineries across Asia with a total
capacity of 1.1 million barrels per day in a bid to strengthen ties
in the region. The refineries will be built in China, Singapore,
Indonesia, Malaysia and Syria.
2007 Jun 13, Iran's parliament
voted in favor of a bill that could lead to the death penalty for
persons convicted of working in the production of pornographic
2007 Jun 13, A senior U.S.
diplomat said NATO has intercepted Iranian weapons shipments to
Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, providing evidence Iran is
violating international law to aid a group it once considered a
bitter enemy. The Taliban claimed to have captured a NATO trooper.
2007 Jun 15, Iran was reported
to have denied allegations of abuse saying it has forced Afghan
laborers back home because the 1.5 million undocumented migrants are
an enormous burden on its economy.
2007 Jun 17, Iran said it had
received indications from Russia's president that he would not
follow through with an offer to allow the US to use a radar station
in neighboring Azerbaijan for missile defense against Tehran.
2007 Jun 22, Iran interior
minister was quoted saying Iran has produced more than 220 pounds of
2007 Jun 26, Iran's state
broadcasting company said it is launching an English-speaking
satellite television channel to counter the West's influence in
2007 Jun 27, In Iran 2 gas
stations were torched early in Tehran as angry Iranians protested
fuel rationing measures suddenly enforced by the government, while
many other Iranians lined up to fill their tanks.
2007 Jun 30, Venezuelaís Pres.
Chavez arrived in Iran for a two-day visit.
2007 Jul 2, Iranís President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated an English-language satellite
television channel to counter what he claims is the West's influence
in covering news.
2007 Jul 3, Iran's leading
reformist daily newspaper was ordered closed, less than two months
after it was allowed to resume publishing.
2007 Jul 3, Venezuelaís energy
minister said in newly published comments that Venezuela has agreed
to sell gasoline to Iran.
2007 Jul 5, In northern Iran
Jafar Kiani, a man convicted of adultery, was stoned to death in
Aghchekand, the first time in years that the country has confirmed
such an execution.
2007 Jul 8, Iranís state TV
said 4 fuel-smuggling trucks crashed into each other and caught fire
in southeastern Iran, killing 13 people.
2007 Jul 8, Abu Omar
al-Baghdadi, who leads the group Islamic State in Iraq, said in an
audiotape that his Sunni fighters have been preparing for four years
to wage a battle against Shiite-dominated Iran. He threatened to
wage war against Iran unless it stops supporting Shiites in Iraq
within two months. A suicide truck bomber killed 23 new Iraqi army
recruits when he rammed into their vehicle south of Baghdad. A
flurry of bombings in Baghdad killed 26 people.
2007 Jul 12, Iranian artillery
shelled near Iraqi Kurd villages as Iranian troops clashed with
Kurdish guerrillas making an incursion across the border.
2007 Jul 13, The International
Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has agreed to answer lingering
questions about its nuclear experiments and will let UN inspectors
return to a plutonium-producing reactor it is building.
2007 Jul 13, In northern Iran
at least 18 people were killed and 24 others injured in a road
accident when a truck slammed into a bus full passengers.
2007 Jul 14, PM Nouri al-Maliki
said that the Iraqi army and police are capable of keeping security
in the country when American troops leave "any time they want,"
though he acknowledged the forces need further weapons and training.
A car bomb in Baghdad leveled a two-story apartment building, and a
suicide bomber plowed his explosives-packed vehicle into a line of
cars at a gas station. The two attacks killed at least eight people.
A group of 24 Iranians escaped from detention in an Iraqi police
station in the southern town of Badra. Four were quickly recaptured,
but the remainder may have fled across the nearby border.
2007 Jul 16, A court in Iran
sentenced Adnan Hassanpour (27), a journalist for the closed
Kurdish-Persian weekly, to death on charges of endangering national
security and propaganda against the state. Abdolvahed ďHivaĒ Botimar
(29) was also sentenced to death by a revolutionary tribunal in
2007 Jul 19, An armed group
killed 11 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard in clashes in
the country's lawless southeast. A report said the Guards clashed
with drug traffickers in a mountainous area near Iran's borders with
Pakistan and Afghanistan and killed four of them.
2007 Jul 24, The US and Iranian
ambassadors to Iraq also began talks in Baghdad in a bid to find
ways to use their influence to bring stability to Iraq. A suicide
bomber struck a busy commercial center in the Shiite city of Hillah,
killing at least 24 people and wounding dozens as the streets were
packed with shoppers and commuters.
2007 Jul 25, Iranian
authorities announced new arrests in the cases of two
Iranian-Americans held on charges of conspiring against the
government, saying that an unspecified number of Iranians had been
2007 Jul 30, UN inspectors
visited a nuclear reactor being built in central Iran, a facility
that has been off-limits since April. Iran's foreign ministry
spokesman criticized a US plan to sell state-of-the-art weapons to
2007 Jul 30, Ayatollah Ali
Meshkini (85), a founding member of Iran's Islamic regime and leader
of an important government assembly, died.
2007 Jul, US Teamster Pres.
James Hoffa sent a letter to Iranís Pres. Ahmadinejad demanding the
release of Mansour Ossanlou, a Bus Transport Workers Union leader,
and condemned the Iranian governmentís flagrant disdain for freedom
of association and expression.
(SSFC, 8/19/07, p.E3)
2007 Aug 1, Iran publicly
hanged seven men in the second round of collective executions in 10
days. The Web site of the state's broadcasting company said they
were hanged on charges of rape, kidnapping and robbery in Mashad.
Iran arrested more than 200 music fans at an underground rock
concert that one official called a "satanic" gathering and
authorities accused the youths of breaking Islamic law.
2007 Aug 5, Iran showed off for
the first time a new fighter jet said to be modeled on the American
F-5 but built using domestic technology. The "Azarakhsh" (Lightning)
jet, one of the first to be home-produced by Iran, made a successful
flight in the central city of Isfahan.
2007 Aug 6, Iran's leading
reformist newspaper was shut down for the second time in a year
after publishing an interview with a poet who called for greater
2007 Aug 6, Iranian and US
diplomats held "frank and serious" expert-level talks in Baghdad on
security issues in Iraq.
2007 Aug 7, A European diplomat
said that Russian officials told the Iranians about two weeks ago
that Russian fuel roads to the Bushehr reactor would be held back as
long as unresolved questions about Tehran's past nuclear activities
2007 Aug 8, Iraqi PM Nouri
al-Maliki arrived in Iran for talks expected to focus on bilateral
relations and overcoming "terrorism challenges." Iraqis told they
will not get automatic asylum in Britain despite braving death
threats to work alongside British troops will now have their cases
reviewed. US-led forces swooped into the Shiite militia stronghold
of Sadr City, killing 32 suspected militants and detaining 12 others
in fighting and an airstrike targeting alleged smuggling networks
from Iran. Police and witnesses said 9 civilians were killed in the
2007 Aug 9, Iranian officials
told Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki that they were doing everything they
could to help stabilize his nation, but only a US pullout would
bring true peace.
2007 Aug 11, Iranís state-run
news network said Iran and Iraq have signed an agreement to build
pipelines for the transfer of Iraqi crude oil and oil products.
2007 Aug 12, Up to five
militants were killed and 13 others detained during a raid on
Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City. The US military claimed those
they rounded up in that raid were linked to Tehranís elite Quds
2007 Aug 13, US troops in Iraq
launched a major assault against Al-Qaeda-linked militants and
alleged Iranian-aided extremist groups as a Sunni leader accused
Iran of plotting genocide against his people. The US military also
said it had arrested a top "financier" of Iraqi extremist groups
believed to be supported by Tehranís Quds Force in a Baghdad raid.
2007 Aug 15, State radio
reported that Iran has detained two Chinese nationals on charges of
spying on its military and nuclear facilities. A drug crackdown was
launched throughout Iran and police seized more than 54 kilos (118
pounds) of heroin and crack from the gang in airports in Tehran and
several other cities. In the operation 90 members of a drug network,
including 85 Africans from Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana as well as
two Pakistanis, were arrested.
2007 Aug 21, Haleh Esfandiari,
a detained Iranian-American academic accused of conspiring against
the government, was freed on bail from the Tehran prison where she
had been jailed since early May. Esfandiari, director of the Middle
East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for
Scholars, was freed on $333,000 bail.
2007 Aug 23, State-run TV
reported that Iran has developed a new 2,000-pound "smart" bomb, the
latest in a recent series of announcements heralding new weapons
2007 Aug 26, Iran vowed to use
a new 2,000-pound "smart" bomb against its enemies and unveiled mass
production of the new weapon.
2007 Aug 29, A group of eight
Iranians, including two diplomats, were released by US forces after
being detained a day earlier because unauthorized weapons were found
in their cars. An aide said Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has
ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army
militia in order to reorganize the force. An American soldier died
from wounds suffered the day before in fighting near the northern
city of Kirkuk.
2007 Aug 30, The UN nuclear
agency said that Iran was producing less nuclear fuel than expected
and praised Tehran for "a significant step forward" in explaining
past atomic actions that have raised suspicions.
2007 Aug, Iran and Turkey
concluded a number of energy deals including the establishment of a
joint company to carry Iranian natural gas via Turkey to Europe and
the construction of three thermal power plants by Turkish companies
2007 Sep 2, Iran's president
claimed that his country is now running 3,000 centrifuges to enrich
uranium for its controversial nuclear program. Haleh Esfandiari
(67), an Iranian-American academic imprisoned for months and accused
of trying to create a "soft revolution" in Iran was permitted to
leave the country and rejoin her family.
2007 Sep 4, Former Iranian
President Hashemi Rafsanjani was picked to head a key clerical body
empowered with choosing or dismissing the country's supreme leader,
state media reported, in a vote seen as a setback for hard-liners in
Iran's ruling establishment.
2007 Sep 7, A US federal judge
said Iran must pay $2.65 billion to the families of the 241 US
service members killed in the 1983 bombing of the US Marine barracks
in Beirut, in a ruling that left survivors and families shedding
tears of joy. A day later Iran rejected the ruling.
2007 Sep 11, Iran opened the
doors of its most feared prison to journalists, allowing them to
interview Kian Tajbakhsh, a jailed Iranian-American academic in a
move seen as an effort to blunt criticism of the country's human
2007 Sep 16, Bernard Kouchner,
France's foreign minister, warned that the world should prepare for
war if Iran obtains nuclear weapons and said European leaders were
considering their own economic sanctions against the Islamic
2007 Sep 18, Parnaz Azima, an
Iranian-American reporter who was trapped in Iran for months on
suspicion of trying to stir up a revolution, was allowed to leave
the country and return to the United States. Azima was one of the
one of Radio Azadiís, a US-funded service later renamed Radio Farda,
original broadcasters in Prague. In March, 2008, an Iranian
revolutionary court sentenced her to a one-year prison term in
absentia for her ďantirevolutionaryĒ work.
2007 Sep 19, In Iran Kian
Tajbakhsh, an urban planning consultant with the Soros Foundation's
Open Society Institute, was released after he spent four months in a
notorious prison on suspicion of trying to stir up a revolution.
2007 Sep 20, Iranian air force
pilots made successful test flights in two of Iran's new
domestically manufactured fighter jet. The Saegheh jet is a new
generation of the Azarakhsh class of fighter planes. Both Azarakhsh
and Saegheh mean lightening in Farsi.
2007 Sep 20, An Iranian
officer accused of smuggling powerful roadside bombs into Iraq was
arrested. The suspect, a member of the Quds Force, an elite unit of
Iran's Revolutionary Guards, was detained in the Kurdish city of
Sulaimaniyah. A car bombing at an Iraqi checkpoint in Baghdad's Sadr
City neighborhood killed two Iraqi soldiers and a civilian, and
wounded seven others. A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi police patrol
near a stadium in eastern Baghdad, killing one officer and wounding
5 people. The chief judge of the mostly Shiite Karrada district
court and his driver were shot by masked gunmen in eastern Baghdad.
Both died of their wounds later in a hospital. The US military said
7 Shiite extremists were detained following a pre-dawn raid by Iraqi
special forces and US troops in Sadr City. Residents claimed a
civilian and a 5-year-old boy were killed in the raid. An American
soldier was killed in an explosion in Diyala province.
2007 Sep 21, US Sec. of State
Condoleeza Rice said the US and France have agreed on increasing
diplomatic and economic pressure to force Iran to abandon its
2007 Sep 23, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left Tehran for New York to address the United
Nations; state media quoted him as saying the American people were
eager for different opinions about the world, and that he was
looking forward to providing them with "correct and clear
2007 Sep 24, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in NYC for a speech at Columbia
University followed by a scheduled address to the UN General
Assembly. Ahmadinejad defended Holocaust revisionists and raised
questions about who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in a tense
showdown at Columbia University.
2007 Sep 24, Iran closed major
border crossings with northeastern Iraq to protest the US detention
of an Iranian official the military accused of weapons smuggling.
The International Atomic Energy Agency technical officials began
talks with Iran to resolve remaining issues surrounding the
country's controversial nuclear program. Iran released from jail
peace activist Ali Shakeri, the last of four Iranian-Americans
imprisoned in recent months after being accused of stirring up a
2007 Sep 25, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, addressing the United Nations, announced "the
nuclear issue of Iran is now closed," and indicated Tehran would
disregard Security Council resolutions imposed by what he called
2007 Sep 27, Iranís President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled stopped in Bolivia, where he pledged $1
billion in investment. He pledged investment over the next five
years to help the poor Andean nation tap its vast natural gas
reserves, extract minerals, generate more electricity and fund
agricultural and construction projects. He then visited Venezuela to
meet President Hugo Chavez. Chavez embraced the Iranian leader,
calling him "one of the greatest anti-imperialist fighters" and "one
of the great fighters for true peace."
2007 Sep 29, Iran's parliament
voted to designate the CIA and the US Army as "terrorist
organizations," a largely symbolic response to a US Senate
resolution seeking a similar designation for Iran's Revolutionary
2007 Oct 4, Iranian state
television reported that Iran and Syria have signed an agreement for
Tehran to export a billion dollars worth of gas every year to its
chief regional ally.
2007 Oct 8, Iran reopened five
border crossing points with Kurdish-run northern Iraq, closed last
month by Tehran to protest the US detention of an Iranian official.
An estimated 100 students staged a rare demonstration against
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, calling him a "dictator" and
scuffling with hardline students at Tehran University.
2007 Oct 8, Satoshi Nakamura
(23), a Japanese tourist, was abducted in a restive region of
southeast Iran bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan as he headed from
his hotel for the ancient mud-built citadel of Bam. Nakamura was
released on July 14. A bandit called Esmail Shahbakhsh, blamed for
the kidnapping, had reportedly demanded the release of his arrested
son in exchange for Nakamura.
2007 Oct 16, In
Iran Russian leader Vladimir Putin met his Iranian
counterpart and implicitly warned the US not to use a former Soviet
republic to stage an attack on Iran. He also said nations should not
pursue oil pipeline projects that are not backed by regional powers.
2007 Oct 17, Iran hanged eight
men and one woman on murder charges in the notorious Evin Prison in
21, The US military said its forces killed
an estimated 49 militants during a dawn raid to capture an
Iranian-linked militia chief in Baghdad's Sadr City enclave. Iraqi
police and hospital officials reported only 15 deaths including
three children. Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said all
the dead were civilians.
2007 Oct 25, The Bush
administration announced sweeping new sanctions against Iran, the
harshest since the takeover of the US Embassy in 1979, charging anew
that Tehran supports terrorism in the Middle East, exports missiles
and is engaging in a nuclear build up.
2007 Nov 6, Kurdish rebels
released another Iranian soldier captured two months ago in northern
2007 Nov 7, Interpol put Ali
Fallahian, Iranís former intelligence chief, Mohsen Rezai, a former
leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Ahmad Vahidi, a Revolutionary
Guards general, and 2 other Iranians and Imad Mugniyah, a Lebanese
militant on its most-wanted list for a 1994 bombing that killed 85
people at a Jewish center in Argentina.
2007 Nov 9, The US military
released nine Iranians from custody in Iraq, including two accused
of being members of an elite force suspected of arming Shiite
extremists. It said they were no longer considered security risks.
2007 Nov 10, Iranian state
television reported that Iran and Pakistan have reached a deal to
build a multi-billion-dollar pipeline to transport natural gas
between the two countries.
2007 Nov 13, Diplomats said
Iran has met a key demand of the UN nuclear agency, handing over
long-sought blueprints showing how to mold uranium metal into the
shape of warheads.
2007 Nov 14, The official IRNA
news agency reported that Hossein Mousavian, Iran's former senior
nuclear negotiator, has been charged with passing classified
information to foreigners, including the British Embassy.
2007 Nov 17, In Iran officials
at Niloofar Publications, which published the first edition of a
novel by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, known in the West
as "Memories of My Melancholy Whores," confirmed they have been
forbidden to put out a second edition. The Persian translation was
titled "Memories of My Melancholy Sweethearts."
2007 Nov 19, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez made his fourth trip to Iran in two years, as
the two countries sought to strengthen ties while their leaders
exhort the international community to resist US policies.
2007 Nov 27, The news agency
IRNA reported that Iran has manufactured a new missile with a range
of 1,200 miles capable of reaching Israel and US bases in the
Mideast. A judiciary spokesman said an Iranian court has acquitted
Hossein Mousavian, a former nuclear negotiator of spying charges,
but convicted him of acting against the Islamic government.
2007 Nov 28, Iran claimed to
have built a small submarine equipped with sonar-evading technology,
saying the craft had been launched in the Persian Gulf.
2007 Nov 30, An 18-month
attempt to persuade Iran to halt uranium enrichment collapsed after
a senior EU envoy failed to dent Iran's resolve to expand the
technology, despite the threat of new UN sanctions.
2007 Nov, Iraqi civilian deaths
due to the war numbered about 560 this month.
2007 Dec 3, Iran ordered
Canada's ambassador to leave the country after Canada rejected
candidates Tehran had proposed to represent the Islamic Republic in
2007 Dec 3, In Qatar Iranís
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reached out to Gulf Arab states,
proposing security and economic pacts free of "foreign influence" in
the first appearance by an Iranian leader before a summit of a key
group of Persian Gulf nations. The six-member Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC) was formed shortly after the outbreak of the 1980
Iran-Iraq war, partly to counter the spread of Iran's Islamic
2007 Dec 3, A consensus
judgement of the US intelligence community was released saying Iran
had halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, and though it
continues an enriched uranium program, it apparently has not resumed
moving toward a nuclear capability. On Dec 11 the national Council
for Resistance in Iran said Iranís weaponization program was
relocated and restarted in 2004.
p.A14)(WSJ, 12/11/07, p.A4)
2007 Dec 4, Iran's foreign
minister welcomed the US decision to "correct" its claim that Tehran
has an active nuclear weapons program, while Israel's defense
minister said Israeli intelligence believes Iran is still trying to
develop an atomic weapon.
2007 Dec 4, In Iran Makwan
Moloudzadeh, a man convicted of raping three boys when he was 13
years old, was hanged despite a chief justice's order that the case
2007 Dec 9, Iran signed a
contract with China's Sinopec for the development of Iran's huge
Yadavaran oil field, the kind of energy deal the United States has
been trying to prevent. Hundreds of Iranian students angry over a
crackdown on activists protested at Tehran University, the second
such demonstration in less than a week.
2007 Dec 13, Russia and Iran
reached agreement on a schedule for finishing construction of a
nuclear power plant that plays a central role in the international
tensions over Iran's atomic program, Russian news agencies reported.
2007 Dec 17, Iranian Vice
President Gholam Reza Aghazadeh said the first nuclear fuel shipment
for the Bushehr atomic power plant has arrived in Iran from Russia.
Aghazadeh said the Bushehr plant was 95 percent complete and would
begin operations next year.
2007 Dec 20, Iranís state
television reported that security forces killed four leaders of a
Sunni Muslim rebel group that Tehran has previously linked to
al-Qaeda and blamed for several attacks in the Islamic state.
2007 Dec 26, Iran and Malaysia
signed a $16 billion agreement to develop two Iranian gas fields, in
a deal described as the largest energy contract in Iran.
2007 Dec 26, Iran's defense
minister said that Iran had agreed to buy an S-300 surface-to-air
missile system from Russia.
2007 Dec 28, Iran received the
second shipment of nuclear fuel from Russia for a power plant being
constructed in the southern Iranian town of Bushehr.
2007 Dec 30, Turkmenistan
turned off gas supplies to Iran, citing technical problems, after
Iran balked at a price increase to $140 per thousand cubic meters,
almost double the contracted rate. The move had a domino effect
causing Iran to halt gas shipments to Turkey, which in turn cut off
gas to Greece.
Reese Erlich authored ďThe Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S.
Policy and the Middle East Crisis.Ē
(SSFC, 10/20/07, p.M3)
Zarah Ghahramani (b.1981) with Robert Hillman authored ďMy Life as a
Traitor,Ē an account of her arrest and 30-day imprisonment in Iraq
following a protest over the firing of a beloved teacher. Ghahramani
managed to escape Iran after her arrest and settled in Australia.
(SFC, 1/3/08, p.E1)
2007 Michael A. Ledeen authored
ďThe Iranian Time Bomb: The Mullah Zealots' Quest for Destruction,Ē
a forceful argument for regime change in Iran.
(WSJ, 9/7/07, p.W5)
2007 Masoud Dehnamaki, a former
Iranian militia leader, directed his first feature film. The
irreverent comedy, ďEkhrajihaĒ (The Outcasts), portrayed a gang of
Tehran thieves and junkies as war heroes. His previous work included
documentaries about prostitution and football violence.
2007 Iranís Pres. Ahmadinejad
closed down the countryís Management and Planning Organization, the
countryís closest thing to an independent budget auditor. In 2013
Pres. Hassan Rohani re-opened the office.
(Econ, 9/7/13, p.52)
In western Iran Kurdish Law student Habibollah Latifi was arrested
accused of carrying activities on behalf of "anti- revolutionary"
groups. He was sentenced to death in 2008.
2007-2008 South Africaís MTN mobile phone company
invested over $1.5 billion in Iran to provide coverage for over 40%
2008 Jan 6, Five Iranian
Revolutionary Guard boats harassed and provoked three US Navy ships
in the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route off the Iranian
coast. The US Navy Times newspaper later reported that a threatening
radio message at the end of a video showing Iranian patrol boats
swarming near US warships in the Persian Gulf may have come from a
prankster rather than from the Iranian vessels.
2008 Jan 7, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad presented Iran's budget to parliament, promising it
would curb a sharp rise in inflation and redistribute Iran's
abundant oil revenues among the country's 70 million people.
2008 Jan 9, The US imposed
sanctions on Mishan Jaburi, owner of Al Zawra television in Syria,
and Brig. Gen. Ahmed Foruzandeh, leader of the Iranian Quds Force,
for broadcasting attacks on American troops and calls to violence.
Jaburi, a former parliamentarian in Iraq, had fled to Syria in 2006
amid charges that he had embezzled millions from Iraqís treasury.
The BBC said the station was last seen July 27.
2008 Jan 10, Afghanistan urged
Iran to stop deporting its citizens during the winter months, saying
doing so could cause a humanitarian disaster.
2008 Jan 14, PM Ehud Olmert
told a powerful parliamentary panel that Israel rejects "no options"
to block Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
2008 Jan 20, Iranís official
Islamic Republic News Agency reported that a fourth Russian shipment
of nuclear fuel had arrived, destined for a power plant being
constructed in the southern port of Bushehr.
2008 Jan 21, Iran's supreme
leader reversed a decision by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and
ordered him to implement a law supplying natural gas to remote
villages amid rising dissatisfaction with the president's
performance. Local media have reported 64 cold-related deaths this
winter and say gas cuts are to blame.
2008 Jan 22, The UN Security
Council's permanent members and Germany agreed on a new draft
resolution on sanctions against Iran, strengthening existing
measures over the country's refusal to suspend its nuclear program.
2008 Jan 23, In Iran a top
interior ministry official said more than 2,000 reformers seeking
democratic changes within Iran's hard-line ruling establishment have
been disqualified from running in the upcoming parliamentary
2008 Jan 23, Russia said a new
draft UN resolution on Iran's disputed nuclear program does not call
for any harsh sanctions, and the Iranian president said new measures
would not deter the country in its pursuit of nuclear technology.
2008 Jan 24, Iran received a
sixth shipment of nuclear fuel from Russia, destined for a power
plant being constructed in the southern port of Bushehr.
2008 Jan 28, Iran received the
final shipment of uranium fuel from Russia for its first nuclear
plant, state media reported, a key step toward the launch of the
reactor's operations expected later this year.
2008 Jan 29, Iranís state media
reported that more than 50 followers of the minority Baha'i faith
were convicted of distributing propaganda against the country's
Islamic regime. The faith was banned after the 1979 Islamic
revolution, and it is not recognized in the Iranian constitution as
a religious minority.
2008 Feb 4, Iran said it
launched a research rocket and unveiled its first major space
center, which will be used to launch research satellites.
2008 Feb 7, Experts said Iran's
nuclear project has developed its own version of an advanced
centrifuge to churn out enriched uranium much faster than its
2008 Feb 17, Iran inaugurated
its first stock exchange for oil products and petrochemicals, in a
bid to become a major player in the global downstream industry.
2008 Feb 24, Iran said that it
has started using new centrifuges that can churn out enriched
uranium at more than double the rate of the machines that now form
the backbone of the Islamic nation's nuclear program.
2008 Mar 2, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his landmark visit to Iraq opened a new
chapter in "brotherly" relations between the two countries, which
were once bitter enemies. 13 gunmen were killed and eight were
injured in clashes with American and Iraqi forces in the town of Tal
Afar. 2 police officers were also killed and four were injured. In
two other separate attacks in Diyala, police reported that five
people were killed when a roadside bomb hit a bus, while another
assault killed a patrolling police officer. The US military found a
grave in Samarra with 14 bodies, believed to be members of the Iraqi
security forces executed by al-Qaida in Iraq. A car bomb in Samarra
had killed four people, including one child. Police in Samarra,
however, reported that at least seven people were killed and 10
people were injured. In central and northern Iraq US and Iraqi
forces killed 9 suspected insurgents and detained 44 others in raids
targeting al-Qaida. 3 Iraqi troops were killed in one of the
operations. During the operation, the SWAT teams found bomb-making
materials, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, rifles, grenades, a
landmine and ammunition.
2008 Mar 3, In Iraq Pres.
Talabani and Iranís Pres. Ahmadinejad signed 7 memorandums of
understanding on issues including industrial development, trade and
customs. At least 23 people were killed and dozens were wounded when
two suicide car bombs exploded in different parts of Baghdad. 3
police officers were killed by a parked car bomb in the town of
Shikaat, north of Baghdad.
2008 Mar 3, Parvin Ardalan
(36), an Iranian women's rights activist, was to receive the 2007
Olof Palme award in Stockholm, Sweden, but was told just before her
flight that she was not allowed to leave the country.
2008 Mar 3, The UN Security
Council imposed another round of sanctions on Iran for refusing to
suspend uranium enrichment. Iran defiantly vowed to continue its
nuclear program, which it insists is aimed only at generating power.
2008 Mar 4, China and Russia
scuttled a Western attempt to introduce a resolution on Iran's
nuclear defiance at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy
2008 Mar 12, The US Treasury
said it blacklisted Future Bank of Bahrain because it is controlled
by Bank Melli of Iran, which plays a role in financing Tehranís
nuclear and missile programs.
2008 Mar 14, Iranians voted in
elections. About 4,500 candidates nationwide ran for parliament's
290 seats. With final results reported from all races except those
in Tehran, 113 of parliament's 290 seats went to conservatives.
2008 Mar 15, In Iran hard-line
allies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pulled ahead in Iran's
parliamentary elections, according to partial results, but the
president's conservative critics were making a strong showing that
could unsettle his domination of the legislature.
2008 Mar 16, Iran's Culture
Ministry announced the closure of nine cinema and lifestyle
magazines for publishing pictures and stories about the life of
"corrupt" foreign film stars and promoting "superstitions."
2008 Mar 23, Iranian artillery
shelled three border towns in northern Iraq where Iranian Kurdish
rebels are believed to be operating.
2008 March 29, Azerbaijan
customs halted a shipment of Russian equipment for Iranís first
nuclear power plant. The equipment was released May 1.
(WSJ, 5/2/08, p.A8)
2008 Apr 2, Diplomats said that
China has given the UN nuclear watchdog intelligence linked to
Tehran's alleged attempts to make nuclear arms.
2008 Apr 5, Iran said it would
not make any concession in exchange for incentives offered by the
West to halt sensitive atomic activities.
2008 Apr 8, Iran's Foreign
Ministry condemned for the first time rocket and mortar attacks
against the US-controlled Green Zone in Baghdad by supporters of
anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. A US soldier died from
wounds sustained when his vehicle was destroyed in a roadside
bombing the previous evening.
2008 Apr 10, Iran reported that
the SenIran Auto plant in Thies, Senegal's second largest city, has
built its first Iran-Khodro Samand sedan. Iran Khodro is the largest
carmaker in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa regions
with annual production of more than one million various vehicles
including cars, trucks and buses.
2008 Apr 12, In Iran an
explosion killed 14 people inside a mosque in the southern city of
Shiraz. A Police official said a homemade bomb caused the explosion.
The next day Abbas Mohtaj, deputy interior minister in charge of
security, said the explosion was "the result of an accident." In May
a report by the official news agency IRNA again said the explosion
was no accident, and those responsible had ties to the West. In
November Iran's Revolutionary Court convicted three men of
involvement in an explosion and sentenced them to death.
4/13/08, p.A7)(SFC, 4/14/08, p.A13)(AP, 5/8/08)(AP, 11/29/08)
2008 Apr 14, Grand Ayatollah
Hossein Ali Montazeri, Iran's most senior dissident cleric, charged
that recent parliamentary elections were not free or fair because
thousands of reformists were barred from running.
2008 Apr 23, Switzerland said
it had frozen the assets of a further 12 Iranian companies in
accordance with new UN sanctions aimed at stopping Tehran's alleged
2008 Apr 23, The UN nuclear
monitoring agency announced what it called a "milestone" agreement
with Iran that aims to provide answers about allegations that Tehran
tried to develop nuclear weapons.
2008 Apr 25, Iranians voted in
parliamentary run-off elections expected to leave conservatives
firmly in control because most reformist candidates were barred from
2008 Apr 26, In Iran according
to final results Conservatives consolidated their control of the
legislature in runoff elections but moderates within the bloc
opposed to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad emerged as a stronger
2008 Apr 28, Iran and Russia
discussed the outlines of "serious proposals" aimed at assuring the
international community that Tehran's nuclear program is peaceful,
state media reported.
2008 Apr 28, Sri Lanka hailed
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit as an important step
in cementing closer ties between the two nations.
2008 Apr 29, A $7 billion gas
pipeline that would link Iran and India topped the agenda as the
Islamic republic's president made his first visit to New Delhi,
despite strong US objections to the project.
2008 May 1, It was reported
that Iran has stopped using dollars for oil deals as it seeks to
reduce reliance on the US.
(WSJ, 5/1/08, p.A1)
2008 May 5, An Iranian envoy
rejected nuclear inspections while Israel stays outside the global
(WSJ, 5/6/08, p.A1)
2008 May 10, Sudanese soldiers
clashed with Darfur rebels of the Justice and Equality Movement
(JEM) in the north of the capital Khartoum where a curfew has now
been imposed. Officials later said more that 200 people were killed
in the weekend fighting. The rebels had traveled from Chad in 191
land cruisers and pick-up trucks. On May 27 an official Egyptian
newspaper claimed that Sudanese forces searching the rebel JEM
movement found modern Iranian weapons with them and that authorities
had seized large amounts of ammunition and Iranian equipment.
5/13/08)(Econ, 5/17/08, p.59)(AFP, 5/27/08)
2008 May 14, Iran raided the
homes of top Bahaíi leaders and threw six of them in the notorious
Evin prison north of Tehran. A 7th Bahai leader was detained March
5. A government spokesman said the arrests aimed to defend Iran's
national security and had "nothing to do with ideological issues."
In 2010 Iran cut the jail terms imposed on the seven from 20 to 10
2008 May 15, Government troops
began house-to-house searches for al-Qaida in Iraq militants in
Mosul, part of a major security operation to cleanse Iraq's third
largest city from cells of the terror network. An Iranian Embassy
convoy came under fire in Baghdad, wounding four people, including
three Iranians and an Iraqi. Overnight and early morning clashes
between US-backed Iraqi forces and militiamen loyal to al-Sadr left
eight men killed and 19 wounded.
2008 May 25, Iran's state media
said at least 30 people have died and 38 were injured in an
explosion caused by fire at a factory in central Iran.
2008 May 25, An Iranian-born
Israeli was charged with passing defense information to Tehran. The
man told interrogators he repeatedly visited the Iranian consulate
in Istanbul, Turkey, and gave the Iranians names of acquaintances he
said served in the Israeli security forces.
2008 May 28, Iran's lawmakers
overwhelmingly picked conservative Ali Larijani as parliament
speaker, sending another strong message of discontent with Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's leadership by boosting one of his likely
challengers in elections next year.
2008 Jun 5, A Turkish TV
station quoted a senior military commander as saying that Turkey and
Iran have carried out coordinated strikes against Kurdish rebels in
2008 Jun 9, Iran's supreme
leader told the visiting Iraqi prime minister that the US military
presence is the main cause of Iraq's problems. A parked car packed
with munitions exploded near a passing Iraqi army patrol in eastern
Baghdad, killing three civilians and an army lieutenant. An alleged
al-Qaida in Iraq bomber was captured with another suspect in Mosul,
and another five men were arrested south of the city. US soldiers
under heavy fire during a raid in northwestern Iraq called in
airstrikes and killed five suspected al-Qaida in Iraq militants.
2008 Jun 10, President Bush,
speaking in Slovenia at his final EU-US summit, said the United
States and Europe must rally to keep Iran from developing a nuclear
weapon, calling the threat an incredible danger to world peace.
2008 Jun 11, Abbas Palizdar, a
former staff member of Iranís parliament, was arrested. He had
revealed that dozens of top clerical leaders had used their
connections to swindle hundreds of millions of dollars from the
2008 Jun 14, The EU presented
Iran with a modified package of incentives to suspend its uranium
enrichment program, but an Iran government spokesman said the
country would reject the offer if it requires a halt to sensitive
nuclear work. As part of the package Western nations told Iran that
they could cut off any new help to Iran's anti-drug units unless the
Islamic regime halts uranium enrichment.
2008 Jun 16, An Iranian weekly
said Iran has withdrawn around $75 billion from Europe to prevent
the assets from being blocked under threatened new sanctions over
Tehran's disputed nuclear ambitions.
2008 Jun 16, Iranís pro-reform
daily Kargozaran reported that police were questioning women and men
where they bought their clothes or had their hair done, then
targeting the shops. A Police spokesman said 32 clothing shops and
hairdressers in Tehran were shut down so far.
2008 Jun 16, US President
George W. Bush won Europe's backing for tighter sanctions on Iran
over its nuclear program and secured a British pledge to send more
troops to Afghanistan.
2008 Jun 17, A human rights
group said Iran has sentenced 177 people under the age of 18 to
death over the past decade and has executed nearly three dozen of
2008 Jun 23, European Union
nations approved new sanctions against Iran, including an assets
freeze of the country's biggest bank. The sanctions also include a
travel ban on high-level experts dealing with Iran's nuclear
2008 Jun 24, The EU named
Iran's largest commercial bank, the chief of the Revolutionary
Guards and the head of the country's nuclear program as the targets
of new sanctions imposed over Tehran's nuclear defiance as part of
an updated blacklist of nuclear experts and companies in Iran being
targeted under new sanctions.
2008 Jun 25, Iran condemned as
a "disgrace" the decision by Britain to lift a ban on the main
Iranian armed opposition group, the People's Mojehedin Organization
of Iran (PMOI).
2008 Jun 30, A special Iranian
court sentenced Ali Ashtari (45), an Iranian man, to death on
charges of spying for Israel. It was the country's first known
conviction for espionage linked to Israel in almost a decade. The
salesman of electronic merchandise had a job supplying military,
security and defense centers across the country with electronic
2008 Jun, Iranian HIV doctor
Arash Alaei and his brother Kamiar were arrested and accused of
communicating with the United States in a bid to unseat the regime
of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Both were released in
2008 Jul 1, Iranian state radio
said that at least 25 people were killed and 16 injured in a bus
accident near Tehran.
2008 Jul 4, State television
said Iran delivered its response to an international offer of
incentives for it to suspend uranium enrichment, a central part of
its nuclear program. It did not say what the response was.
2008 Jul 5, An Iranian
government spokesman says the country's nuclear program remains
unchanged, indicating that Tehran has no plans to stop enriching
2008 Jul 9, Iran test-fired
nine long- and medium-range missiles during war games that officials
said aimed to show the country can retaliate against any US and
2008 Jul 10, Iran test-fired
more long-range missiles overnight in a second round of exercises
meant to show that the country can defend itself against any attack
by the US or Israel.
2008 Jul 13, Iranian state TV
said the country is exploring a newly discovered oil field believed
to contain more than 1 billion barrels of crude oil.
2008 Jul 19, In Geneva a
decision to bend policy and sit down with Iran at nuclear talks
fizzled, with Iran stonewalling Washington and 5 other world powers
on their call to freeze uranium enrichment.
2008 Jul 20, Activists said
Iran has sentenced eight women and one man convicted of adultery to
death by stoning. The nine, who are between 27 and 50 years old,
were convicted of adultery in separate cases in different Iranian
2008 Jul 26, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said that Iran now has 6,000 centrifuges, a significant
increase in the number of uranium-enriching machines in its nuclear
2008 Jul 27, Iran hanged 29
people at dawn after they had been convicted of murder, drug
trafficking and other crimes.
2008 Aug 4, In Iran journalist
Yaghoob Mirnehad was executed in the city of Zahedan after being
sentenced to death earlier this year. Iran accused Mirnehad of being
involved in the armed Jundallah group, which operates along the
Iranian-Pakistani border. The Jundallah group, or God's Brigade, has
launched attacks against Iranian soldiers and police in the area
near Pakistan and Afghanistan, which is a key crossing point for
2008 Aug 5, In Iran Ali Kordan
was narrowly approved as the new interior minister. An honorary
Oxford degree that he cited was soon disclosed as a fake.
2008 Aug 8, The EU tightened
trade sanctions against Iran to punish Tehran for not committing to
a long-standing demand of the international community that it freeze
its nuclear enrichment program.
2008 Aug 13, In northwest Iran
three Kurdish separatists and one Iranian soldier were killed in a
2008 Aug 14, A senior US
military intelligence officer said Iraqi Shiite assassination teams
are being trained in at least four locations in Iran by Tehran's
elite Quds force and Lebanese Hezbollah and are planning to return
to Iraq in the next few months to kill specific Iraqi officials as
well as US and Iraqi troops.
2008 Aug 21, Armed pirates
hijacked a Japanese chemical tanker with 19 crew, an Iranian bulk
carrier with 29 crew, and a German cargo ship with a crew of 9 off
2008 Aug 24, Iran's official
news agency said the country has begun designing its second
light-water nuclear power plant, a 360-megawatt facility in the
2008 Aug 25, Iranian state TV
said the country has launched production of a domestically built
submarine capable of firing missiles and torpedoes. Two other
submarines, which began production in 2005, have been delivered to
2008 Aug 28, Iranís Junior
trade minister Mohammadali Zeyghami said Iran is ready to share its
nuclear technology with Nigeria to help the energy-starved west
African powerhouse boost electricity generation.
2008 Aug, St. Vincent and Iran
established ties after PM Gonsalves visited Iran for a summit of the
Nonaligned Movement, an organization of 120 developing nations. St.
Vincent later announced that it would receive US$7 million in aid
from Iran. A portion of that will go toward construction of a US$200
million international airport.
2008 Sep 1, Most of the Muslim
Mideast began the first day of Ramadan, but Iraqi Shiites, some
Lebanese Shiites and Iran will start observing the holy month of
fasting on Sep 2.
2008 Sep 2, Bolivia and Iran
pledged cooperation and signed energy pacts, rebuffing US concerns
over improved ties.
(WSJ, 9/3/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 2, Iran sentenced four
female activists to six months in prison for writings demanding
equality for women. Sweden had awarded a human rights prize to
Parvin Ardalan, one of the activists, earlier this year.
2008 Sep 10, A strong
earthquake rocked southern Iran sending tremors across the Persian
Gulf to the skyscrapers of Dubai. Iranian state television reported
that seven people were killed and 40 others were injured.
2008 Sep 10, The US Treasury
Dept. accused Iranís national maritime carrier, the Islamic Republic
of Iran Shipping Lines, of helping the countryís nuclear and missile
programs. The proliferator designation, designed to stop companies
from doing business in the US, further block the carrierís ability
to move money through US banks.
2008 Sep 15, A new
International Atomic Energy Agency report said that Iran has
repeatedly blocked a UN investigation into allegations it tried to
make nuclear arms and the probe is now deadlocked.
2008 Sep 17, US federal
prosecutors unsealed charges against alleged members of a global
network procuring potentially sensitive electronic components for
Iran. 8 companies and 8 people, including Iranian, Malaysian and
British nationals were charged with violating a US embargo the
restricts certain goods to Iran.
2008 Sep 23, Iran's President
Ahmadinejad addressed the UN General Assembly declaring that "the
American empire" is nearing collapse and should end its military
involvement in other countries.
2008 Sep 24, The European Union
warned that Iran is nearing the ability to arm a nuclear warhead
even if it insists its atomic activities are peaceful.
2008 Sep 27, The UN Security
Council unanimously approved a new resolution reaffirming previous
sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment
program and offering Tehran incentives to do so.
2008 Oct 9, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered his government to suspend a
controversial new sales tax, a day after a rare strike by merchants
worried about how the new measure would affect their business.
2008 Oct 15, Esha Momeni, a
student at California State University, Northridge, was driving on a
highway in Tehran when she was stopped by authorities, who said they
were traffic police, and later taken to Evin prison. Her computer
and other materials related to her research on the Iranian women's
movement were confiscated.
2008 Oct 16, The International
Committee of the Red Cross said Iran and Iraq have signed an
agreement to trace missing persons from the war between the two
countries. About 1 million people died in the eight-year war that
began when Saddam Hussein launched an attack on Iran in 1980.
2008 Oct 21, Iran, Russia and
Qatar discussed the formation of an OPEC-style cartel among some of
the largest natural gas producing nations, a prospect that has
unnerved energy-importing nations in Europe and the United States.
2008 Oct 22, The Bush
administration imposed financial sanctions on an Iranian state-owned
bank for allegedly providing financial services in support of the
countryís weapons program.
2008 Oct 23, A European Union
court has ruled that EU governments should no longer freeze the
funds of People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, an Iranian
opposition group on the bloc's terror blacklist. A British court
ruled in its favor last year.
2008 Oct 26, A top
Revolutionary Guards commander said Iran is supplying weapons to
"liberation armies" in the Middle East, offering the first official
confirmation the country provides weapons to armed groups in the
2008 Nov 2, Iranian authorities
arrested Hossein Derakhshan (b.1975), a well-known Canadian-Iranian
blogger. In 2010 he was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison.
2008 Nov 4, Iran's parliament
impeached Interior Minister Ali Kordan after he admitted having a
fake degree from Oxford University, in a vote widely seen as a
defeat for hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
2008 Nov 12, Iran successfully
test-fired the Sajjil, a new generation of long range
surface-to-surface missile using solid fuel, making them more
accurate than its predecessors. It had a range of about 1,200 miles
2008 Nov 13, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen kidnapped Hashmatullah Atharzadeh, an Iranian
diplomat, and killed his local guard. Peshawarís police chief
Suleman Shah said the spate of killings and abductions was in
reaction to the military operations against insurgents in the
adjoining tribal belt. Iranian intelligence agents freed Atharzadeh
in late March, 2010.
2008 Nov 17, Venezuela and Iran
announced a plan to start a new university program in the South
American country with a focus on teaching socialist principles.
2008 Nov 17, In Iran Ali
Ashtari (45), convicted of spying for Israel, was hanged after being
sentenced to death on June 30 by a revolutionary court in Tehran.
The electronics salesman worked in supplying military, security and
defense centers across the Iran.
2008 Nov 18, Separate bands of
pirates seized a Thai fishing trawler with 16 crew members and an
Iranian cargo vessel with a crew of 25 in the Gulf of Aden. Pirates
on the trawler then apparently fired on the Indian naval frigate
Tabar. The Indians, believing the trawler to be a pirate "mother
ship," returned fire turning the Ekawat Nava 5 into a massive
fireball and killing 14 of the 15 crew as well as the pirates. The
Tabar then chased two attack boats into the night. A surviving
sailor spent six days adrift in the shark-infested ocean before
another ship picked him up. The Iranian vessel was released on Jan
11/26/08)(SFC, 11/26/08, p.A3)(AP, 1/10/09)(AP, 6/5/09)
2008 Nov 19, Iran's official
news agency said Iranian border guards have killed several Kurdish
separatists in a shootout in the western part of the country. The
gunmen were said to be part of the Kurdish separatist group, known
as the PEJAK, the Iranian wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party
2008 Nov 25, Iran said it has
broken a spy ring working for Israelís intelligence service, Mossad.
The prosecutor general said it would the death penalty for 3
suspects in custody.
2008 Nov 26, In Iran a court
sentenced a man who blinded a woman with acid also to be blinded
with acid under the country's Islamic law. Majid Movahedi (27)
confessed to attacking Ameneh Bahrami (24) in 2004 to dissuade
anyone from marrying the woman he loved. Movahedi was sentenced to
be blinded in both eyes in February, 2009. In 2011 Bahrami announced
that it would cost Movahedi two million euros to escape a
court-ordered blinding. In 2011 Bahrami pardoned Mohavedi as he
knelt in an operating room with her attacker waiting for her to drop
acid in his eyes.
(AP, 11/27/08)(AP, 5/17/11)(AP, 7/31/11)
2008 Nov 30, The head of Iran's
nuclear power agency said the country is willing to help neighboring
Arab countries build joint light-water nuclear power plants if they
2008 Nov 30, Iraqi and Iranian
troops exchanged the remains of soldiers killed during the 1980-1988
war between the two countries. It was the first such handover since
the two signed an agreement in October to work together in tracing
thousands still missing after the war.
2008 Dec 5, Iranian state radio
said police confirmed that a militant group active in Iran has
killed all 16 police officers it abducted in June. Shortly after the
abduction, the Sunni Muslim Jundallah group said it had executed two
of the officers and threatened to kill the remaining 14 unless
imprisoned members of the group were released.
2008 Dec 20, Iranian state
radio said Iran has sent a warship to the coast of Somalia to
protect its cargo ships against piracy.
2008 Dec 21, Iran reported that
Russia has begun delivering S-300 air defense systems, which could
help repel any Israeli and US air strikes on its nuclear sites.
2008 Dec 28, Iran's supreme
leader issued a religious decree that said anyone killed while
defending Palestinians in Gaza would be considered a martyr.
2008 Dec 29, In Iran 5
hard-line student groups and a conservative clerical group launched
a registration drive, seeking volunteers to carry out suicide
attacks against Israel.
2008 Dec, Ecuadorís Central
Bank signed an agreement under which Iranís Central Bank would set
up a credit line of $40 million, extendable by $80 million, for the
use of Ecuadorean importers.
2008 Dec, Unemployment in Iran
was estimated at 4 million people and expected to rise under falling
Ronen Bergman authored ďThe Secret War with Iran: The 30-Year
Clandestine Struggle Against the Worldís Most dangerous Terrorist
2008 Dubai handled an estimated
60% of Iranís merchandise trade, hosted nearly 10,000 Iranian-owned
firms and was linked to Iran by over 250 flights a week.
2008 Sudan and Iran signed an
agreement to strengthen bilateral military relations.
2009 Jan 6, Turkey held a
shipment bound for Venezuela from Iran saying it contains equipment
that can make explosives.
(WSJ, 1/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 9, Somali pirates
released a captured Iranian-chartered cargo ship. The ship Delight
was carrying 36 tons of wheat when it was attacked in the Gulf of
Aden Nov. 18 and seized by pirates. All 25 crew were in good health
and the vessel sailed toward Iran.
2009 Jan 13, Iranís judiciary
announced that 2 men were stoned to death last month for adultery.
2009 Jan 14, Guerrillas in
Lebanon rocketed northern Israel for the second time in a week,
drawing Israeli artillery fire and threatening to drag the Jewish
state into a second front as diplomatic efforts to broker a truce in
Gaza intensified. Gaza health ministry official Dr. Moaiya Hassanain
said the offensive has killed 1,000 Palestinians, about half of them
civilians, including 300 children. The Israeli navy intercepted an
Iranian ship loaded with medicine, food and clothing destined for
Gaza and forced the vessel to Egypt instead. Palestinian surveyors
estimated that Israel's fierce assault on Gaza's Hamas rulers has
destroyed at least $1.4 billion worth of buildings, roads, pipes,
power lines and other infrastructure.
2009 Jan 16, Australia granted
asylum to 28 people from Afghanistan and Iran, in the first such
move since relaxing tough rules on asylum seekers.
2009 Jan 17, Iran's state news
IRNA reported that four Iranians have been convicted and sentenced
to prison in an alleged US-backed plot to topple the government.
2009 Jan 19, Iran's state news
agency reported that two internationally renowned Iranian AIDS
physicians were among four men sentenced to prison over the weekend
for allegedly participating in a US-backed plot to overthrow Iran's
Islamic regime. Arash and Kamyar Alaei have been held in prison
since June 2008.
2009 Jan 21, North Korea and
Iran, two nations with nuclear aspirations the US wants to thwart,
both signaled that they were open to new initiatives from President
Barack Obama that could defuse tensions.
2009 Jan 23, Iraq's top
security official called a decision by his government to close Camp
Ashraf, housing some 3,500 members of an armed Iranian opposition
group north of Baghdad "irreversible," saying the Iraqi authorities
do not allow anti-Iran activities on their soil. Members of the
terrorist People's Mujahedeen, known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, will
either be deported to Iran or be given the option of going to a
third country. A bomb hidden inside a traffic police booth exploded
in western Baghdad, killing a 7-year-old boy and wounding his
2009 Jan 26, Iranís state radio
reported that several members of its border security forces were
killed in an ambush near the Pakistani border.
2009 Jan 26, The European Union
decided to remove an Iranian opposition group from the EU's terror
list and lift the restrictions on its funds, a move likely to
further damage relations strained over Tehran's nuclear program.
2009 Jan 31, Roxana Saberi
(31), Iranian-American journalist, was detained in Tehran. In April
she was charged with espionage, two days after her parents visited
their daughter in prison. The government had revoked her press
credentials in 2006. On April 13, 2009, she was tried and soon
sentenced to 8 years in jail for spying. Her lawyer appealed. She
was released in May and in 2010 authored ďBetween Two WorldsĒ My
Life and Captivity In Iran.Ē
4/8/09)(AP, 4/18/09)(SSFC, 4/18/10, p.F7)
2009 Jan, In northeast Sudan
Israel carried out an attack in which at least 30 people were
killed, to stop weapons being transported to Gaza during its
offensive against Hamas. Reports from Sudan quoted a lone survivor
of the attack as saying two planes flew over the convoy then came
back and shot up the "four or five" trucks. Israeli aircraft or
drones destroyed 23 lorries carrying Iranian arms destined for
3/27/09)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.50)
2009 Feb 1, In Iran police
killed 10 drug smugglers in a shootout near the Afghan border. After
the shootout, police confiscated more than 2,500 pounds of drugs,
most of it opium.
2009 Feb 2, Iran successfully
launched a missile carrying Omid (hope in Farsi), its first
domestically made satellite into orbit. In 2005, Iran launched its
first commercial satellite on a Russian rocket in a joint project
with Moscow, which appears to be the main partner in transferring
space technology to Iran.
2009 Feb 5, The British Council
said that it has suspended work in Iran because of what it calls
intimidation by the authorities there. The British Council reopened
its Tehran office in 2001 after a 22-year break following the 1979
Islamic revolution. It said 13,000 Iranians took part in English
lessons and other programs it ran in Tehran last year.
2009 Feb 18, Iranís Deputy
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said in published remarks that Iran
has built an unmanned surveillance aircraft with a range of more
than 600 miles, enough to reach Israel. Iran announced two years ago
that it had built an unmanned aircraft, but Vahidi's comments were
the first by a top official revealing its range.
2009 Feb 22, Iran's official
news agency says the country's first nuclear power plant will begin
preliminary phase operation on Feb 25 after a series of delays.
2009 Feb 24, Iranís Pres.
Ahmadinejad arrived in Kenya with a delegation of nearly 100
officials and business people. He soon struck a deal to export 4
million tons of crude oil a year, to open direct flights between
Tehran and Nairobi, and to provide scholarships for study in Iran.
(http://tinyurl.com/yewhqnk)(Econ, 2/6/10, p.49)
2009 Feb 25, Iranian and
Russian technicians conducted a test run of Iran's first nuclear
power plant, a major step toward launching full operations at the
2009 Feb, US jets shot down an
Iranian unmanned surveillance aircraft over Iraqi territory about 60
miles northeast of Baghdad. The Ababil 3 was tracked for about 70
minutes before US jets shot it down "well-inside Iraqi airspace."
2009 Mar 1, An adviser to
Iran's president demanded an apology from a team of visiting
Hollywood actors and movie industry officials, including Annette
Bening, saying films such as "300" and "The Wrestler" were
"insulting" to Iranians. The film "300," portrays the battle of
Thermopylae in 480 B.C., in which a force of 300 Spartans held off a
massive Persian army at a mountain pass in Greece for three days. It
angered many Iranians for the way Persians are depicted as decadent,
sexually flamboyant and evil in contrast to the noble Greeks.
2009 Mar 2, Iran dismissed US
concerns about how much fissile material the country has produced,
saying it isn't developing a nuclear bomb and that any effort to
make weapons-grade uranium would be difficult under the eyes of
2009 Mar 6, Morocco cut
diplomatic links with Iran after an outcry in the Sunni Muslim world
over a statement by an Iranian official questioning Sunni-ruled
2009 Mar 8, Iran, Afghanistan
and Pakistan carried out their first joint counter narcotics
2009 Mar 11, In Iraq Tariq
Aziz, Saddam Hussein's former foreign minister, was convicted of
crimes against humanity and sentenced to 15 years in prison for the
1992 execution of 42 merchants accused of price gouging while Iraq
was under UN sanctions.
2009 Mar 14, Iranís state TV
said Iran and China have signed a $3.2 billion gas deal to produce
more than 10 tons of liquid natural gas.
2009 Mar 18, In Iran Omid
Mirsayafi (29), a blogger convicted of insulting the countryís
ruling clerics, died in Tehranís main prison.
2009 Mar 18, Russian news
agencies cited a top defense official as confirming that a contract
to sell powerful air-defense missiles to Iran was signed two years
ago, but saying no such weapons have yet been delivered.
2009 Mar 20, Iranian engineer
Majid Kakavand (37) was taken into custody in Paris as he arrived in
Paris from Moscow as part of a European tour with his wife. He was
arrested at the airport under a US warrant suspected of evading
export controls to buy US technology for Iran's military. He was
held in La Sante prison until Aug. 26, then released on condition he
stay in Paris. He faced a Feb. 17 Paris hearing on whether to be
extradited to the United States.
2009 Mar 21, Iran's supreme
leader rebuffed President Barack Obama's latest outreach, saying
Tehran was still waiting to see concrete changes in US policy.
2009 Mar 31, The US Government
Accountability Office released a report saying 4 countries
designated a terrorism sponsors received $55 million from a US
supported program promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy under
the IAEAís Technical Cooperation program. Between 1997 and 2007 Iran
received over $15 million, $14 million went to Syria, while Sudan
and Cuba received over $11 million each.
2009 Apr 9, Iran's president
inaugurated a new facility producing uranium fuel for a planned
heavy-water nuclear reactor. Pres. Ahmadinejad was attending
celebrations in Isfahan for Iran's National Day of Nuclear
Technology, which marks the day in 2006 when Iran enriched uranium
for the first time. Iran has been building the 40-megawatt
hard-water reactor in the central town of Arak for the past four
2009 Apr 10, Iran hanged three
men for their involvement in a bombing inside a packed mosque that
killed 14 people on April 12, 2008.
2009 Apr 13, In Iran Roxana
Saberi (31), an Iranian-American journalist, was convicted of spying
and soon sentenced to 8 years in jail. She was released from jail on
May 11 after an appeals court suspended her sentence.
2009 Apr 15, Iranian scientists
at the Royan Research Institute cloned a goat and planned future
experiments they hope will lead to a treatment for stroke patients.
The female goat, named Hana, was born in the city of Isfahan in
2009 Apr 17, Canadian police,
acting on a tip-off from the United States, charged a Toronto man
with trying to illegally export nuclear technology to Iran. The
Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Mahmoud Yadegari had attempted to
obtain pressure transducers, devices that are used to make enriched
uranium but can also have military applications.
2009 Apr 20, A UN racism
conference opened in Geneva. Iranís Pres. Ahmadinejad accused Israel
of being the "most cruel and racist regime," sparking a walkout by
angry Western diplomats. The US, Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel,
Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand and Poland boycotted the conference
out of concern that it could be used by Muslim countries to
criticize Israel and to limit free speech when it comes to
criticizing their religion.
2009 Apr 21, In Iran Roxana
Saberi (31), dual American-Iranian citizen convicted on April 13 of
spying for the United States, went on a hunger strike. She was
sentenced to eight years in prison after a swift, closed door trial.
Saberi ended her hunger strike on April 5 and waited for her appeal
process to move forward.
2009 Apr 23, Iran's official
news agency says Tehran has reached an agreement with Iraq to build
a pipeline that will feed Iraqi crude to an Iranian refinery.
2009 May 1, Iran hanged a young
woman (23) who was convicted of murder when she was a minor, drawing
condemnation from international human rights groups who have sought
to end capital punishment for juvenile offenders. Delara Darabi,
initially pleaded guilty to killing her father's cousin in 2003, but
later retracted her confession and said her boyfriend carried out
2009 May 4, Iraqís Foreign
Ministry summoned the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad and handed him a
letter of protest, demanding that Iran halt shelling against Kurdish
rebels in the country's north and warned the "extremely dangerous
violations" of Iraqi territory could harm relations between the two
2009 May 4, South Korean
snipers hovering in a helicopter chased away pirates pursuing a
North Korean freighter, while the Russian destroyer Admiral
Panteleyev freed eight Iranian citizens held hostage for more than
2009 May 5, The leaders of Iran
and Syria reaffirmed their support for Palestinian resistance, a
defiant message to the US and its Mideast allies who are uneasy over
Washington's efforts to forge closer ties with the hard-line
government in Tehran.
2009 May 7, Iranís state media
reported that 9 people, including a 30-year-old woman, have been
hanged. 4 of the 9 including the woman were convicted of murder in
separate cases and were hanged on May 6. The woman was found guilty
of killing her husband with a hammer.
2009 May 11, In Iran an appeals
court reduced the jail term of Roxana Saberi (32), dual
Iranian-American citizen, to a two-year suspended sentence. She
planned to return home to Fargo, North Dakota.
2009 May 20, Pres. Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Iran test-fired a new advanced missile with a range
capable of reaching Israel and US Mideast bases. The solid-fuel
Sajjil-2 surface-to-surface missile has a range of about 1,200
miles, far enough to strike at southeastern Europe.
2009 May 24, Iran blocked
access to Facebook, prompting government critics to condemn the move
as an attempt to muzzle the opposition ahead of next month's
2009 May 25, It was reported
that a secret Israeli government report said Venezuela and Bolivia
are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program.
2009 May 26, Iran restored
access to Facebook, after a block on the social networking Web site
last week generated accusations that the government was trying to
muzzle one of the main presidential campaign tools of the reformist
2009 May 28, In southeast Iran
a bombing in a Shiite mosque at Zahedan killed 25 people. The next
day Iran blamed the US and Israel saying the countries were trying
to stoke sectarian tension with the Sunni Muslim minority.
2009 May 29, A moderate think
tank led by Iran's former top nuclear negotiator accused President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of distorting facts about the country's nuclear
program to depict himself as a hero and improve his chances in the
2009 May 30, In Iran 3 people
convicted of involvement in the May 28 mosque bombing in Zahedan
were hanged. The men, identified as Haji Nouti Zehi, Gholam Rasoul
Shahoo Zehi and Zabihollah Naroui, were also involved in several
other bombings including a bus attack in March, 2006, that left 21
dead. Jundallah or God's Brigade, a Sunni militant group believed to
have links with al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack. The
group is composed of Sunni Muslims from the Baluchi ethnic minority
who have been fighting a low level insurgency in southeastern Iran
2009 Jun 1, Iran state media
reported that five people are dead in an arson attack on a bank in
Zahedan, a restive southeastern city where 25 died in a mosque
bombing last week.
2009 Jun 3, Iranian nuclear
scientist Shahram Amiri vanished during a pilgrimage to the Saudi
kingdom. In October Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki
said: "We hold Saudi Arabia responsible for Shahram Amiri's
situation and consider the US to be involved in his arrest."
2009 Jun 12, Iranians
packed polling stations with a choice that's left the nation divided
and on edge: keeping hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in
power or electing a reformist who favors greater freedoms and
improved ties with the United States.
2009 Jun 13, In Iran supporters
of the main election challenger to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clashed with
police and set up barricades of burning tires as authorities
declared the hard-line president was re-elected with 62.6% of the
vote to 33.75% to Mousavi. Saeed Leilaz, a university economics
professor, was among a number or protesters who were arrested. In
March 2010 Leilaz was sentenced to six years in prison for insulting
the country's supreme leader, violating public order and
participating in a plan to disturb the country's security.
2009 Jun 14, In Iran protesters
set fires and smashed store windows in a second day of violence as
groups challenging President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election tried
to keep pressure on authorities. Anti-riot police lashed back and
the regime blocked Internet sites used to rally the pro-reform
2009 Jun 15, In Iran tens of
thousands of supporters of pro-reform leader Mir Hossein Mousavi
streamed through the center of Tehran in a boisterous protest
against election results that declared President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
the winner. Iran's supreme leader ordered an investigation into
allegations of election fraud. 7 demonstrators were shot and killed.
2009 Jun 16, A spokesman said
Iran's Islamic leadership is prepared to conduct a limited recount
of disputed presidential elections, as thousands of people took to
the streets to show support for the regime. Authorities clamped down
on independent media in an attempt to control images of election
protests, but pictures and videos leaked out anyway, showing how
difficult it is to shut off the flow of information in the Internet
2009 Jun 16, Russia welcomed
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his first trip abroad since
his bitterly disputed re-election, a show of support for a leader
facing major protests at home and questions from the West about the
legitimacy of the vote count.
2009 Jun 17, Iranian opposition
leader Mir Hossein Mousavi issued a direct challenge to the
country's supreme leader and cleric-led system, calling for a mass
rally to protest disputed election results and violence against his
followers. International human rights organizations said that many
prominent activists and politicians have been arrested in Iran in
response to protests over the country's disputed presidential
2009 Jun 18, Supporters of Mir
Hossein Mousavi for a 4th straight day rallied in the streets of
Tehran over the disputed presidential election, answering the
opposition leader's call to turn out dressed in black to mourn
demonstrators killed in clashes.
2009 Jun 19, Iranís Ayatullah
Ali Khamenei said that the country's disputed presidential vote had
not been rigged, sternly warning protesters of a crackdown if they
continue massive demonstrations demanding a new election.
2009 Jun 20, In Iran witnesses
said police beat protesters and fired tear gas and water cannons at
thousands who rallied in Tehran in open defiance of Iran's clerical
government, sharply escalating the most serious internal conflict
since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. A blast at the Tehran shrine of
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini wounded two. The days clashes left at
least 10 death and 100 injured. Among those killed was Neda Agha
Soltan (b.1982), whose death was captured on video.
2009 Jun 21, In Iran an eerie
calm settled over the streets of Tehran as state media said
authorities had arrested the daughter and four other relatives of
ex-President Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of Iran's most powerful men.
The reports brought the official death toll for a week of boisterous
confrontations to at least 19. Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari, a
dual Iranian-Canadian citizen, was arrested. He was released on bail
on Oct 17.
2009 Jun 22, In Iran riot
police attacked hundreds of demonstrators with tear gas and fired
live bullets in the air to disperse a rally in central Tehran,
carrying out a threat by the country's most powerful security force
to crush any further opposition protests over the disputed
presidential election. The Guardian Council, acknowledged voting
irregularities in 50 electoral districts in the June 12 vote, the
most serious official admission so far of problems in the election
that the opposition has labeled a fraud.
2009 Jun 23, Iran's top
electoral body said it found "no major fraud" and will not annul the
results of the presidential election, closing the door to a do-over
sought by angry opposition supporters alleging systematic
vote-rigging. The 12-member Guardian Council also received approval
for an extension of its examination to June 29. 185 out of 290
members of parliament, including Speaker Ali Larijani, stayed away
from a victory celebration for Ahmadinejad.
6/24/09, p.A2)(AP, 6/25/09)
2009 Jun 24, Iran's supreme
leader said that the government would not yield to demonstrators
demanding the annulment of a disputed presidential election. The
wife of the opposition leader said protesters would not buckle under
a situation she compared to martial law. 70 university professors
were detained after a meeting with opposition leader Mir Hossein
Mousavi, who has alleged massive fraud in the June 12 vote. All but
four of the professors were soon released. Iranian authorities
barred journalists for international news organizations from
reporting on the streets and ordered them to stay in their offices.
2009 Jun 25, Iran's opposition
leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, pledged not to withdraw his election
challenge despite what he said were attempts to isolate and
discredit him, while the declared winner, hard-line Pres.
Ahmadinejad, accused US Pres Barack Obama of meddling in Iran's
2009 Jun 26, Group of Eight
foreign ministers, meeting in Trieste, Italy, criticized Iran's
postelection violence, and urged its ruling clergy to ensure the
outcome of the disputed ballot reflects the will of the Iranian
people. The G8 countries also condemned North Korea's nuclear and
missile tests and called on the country to return to the negotiating
2009 Jun 28, Iranian media
reported that eight local British embassy staff were detained for an
alleged role in postelection protests. Rot police clashed with up to
3,000 protesters near the Ghoba Mosque in north Tehran. It was
Iran's first major post-election unrest in four days.
2009 Jun 29, Iran conducted a
partial recount of votes cast in its disputed presidential election.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked a top judge to investigate the
killing of Neda Agha Soltan, the young woman who has become a potent
symbol of the opposition's struggle. Iranian authorities said 17
protesters and eight Basijis have been killed in two weeks of
unrest, and that hundreds of people have been arrested. The Guardian
Council, an electoral authority the opposition accused of favoring
Ahmadinejad, said that it had found only "slight irregularities"
after randomly selecting and recounting 10 percent of nearly 40
2009 Jul 1, In Iran opposition
leader Mir Hossein Mousavi reasserted his claim that the June 12
election was illegitimate, and demanded that Iran's cleric-led
government release all political prisoners and institute electoral
reforms and press freedoms. A reformist political group said that
authorities banned the daily Etemad-e-Melli (National Confidence)
newspaper allied to presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi after he
denounced Iran's government as "illegitimate" because of claims of
voting fraud. Former President Mohammad Khatami lashed out at what
he termed "a poisonous security situation" in the wake of violent
2009 Jul 1, In Iran Clotilde
Reiss (24), a French academic, was among the hundreds of people
detained following the disputed presidential elections. She was
released on bail after a month and a half and later convicted of
provoking unrest and spying. In May, 2010, she was released after
paying a $300,000 fine.
2009 Jul 3, Ayatollah Ahmad
Jannati, a top Iranian cleric, said that some of the detained
Iranian staffers of the British Embassy in Tehran will be put on
trial, and he accused Britain of a role in instigating widespread
protests that erupted over the country's disputed presidential
2009 Jul 5, Iran said it has
released a British-Greek journalist held for more than two weeks
following its disputed presidential elections as dissent continued.
Ali Reza Beheshti, the son of a prominent Iranian revolutionary
icon, made a rare public push for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's
removal from office. The Assembly of Qom Seminary Scholars and
Researchers, a pro-reform Iranian clerical group, said the outcome
of last month's presidential vote was "invalid," even though Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has upheld the result.
(AP, 7/5/09)(Reuters, 7/5/09)
2009 Jul 9, In Iran hundreds of
young men and women chanted "death to the dictator" and fled
baton-wielding police in Tehran as opposition activists sought to
revive street protests despite authorities' vows to "smash" any new
2009 Jul 14, Iranís official
IRNA news agency reported that authorities in the southeastern city
of Zahedan hanged 13 members of a Sunni Muslim rebel group convicted
of bombings and killings in the area. The report said Abdulhamid
Rigi, brother of Abdulmalik Rigi, leader of the group known as
Jundallah or soldiers of God, had been scheduled to be hanged along
with the 13 men, but his execution was postponed.
2009 Jul 15, In Iran a
Russian-made Caspian Airlines TU-154 jet plane carrying nearly 170
people crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran's Imam Khomeini
International Airport. It was headed to the Armenian capital
Yerevan. All on board were killed.
2009 Jul 16, Iran announced
that Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, the head of its nuclear agency, has
resigned, a move that may have been connected to the country's
postelection turmoil. Aghazadeh told the semiofficial ISNA news
agency that he submitted his resignation from Iran's Atomic Energy
Organization 20 days ago and also resigned from his other post as
one of Pres. Ahmadinejad's vice presidents.
2009 Jul 16, In Iraq 18 people
were injured in an explosion that targeted a minibus transporting
Shiite pilgrims to a holy shrine in Najaf. 3 US soldiers were killed
in a rocket attack on a base outside of Basra. On July 18 an
Iranian-backed militiaman confessed to the rocket attack near the
2009 Jul 17, In Iran tens of
thousands of government opponents packed Iran's main Islamic prayer
sermon, chanting "freedom, freedom" and other slogans as their top
clerical backer Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani delivered a sermon bluntly
criticizing the country's leadership over the crackdown on election
protests. Outside, pro-government Basiji militiamen in front of a
line of riot police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters who
chanted "death to the dictator" and called on President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad to resign.
2009 Jul 20, Iran's supreme
leader issued a tough warning to the opposition to back down after
pro-reform former president Mohammad Khatami called for a referendum
on the government's legitimacy.
2009 Jul 21, Iran's supreme
leader handed a humiliation to Pres. Ahmadinejad, ordering him to
dismiss Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, his choice for top deputy, after the
appointment drew sharp condemnation from their hard-line base.
Mashai, a relative by marriage to Ahmadinejad, angered hard-liners
in 2008 when he said Iranians were "friends of all people in the
world, even Israelis." Ahmadinejad appeared to openly defy the
2009 Jul 23, The wife of
Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said that her brother
is among the hundreds arrested in Iran's postelection crackdown, and
she warned authorities not to publish any "forced confessions" from
him or other detainees.
2009 Jul 24, Iranís President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad caved into pressure from hardline clerics and
the country's supreme leader and allowed the resignation of his top
deputy, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, who last year angered conservatives
when he made friendly comments toward Israel.
2009 Jul 24, In Iran a Russian
Ilyushin-62 plane, operated by Tehran-based Aria Airlines and
carrying 153 passengers and crew, skidded off the runway and hit a
wall while landing in the northeastern city of Mashhad. 13 of the 16
people killed in the crash were members of the crew, 9 of them from
Kazakhstan. The plane landed at high speed and the tires failed.
2009 Jul 25, Iran's opposition
leaders appealed to the top clerics in the holy city of Qom to
pressure the ruling Islamic regime to release protesters and
activists, who they say have been tortured following last month's
disputed presidential election. Protesters across the world called
on Iran to end its clampdown on opposition activists, demanding the
release of hundreds rounded up during demonstrations against the
country's disputed election.
2009 Jul 26, Human Rights Watch
said Iranian authorities are spreading fear by arresting prominent
human rights lawyers to prevent them from representing protesters
detained in the aftermath of the country's disputed presidential
election. An appeals court found Iran's Industry, Minister Ali Akbar
Mehrabian, guilty of fraud, in a new embarrassment for President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad's office announced the dismissal of
Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi. No reasons were
given but the two had differed over top vice president Rahim Mashai.
(AP, 7/27/09)(AP, 7/27/09)
2009 Jul 27, Iran's supreme
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the closure of Kahrizak
prison, where rights workers say protesters detained in the
country's election turmoil have died.
2009 Jul 28, A Iranian
parliament official said 140 people detained in Iran's postelection
turmoil have been released from Tehran's main prison Evin.
2009 Jul 29, Iran's top
diplomat in Bolivia said the Islamic republic has approved a $280
million low-interest loan for President Evo Morales' government to
use as it sees fit. Gas and oil exploration are possibilities.
2009 Jul 30, Iranian police
fired tear gas and beat anti-government protesters with batons to
disperse thousands attending a graveside memorial for victims of
2009 Jul 31, Iran detained 3
Americans after they mistakenly crossed the border from northern
Iraq. They crossed into Iranian territory while hiking in a
mountainous area near the town of Ahmed Awaa. Freelance journalist
Shane Bauer, Sara Shourd and Josh Fattal, all graduates of the
University of California, Berkeley, were detained after apparently
straying across the border while hiking in Iraq's northern Kurdish
2009 Aug 3, In Iran Fahimeh
Mousavi-nejad, the wife of former Vice President Mohammad Abtahi on
trial for postelection violence, said his televised "confessions"
were made under pressure. Her husband was one of the top figures in
a trial that began Aug 1 for around 100 people detained in the
postelection crackdown. Iran's supreme leader formally endorsed
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second term as president in a ceremony
that sought to portray unity among the country's leadership but was
snubbed by prominent critics of the disputed election.
2009 Aug 5, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
was sworn in for a second term as Iran's president while security
forces battled hundreds of protesters chanting "Death to the
Dictator" in the streets around parliament where the ceremony was
2009 Aug 9, Iran's police chief
acknowledged that detained protesters were abused in prison and the
country's top prosecutor said those responsible for the mistreatment
should be punished, in unusually pointed criticism of security
officials. Revolutionary Guard Commander Yadollah Javani called for
opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and former President Mohammad
Khatami to be put on trial.
2009 Aug 11, Iran's opposition
said at least 69 people have died in two months of postelection
unrest based on accounts from the victims' families, more than
double the official toll released by parliament. Mir Hossein
Mousavi, the top opposition leader, said that the abuse and death of
protesters detained after the disputed presidential elections shows
the need for "deep change" in the country, in the most sweeping call
for reform of the system to date.
2009 Aug 13, In Iran a group of
former reformist lawmakers appealed to a powerful clerical body to
investigate Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's qualification to
rule in an unprecedented challenge to the country's most powerful
man over the postelection crackdown.
2009 Aug 16, Iran expanded its
mass trial of opposition supporters, adding 25 more defendants
including a Jewish teenager who are accused of involvement in unrest
over the disputed presidential election.
2009 Aug 17, The new head of
Iran's judiciary suggested that he would prosecute security agents
accused of torture in the postelection crackdown, a nod from the
country's conservative leadership to widespread anger to reports
that jailed protesters were abused.
2009 Aug 19, Iranís President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad nominated Ahmad Vahidi as Defense Minister.
Vahidi had commanded a unit of the Revolutionary Guard known as the
Quds Force at the time of the July 18, 1994, attack on a Jewish
cultural center in Argentina. The Quds Force is involved in
operations abroad, including working with Lebanon's Hezbollah
militant group, which is accused to carrying out the Buenos Aires
2009 Aug 19, Syrian President
Bashar Assad opened talks with Iranian officials in a visit expected
to include an appeal to free a French academic accused of plotting
to overthrow the Islamic regime.
2009 Aug 20, Diplomats said
Iran has lifted a year-long ban and allowed UN nuclear inspectors to
visit a nearly completed nuclear reactor as well as granting greater
monitoring rights at another atomic site.
(SFC, 8/21/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 24, In Iran
conservative rivals handed a new snub to Pres. Ahmadinejad,
appointing Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, the man he fired from the
post of intelligence minister, as the country's state prosecutor.
Senior opposition figure Mahdi Karroubi made public an account of a
prisoner who was raped by jailers. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei ordered the closure of Kahrizak prison, where at least 3
prisoners are known to have died.
2009 Aug 26, Abdul-Aziz
al-Hakim (b.1950), the scion of a revered clerical family, died of
lung cancer in Iran, the country that was long his key ally. He
channeled rising Shiite Muslim power after the fall of Saddam
Hussein to become one of Iraq's most influential politicians.
2009 Aug 28, Iranís President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the leaders of the opposition to be
prosecuted over the postelection turmoil, stepping up pressure
against the pro-reform movement that says he won the election by
fraud. Ahmadinejad also admitted for the first time that some
detained protesters were abused in custody but also denied any
government involvement, claiming instead that it was the work of
Iran's enemies and the opposition.
2009 Aug 28, The United Arab
Emirates confirmed that it has seized a cargo ship earlier this
month bound for Iran with a cache of banned arms from North Korea.
Diplomats identified the vessel as a Bahamas-flagged cargo vessel,
the ANL Australia, carrying rocket-propelled grenades and other
2009 Sep 2, In Germany 6
countries met for talks to try to address concerns about Iran's
nuclear program. The German government said it has received no
official word yet on new proposals that Tehran is pledging to make.
2009 Sep 6, In Iran Venezuelaís
President Hugo Chavez sealed an agreement to export 20,000 barrels
per day of gasoline to Iran. The deal would give Tehran a cushion if
the West carries out threats of fuel sanctions over Iran's nuclear
program. The two countries also agreed to set up a bank together to
help finance joint projects.
2009 Sep 7, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Iran will neither halt uranium enrichment nor
negotiate over its nuclear rights but is ready to sit and talk with
world powers over "global challenges."
2009 Sep 8, Iranian security
forces cracked down on the opposition's campaign to highlight
torture and abuse of prisoners in the country's postelection crisis,
shutting down offices of pro-reform leaders and arresting five of
their aides in a startling series of raids.
2009 Sep 11, The US said it
would accept Iran's offer of wide-ranging talks with major powers
despite the Islamic Republic's stated refusal to discuss its nuclear
2009 Sep 14, In Iran
authorities arrested at least 7 children and grandchildren of senior
clerics in Qom in fresh pressure on religious leaders who sympathize
with the opposition.
2009 Sep 18, In Iran
hard-liners attacked senior pro-reform leaders in the streets on
Quds Day as tens of thousands marched in competing mass
demonstrations by the opposition and government supporters.
Opposition protesters, chanting "death to the dictator," hurled
stones and bricks in clashes with security forces firing tear gas.
The Quds Day ceremony was established in 1979 by the leader of the
Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as an annual event
opposing Israelís control of Jerusalem.
2009 Sep 19, Russia said it
will scrap a plan to deploy missiles near Poland since Washington
has dumped a planned missile shield in Eastern Europe. It also
harshly criticized Iran's president for new comments denying the
2009 Sep 22, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said that Iran is stronger than ever and warned that its
military will "cut the hand" of anyone who attacks. But a military
parade where he spoke was marred when an air force plane crashed,
killing seven people.
2009 Sep 23, Iranian police
warned shop owners against displaying female mannequins wearing
underwear or showing off their curves as part of a government
campaign against Western influence. Azar Mansouri, a senior leader
from reformist political party, Islamic Iran Participation Front,
was arrested during a widespread crackdown on opposition supporters
who challenged the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in
June 2009. In March 2010
Mansouri was sentenced to three years in jail for plotting to harm
2009 Sep 25, The International
Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has revealed the existence of a
secret uranium-enrichment plant, a development that could heighten
fears about Tehran's ability to produce a nuclear weapon and
escalate its diplomatic confrontation with the West. Armed with the
disclosure President Barack Obama and the leaders of France and
Britain demanded that Tehran fully disclose its nuclear ambitions
"or be held accountable" to an impatient world community.
2009 Sep 26, Ali Akbar Salehi,
Iran's nuclear chief, said his country will allow the UN nuclear
agency to inspect its newly revealed, still unfinished uranium
2009 Sep 26, In Iran, one day
before the sale of Telecommunication Co. of Iran (TCI), the
Pishgaman Kavir Yazd Cooperative Co. received a letter from the
Iranian Privatization Organization (IPO) stating that it wasn't
qualified to participate in the bid process.
2009 Sep 27, Iran said it
successfully test-fired short-range missiles during military drills
by the elite Revolutionary Guard, a show of force days after the US
warned Tehran over a newly revealed underground nuclear facility it
was secretly constructing.
2009 Sep 27, In Iran a
consortium of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a
multi-billion dollar business empire known as Setad, that is
controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, bid on a
controlling stake in Telecommunication Co of Iran, or TCI, which had
a near monopoly on landline telephone services. They won the stake
for $7.8 billion, Iran's largest privatization ever.
(AP, 9/28/09)(Reuters, 12/24/13)
2009 Sep 29, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country built its newly revealed uranium enrichment
facility inside a mountain and next to a military site near the city
of Qom to ensure continuity of its nuclear activities in case of an
attack. Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi said the site will be open
to inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog.
2009 Sep 30, In Iran Saeed
Hajjarian (55), considered a top architect and ideologue of the
movement pushing for more social and political freedoms, was
released on bail after more than three months in jail on charges of
inciting the country's postelection unrest.
2009 Oct 1, In Switzerland
senior American and Iranian delegates met one-on-one during a lunch
break at seven-nation talks in Geneva. Iran brought a broad range of
geopolitical issues to the table, while the six powers, the
permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany, sought to soften
Iran's resistance to freezing its uranium enrichment program. Iran
accepted a demand to allow UN inspectors into its covertly built
2009 Oct 9, Amnesty Intíl. said
Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani (37) was the first person to be sentenced
to death in connection with the unrest in Iran following the
disputed June12 elections. He was convicted of ďenmity against GodĒ
through membership in a group that seeks the end of the Islamic
Republic and the establishment of a monarchy.
2009 Oct 10, Iranís ISNA
news agency reported that 3 defendants in the mass trial of
opposition figures accused of fueling the country's postelection
unrest have been sentenced to death. Two of them were convicted of
membership in a monarchist group seeking to topple Iran's Islamic
Republic and restore a monarchy. A third defendant was convicted of
having ties to a terrorist group for his alleged links to the
2009 Oct 15, Chinaís Premier
Wen Jiabao said that China intends to strengthen its cooperation
with Iran, an indication Beijing would oppose growing calls in the
West for additional sanctions against the Islamic regime for its
2009 Oct 18, In Iran a suicide
bomber killed 5 senior commanders of the elite Revolutionary Guard,
10 other members of the Guard and at least 27 others in an area of
the southeast that has been at the center of a simmering Sunni
insurgency. The dead included the deputy commander of the Guard's
ground force, Gen. Noor Ali Shooshtari, as well as a chief
provincial Guard commander for the area, Rajab Ali Mohammadzadeh. A
militant group from Iran's Sunni Muslim minority called Jundallah,
or Soldiers of God, claimed responsibility. Jundallah, made up of
Sunnis from the Baluchi ethnic minority, is also found in Pakistan
2009 Oct 20, Iranís state news
agency said Kian Tajbakhsh, an Iranian-American academic, has been
convicted for his alleged role in the post-election unrest in the
country and sentenced to more than 12 years in prison.
2009 Oct 20, Talks in Vienna
meant to persuade Iran to send most of its enriched uranium abroad,
and thus delay its potential to make a nuclear weapon, bogged down
over fierce Iranian resistance to French participation.
2009 Oct 21, Diplomats in
Vienna said Iranian negotiators expressed support for a deal that,
if accepted by their leaders, would delay Tehran's ability to make
nuclear weapons by sending most of its existing enriched uranium to
Russia for processing.
2009 Oct 21, Indonesiaís
customs chief said a group of 10 alleged Iranian drug smugglers,
including eight veiled women, were caught with $12.5 million worth
of methamphetamines at the main airport. The group had arrived on
flights from Malaysia, Syria and Qatar on Oct 19-20.
2009 Oct 25, In Iran UN IAEA
inspectors got their first look inside the Fordo uranium enrichment
site 20 miles north of Qom, a once-secret uranium enrichment
facility that has raised Western suspicions about the extent of
Iran's nuclear program.
2009 Oct 26, Pakistani police
arrested 11 Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers for illegally
entering the country, amid tensions over a suicide attack on Oct 18
that Tehran alleges was carried out by militants backed by Pakistani
intelligence officials. The 11 officers were released the next day.
2009 Oct 26, Yemeni coast
guards seized a boat that illegally entered the country's
territorial waters and arrested five Iranians on board. Local media
reported the next day that an Iranian boat smuggling weapons was
captured and its Iranian crew arrested.
2009 Oct 27, Iranís state
television says Iran will agree to the "general framework" of a
UN-drafted plan to ship enriched uranium out of the country for
processing, but will seek "important changes" in the deal.
2009 Oct 28, Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said that questioning the results
of Iran's June presidential election is a crime.
2009 Oct 31, Senior Iranian
lawmakers rejected a UN-backed plan to ship much of the country's
uranium abroad for further enrichment, raising further doubts about
the likelihood Tehran will finally approve the deal.
2009 Oct, In Iran Yusuf
Nadarkhani (30) was arrested and condemned to death for apostasy
under Islamic sharia law. He had turned to Christianity when he was
19 and later became a pastor in the northern city of Rasht. The
conviction was upheld in 2010. In July, 2011, the supreme court
overturned the death sentence and sent the case back to the court in
his hometown in Gilan province. His release was reported on Sep 9,
(AP, 9/29/11)(AP, 10/2/11)(AP, 9/9/12)
2009 Nov 4, Iranian security
forces beat anti-government protesters with batons on the sidelines
of state-sanctioned rallies to mark the 30th anniversary of the US
Embassy takeover. The counter-demonstrations were the opposition's
first major show of force on Tehran's streets in nearly two months.
Iranian reporter Farhad Pouladi was taken into custody as he headed
to cover a state-sanctioned rally outside the former US Embassy.
Anti-government protesters also clashed with anti-riot police during
counter marches not far from the rally. Police detained 109 people
for "disturbing public order" during an opposition rally. 62 of
those detained were handed over to judicial authorities for trial
and the rest were released after questioning. Among those detained
were a Japanese reporter and 2 Canadian reporters.
11/5/09)(AP, 11/7/09)(SFC, 11/7/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 4, A 4.9-magnitude
earthquake struck Bandar Abbas, a key port city in southern Iran,
injuring at least 700 people and cutting power and telephone lines.
2009 Nov 5, Pakistani security
forces arrested three Iranians suspected of planning a suicide
attack in Iran's southeastern region last month which killed 42
people. Militants blew up a girls' school in the Khyber tribal
region, but no one was injured. Missiles believed fired by US drones
killed two alleged militants in a northwestern tribal region.
2009 Nov 6, A UN report said 2
Iranian businessmen working at a Dubai-based firm were linked to
video surveillance devices sold to Sudan and used in unmanned drones
in Darfur in violation of a UN arms embargo.
2009 Nov 7, Senior Iranian
lawmakers rejected any possibility of Tehran shipping uranium abroad
for further enrichment, intensifying pressures on the government to
reject the UN-backed plan altogether. Iranian authorities released 3
journalists who were among more than 100 people arrested during
pro-government and opposition street demonstrations on Nov 4.
2009 Nov 10, Iran announced it
will use Italy to launch a communications satellite after waiting
years for Russia to do the job.
2009 Nov 10, Ramin
Pourandarjani (26), an Iranian doctor, died amid conflicting reports
of a heart attack, a car accident or suicide, raising opposition
accusations that he was killed. Authorities had barred the
family from performing an autopsy on the body. He had gone public
with reports of tortured protesters he treated at Tehran's most
feared detention facility, known as Kahrizak on Tehran's outskirts.
Pourandarjani, a general practitioner, was the only doctor there,
serving there once a week as part of his mandatory military
service. Prosecutors later alleged that he died of poisoning
from an overdose of an anti-hypertension drug in his salad, fueling
opposition fears that he was killed because of what he knew about
2009 Nov 11, Iran executed
Ehsan Fattahian (28), a Kurdish activist, at a prison in Sanandaj.
He was a member of the Party of Free Life in Kurdistan, a militant
group outlawed by Iran.
2009 Nov 11, The Israeli
military released a series of documents and photos it said proved
Iran was behind a massive shipment of weapons Israel's navy
commandos intercepted last week. Among the arms Israel says it found
aboard the vessel were 9,000 mortar bombs, 3,000 Katyusha rockets,
3,000 gun shells, 20,000 grenades and over a half million rounds of
small arms ammunition.
2009 Nov 11, An Italian company
that helped build a communications satellite for Iran said there are
no plans to launch it, denying an announcement made in Tehran this
2009 Nov 14, In Iran local
newspapers reported that the government has formed a special unit to
monitor Web sites and fight Internet crimes, in a clear attack on an
opposition that relies almost exclusively on online means to
broadcast its message. (AP, 11/14/09)
2009 Nov 17, Iran vowed to
continue enriching uranium despite a wrist slap by the UN nuclear
watchdog, as US President Barack Obama warned of "consequences" if
Tehran refused to come clean on its atomic program.
2009 Nov 17, Iranís state
television reported that five defendants have been sentenced to
death in a mass trial of opposition figures accused of fomenting the
unrest that followed the disputed June presidential election. They
apparently included 3 death sentences announced last month.
2009 Nov 18, Iran's foreign
minister said his country would not export its enriched uranium for
further processing, brushing aside the latest UN plan aimed at
preventing Tehran from potentially building nuclear weapons.
2009 Nov 22, Iran began
large-scale air defense war games aimed at protecting the country's
nuclear facilities against any possible attack. Mohammad Ali Abtahi,
a former vice president, (1997-2005) was released on a $700,000
bail. His lawyer said he had been sentenced to six years in prison
in the mass trial of opposition figures accused of fomenting
2009 Nov 22, Iranian Pres.
Ahmadinejad arrived in Gambia for a 24-hour working visit aimed at
fostering relations between the Islamic republic and the West
2009 Nov 22, Former Iranian
Interior Minister Ali Kordan (51), who was dismissed after being
accused of faking a law degree from the University of Oxford, died.
Iran's parliament dismissed Kordan in 2008 after questions arose
over his credentials from Oxford. The university denied it awarded
him an honorary doctorate of law.
2009 Nov 23, Iran's central
bank chief said that the country has gained five billion dollars by
replacing the US dollar with the euro in its currency basket. Iranís
conservative Jomhuri Eslami reported that the moral police have
arrested a dozen couples for engaging in illicit sexual acts,
including swapping of partners.
2009 Nov 23, Jacques Monsieur
(56), a Belgian arms dealer pleaded guilty, in an Alabama courtroom
to conspiracy to illegally export F-5 fighter jet engines and parts
from the US to Iran. Monsieur, along with Dara Fotouhi, an Iranian
national living in France, was charged in a six-count indictment
with conspiracy, money laundering and smuggling.
2009 Nov 24, Iran released on
$500,000 bail prominent reformist Mohammad Atrianfar who has been
convicted in connection with street protests after June's disputed
2009 Nov 24, Iran said it was
ready to exchange its low-enriched uranium with a higher enriched
material, but only on its own soil, to guarantee the West follows
through with promises to give the fuel.
2009 Nov 24, Iranís state media
reported that authorities have banned the Hamshahri daily, the
country's largest-circulation newspaper, for publishing a photo of a
Baha'i temple. Iran's Shiite cleric-led regime views the Baha'i
religion as heretical and has banned it since the 1979 revolution.
The ban was lifted after one day.
2009 Nov 24, Brazilian
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gave a welcoming bear hug
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and urged Western nations to
drop threats of punishment over the Iranian nuclear program and
instead negotiate a fair solution.
2009 Nov 25, Iranian Pres.
Ahmadinejad arrived in Caracas for a meeting with President Hugo
Chavez, as the two outspoken anti-US leaders try to boost ties.
2009 Nov 25, An Iranian cleric
said religious authorities have started taking control of schools,
part of a wider ideological drive by hard-liners to wage what
authorities call a "soft war" against Western influence.
2009 Nov 25, Iran stopped the
yacht, ďKingdom of Bahrain,Ē owned by Sail Bahrain as it sailed from
Bahrain to the Gulf city of Dubai. It had been due to join the
360-mile (580km) Dubai-Muscat Offshore Sailing Race, which was to
begin Nov. 26. Five British sailors were detained. The 5 sailors
were released on Dec 2.
2009 Nov 26, A human rights
group said Iran has brought new espionage charges against Kian
Tajbakhsh (47), an Iranian-American scholar, who was already
convicted of spying and sentenced to 15 years in prison in the
country's crackdown following June's disputed presidential election.
Prominent political activist Behzad Nabavi (67) was released on
$800,000 bail. Shapoor Kazemi, opposition leader Mousavi's
brother-in-law, was freed on $50,000 bail.
2009 Nov 26, Shirin Ebadi, 2003
Nobel Peace Prize, said that Iranian authorities took her medal
about three weeks ago from a safe-deposit box, claiming she owed
taxes on the $1.3 million she was awarded. Ebadi said that such
prizes are exempt from tax under Iranian law. In Norway, where the
peace prize is awarded, the government said the confiscation of the
gold medal was a shocking first in the history of the 108-year-old
2009 Nov 26, In Vienna Mohamed
ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), said that his probe of allegations that Iran tried to make
nuclear arms is at "a dead end" because Tehran is not cooperating
and warned that confidence in Tehran had shrunk in the wake of its
belated revelation of a previously secret nuclear facility.
2009 Nov 27, The board of the
UN nuclear watchdog censured Iran, with 25 nations backing a
resolution that demands Tehran immediately freeze construction of
its newly revealed nuclear facility and heed Security Council
resolutions calling on it to stop uranium enrichment.
2009 Nov 29, Iran's parliament
passed a law earmarking $20 million to support militant groups
opposing the West and to investigate alleged US and British plots
against the Islamic Republic. Iranís Cabinet ordered an expansion of
the countryís nuclear program that included an additional 10 nuclear
2009 Nov 30, Iran's nuclear
chief said UN criticism pushed his country to retaliate by
announcing ambitious plans for more uranium enrichment. With
tensions rising over deadlocked negotiations, France said diplomacy
was not working and sanctions against Iran were needed.
2009 Dec 2, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Iran would enrich uranium to a higher level itself,
apparently ruling out a UN-brokered deal meant to dispel fears
Tehran is pursuing nuclear weapons capability.
2009 Dec 2, Iran freed five
British sailors detained last week when their racing yacht drifted
accidentally into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf. Britain said
it was delighted with the release and praised Tehran's handling of
the incident. The Fars agency reported that analyst Saeed Leilaz,
known for his criticism of the government, was sentenced to nine
years in prison for possession of classified documents. The
Revolutionary Court also slapped the brother-in-law of opposition
leader Mir Houssein Mousavi with a one-year sentence.
2009 Dec 6, Iranian authorities
slowed Internet connections to a crawl or choked them off completely
before expected student protests on Dec 7, to deny the opposition a
vital means of communication. Authorities also ordered journalists
working for foreign media organizations not to leave their offices
to cover the demonstrations.
2009 Dec 7, In Iran security
forces and militiamen clashed with thousands of protesters shouting
"death to the dictator" outside Tehran University, beating them with
batons and firing tear gas on the officially designated ďStudent
Day.Ē Students demonstrated nationwide.
2009 Dec 8, In Iran
pro-government militiamen assaulted university students
demonstrating for a second straight day and hard-liners on
motorcycles harassed the top opposition leader at his office
Tuesday, signs of a possible intensified crackdown after the biggest
anti-government demonstrations in months.
2009 Dec 9, Iran claimed that a
newly built UN station to detect nuclear explosions was built in
Turkmenistan near its border to give the West a post to spy on the
country. The Vienna-based Preparatory Commission for the
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, or CTBTO, said
the station has now been fully constructed and is currently
2009 Dec 11, Thousands of
Iranian government supporters staged rallies denouncing opposition
students who burned photos of the supreme leader in protests this
2009 Dec 12, Iran said it
is ready to exchange the bulk of its stockpile of enriched uranium
for nuclear fuel rods, as proposed by the UN, but according to its
own mechanisms and timetable. Iran also said it needs up to 15
nuclear plants to generate electricity. Tens of thousands of
hard-line clerics rallied in cities across the country to denounce
student protesters who burned photos of the country's supreme leader
in a taboo-shattering act earlier in the week.
2009 Dec 13, In Iran police
surrounded the campus of Tehran University on Sunday, trapping
hundreds of students protesting what they said were fabricated
government images of the burning of a photo of the Islamic
Republic's revered founder.
2009 Dec 14, Iran's main
opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi vowed more anti-government
protests as the authorities announced several arrests over a
reported insult to Islamic revolution founder Ayatollah Khomeini.
2009 Dec 15, Credit Suisse
confirmed that it was fined $536 million for helping Iran hide
2009 Dec 16, Iran test-fired an
upgraded version of its most advanced missile, which is capable of
hitting Israel and parts of Europe, in a new show of strength aimed
at preventing any military strike against it amid the nuclear
standoff with the West.
2009 Dec 17, Iranian forces
took control of Well 4, a southern Iraqi oil well on a disputed
section of the border in Maysan province. Well 4 lies in the Fauqa
Field, part of a cluster of fields Iraq unsuccessfully put up for
auction to oil majors in June. The field has estimated reserves of
1.55 million barrels. There have been a number of meetings in recent
years aimed at reaching agreement on border fields, so far without
2009 Dec 19, Iran's hard-line
judiciary acknowledged for the first time that at least 3 prisoners
detained after June's disputed presidential election were beaten to
death by their jailers. The judiciary said 12 officials at Kahrizak
prison were charged, three of them with murder.
2009 Dec 19, Iraqi troops
massed near an oil well on the border in a standoff with Iranian
forces that seized control of the site in a sudden flare up of
tension between the two uneasy neighbors.
2009 Dec 20, Grand Ayatollah
Hossein Ali Montazeri (87), Iran's most senior dissident cleric,
died. He had emerged as the spiritual father of the reform movement.
2009 Dec 20, Iraqi oil workers
returned to the disputed oil well No. 4 in southern Iraq that was
seized by Iranian forces Dec 17. Baghdad also confirmed that Iranian
troops left the well.
2009 Dec 21, Tens of
thousands of Iranian mourners turned the funeral procession of the
country's most senior dissident cleric into an anti-government
protest, chanting "death to the dictator" and slogans in support of
the opposition amid heavy security.
2009 Dec 22, Iran's president
dismissed a year-end deadline set by the Obama administration and
the West for Tehran to accept a UN-drafted deal to swap enriched
uranium for nuclear fuel, and claimed his government is now "10
times stronger" than a year ago. A state television Web site said
Pres. Ahmadinejad had appointed a new chief of the Art Academy,
removing opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi from the post. In
southern Iran police shot dead two relatives of convicts during a
melee that erupted at a public execution. Relatives, who came to
watch the hanging of two convicts, started a scuffle, prompting the
police to open fire.
2009 Dec 23, In Iran security
forces in Isfahan clashed with opposition protesters gathered for a
memorial for Iran's most senior dissident cleric, beating men and
women and firing tear gas.
2009 Dec 24, In Iran local
media reported that the central bank has warned people not to write
on banknotes and sought to collect defaced ones after the appearance
of opposition slogans on many.
2009 Dec 26, Iranian security
forces beat protesters in central Tehran, a sign of mounting
tensions ahead of planned opposition rallies to mark a religious
festival and the death of a dissident cleric a week ago.
2009 Dec 27, In Iran Ali
Mousavi, a nephew of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi,
was killed in fighting between protesters and security forces.
Security forces fired on anti-government protesters in Tehran,
killing 8 people in the fiercest clashes in months.
2009 Dec 27, In Iran
authorities detained two German diplomats and accused them of
playing a role in organizing deadly anti-government protests. Iran's
state media only reported this on Jan 27, 2010. Germany's Foreign
Ministry said it had no knowledge about any diplomats being detained
and dismissed accusations that German officials had a hand in the
demonstrations and clashes that left eight people dead.
2009 Dec 28, Iranian security
forces rounded up at least seven prominent activists, stepping up a
crackdown on the country's pro-reform movement a day after eight
people, including the nephew of the chief opposition leader, were
killed in anti-government protests. Journalist Emadeddin Baghi was
among those arrested. In July, 2010, he was sentenced to a year in
prison and banned from political activities for five years.
2009 Dec 29, Iran's
conservative parliament called for maximum punishment of opposition
demonstrators as the regime stepped up its crackdown on dissent
arresting the sister of Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi. Tens of
thousands of government supporters rallied, and a reformist party
called on Iran's rulers to apologize to the nation two days after
eight people were killed in anti-government protests.
2009 Dec 30, In Iran tens of
thousands of hard-line government supporters turned out for
state-sponsored rallies, some of them calling for the execution of
opposition leaders as Iran's police chief threatened to show "no
mercy" in crushing any new protests by the pro-reform movement.
2009 Dilip Hiro authored
ďInside Central Asia: A Political and Cultural History of
Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey
2010 Jan 1, In Iran a shootout
with drug smugglers in an eastern desert region left 11 policemen
2010 Jan 4, In Iran dozens of
Tehran University professors appealed to the supreme leader to halt
the ongoing violence against protesters, adding a new and respected
voice in support of the opposition.
2010 Jan 6, A conservative
Iranian Web site reported that a parliamentary probe has found Saeed
Mortazavi, a former Tehran prosecutor, responsible for the death by
torture of at least 3 anti-government protesters detained in the
turmoil following the disputed June elections.
2010 Jan 6, A diplomat at the
Iranian embassy in Norway told Norwegian television that he had
resigned in protest over a crackdown on demonstrators in Iran. The
government in Tehran denied the report. In mid-February the
Norwegian Immigration Directorate gave Mohammed Reza Heydari and his
family permission to remain in Norway as political refugees after
going through "all necessary information pertaining to the case."
2010 Jan 6, In Ashgabat,
Turkmenistan, Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad inaugurated a new gas
pipeline link to Iran from Turkmenistan, which he said would take
ties to a "new level."
2010 Jan 7, In Iran armed
pro-government demonstrators opened fire on the car of former
presidential candidate and opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi, as he
was leaving a building in Qazvin .
2010 Jan 9, In Iran about 30
"mourning mothers," with children who were killed or disappeared
during the post-election unrest, were arrested in a Tehran park and
taken to a detention center in the capital. The mothers had gather
in Tehran's Laleh park every Saturday.
2010 Jan 10, In Iran a
parliamentary investigation was made public that found Saeed
Mortazavi, the former Tehran prosecutor, responsible for the deaths
of at least three anti-government protesters imprisoned in the
turmoil following Iran's disputed June elections. Iran freed a
Syrian journalist working for Dubai television who was detained
during anti-government protests two weeks ago.
2010 Jan 12, In Iran Masoud Ali
Mohammadi (50), a nuclear physics professor who publicly backed
Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in the disputed June
presidential election, was killed when a bomb-rigged motorcycle blew
up outside his home in Tehran. The government blamed the rare
assassination on an armed Iranian opposition group that it said
operated under the direction of Israel and the US. In 2011 Majid
Jamali Fashi, charged with the killing of Mohammadi, went on trial.
Fashi was also accused of cooperating with Mossad. On Aug 28 Fashi
was sentenced to death.
2010 Jan 15, Iran's police
chief warned opposition supporters not to use cell phones and e-mail
messages to organize protest rallies against the government, saying
those who do so will be prosecuted and punished.
2010 Jan 16, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and Iran said they had agreed to work together more
closely to combat extremism, illegal weapons trading and drug
2010 Jan 17, In Iran lawyer
Hooshang Pour-Babai said senior reformist and former MP Mohsen Safai
Farahani (61), detained since June 20, has been sentenced to six
years in jail. He was accused of "acting against national security,
propaganda against the system, insulting officials and spreading
2010 Jan 18, In Iran gunmen
fatally shot Vali Hajgholizadeh, a court prosecutor, outside his
home in the town of Khoy, near the Turkish border. An Iranian
official said Kurdish rebels may have been involved in the
assassination. Opposition groups flooded the Web with calls for a
huge show of force on the Feb 11 commemoration of the Islamic
2010 Jan 24, In Iran a
Russian-made Iranian Taban Air plane carrying 157 passengers and 13
crew caught fire upon landing at northeastern Mashhad airport
injuring at least 46 people.
2010 Jan 26, Iran's supreme
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the US of trying to use the
Internet as a tool to confront the Islamic Republic, declaring that
such a policy only showed Washington's frustration. The US Senate
voted in July to adopt the Victims of Iranian Censorship Act which
authorizes up to $50 million for expanding Farsi language
broadcasts, supporting Iranian Internet and countering government
efforts to block it.
2010 Jan 28, Iran executed two
men, Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmani Pour, accused of
involvement in an armed anti-government group. The public prosecutor
announced that new death sentences have been issued against
opposition activists involved in protests over June's disputed
2010 Jan 29, Afghan troops
backed by NATO attack helicopters battled Taliban fighters wearing
suicide vests who launched an assault in the heart of a Lashkar Gah
in southern Helmand province. 6 militants were killed in the
assault. In Ghazni province 2 Afghans were killed after failing to
stop their vehicle when ordered. An Afghan interpreter working for
the US military shot dead two American soldiers in Wardak province.
Iranian guards opened fire and killed 5 laborers as they crossed
into Iran from the southwestern province of Nimroz.
1/30/10)(SFC, 1/30/10, p.A3)(AP, 2/2/10)
2010 Jan 30, Thousands of
Iranians gathered at dusk against a snowy mountain backdrop to light
giant bonfires in an ancient mid-winter festival. Sadeh was the
national festival of ancient Persia when Zoroastrianism was the
dominant religion, before the conquest of Islam in the 7th century.
2010 Jan, Five Iranian exiles
issued a Manifesto from abroad calling for the resignation of Pres.
Ahmadinejad, fresh elections and the lifting of restrictions on
(http://garysick.tumblr.com/)(Econ, 1/9/10, p.26)
2010 Feb 2, Iran said it was
ready to send its uranium abroad for further enrichment as requested
by the UN.
2010 Feb 3, Iran announced it
has successfully launched a research rocket carrying a mouse, two
turtles and worms into space. The launch of the rocket Kavoshgar-3,
which means Explorer-3 in Farsi, was announced by Defense Minister
Gen. Ahmad Vahidi to mark the National Day of Space Technology.
2010 Feb 4, Australia said it
used an anti-weapons of mass destruction law to block three
shipments to Iran but calls for new sanctions against the Islamic
state opened up a new international divide.
2010 Feb 4, China told other
world powers that discussing broader sanctions against Iran was
counterproductive, striking a blow to a Western push to rein in
Tehran's nuclear program.
2010 Feb 4, A leading Russian
lawmaker said Russia and Western powers have moved closer to
agreement on the need for new sanctions against Iran over its
2010 Feb 7, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered his country's atomic agency to begin
enriching uranium to a higher level, a move that's likely to deepen
international suspicion over the country's intentions for its
2010 Feb 7, Iran's state media
said Tehran has arrested seven people linked to the US-funded Radio
Farda and accused some them of working for American spy agencies.
2010 Feb 8, Iran moved
closer to being able to produce nuclear warheads with formal
notification that it will enrich uranium to higher levels, even
while insisting that the move was meant only to provide fuel for its
research reactor. The semiofficial ISNA agency said that former
deputy foreign minister Mohsen Aminzadeh was sentenced to six years
in prison by a Revolutionary court. The defense minister announced
that Iran has launched two production lines to build unmanned
aircraft with surveillance and attack capabilities.
2010 Feb 8, Iran said it will
cut ties with the British Museum because of the museum's failure to
lend Tehran the Cyrus Cylinder, an ancient Babylonian artifact
described as the world's earliest bill of rights.
2010 Feb 9, Iran began
enriching uranium to a higher level over the vociferous objections
of the US and its allies who fear the process could eventually be
used to give the Islamic republic nuclear weapons.
2010 Feb 10, Iran's top police
official says authorities have made a series of arrests of suspected
opposition activists before expected Feb 11 protest rallies.
2010 Feb 10, The US Treasury
Department said it was freezing the assets in US jurisdictions of
Revolutionary Guard Gen. Rostam Qasemi and four subsidiaries of a
previously penalized construction firm he runs because of their
alleged involvement in producing and spreading weapons of mass
2010 Feb 11, Iranís President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed that Iran has produced its first batch
of uranium enriched to a higher level, saying his country will not
be bullied by the West into curtailing its nuclear program a day
after the US imposed new sanctions. Hundreds of thousands of
government supporters massed in central Tehran to mark the
anniversary of the revolution that created Iran's Islamic republic,
while a heavy security force that fanned across the city moved
quickly to snuff out counter protests by the opposition.
2010 Feb 15, Israel's PM
Netanyahu called for "crippling sanctions" against Iran over its
nuclear program after a meeting in Moscow with Russia's top
officials, whom he praised for showing "an understanding" over the
2010 Feb 16, Iranian Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, shrugging off international concerns,
announced the country was moving ahead to expand its nuclear
enrichment capacities by installing more advanced machinery at its
main enrichment facility.
2010 Feb 21, Iranian state
television reported that intelligence agents have killed four
members of an armed Kurdish separatist group near the Kurdish town
of Sardasht. The report accused the four of killing three policemen
in a clash on Dec 26.
2010 Feb 22, Iran said it plans
to build two new uranium enrichment facilities deep inside mountains
to protect them from attack, a new challenge to Western powers
trying to curb Tehran's nuclear program for fear it is aimed at
2010 Feb 23, Iran formally set
out its terms for giving up most of its cache of enriched uranium in
a confidential document, and the conditions fall short of what has
been demanded by the United States and other world powers.
2010 Feb 23, Iran said that its
security forces have captured Abdulmalik Rigi, leader of the
Jundallah group (Soldiers of God), an armed Sunni group whose
insurgency in the southeast has destabilized the border region with
Pakistan. State-run English-language Press TV said that Rigi was
captured on a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan.
2010 Feb 24, Qatar signed a
defense pact with Iran.
2010 Feb 25, Syria and Iran
defended their strong ties and dismissed US efforts to break up the
30-year-alliance, saying America should not dictate relationships in
the Middle East.
2010 Feb 26, The Jundallah
insurgency, which says it's fighting for equal rights for the Sunni
minority in southeast Iran, named al-Hajj Mohammed Dhahir Baluch as
its new leader. The statement described the capture of former leader
Abdulmalik Rigi's by Iranian forces on Feb 23, but said all the
tribes of Baluchistan had pledged allegiance to the new leader.
2010 Mar 1, In Iran editor
Behrouz Behzadi of the Etemaad daily said his newspaper was banned
by the Press Supervisory Board. The order cited article six of the
press law without elaborating. That article allows newspapers to be
closed for offenses from security violations to insulting articles.
A weekly called Irandokht was also closed down. One of its editors
was arrested last month. Iranian media said six journalists and
opposition activists held for suspected involvement in the country's
postelection turmoil have been released on bail. Jafar Panahi (49),
an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, was taken into custody along
with another person who was in his company. Panahi was released on
bail on May 25. In December Panahi was sentenced to 6 years in
prison and barred from making films or participating in political
activities for two decades.
3/2/10)(AP, 5/25/10)(SFC, 12/21/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 2, In Iran the kaleme
opposition Web site reported that an appeals court has upheld the
death sentence for Mohammad Amin Valian (20), a student who took
part in an anti-government rally in December that left eight people
dead. Valian was found guilty of Moharebeh, a religious offense that
translates as defiance of God, a crime punishable by death under
2010 Mar 3, Italian police
arrested seven people on suspicion of trafficking arms to Iran, two
Iranians they believe are secret agents and five Italians. Two more
Iranians were being sought. On April 29 Ali Damirchi-Lou and state
television reporter Hamid Masoumi-Nejad were released from jail and
placed under house arrest.
2010 Mar 7, Iran announced that
it has started a new production line of highly accurate, short range
cruise missiles, which would add a new element to the country's
already imposing arsenal.
2010 Mar 9, In Switzerland a
senior Google executive welcomed a US decision to relax restrictions
on exporting Internet communications services to Iran, Sudan and
2010 Mar 10, Iran hanged two
convicted drug traffickers in the Shiite shrine city of Qom. Another
man, convicted of drug trafficking, was hanged in the city of Ahvaz.
The latest hangings bring to at least 30 the number of people
executed in Iran so far this year, according to an AFP count based
on news reports.
2010 Mar 13, Iranís Fars the
news agency said Iran has busted what it says was a US-funded cyber
network group linked to an exiled opposition movement that collected
data on its nuclear scientists. 30 members of the network with links
to the outlawed People's Mujahedeen and monarchists were said to
have been arrested.
2010 Mar 16, Iranian opposition
leader Mehdi Karoubi, defying government warnings, said the Islamic
republic was "plagued with despotism," in remarks published ahead of
a national celebration that could trigger more protests.
2010 Mar 16, Pakistan and Iran
signed a $7.6 billion deal in Turkey paving the way for the
construction of a much-delayed pipeline pumping Iranian natural gas
to the energy-starved South Asian country.
2010 Mar 17, Iran released
Mohsen Mirdamadi, the leader of the country's biggest reformist
party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front. He was temporarily
freed on $450,000 bail. Authorities also released filmmaker Mohammad
Rasoulof, journalist Ali Akbar Montajabi and female activist
Farzaneh Qassemi, all of whom were detained in recent weeks.
2010 Mar 18, In Iran former
vice president Hossein Marashi was arrested after an appeals court
upheld his one-year prison sentence. He was convicted of spreading
propaganda against the ruling clerical establishment. Marashi was
temporarily released on March 20 for Iran's new year celebrations.
2010 Mar 21, Iranian
authorities detained Hasan Lahouti, the grandson of former president
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, upon arrival from London. Rafsanjani, the
most powerful opposition supporter inside the country's clerical
leadership, has come under harsh criticism from hard-liners for his
support of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi. Lahouti was freed
the next day on a $73,000 bail.
2010 Mar 27, Iran used an
ancient new year celebration to reach out to Afghanistan,
Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Turkey at a summit
meeting that projected Iranian leadership in the strategic region
straddling the Middle East and Central Asia.
2010 Mar 29, In Canada a 2-day
G-8 meeting opened in the Quebec town of Gatineau. Canada said it
would press the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations to
tighten UN sanctions on Iran.
2010 Mar 30, Iran's state
television reported that its intelligence agents mounted a
"complicated" cross-border mission and freed an Iranian diplomat
kidnapped in 2008 by gunmen in northwestern Pakistan. Heshmatollah
Attarzadeh and his Pakistani bodyguard were driving over a narrow
bridge in Peshawar on Nov. 13, 2008 when two gunmen blocked their
way with a car and opened fire.
2010 Mar 30, In Quebec, Canada,
the world's leading industrial nations (G8) called for stronger
action against Iran over its nuclear program and the United States
said it was confident China would agree on the need for sanctions.
2010 Mar 31, Six major world
powers agreed to begin putting together proposed new sanctions on
Iran over its suspect nuclear program after China dropped its
2010 Apr 1, US President Barack
Obama called on Chinese President Hu Jintao to join forces on the
Iranian nuclear standoff as he stepped up efforts to block Tehran's
2010 Apr 2, Iran's top nuclear
envoy called for negotiations without threat of sanctions, following
meetings in Beijing in the wake of US reports saying China had
dropped its opposition to possible new UN measures against Iran.
2010 Apr 8, In Prague President
Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the
biggest nuclear arms pact in a generation and envisioned a day when
they can compromise on the divisive issue of missile defense. Obama
and Medvedev warned Iran of possible sanctions over its nuclear
program shortly after signing the disarmament deal.
2010 Apr 9, Iran unveiled a
third generation of domestically built centrifuges as the country
pushes ahead with plans to accelerate a uranium enrichment program
that has alarmed world powers fearful of the nuclear program's aims.
2010 Apr 10, In western Iran
assailants blasted open a prison wall with rocket propelled
grenades, allowing 2 convicted murderers to escape from the central
prison in the city of Ilam. 5 people convicted of drug trafficking
were hanged at a prison in the northeastern city of Mashhad.
2010 Apr 11, In Iran Sharq, a
prominent pro-reform daily, reappeared on newsstands after a
three-year ban. Sharq was closed by the Press Supervisory Board, run
by the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry, in 2007 for publishing
an interview with a "counter-revolutionary" poet abroad.
2010 Apr 12, President Barack
Obama and presidents, prime ministers and other top officials from
47 countries started work on a battle plan to keep nuclear weapons
out of terrorist hands. Egypt called for world powers to press both
Iran and Israel on nuclear weapons, saying that the Middle East
should be a zone free of the ultra-destructive arms. China said
sanctions were not the answer to the Iranian atomic standoff. Iran's
envoy to the UN nuclear watchdog spurned the US nuclear summit,
saying any decision taken at the conference is not binding on
nations absent from the event.
2010 Apr 14, Six major powers
wrapped up what they said was a "very constructive" meeting on fresh
UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, but diplomats
cautioned against expecting early adoption.
2010 Apr 16, In Iran cleric
Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, the acting prayer leader of Tehran, said
women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to
blame for earthquakes.
(SFC, 4/20/10, p.A4)
2010 Apr 18, Iranís pro-reform
Sharq daily said that filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad was convicted on
charges of spreading propaganda against the clerical establishment
and insulting the country's leaders. Nourizad was arrested in
November after writing a protest letter to the country's supreme
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urging him to apologize to the nation
for the bloody crackdown on the opposition movement after the
disputed June presidential elections. In May it was later reported
that Nourizad was beaten in prison and had gone on a hunger strike.
2010 Apr 19, In Iran a senior
adviser said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has approved the location
for a new uranium enrichment facility Iran plans to begin building
over the next year.
2010 Apr 19, In Iran the
semi-official Fars news agency reported that the Press Supervisory
Board ordered the pro-reform Bahar daily closed for "spreading
doubts on fundamental issues such as elections. The official IRNA
news agency reported that Iran has sentenced prominent political
activists Mohsen Mirdamadi, Mostafa Tajzadeh and Davood Soleimani to
six years in prison each for involvement in the country's
post-election turmoil. They were convicted of spreading propaganda
2010 Apr 20, In Iran an
explosion in a car killed 2 people and wounded 8 in the western city
of Ilam. The car was not a gas-powered vehicle of the sort that has
seen a number of accidental explosions in recent years.
2010 Apr 22, Zimbabweís
President Robert Mugabe welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, a meeting of two leaders united in fierce opposition to
2010 Apr 23, Diplomats said
Iran has agreed to give the UN nuclear monitoring agency greater
inspection and monitoring rights to a sensitive site where it is
enriching uranium to higher levels.
2010 Apr 24, Iranís official
IRNA news agency reported that Iran has amnestied 110 "terrorists"
since it captured the leader of a Sunni insurgency in southeastern
Sistan-Baluchestan province in February. Provincial governor Ali
Mohammad Azad said 300 militants had "expressed regret" for their
actions since Abdolmalek Rigi's arrest.
2010 Apr 26, Iranís state
television reported that Iran is cutting red tape and easing
ownership rules to encourage foreign investment in stocks and bonds,
as the major oil producer faces further UN sanctions over its
2010 Apr 27, Brazil, a UN
Security Council member, demanded that Iran guarantee its nuclear
program has no military aims, saying the crisis has become the
single most important security issue in the world.
2010 Apr 30, The EU's foreign
affairs chief Catherine Ashton said that China is willing to discuss
sanctions on Iran as long as they are carefully targeted and bolster
efforts to curb the Iranian nuclear program.
2010 May 2, In Iran the Fars
news agency reported that 9 bronze statues, some of famous Iranians
and costing thousands of dollars, have been stolen in Tehran in what
is said to be serial thievery.
2010 May 3, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seized center stage at the opening of a
monthlong debate at the United Nations on how to stop the spread of
nuclear weapons. But behind the scenes, UN Security Council powers
were discussing ways to punish Iran for defying their demands that
it curb nuclear activities that could be used to make bombs.
2010 May 3, Kuwait said that
several suspects are being questioned in connection with a busted
spy cell which a local newspaper said had been working for Iran.
2010 May 4, Iran called for
independent verification of US claims it has pared its stockpile of
nuclear warheads back to 5,113 and queried whether Washington was
justified in holding such a lethal load.
2010 May 4, In Iran 5 Kurdish
rebels, including two women, were killed after they battled Iran's
elite Revolutionary Guards in the western province of Kermanshah.
2010 May 8, Iran voiced
optimism about Turkish and Brazilian mediation efforts in its
nuclear dispute with the West, welcoming in principle ideas aimed at
reviving a stalled fuel deal with major powers.
2010 May 9, Iranís President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opened what is being dubbed as the Middle East's
biggest car plant set up by Iranian state-run automobile company
2010 May 9, Iran hanged five
Kurdish activists, including one woman, convicted of membership of
armed opposition groups and involvement in bombings.
2010 May 9, In Iran Newsweek
reporter Maziar Bahari was sentenced in absentia to more than 13
years in prison and 74 lashes, raising concerns about a new
government crackdown ahead of the anniversary of disputed
2010 May 11, Iran said that
Brazil and Turkey have offered a promising new proposal for a
nuclear fuel deal as Tehran steps up a diplomatic push to stave off
new UN sanctions over its disputed nuclear program. Iranís foreign
ministry spokesman said Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili,
could hold talks with EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton in
Turkey. The Fars news agency reported that Iranian border guards
have arrested 9 Iraqi fishermen in Iranian waters in the Shatt
al-Arab waterway in recent days.
2010 May 11, Iranís Fars news
agency reported that Iranian border guards have arrested 9 Iraqi
fishermen in Iranian waters in the Shatt al-Arab waterway in recent
2010 May 15, In Iran prosecutor
Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi confirmed the death sentence for six
opposition activists arrested in protests after last year's disputed
presidential election. They included Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam,
Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam and Alireza Ghanbari, who were arrested
after opposition protests during the Shiite mourning holiday of
Ashura last December. Mohammad Ali Saremi, Jafar Kazemi and
Mohammad-Ali Haj-Aghai were arrested in September.
2010 May 16, In Iran Brazil's
Pres. Luis Inacio Lula da Silva met with Iranian leaders to try to
broker a compromise in the international standoff over Tehran's
nuclear program, even as the US says new sanctions are the only way
to force Iran's cooperation.
2010 May 16, In Iran acclaimed
filmmaker and opposition supporter Jafar Panahi went on a hunger
strike to protest his imprisonment. He was this month freed on a
bail of around 200,000 US dollars. Panahi is known for his gritty,
socially critical movies such as the "Circle," which bagged the 2000
Venice Golden Lion award, "Crimson Gold," and "Offside," winner of
the 2006 Silver Bear at the Berlin film festival.
2010 May 16, Iran arrested
Mohsen Armin, a senior member of the banned reformist party, the
Organization of Mujahedeen of the Islamic Revolution. He was
released from Tehran's Evin prison in July after posting a bail of
2010 May 16, Clotilde Reiss
(24), a young French academic who battled spying charges in Iran for
more than 10 months, returned to France and thanked President
Nicolas Sarkozy and other officials for insisting on her innocence
and pressing for her release.
2010 May 17, Iran agreed to
ship most of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in a surprise
nuclear fuel swap deal that could ease the international standoff
over the country's disputed atomic program and deflate a US-led push
for tougher sanctions. The deal was reached in talks between
Brazilsí Pres. Silva, Turkeyís PM Erdogan and Iranís Pres.
2010 May 17, France decided to
send home an Iranian agent it had jailed for murdering the Shah's
last prime minister, two days after Tehran freed a young French
academic accused of spying. Ali Vakili Rad was serving a life
sentence for stabbing Shapour Bakhtiar to death at his home outside
Paris in August 1991.
2010 May 19, Iran dismissed as
"illegitimate" a draft UN Security Council resolution seeking to
impose harsher sanctions against Tehran for its refusal to halt
2010 May 20, In Iran 3
Americans, jailed for 10 months, hugged and kissed their mothers in
an emotional reunion after the women arrived on a mission to secure
the release of their children. One of the prisoners said they all
hoped to go home together in the trio's first public comments since
2010 May 21, Three Americans
jailed in Iran for 10 months met with their mothers a second time as
Iranian authorities used their visit to underline their complaints
about their own citizens detained by the United States.
2010 May 23, Iran said it will
abandon an offer to ship some of its uranium stockpile abroad if the
United States imposes new sanctions. Iran's intelligence minister
said he had no doubt three US citizens arrested last July near the
Iraq border were spies and called on Washington to propose a
prisoner swap to secure their release.
2010 May 24, Iran hanged the
brother of captured Sunni militant leader Abdolmalek Rigi for
"terrorism" in the city of Zahedan in Sistan-Baluchestan province in
2010 May 24, Iranís state IRNA
news agency reported that police launched a crackdown on irreverent
social behavior, seizing some 60 cars over the weekend whose drivers
were deemed to be harassing women.
2010 May 24, Iran, seeking to
evade new UN sanctions, formally submitted its plan to swap some of
its enriched uranium for reactor fuel and said the onus was on world
powers to defuse tensions by accepting the deal.
2010 May 24, In Germany Daryush
Shokof (55), a Berlin resident and Iranian dissident, disappeared in
Cologne, the day he planned to board a train to Paris to promote his
new film "Iran Zendan," or "Iran Prison." The small independent
movie is highly critical of the Iranian regime and shows scenes of
torture and rape in an Iranian prison. It was shown once last month
to a closed audience of friends at a Berlin theater and then posted
on YouTube, but has since been removed. On June 5, almost two weeks
after he went missing, Shokof was found by a group of teenagers,
drenched, exhausted and confused, near the Rhine river in Cologne,
and taken to a hospital.
2010 May 29, A fire at an
Iranian oil well at the Naft Shahr border region near the Iraq
border killed three people and injured 10 more.
2010 May 31, The UN atomic
agency said Iran has amassed more than two tons of enriched uranium
in a report that heightened Western concerns about the country
developing the ability to produce a nuclear weapon.
2010 Jun 1, China called on
Iran to improve its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog, after
the agency said in a report that Tehran was pressing ahead with its
controversial atomic program.
2010 Jun 2, It was reported
that Iran has barred private schools from teaching music, saying it
clashes with the establishmentís Islamic values. Iran's Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pardoned 81 jailed opposition
supporters who had been found guilty of having a role in the unrest
triggered by last June's disputed presidential election.
2010 Jun 4, Mahmoud Reza Banki
(33), an Ivy League-educated man whose family sent him millions of
dollars from Iran, was convicted of violating the Iran trade embargo
and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. Banki, born
in Tehran, faced up to 25 years in prison. He has been a US citizen
2010 Jun 5, Germany and Russia
declared that the five world powers negotiating with Iran support a
fresh set of international sanctions, and Chancellor Angela Merkel
said they could pass soon.
2010 Jun 5, A senior Kurdish
official in northern Iraq said Iranian troops have crossed the Iraqi
border in pursuit of Iranian Kurdish rebels. Jabar Yawar, a deputy
minister in the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, said
that 35 Iranian soldiers remain in the Iraqi village of Perdunaz
after crossing the border on June 3.
2010 Jun 7, Iranian state
television showed a video of a man it identified as a missing
nuclear scientist, who said he had been abducted and taken to the
United States. The scientist, Shahram Amiri, disappeared while on a
pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009. US media reports in March
said he defected to the US and is assisting the CIA in efforts to
undermine Iran's nuclear program. Iran has repeatedly said Amiri was
abducted by the US.
2010 Jun 7, Iran's first
women-only bank branch opened, allowing women to manage their
finances without dealing with unrelated men, something likely to
appeal to religious families who oppose mingling between the sexes.
2010 Jun 7, The Iranian Red
Crescent said that it will send three aid ships to Gaza in the
latest bid to break the blockade imposed on the Palestinian
territory by Iran's archfoe Israel.
2010 Jun 8, A Russian source
close to Security Council talks told reporters that UN sanctions
against Iran over its nuclear program have been "completely agreed
2010 Jun 9, The US, Russia and
France dismissed a proposal by Iran to swap some of its enriched
uranium for reactor fuel hours before an expected UN Security
Council vote on new sanctions. The UN Security Council endorsed a
4th round of sanctions against Iran.
2010 Jun 10, Iran said it will
review relations with the UN nuclear watchdog a day after the UN
Security Council approved a fourth round of sanctions against Tehran
over its disputed nuclear program. Russia looked set to freeze the
sale to Tehran of S300 air defense missiles in response to new UN
sanctions on Iran.
2010 Jun 10, An Iranian
state-owned newspaper said three policemen in western Iran have been
killed by a roadside bomb detonated by Kurdish rebels. Members of
the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PEJAK) were blamed.
2010 Jun 10, Turkey called the
imposition of UN sanctions on Iran a "mistake" and said that it and
Brazil would continue to seek a diplomatic solution to remove
concerns over Iran's nuclear program.
2010 Jun 11, Russia signaled it
was scrapping the controversial sale of S-300 missiles to Iran in a
major shift the Kremlin said was needed after fresh UN sanctions
over Tehran's nuclear program.
2010 Jun 12, Iranian police
arrested 91 people as the nation marked the anniversary of last
year's disputed presidential election.
2010 Jun 13, Iran and Pakistan
formally signed a $7 billion export deal which commits the Islamic
republic to supplying its eastern neighbor with natural gas from
2010 Jun 14, Iranís state radio
said Iran is sending aid ships to blockaded Gaza, a move likely to
be considered provocative by Israel which accuses Tehran of arming
Hamas, the Palestinian enclave's Islamist rulers.
2010 Jun 14, An Iranian airport
official said 71 Iranian women "improperly" dressed were prevented
from boarding flights in recent months, as a police crackdown on the
behavior of young people intensified.
2010 Jun 15, Iran signed
contracts worth 21 billion dollars with local firms to develop six
gas fields, some of them awarded to the elite Revolutionary Guards.
2010 Jun 16, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country is designing a new atomic research reactor in
another snub of international efforts to curb the Islamic Republic's
2010 Jun 17, European Union
leaders agreed tighter sanctions against Iran, including measures to
block oil and gas investment and curtail its refining and natural
2010 Jun 19, An Iranian
newspaper, the Economic daily Pool (Money), voluntarily suspended
publication after being warned by the national press watchdog for
printing "false material."
2010 Jun 20, In Iran Abdulmalik
Rigi, head of Jundallah, was hanged for leading the Sunni insurgent
group active near the country's border with Pakistan.
2010 Jun 21, An Iranian
newspaper said police have issued warnings to 62,000 women who were
"badly veiled" in the Shiite holy province of Qom as part of a
clampdown on dress and behavior.
2010 Jun 21, Iran said it has
banned two UN nuclear inspectors from entering the country because
they had leaked "false" information about Iran's disputed nuclear
2010 Jun 21, A United
Arab Emirates reported that the UAR has closed down 40 international
and local firms as part of a crackdown on companies that violate UN
sanctions on Iran.
2010 Jun 22, Iran's state
television says the country will send an aid ship to the blockaded
Gaza Strip with 1,100 tons of relief supplies.
2010 Jun 22, Austin Heap (26)
launched Proxyheap, the precursor to anti-censorship software called
Haystack. He soon received a license from the US treasury, State
Dept. and commerce Dept. to export it to Iran. The software was
withdrawn on Sep 10 due to security issues.
2010 Jun 23, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country has produced 17 kilograms of uranium enriched
to 20 percent, defying UN demands to halt the controversial program.
2010 Jun 24, The US Congress
approved tough new unilateral sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran's
energy and banking sectors, which could also hurt companies from
other countries doing business with Tehran.
2010 Jun 26, An Iranian
lawmaker said the country's plan to send a blockade-busting ship
from Iran to Gaza has been canceled.
2010 Jun 29, An Indonesian
court sentenced 8 Iranians to life in prison for smuggling hundreds
of methamphetamine tablets in their stomachs into the resort island
of Bali. The Jakarta Post newspaper, quoting police, said Iranian
drugs syndicates have become the main suppliers of heroin and
crystal methamphetamine to Indonesia, replacing West African
2010 Jun, Stuxnet, computer
malware, was first detected by VirusBlokAda, a security firm in
Belarus. It was tailored for Siemens supervisory control and data
acquisition (SCADA) systems commonly used to manage water supplies,
oil rigs, power plants and other industrial facilities. It was able
to recognize a specific facility's control network and then destroy
it. The code had a technology fingerprint of the control system it
was seeking and would go into action automatically when it found its
target. In September German computer security researcher Ralph
Langner said he suspected that Stuxnet's mark was the Bushehr
nuclear facility in Iran. Unspecified problems have been blamed for
a delay in getting the facility fully operational. Stuxnet used 4
main exploits, packets of computer code that allow hackers to
infiltrate or gain control of computers running software with design
(AP, 9/24/10)(Econ, 10/2/10, p.63)(Econ, 3/30/13,
2010 Jul 1, An Iranian military
court convicted and sentenced to death two suspects charged with
torturing and killing three anti-government protesters in prison.
2010 Jul 1, Pres. Obama signed
into law new sanctions on Iran that, for the first time, will bar
from the American market foreign companies that work with Iranian
businesses charged with aiding Tehranís nuclear program.
(WSJ, 7/2/10, p.A7)
2010 Jul 6, A Toronto man was
convicted of attempting to illegally export nuclear-related
technology to Iran, in the first Canadian criminal case resulting
from UN sanctions against the Middle East nation. An Ontario judge
found Mahmoud Yadegari guilty of attempting to export pressure
transducers, which can be used in the building of both nuclear
plants and weapons.
2010 Jul 6, EU foreign affairs
chief Catherine Ashton urged Iran to stop the execution of three
people including a woman who faces death by stoning for adultery.
Ashton said she was "deeply concerned" about reports that the
executions of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, who was sentenced to hang for a
murder he committed when he was a minor, and the woman, Sakineh
Mohammadi-Ashtiani, "may be imminent." She also renewed her call for
Iran to drop the death sentence against Zeynab Jalalian, a Kurd who
awaits execution for being an "enemy of God."
2010 Jul 6, The EU banned most
of Iran Air's jets from flying to Europe because of safety concerns,
emphasizing that the move was not related to UN sanctions against
Iran over its nuclear program.
2010 Jul 7, Iranian media
reported that the Veil and Modesty Festival, a fashion
organization, has issued a new list of culturally appropriate
haircuts for men, possibly indicating a new crackdown on male attire
after years of strict rules for women, Iranian media reported.
2010 Jul 8, In Iran at least
two people were arrested in Tehran's grand bazaar, the third day of
a major strike that has alarmed the authorities. A wave of anti-tax
strikes by merchants in Tehran unsettled government authorities.
(http://tinyurl.com/24nw65k)(SFC, 7/10/10, p.A4)
2010 Jul 11, Iran said it has
produced around 20 kg of 20% enriched uranium, in defiance of the
world powers who want Tehran to suspend the controversial nuclear
2010 Jul 11, In Iran a judicial
official said that the controversial death sentence by stoning for
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman convicted of adultery,
will not be implemented for now. She was first convicted in May 2006
of having an "illicit relationship" with two men following the death
of her husband, for which a court in Tabriz, in northwestern Iran,
sentenced her to 99 lashes. Later that year she was also convicted
of adultery, despite having retracted a confession which she claims
was made under duress.
2010 Jul 12, Iran said it has
reached a final agreement with merchants on raising taxes following
protests that flared in Tehran's main bazaar earlier this week. The
new rate would set a top tax bracket of around 17 percent. The
strike continued into a 2nd week.
2010 Jul 12, Shahram Amiri, a
missing Iranian nuclear scientist who Tehran claims was abducted by
the US, took refuge at the Pakistani embassy in Washington and asked
to return to his homeland. Amiri (32) disappeared while on a
pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009.
2010 Jul 13, Iraqi Oil Minister
Hussain al-Shahristani said the cabinet had decided to summon
representatives of the Kurdish regional government to discuss oil
smuggling to Iran and "to put an end to it, as it harms Iraq's
national and economic interests." Reports about the oil smuggling
surfaced just over a week after the US imposed new sanctions barring
the export of refined fuels to Iran.
2010 Jul 14, Iran's Foreign
Ministry said nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri was on a flight home,
traveling through the Gulf nation of Qatar and was expected to
arrive in Tehran on July 15. A US official confirmed that Amiri left
the United States. The Washington Post said that Amiri had been
working for the CIA for more than a year. It said he was paid $5
million out of a secret program aimed at inducing scientists and
others with information on Iran's nuclear program to defect.
2010 Jul 19, The Wall Street
Journal reported that Tehran has used a small Iranian-owned bank in
Germany to circumvent sanctions slapped on firms blacklisted for
involvement in the Islamic republic's missile programs.
2010 Jul 20, Iran's parliament
authorized tit-for-tat retaliation against countries that inspect
cargo on Iranian ships and aircraft as part of new UN sanctions over
Tehran's nuclear program.
2010 Jul 20, Iranian newspapers
reported the hanging of 3 men in a prison in Kerman and one in
public in the city of Ahvaz after they were convicted of drug
2010 Jul 21, Iran's nuclear
agency said it will conduct scientific studies for the construction
of an experimental nuclear fusion reactor, an engineering challenge
that no nation has yet overcome.
2010 Jul 21, Southern Iran was
shaken by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake killing one person.
2010 Jul 24, Iran warned it
would stop trading with countries that impose restrictions on its
assets abroad in the face of tightening international sanctions over
the Islamic state's disputed nuclear activities.
2010 Jul 24, Iran hanged three
drug traffickers identified only by their initials as A.A., S.Z. and
S.M., in the city of Ahvaz in the southwestern province of
2010 Jul 24, The German
government said it is offering asylum to 50 Iranian dissidents who
took part in the massive street protests that erupted after
elections there last year.
2010 Jul 25, Iran's official
news agency said an explosion at a petrochemical factory at its
Kharg island oil terminal has killed four people.
2010 Jul 25, In Turkey foreign
ministers of Turkey and Brazil urged Iran to be flexible and open in
dealings with the West over its atomic program as Iran renewed its
readiness to resume frozen nuclear talks. Turkish Foreign Minister
Ahmet Davutoglu said Iran has expressed willingness to have talks
with the European Union on its nuclear program after the month of
Ramadan ends in early September.
2010 Jul 26, The EU adopted
tighter sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program, with
steps to block oil and gas investment and curtail Tehran's refining
and natural gas capability.
2010 Jul 27, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated a new policy to encourage population
growth, dismissing Iran's decades of internationally-acclaimed
family planning as ungodly and a Western import.
2010 Jul 27, Iran vowed to
press ahead with its nuclear program even as it expressed readiness
to resume talks on the thorny issue despite being slapped with tough
new EU sanctions. Russia condemned new EU sanctions on Iran,
tempering hopes of closer cooperation between Moscow and the West
over Iran's nuclear program.
2010 Jul 29, Iran said it will
suspend uranium enrichment to 20% if it acquires nuclear fuel for a
2010 Jul 29, Iran hanged Yousef
Fardi, a convicted rapist, in the northern city of Qazvin.
2010 Jul 29, Australia said it
will impose new sanctions against Iran, including restrictions for
the first time on business dealings with that country's oil and gas
2010 Jul 30, Iran said it was
ready for immediate talks with the US, Russia and France over an
exchange of nuclear fuel and added that it was also against
stockpiling higher enriched uranium.
2010 Jul 30, In northeastern
Iran an earthquake injured 274 people. A slightly stronger tremor
struck central Iran the next day.
2010 Jul 31, A senior Iranian
official said China has invested around 40 billion dollars in the
Islamic republic's oil and gas sector.
2010 Jul 31, UNESCO added seven
cultural sites to its World Heritage List including Bikini Atoll in
the Marshall Islands, home to nuclear bomb testing in the 1940s and
1950s. Also added to the list were the Turaif District in Saudi
Arabia; Australia's penal colony sites; the Jantar Mantar
astronomical observation site in India; a shrine in Ardabil in Iran;
the Tabriz historic bazaar complex, also in Iran; and the historic
villages of Hahoe and Yangdong in South Korea.
2010 Aug 5, Afghan Pres. Karzai
departed to attend a summit held among the presidents of host
country Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Following the summit Feda
Hussein Maliki, Iranís ambassador to Afghanistan, handed Umar
Daudzai, Karzaiís chief of staff, a large plastic bag stuffed with
euro bills. The money was part of a secret stream of Iranian cash to
buy the loyalty of Daudzai and promote Iranís interests in
Afghanistanís presidential palace. It was later reported that
Daudzai owns at least 6 homes located in Dubai, in the UAR and in
(SSFC, 10/24/10, p.A8)
2010 Aug 9, Brazil formally
offered asylum to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a woman sentenced to
death in Iran on an adultery conviction. On July 31 Brazilian
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva suggested he would be willing to
provide the woman refuge.
2010 Aug 9, Iran announced
plans to get rid of its dollar and euro reserves in response to the
latest UN sanctions over its contested nuclear program. The IAEA
said Iran has activated equipment to enrich uranium more efficiently
in a move that defies the UN Security Council.
2010 Aug 9, Two Bahai activists
said an Iranian court has sentenced seven leaders of their faith to
20 years in prison after charging them with espionage and engaging
in propaganda against Islam.
2010 Aug 10, Brazil signed on
to UN sanctions against Iran despite misgivings over the measures
following its efforts to negotiate a nuclear-swap deal with the
2010 Aug 11, Iranian state
television broadcast a purported confession by Sakineh Mohammadi
Ashtiani, of being an accomplice to the murder of her husband. The
Iranian woman had faced death by stoning for adultery. Ashtiani was
first convicted in May 2006 of having an "illicit relationship" with
two men following the death of her husband. The next day her lawyer
told a British newspaper that she was tortured for two days before
confessing on state TV to being an accomplice to her husband's
2010 Aug 11, Toyota said it has
suspended auto exports to Iran indefinitely in line with global
sanctions against Tehran's nuclear program.
2010 Aug 11, Turkey said it
will support petrol sales by Turkish companies to Iran, despite US
sanctions that aim to squeeze the Islamic Republic's fuel imports.
2010 Aug 13, In Iran PJAK
Kurdish rebels killed a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards
and two Islamist militiamen in clashes near northwestern Orumieh
2010 Aug 16, Iran said it plans
to build 10 new uranium enrichment sites inside protected mountain
strongholds, with construction on the first starting in March, in
continuing defiance of international efforts to curb its nuclear
2010 Aug 17, An Iranian fighter
jet crashed in southern Iran near the country's nuclear power plant
that is to start up over the weekend. The two pilots ejected safely.
2010 Aug 18, Iran took its case
against the United States to the UN and strongly condemned the top
US military chief for saying military action remains a possibility
if the country develops nuclear weapons.
2010 Aug 20, Iranís Defense
Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced that Iran has test fired a
surface-to-surface missile, Qiam, a day before it is due to launch
its Russian-built first nuclear power plant.
2010 Aug 21, Iranian and
Russian engineers began loading fuel into Iran's first nuclear power
plant, which Moscow has promised to safeguard to prevent material at
the site from being used in any potential weapons production.
2010 Aug 22, Iranís Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the country's first domestically
built unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an "ambassador of death"
to Iran's enemies.
2010 Aug 22, In Tehran, Iran,
the headquarters of Sweden-based Oriflame, a direct-sales cosmetics
firm, were "searched and sealed" and "four top managers were
arrested on accusations of 250,000 cases of fraud" linked to a
70-million-dollar (55-million-euro) pyramid scheme.
2010 Aug 23, Iran media
reported the suspension of three senior judiciary officials over
last year's torture deaths of three imprisoned anti-government
protesters. On Aug 30 they were identified as former prosecutor
Saeed Mortazavi and two judges.
2010 Aug 23, Iran kicked off
mass production of two high-speed missile-launching assault boats,
warning its enemies not to "play with fire" as it boosts security
along its coastline.
2010 Aug 25, Iran said that it
has successfully test-fired an upgraded version of a short-range
surface-to-surface missile. The third generation of the Fateh-110,
which means "conqueror" in Farsi and Arabic, with an improved range
of 250 km and better precision than previous models.
2010 Aug 26, An Iranian
government newspaper reported that 5 rebels and 2 members of the
Revolutionary Guards have been killed in clashes in Iran's Kordestan
province near the Iraqi border.
2010 Aug 27, The UN anti-racism
panel called on Iran to counter racism and ethnic discrimination,
including incitement to hatred by officials and "double
discrimination suffered by women from minorities.
2010 Aug 28, In Iran three
people died in the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that shook the country's
remote northeast. Forty others were injured.
2010 Sep 2, In Iran
pro-government militiamen attacked the home of opposition leader
Mahdi Karroubi with homemade bombs and beat one of his bodyguards
unconscious, in an apparent attempt to keep him from attending a key
rally the next day.
2010 Sep 3, Japan imposed new
sanctions against Iran, including an assets freeze on people and
entities linked to its contentious nuclear program and tighter
restrictions on financial transactions.
2010 Sep 4, Iranís hardline
Kayhan newspaper reported that security forces have killed four
members of an outlawed Kurdish group in the western province of
Kordestan. Nasrin Sotoudeh (45) was summoned by official notice to
Tehran's Evin Prison, and did return home. She had represented
opposition activists and political figures. State media reported in
December that she was accused of spreading propaganda against the
ruling system. On Jan 10, 2011, her husband said has been convicted
of security offenses and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
2010 Sep 6, The lawyer for
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman convicted for adultery,
said she was lashed 99 times last week in a separate punishment
meted out because a British newspaper on Aug 28 ran a picture of an
unveiled woman mistakenly identified as her.
(SFC, 9/7/10, p.A4)(AFP, 9/8/10)
2010 Sep 7, Iran said that it
was within its rights to vet UN inspectors who monitor its nuclear
facilities after the UN watchdog said its work was being hampered by
the barring of some of its staff.
2010 Sep 7, The EU condemned
the stoning to death sentence passed against Sakineh Mohammadi
Ashtiani, an Iranian woman convicted for adultery, saying it was
2010 Sep 8, An Iranian
judiciary official told Fars news agency that the woman facing death
by stoning has expressed surprise over reports that she was lashed
after a British newspaper published a picture showing her without a
headscarf. Fars reported that Vahid Kazemzadeh, a member of the
Iranian judiciary's Islamic Human Rights Commission, said he has met
Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, who also complained to him that she has
never met her lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaie.
2010 Sep 8, South Korea said it
will ban unauthorized financial dealings with Iran and impose other
penalties as part of a US-led campaign to enforce sanctions against
the country over its disputed nuclear enrichment program. South
Korea listed 126 Iranian companies and individuals for the
2010 Sep 9, An Iranian
opposition group claimed to have discovered a new uranium enrichment
plant being built about 75 miles (120 km) west of Tehran and said it
was 85 percent complete. The head of Iran's nuclear agency, Ali
Akbar Salehi, said the country has no undeclared nuclear sites. A US
government official also disputed the claim by the People's
Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, saying the site did not appear to
have a nuclear role.
2010 Sep 10, Iranís Foreign
ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told English-language Press TV
that Sarah Shourd (31), one of the three US hikers currently held in
Iran for more than a year, will be released on Sep 11. Iranís
judiciary abruptly halted plans to release Shourd, pointing to the
internal rivalries within Iran's leadership.
2010 Sep 10, In Iran a gas
pipeline exploded near the northeastern holy city of Mashhad and
killed 6 people with another 20 people hurt.
2010 Sep 11, In Finland Hossein
Alizadeh (45), a senior official at the Iranian embassy, said that
he has resigned from his post to join the political opposition
against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Alizadeh's mission in Finland
had ended on August 20.
2010 Sep 12, A senior Iranian
prosecutor said that authorities will release Sarah Shourd, a jailed
American woman, on $500,000 bail because of health problems, another
sudden about-face by Iran in a case that has added to tension with
the United States.
2010 Sep 13, Iran's internal
battles over the handling of American detainee Sarah Shourd flared
again as the mouthpiece of the powerful Revolutionary Guard led the
backlash against a decision to free her on $500,000 bail.
2010 Sep 13, The head of the UN
nuclear watchdog agency warned that Iran's selective cooperation
with his inspectors means that he cannot confirm that all of
Tehran's atomic activities are peaceful.
2010 Sep 14, Iran
released Sarah Shourd (32), an American woman, on a bail of $500,000
more than a year after she was detained. Authorities said they were
not considering the immediate release of two companions arrested
2010 Sep 14, Farzad Farhangian,
a press attache at the Iranian embassy in Brussels, called for an
uprising against the Tehran government, as he became the third
Europe-based envoy to defect this year and announced he was seeking
asylum in Norway.
2010 Sep 15, Iranian security
forces raided the office of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the top opposition
leader, and seized computers after days of intimidating visitors
with a heavy force presence around the building.
2010 Sep 15, In Iran Sakineh
Mohammad Ashtiani, whose stoning sentence for adultery was suspended
in July, appeared on state TV to say she has not been whipped or
2010 Sep 16, In Iran assailants
abducted six people, 5 soldiers and a bank clerk, in the southeast
of the country. The Sunni militant group Jundallah, or Soldiers of
God, claimed responsibility and said those abducted were
Revolutionary Guard forces. On Sep 18 the state news IRNA reported
that Revolutionary Guard forces rescued five of the hostages and
killed 3 gunmen. A sixth hostage died in the operation. Amir Bilchi
Kangarlu, a man convicted of raping several young girls, was hanged
in the town of Varamin, south of the capital Tehran.
2010 Sep 16, Turkey's PM Recep
Tayyip Erdogan said his country was seeking closer commercial ties
with Iran and aims to triple trade volumes in the next five years
while still respecting the limits set by UN sanctions.
2010 Sep 18, Iranian media
reported that Shiva Nazar Ahari, journalist and founder of the
Committee of Human Rights Reporters in Tehran, has been to six years
in prison on anti-government charges.
2010 Sep 21, Iranís ISNA news
agency reported that three men, who were found guilty of drug
trafficking, have been hanged in a prison in the central city of
2010 Sep 22, Iranís pro-reform
Sharq daily said that Emadoddin Baghi (48), a human rights activist,
was convicted of "spreading propaganda" against the ruling
establishment as well as planning to "violate national security." He
was sentenced to 6 years in prison. Baghi has been on trial or in
jail almost continually since 2000 over similar charges. In the
northwest a bomb exploded at a military parade in Mahabad killing 12
people. One official blamed Kurdish separatists who have fought
Iranian forces in the area for decades. In 2014 Iranian authorities
detained three suspects over the deadly bombing in Mahabad.
9/22/10)(Reuters, 9/26/10)(AP, 5/18/14)
2010 Sep 22, Germanyís
ThyssenKrupp said it would freeze all new business with Iran with
immediate effect and terminate existing contracts there as soon as
possible in response to ever-harsher sanctions against the Islamic
2010 Sep 22, Russian news
agencies reported that Russia has dropped plans to supply Iran with
S-300 missiles because they are subject to international sanctions.
2010 Sep 23, Iran's President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said most people believe the US government
staged the September 11 attacks, setting off a Western walk out at
2010 Sep 24, Iranís President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters that Iran would consider ending
higher level uranium enrichment, the most crucial part of its
controversial nuclear activities, if world powers send Tehran
nuclear fuel for a medical research reactor.
2010 Sep 25, Iranís
semi-official ISNA news agency says Iranian nuclear experts met this
week to discuss how to remove the malicious computer code, dubbed
Stuxnet, which can take over systems that control the inner workings
of industrial plants.
2010 Sep 26, Iranian officials
said the malicious Stuxnet computer worm has hit 30,000 industrial
computers, but denied the Islamic republic's first nuclear plant at
Bushehr was among those infected. The malware has infected as many
as 45,000 computer systems around the world. 60% of the infected
computers were in Iran, 18% in Indonesia, and less than 2% in the
US. Two computer servers in Malaysia and Denmark, which controlled
the malware, have been shut down.
2010 Sep 26, Iran media said
elite Revolutionary Guards said they had killed the "main elements"
behind the Sep 22 bomb attack in the Mahabad. Gen. Abdolrasoul
Mahmoudabadi of the elite Revolutionary Guards said the "terrorists"
were killed the previous day in a clash "beyond the border" and that
his forces were still in pursuit of two men who escaped the ambush.
2010 Sep 27, Iranís IRNA news
agency reported that the Stuxnet worm is mutating and wreaking
further havoc on computerized industrial equipment in Iran where
about 30,000 IP addresses have already been infected.
2010 Sep 28, An Iranian news
website said a court has sentenced Hossein Derakhshan, a well-known
Canadian-Iranian blogger, to more than 19 years in prison for
cooperating with hostile states and insulting Islam. Derakhshan, who
made trips to Israel and blogged in both English and Farsi, has been
in prison since 2008. Iran banned two newspapers for insulting
political and religious figures, in a continued crackdown on dissent
more than a year after a disputed presidential election.
9/28/10)(Reuters, 9/28/10)(Econ, 10/23/10, p.60)
2010 Sep 28, Iran offered the
first official indication that Oman is playing a role in trying to
secure the release of two American men imprisoned for more than a
2010 Sep 28, Pres. Obama signed
an executive order imposing sanctions on 8 Iranian officials deemed
responsible for serious human rights abuses.
(SFC, 9/30/10, p.A4)
2010 Oct 1, European oil majors
resisted pressure from the US to stop all business with Iran, in
spite of Washington's drive to isolate Tehran over a nuclear program
the West suspects is aimed at making bombs.
2010 Oct 2, Visiting Iran
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assured Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
that their ties were solid, a view unlikely to please Washington
which is working to isolate the Islamic state.
2010 Oct 3, In Iran a top
official said Industrial computers infected by Stuxnet have been
cleaned and returned to their units, following reports that the
malware was mutating and wreaking havoc with equipment.
2010 Oct 3, Egyptian and
Iranian airlines agreed to resume direct flights between the two
countries for the first time since 1979.
2010 Oct 5, Iran claimed that
the Stuxnet computer worm, found on the laptops of several employees
at the country's nuclear power plant, is part of a covert Western
plot to derail its nuclear program.
2010 Oct 7, In Iran a pair of
gunmen opened fire on a police patrol in its Kurdish region, killing
four officers and a bystander.
2010 Oct 7, Russian
Technologies chief Sergei Chemezov told reporters that Russia is
reimbursing Iran for its down payments on a deal for advanced S-300
ground-to-air missiles, which Moscow halted in the face of tough new
2010 Oct 7, South Korean
financial regulators said they will suspend the operations of an
Iranian bank for two months, as part of international sanctions over
Tehran's suspected nuclear weapons program.
2010 Oct 9, Iran said it is
ready to hold talks over its nuclear program with the US and other
major powers in late October or early November. Iran also revealed
for the first time that some personnel at the country's nuclear
facilities were lured by promises of money to pass secrets to the
West, but said increased security and worker privileges have put a
stop to the spying.
2010 Oct 10, Iranian Sunni
rebels said they had kidnapped a nuclear scientist and would publish
secrets he knows about Iran's nuclear program unless 200 political
prisoners were released.
2010 Oct 10, Iran arrested two
German nationals in Tabriz as they approached the home of Sakineh
Mohammadi Ashtiani, a woman whose sentence of death-by-stoning on an
adultery conviction has drawn international condemnation. Ashtiani's
son, Sajjad Qaderzadeh, and lawyer Houtan Kian were arrested along
with two the German nationals, who were seeking to interview the
son. On Feb 5, 2012, reporter Marcus Hellwig told the Sunday
newspaper Bild am Sonntag that he was regularly beaten up during the
first 10 "brutal" days in captivity until a German diplomat
intervened. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle traveled to
Tehran for a rare meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad. Westerwelle then brought Hellwig and his German
photographer Jens Koch home.
2010 Oct 11, Iran's Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a decree paving the way for a
state takeover of Islamic Azad University, the country's largest
private university, in a crushing blow to the nation's moderates.
Khamenei's decree declared the university's 2009 endowment, which
keeps it financially independent, to be religiously illegitimate and
therefore null and void.
2010 Oct 12, In Iran 18 members
of the powerful Revolutionary Guard were killed in an explosion that
struck the force's base in the city of Khoramabad. The blast was
caused by a fire that had reached the ammunition storage area. 14
other troops were wounded.
2010 Oct 13, Tehran's chief
prosecutor said authorities have arrested five people on suspicion
of spying for the country's "enemies," a common reference in Iran
for the US and Israel.
2010 Oct 13, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, welcomed by thousands of Shiite supporters
throwing rose petals, sought to pull Lebanon firmly into his
country's fold in a visit that underscored the growing power of
Tehran and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah.
2010 Oct 15, Iranís Foreign
Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that Tehran was ready to resume
talks about its nuclear program with the international community
within a matter of weeks.
2010 Oct 16, Iranian local
media reported that a judge has ordered the amputation of the hand
of a man (21) who confessed to robbing a candy shop. The ruling came
days after authorities amputated the hand of another man convicted
of theft in the northeastern city of Mashhad.
2010 Oct 17, Iran's Pres.
Ahmadinejad endorsed the idea of new talks with the international
community over his country's nuclear program, while warning that
negotiations would fail if the West does not clearly come out
against Israel's suspected nuclear arsenal.
2010 Oct 17, Iran freed Reza
Taghavi (71), an Iranian-American businessman. The next day he said
he had spent some of his more than two years in prison alongside
protesters detained in Iran's postelection crackdowns and praised
his first taste of freedom as a blessing "no one can imagine.Ē
Taghavi, who regularly visits Iran to conduct business and see
family, had been jailed for 29 months for passing $200 to someone
suspected of links to a rebel group known as Tondar, which seeks to
topple the Islamic system and was implicated in the mosque bombing.
2010 Oct 17, The Washington
Post reported that the United States believes some Chinese firms are
helping Iran improve its missile technology and develop nuclear
weapons and has asked Beijing to prevent such activity.
2010 Oct 18, Iran took part for
the first time in talks in Rome with the international contact group
on Afghanistan that set "sufficient stability" and basic human
rights as the most realistic aims for the war-torn nation.
2010 Oct 18, Iraqi PM Nuri
al-Maliki was in Tehran to drum up support for his premiership bid,
as his chief rival Iyad Allawi accused Iran of meddling in Baghdad's
political affairs. In Iraq a roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying
Jassim al-Saiedi, a member of Baghdad's local government, killing
him and wounding eight people. Two Associated Press journalists were
among those assaulted by Iraqi soldiers while trying to cover the
2010 Oct 19, Iran said some
Western companies were refusing to refuel its planes in Europe and
warned it would "confront" such measures, which it deemed illegal
under international law.
2010 Oct 19, In Iran
Venezuelaís President Hugo Chavez held talks with leaders expected
to focus on boosting cooperation between the countries' oil, gas and
2010 Oct 20, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez left Iran after signing 11 deals focused on
energy cooperation between the two major oil producers who are foes
of the United States.
2010 Oct 24, Iran state radio
reported that the government has imposed new restrictions on 12
university social sciences deemed to be based on Western schools of
thought and therefore incompatible with Islamic teachings. The list
includes law, philosophy, management, psychology, political science
and the two subjects that appear to cause the most concern among
Iran's conservative leadership, women's studies and human rights.
State radio also reported that authorities have amputated the hand
of a convicted thief in front of other prisoners.
2010 Oct 25, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said that once or twice a year Iran gives his office
$700,000 to $975,000 for official presidential expenses, and that
Washington also provides "bags of money" because his office lacks
funds. Gunmen seized a Dutch aid worker and his Afghan driver in
Takhar province. The NATO-led International Security and Assistance
Force (ISAF) said at least 15 insurgents were killed in a NATO raid
and air strike targeting a Taliban commander overnight in southern
2010 Oct 25, Bolivian President
Evo Morales was in Tehran on a 3-day visit aimed at securing Iranian
investment in the South American country.
2010 Oct 26, Iran acknowledged
that it has been sending funds to neighboring Afghanistan for years,
saying the money was intended to aid reconstruction of the embattled
2010 Oct 26, Iran began loading
fuel into the core of its first atomic power plant, moving closer to
the start up of the Bushehr facility that leaders have touted as
defying of international efforts to curtail the country's nuclear
2010 Oct 28, Ali Shakouri-rad,
a leader of the Islamic Iran Participation Front and former MP, was
freed on bail, two weeks after his arrest for what Tehran prosecutor
Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi termed "security reasons." On Dec 9 he was
sent back to jail for "propagating against the regime and spreading
2010 Oct 28, Israeli officials
said that the military-grade armaments seized at a shipping terminal
in Nigeria came from Iran and were bound for the Hamas-controlled
Gaza Strip. On Oct 30 an international shipping company said the
weapons cache originally came from Iran. Last week, the Iranian
shipper filed a request for the containers to be picked up again and
this time shipped to the West African nation of Gambia. On Feb 1,
2011, Azim Aghajani of Iran and his alleged accomplice, Nigerian
national Usman Abbas Jega, both maintained their innocence against
three charges over the shipment.
2010 Oct 29, Iran notified the
EU that it is willing to restart international negotiations over its
nuclear program after Nov. 10, potentially reviving talks that
foundered a year ago.
2010 Oct 30, Boliviaís
President Evo Morales confirmed that his country plans to build a
nuclear plant with Iran's help, stressing the facility would be for
2010 Nov 2, Israel's military
intelligence chief said Iran possesses enough enriched uranium to
build one nuclear bomb and soon will have enough to produce a
2010 Nov 4, Thousands of
Iranians chanted "Death to America" as they staged a mass protest
against the "Great Satan" to mark the 31st anniversary of the
capture of the American embassy by Islamist students. Iran reported
the arrest of four Kurdish rebels of the banned Komala group, who
worked for commander Jalil Fattahi, a militant based in Britain. The
were arrested in Iran's western city of Marivan.
2010 Nov 7, Iran proposed that
a new round of international talks on its nuclear program be held in
Turkey, an ally that also has close ties to the West and has sought
to mediate in the standoff.
2010 Nov 8, Iranian Nobel
laureate Shirin Ebadi said that opposition to the Iranian government
is growing, spurred by an increase in government violence, more
human rights violations and deepening poverty. Ebadi has lived
outside her homeland since a day before last year's disputed
2010 Nov 9, A UN report
suggesting North Korea may have supplied Syria, Iran and Myanmar
with banned nuclear technology headed to the Security Council. The
latest report by the so-called Panel of Experts on Pyongyang's
compliance with UN sanctions was delivered to the Security Council's
North Korea sanctions committee in May, but did not move for nearly
six months due to Chinese objections.
2010 Nov 11, A Nigerian
government report identified Iranians Azimi Agajany and Sayed Akbar
Tahmaesebi as the men who organized a shipment of arms through a
Tehran-based company called International Trading and General
Construction. The arms containers sat at Lagos' busy Apapa port from
July until Oct. 26, when Nigerian security agents carried out a raid
and discovered the weapons inside.
2010 Nov 13, Iranian
authorities detained lawyers Maryam Kianersi, Maryam Karbasi and
Sara Sabaghian on their return home from Turkey. All three are women
and were among signatories of an open letter in September that
called for the release of prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin
Sotoudeh. Two other lawyers related to the three were also detained.
Kianersi and Rosa Gharachorlu were released on Nov 19.
11/14/10)(Reuters, 11/14/10)(AP, 11/20/10)
2010 Nov 14, Iranian officials
reported that Iranís Entekhab Industrial Group has signed a contract
sealing its acquisition of South Korea's Daewoo Electronics for some
$518 million. Daewoo was set up in the 1960s and became one of the
biggest companies in the world before it disintegrated in financial
disarray in the 1990s. Its shipbuilding and auto units are now
independent companies in their own right.
2010 Nov 14, Authorities in
Hong Kong detained the Decretive, a Maltese-flagged container
vessel, over a debt dispute with several European banks. The target
of the dispute is the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines
(IRISL), the guarantor of bank loans which funded the Decretive's
construction in 2008. Loan defaults totaled 268 million US dollars.
2010 Nov 15, Iran's foreign
minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that the issue of an alleged
Iranian arms shipment intercepted in Nigeria was a
"misunderstanding" that has been settled.
2010 Nov 18, Nigeria's drug
enforcement found and seized 286 pounds (130 kg) of high-quality
heroin, destined for Europe, hidden inside a shipment of auto parts
sent from Iran.
2010 Nov 19, A UN General
Assembly committee passed resolutions condemning human rights
violations in Iran, North Korea and Myanmar, provoking a furious
reaction from their delegations. The committee passed the resolution
by 80 votes to 44, with 57 abstentions.
2010 Nov 21, Iranian newspapers
reported that Pres. Ahmadinejad said the best age for girls to get
married was between 16 and 18. The Iranian intelligence ministry
said its security forces have killed two "terrorists" in clashes in
the Kurdish-populated western city of Sanandaj.
2010 Nov 22, Diplomats said
Iranís nuclear program has suffered a recent setback with major
technical problems forcing the temporary shutdown of centrifuges
2010 Nov 22, A Gambian Foreign
Ministry statement was issued giving Iranian government officials 48
hours to leave the country. The next day a senior Gambian security
official said the move was linked to Nigeria's recent seizure of
arms sent from Iran which were allegedly destined for Gambia.
2010 Nov 23, Iranís state radio
reported that authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Mahdi
Hashemi, the son of influential former President Akbar Hashemi
Rafsanjani, on charges of helping foment last year's postelection
unrest. Hashemi has been living in Britain since shortly after the
2010 Nov 25, A court in Nigeria
charged an alleged member of Iran's Revolutionary Guards and three
Nigerians over a shipment of mortars and rockets seized in the main
port of Lagos last month.
2010 Nov 27, Iran's state radio
reported that a man attempting to hijack a Syria-bound flight
carrying a number of Iranian lawmakers was arrested on board. ISNA
news agency reported that Iran has hanged in prison a man convicted
of raping several women in Isfahan. The latest hanging brings the
number of executions in Iran to at least 145 so far this year.
2010 Nov 27, Lebanese PM Saad
Hariri expressed concerns for stability in the Middle East as he
began a visit to Tehran to rally Iran's support for his efforts to
keep Lebanon stable amid tensions over a U.N. probe into the
assassination of his father, Rafik Hariri.
2010 Nov 28, Iran's Pres.
Ahmadinejad and Turkmen Pres. Berdymukhamedov inaugurated the last
section of the Sarakhs-Tehran pipeline to export Turkmen gas to
2010 Nov 28, More than 250,000
classified US State Department documents were released by online
whistleblower WikiLeaks. Among the leaked memos was information that
Iranian Red Crescent ambulances were used to smuggle weapons to
Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group during its 2006 war with Israel.
Memos said the "IRC shipments of medical supplies served also to
facilitate weapons shipments." Documents also detailed concerns by
US officials in Baghdad about Iranís influence on Iraq. Memos also
said King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had repeatedly urged the United
States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program to stop Tehran
from developing a nuclear weapon. One cable revealed that the US
kept nuclear weapons in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and
11/28/10)(Econ, 12/4/10, p.35)
2010 Nov 29, Iranís President
Ahmadinejad admitted that "several" uranium enrichment centrifuges
were damaged by "software installed in electronic equipment," amid
speculation Iran's nuclear activities had come under cyberattack.
2010 Nov 29, In Iran assailants
on motorcycles attached magnetized bombs to the cars of two nuclear
scientists as they were driving to work in Tehran, killing Majid
Shahriari and wounding Fereidoun Abbasi. Pres. Ahmadinejad accused
Israel and the West of being behind the attacks.
2010 Nov 30, The EU announced
that Iran has agreed to discuss its nuclear program at a meeting
next week in Geneva.
2010 Dec 1, In Iran for the
second time in a month, heavy air pollution in the smog-filled
capital of Tehran, home to over 12 million people, has forced
authorities to close government offices and schools and declare a
two-day public holiday because of the health dangers of being
2010 Dec 1, Iran hanged Shahla
Jahed (40), a former soccer player's mistress. She was convicted in
2002 of murdering her love rival in a case that captivated the
Iranian public for several years.
2010 Dec 4, In Iraq bombs
killed 17 people across Baghdad, including Iranian pilgrims near a
revered shrine and shoppers at a Shiite neighborhood market.
2010 Dec 5, Iran claimed it
could now use domestically mined uranium to produce nuclear fuel,
giving the country complete control over a process the West suspects
is geared toward producing weapons.
2010 Dec 6, In Switzerland six
world powers held their first meeting in 14 months with Iran over
its disputed nuclear program, sounding out Tehran's intentions after
it claimed to have taken a new step in making fissile material.
2010 Dec 7, Leaders of six
US-allied Gulf Arab nations, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC),
said they were monitoring with "utmost concern" developments in
Iran's disputed nuclear program and issued a thinly veiled warning
to their Persian neighbor not to meddle in their internal affairs.
The 2-day gathering of leaders from the Emirates, Saudi Arabia,
Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman followed the publication of leaked
US diplomatic memos that revealed deeper concern among Gulf Arab
leaders over Tehran's nuclear program than had previously been
2010 Dec 7, In Switzerland 6
world powers wrapped up two days of "substantive" talks with Iran on
its contentious nuclear program, with the two sides agreeing to meet
again in Istanbul next month.
2010 Dec 9, In Iran Ali
Shakouri-rad, one of the prisoners of the post-election events, was
jailed for "propagating against the regime and spreading lies." He
was released on Jan 24, 2011. He was previously freed on bail on
October 28, two weeks after being arrested for what Tehran
prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi called "security reasons."
2010 Dec 10, Sakineh Mohammedi
Ashtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for
adultery, confessed to helping a man kill her husband and re-enacted
the alleged crime in an interview broadcast by Iranian state
television, an apparent effort by the government to deflect
international criticism over the case.
2010 Dec 12, In Iran Mashallah
Shamsolvaezin, a prominent reformist journalist and head of the
Journalists' Association of Iran, said he has been sentenced to 16
months in jail on charges of insulting Pres. Ahmadinejad and
undermining the Islamic regime. Shamsolvaezin went on trial in
October and has 20 days to appeal. Sajjad Qaderzadeh, the son of a
woman whose death sentence by stoning caused world outrage, was
released after paying a $40,000 bail.
2010 Dec 15, In Iran 2 suicide
bomb attacks outside a mosque killed 39 people and wounded more than
100 during a Shi'ite religious ceremony in the southeastern city of
Chabahar. Jundollah, a Sunni Muslim rebel group, claimed
responsibility for the bombings.
2010 Dec 15, Human Rights Watch
said Iranians convicted for same-sex activities are on death row and
awaiting hanging, including several who were minors when arrested.
2010 Dec 15, At least 27
refugees, thought to be from Iran and Iraq, died after their wooden
boat shattered in violent seas off Australia before horrified
witnesses, with fears as many as 50 could have perished.
2010 Dec 16, Iranian security
forces arrested 9 suspects in connection with the Dec 15 bombings
that killed 39 people. The Jerusalem Post reported that Iran has cut
its annual budget to Lebanon-based Hezbollah more than 40%.
2010 Dec 18, Iran's president
announced the start of a plan to slash energy and food subsidies,
part of government efforts to boost the country's ailing economy.
2010 Dec 19, Iran levied up to
a five-fold hike in fuel prices as the government started scrapping
subsidies as part of a long-awaited economic overhaul, despite
initial resistance by conservatives. Thousands of truck drivers
nationwide stopped working because they were not allowed to increase
12/19/10)(SFC, 12/25/10, p.A5)
2010 Dec 20, Iran and Qatar
pledged to cooperate for greater regional security during a visit to
Tehran by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the emir of the tiny
but energy-rich Gulf state.
2010 Dec 20, Iran hanged 11 men
authorities said were members of Jundallah, an armed Sunni militant
group, convicted of bombings.
2010 Dec 20, Iran's judiciary
spokesman confirmed that Mohammad Reza Rahimi, the country's first
vice president, was facing corruption charges. Iran has 12 vice
presidents but Rahimi is the most senior among them.
2010 Dec 20, In southeastern
Iran a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck a remote area late at night,
killing at least 11 people and injuring 40 people.
2010 Dec 22, Iran's armed Sunni
militant group said it will kill an abducted Iranian after
authorities rejected an offer to swap the hostage for 200 of the
group's imprisoned members. The man was identified as a former
worker at an Iranian nuclear facility who was kidnapped two months
2010 Dec 22, Afghan officials
said Iran has banned fuel exports to Afghanistan, stranding about
3,000 fuel trucks at the border and driving up wholesale prices for
the refined products ahead of what many Afghans fear will be a
blistery winter in their oil-poor nation.
2010 Dec 23, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad joined regional leaders for a summit on economic
cooperation in Istanbul, just a month ahead of nuclear talks with
2010 Dec 25, In Iran a
convicted drug trafficker has been hanged in the northern city of
Sari after being convicted of keeping, carrying and selling the
narcotic drug crack.
2010 Dec 26, In Iran local
media reported that a death sentence has been imposed on a man
suspected of spying for Israel. A Tehran prosecutor confirmed that
economist Fariborz Raisdana has been arrested for trying to subvert
the recent subsidies plans in radio interviews.
2010 Dec 28, Iran hanged Ali
Akbar Siadat, an Iranian convicted of spying for Israel. Another
Iranian was hanged for membership in an exile opposition movement.
2010 Dec 29, A payments dispute
between India and Iran escalated after Tehran refused to sell oil to
India under New Delhi's prohibitive new rules. Last week, the
Reserve Bank of India said deals with Iran must be settled outside
the Asian Clearing Union (ACU) system, used by central banks of
member nations to settle bilateral trades.
2010 Dec 30, Iran media
reported the arrest of seven Al-Qaeda militants in the northwestern
province of West Azerbaijan.
2010 Stephen Kinzer authored
ďReset: Iran, Turkey and Americaís Future.Ē
Iran hanged at least 179 people in 2010.
2011 Jan 1, Iranís Pres.
Ahmadinejad fired 14 advisers as part of an ongoing shake-up of his
administration. 4 kidnappers were put to death in Zahedan prison in
the volatile border province of Sistan-Baluchestan. 8 convicted drug
smugglers were also executed this week.
2011 Jan 2, In Iran Sahra
Bahrami, a Dutch-Iranian woman, was sentenced to death for drug
smuggling. Bahrami reportedly was arrested in Dec 2009 after taking
part in anti-government demonstrations. She also faced trial and the
possibility of another death sentence, likely within two months, for
allegedly belonging to an armed opposition group.
2011 Jan 4, Iranís government
confirmed that it has invited world powers and its allies in the
Arab and developing world to tour Iranian nuclear sites before a
high-profile meeting late this month on its disputed nuclear
2011 Jan 4, Alireza Pahlavi
(44), the former shah of Iran's youngest son, died of an apparently
self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Boston. He was the
second of the four children of the late Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi
and former Empress Farah Pahlavi to die in exile. His sister Leila
was found dead of a drug overdose in 2001.
2011 Jan 5, Iran hanged in
public a man who committed a sensational murder captured on video,
as well as a drug trafficker who was executed in a prison in the
northeast of the country. Iranian media in October reported that
Yaqub stabbed Mohammad Reza to death in public and in front of two
2011 Jan 5, Iranian authorities
arrested an American woman (55), reportedly with a microphone hidden
in her teeth, on suspicion of spying. The woman was identified in
Farsi as Hall Talayan (Hal Talaian). State television first denied
the report and then reversed itself saying the woman was arrested
while filming a town on the Iran-Azerbaijan border. On Jan 9 state
broadcaster IRIB said the woman was seeking an Iranian visa and
never entered Iranian territory. She was denied entry and returned
to Armenia on Jan 8.
1/6/11)(Reuters, 1/6/11)(AP, 1/8/11)(Reuters, 1/9/11)
2011 Jan 7, In southern
Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber in Spin Boldak
assassinated a police commander named Ramazan and killed 16 others
at a public bath. Criminal investigation police chief Farid Ahmad
was killed in a drive-by shooting in Kandahar. Hundreds of Afghans
demonstrated outside the Iranian Embassy in Kabul to protest Iran's
blocking of thousands of fuel trucks at the border with Afghanistan,
a step that has sent domestic fuel prices soaring as the country's
harsh winter sets in.
2011 Jan 8, Iran hanged 4
convicted drug traffickers in a prison in the central city of
Isfahan. At least 179 people were executed in 2010.
2011 Jan 9, In northwestern
Iran a passenger jet broke to pieces on impact while trying an
emergency landing in a snowstorm killing at least 77 people in
Orumiyeh. The Boeing-727, operated by Iran's national airline,
carried 104 passengers and crew.
2011 Jan 10, Iran's
intelligence services said they have arrested suspects in the
assassination a year ago of nuclear physicist Masoud Ali Mohammadi
in a months-long covert operation that also led them to penetrate
Israel's Mossad spy agency.
2011 Jan 11, Iran said it has
arrested 10 people linked to Mossad in what it calls a "severe blow"
to the Israeli spy agency.
2011 Jan 12, Iran's opposition
leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, denounced the country's ruling system
for being 'totalitarian' like the old Nazi and Soviet regimes, with
lying to its people being its defining characteristic.
2011 Jan 13, Iran's proposal
for a tour of its nuclear sites floundered after China effectively
rejected the invite and Russia cautioned such a trip could never
replace UN inspections or talks between Tehran and world powers.
2011 Jan 13, Iranís state
broadcaster website reported that Iran has hanged five men convicted
of drug trafficking, taking to 33 the number of executions in 2011.
2011 Jan 13, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomb in a marketplace killed a child outside a music
cassette shop in Jalalabad. The Afghan fuel ministry said that Iran
currently was allowing 1,000 tons of fuel to enter Afghanistan at
three border crossings each day, compared with 3,000 to 4,000 tons
daily before the trucks were blocked.
2011 Jan 15, In Iran several
international envoys, but crucially none from the world powers, got
a look inside an Iranian nuclear site as part of a tour the Islamic
Republic hopes will build support before a new round of talks on its
disputed atomic activities. Ambassadors to the UN atomic energy
agency from Egypt, Cuba, Syria, Algeria, Venezuela, Oman and the
Arab League arrived in Tehran and visited the unfinished heavy water
reactor near Arak.
2011 Jan 15, Iran said it has
determined that two pilotless spy planes it claims to have shot down
were operated by the United States, and offered to put them on
public display. Gen. Gholam Ali Rashid, acting chief of the
country's armed forces said "the planes were shot down outside of
2011 Jan 16, The Intíl.
Campaign for Human Rights said Iran has hanged at least 47 prisoners
since Jan 1.
2011 Jan 17, Iranian officials
confirmed that the stoning to death sentence against Sakineh
Mohammadi Ashtiani (43) has been suspended. She still faced a prison
sentence for acting as an accessory to the murder of her husband.
2011 Jan 18, Iranís
semi-official Mehr news agency said that the ration of gasoline
costing just 1,000 rials per liter (about 10 US cents, or $0.38 per
US gallon) would be zero from the next Iranian month, which starts
on January 21.
2011 Jan 19, Iran hanged 10
drug smugglers in a prison in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran,
taking to 45 the number of executions in the Islamic republic since
the start of this year according to an AFP count based on media
2011 Jan 21, Two-day talks
between Iran and six world powers started in Istanbul. A senior
Iranian official said suspending uranium enrichment is not up for
2011 Jan 22, In Turkey talks
meant to nudge Iran toward meeting UN Security Council demands to
stop uranium enrichment collapsed, with Tehran shrugging off calls
by six world powers to cease the activity that could be harnessed to
make nuclear weapons.
2011 Jan 23, Iran's state TV
said the country has launched its first cyber police unit in the
latest attempt by authorities to gain an edge in the digital world.
2011 Jan 24, Iran hanged Jafar
Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei, two members of the opposition
People's Mujahedeen convicted over the 2009 post-election turmoil,
after an appeals court upheld their death sentences.
2011 Jan 27, Britain's Times
newspaper reported that Iranís state-run news channel Press TV has
had its British bank account frozen. The English language channel,
which is headquartered in Tehran but also has an office in London,
has seen its main trading account at the National Westminster Bank
2011 Jan 29, In Iran Zahram
Bahrami, an Iranian-Dutch woman detained after participating in
protests against Iran's disputed presidential election in 2009, was
hanged. She was allegedly hanged for possessing and selling drugs.
The Dutch government froze official contacts with Iran to protest
2011 Jan 30, Iranian courts
sentenced two people to death for running porn sites.
2011 Jan 31, Iranís prosecutor
general said US hiker Sarah Shourd, freed on bail last year, has
been summoned for trial in Iran along with her two American friends
who remain in custody.
2011 Feb 1, Iranís President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced another sharp rebuke from opponents in
parliament as lawmakers dismissed his transportation minister in the
wake of several deadly plane crashes in the country.
2011 Feb 1, US authorities said
an Iranian man has been charged with exporting specialized metals to
his homeland for potential use in nuclear and ballistic missile
programs, in violation of a US embargo. Milad Jafari (36) was
indicted on 11 charges for "illegally exporting and attempting to
export specialized metals from the United States through companies
in Turkey to several entities in Iran. He remained at large and was
believed to be in Iran.
2011 Feb 4, Iran's supreme
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for an Islamic regime to be
installed in Egypt, saying the wave of Arab revolts is an
"earthquake" triggered by the 1979 Iranian revolution.
2011 Feb 5, In Iran A
state-owned news website said Iran's broadcasting authority has
banned Iranian TV channels from showing cooking programs that
present recipes for foreign cuisine. The deputy head of Iran's state
broadcasting company, Ali Darabi, announced the ban during a visit
to one of the country's 30 state-run TV channels.
2011 Feb 6, Iran opened its
first centre to receive satellite images, a new stage in its space
program that coincides with celebrations marking the anniversary of
the 1979 Islamic revolution.
2011 Feb 6, In Iran a
pro-government web site said Iran has executed two prison officials
convicted of the 2009 torture deaths of three anti-government
2011 Feb 7, Iran unveiled four
new domestically produced ďresearchĒ satellites as part of a space
program that's worrying other nations. Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari
said Iran is mass-producing a ballistic missile which can travel at
more than three times the speed of sound and hit targets on the high
2011 Feb 7, Iran and Turkey
said they plan to triple two-way annual trade to $30 billion by
2015, ahead of a visit by Turkish President Abdullah Gul to the
2011 Feb 8, Iran's main
opposition leaders charged that the Islamic republic is being run by
"anti-religion... hooligans," in a statement on the eve of its 32nd
2011 Feb 8, Iran's oil
ministry's reported that daily oil output rose by around 100,000
barrels with the opening of the second phase of Darkhovin field in
the southeast of the country.
2011 Feb 8, Hussein Abdullahi,
Iran's ambassador to Nigeria, said that he had spoken to senior
officials of the Nigerian government as soon as an arms shipment was
seized last Oct 26 and told them that the intercepted cargo was the
third of four Gambia-bound shipments originating from Iran.
2011 Feb 9, Iran's state
prosecutor said the opposition should not stage its own rally in
support of Egyptian protesters, warning of repercussions if it does
2011 Feb 9, Iran media reported
that science minister Kamran Daneshjou has called for universities
to enforce strict sex segregation, saying allowing men and women to
mingle on campus is a sign of the influence of alien western values.
2011 Feb 9, Hussein Abdullahi,
Iran's ambassador to Nigeria, said that a Gambia-bound arms shipment
seized at Nigeria's busiest port three months ago did not breach
sanctions imposed by the UN, because Iran and Gambia had signed a
secret agreement two years before the UN's 2010 ban on Iranian arms
2011 Feb 11, In Iran hundreds
of thousands turned out to mark the 32nd anniversary of the
countryís Islamic Revolution in a rally the clerical establishment
billed as a chance to show solidarity with "Islamic" protesters in
2011 Feb 13, Iran's opposition
renewed its call for a rally in support of protesters in Tunisia and
Egypt despite a government warning of repercussions if
demonstrations take place.
2011 Feb 13, Abdullah Gul
arrived in Tehran on his first trip as Turkish president aimed at
boosting economic and political ties with the Islamic republic.
2011 Feb 14, Iranís security
forces cut phone lines and blockaded the home of an Iranian
opposition leader in attempts to stop him attending a planned rally
in support of Egypt's uprising. Eyewitnesses reported sporadic
clashes in central Tehran's Enghelab or Revolution square between
security forces and opposition protesters. Turkish President
Abdullah Gul, who is on a visit to Iran, urged governments in the
Middle East to listen to the demands of their people. Student Sanee
Zhaleh (26) was shot dead during the opposition rally. Authorities
later announced the arrest today of an Iranian man allegedly working
for the CIA.
2011 Feb 14, A Swiss court said
an Iranian man convicted of heroin trafficking will be expelled and
returned to his home country, even though the man claimed that he
could be persecuted for being homosexual.
2011 Feb 15, Hardline Iranian
lawmakers called for the country's opposition leaders to face trial
and be put to death, a day after clashes between opposition
protesters and security forces left one person dead and dozens
injured. A 2nd person, Mohammad Mokhtari (22), died today of his
2011 Feb 16, Iran's opposition
leaders remained defiant despite calls from hard-liners for them to
be brought to trial and put to death, with reform advocate Mahdi
Karroubi saying he was willing to "pay any price" in pursuit of
democratic change. State TV called Mousavi and Karroubi mercenaries
carrying out a plot designed by Iran's enemies and urged government
supporters to rally on Feb 18. Supporters and opponents of the
Iranian government clashed at a funeral for a student, Sanee Zhaleh
(26), shot dead during the Feb 14 opposition rally. His allegiance
was claimed by both sides.
2011 Feb 17, In Iran opposition
leader Mir Hossein Mousavi was reported missing. His daughters said
they had no word from either of their parents since Feb 15.
2011 Feb 18, In Iran thousands
of government supporters called for the execution of opposition
leaders at a prayer service in response to anti-government
demonstrations earlier in the week. Authorities, meanwhile, appeared
to tighten restrictions on one of the leaders under house arrest.
2011 Feb 19, Iran warned of a
crackdown if opposition supporters stage new rallies which they have
called to mourn the deaths of two victims of recent unrest and to
show support to their leaders.
2011 Feb 19, An Iranian court
threw out a 20-month prison sentence for two German journalists
arrested after interviewing the son of a woman condemned to die by
stoning. Journalist Marcus Hellwig and photographer Jens Koch were
released and departed for home.
2011 Feb 20, An Iranian
pro-government news agency claimed that armed opposition groups plan
to fire on people participating in a rally set for this afternoon. A
massive police deployment in Tehran prevented large-scale protests
from erupting although Iranian opposition websites reported stray
clashes and officials said the capital remained calm.
2011 Feb 20, Iran finally
withdrew its entire fleet of Soviet era Tupolev aircraft after a
series of fatal accidents involving the planes.
2011 Feb 21, In Iran Ali
Karroubi, son of opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi, was taken into
custody. His detention was widely viewed as at attempt to gain
leverage on his father.
2011 Feb 22, Two Iranian naval
ships entered Egypt's Suez Canal heading for Syria, the first time
in three decades that Tehran has sent military ships through the
2011 Feb 23, Senegal said it
will cut diplomatic ties with Iran after an investigation that
showed that a seized Iranian arms shipment was intended for rebels
fighting Senegalese troops. The arms shipment was discovered in
Nigeria in October.
2011 Feb 26, Iran confirmed it
was having to remove nuclear fuel from the reactor of its only
nuclear power station, signaling more problems for the Russian-built
Bushehr plant after decades of delay.
2011 Feb 28, Iran's state
prosecutor says all outside contact with Mir Hossein Mousavi and
Mahdi Karroubi, the country's two opposition leaders, has been cut
as part of a campaign to silence dissent.
2011 Feb, Iranian authorities
arrested Omid Kokabee (29) at the Tehran airport. He was studying
optics in the physics department at the University of Texas. He was
charged with having "relations with a hostile country" and receiving
2011 Mar 1, Iran's security
forces fired teargas and clashed with opposition supporters in
Tehran, where demonstrators rallied to demand the release of two
opposition leaders. The opposition said at least 79 people were
arrested at the protest rallies, which the government denied had
taken place at all. Iranian diplomat Ahmed Maleki, who defected last
month, said that Iran's leaders would rather "slaughter" their own
people than surrender power to any popular revolt inspired by
uprisings across the Arab world.
2011 Mar 8, Iranís former
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani lost his position as the head of
a powerful clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing Iran's
2011 Mar 9, Iranian security
forces killed three people in the western province of Kurdistan who
were behind an attack on a group of environmental workers. IRNA said
the three had killed four environmental workers near the city of
Sanandaj on March 4.
2011 Mar 14, An Iranian
state-owned newspaper reported that Iranian hackers working for the
powerful Revolutionary Guard's paramilitary Basij group have
launched attacks on websites of the "enemies," in a rare
acknowledgment from Iran that it's involved in cyber warfare.
2011 Mar 15, The Israeli navy
intercepted an Egyptian-bound ship carrying a large delivery of
weapons off the Mediterranean coast, saying the arms had been sent
by Syria to Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. PM Netanyahu
said the source of the weaponry was Iran.
2011 Mar 16, An Iranian cargo
plane en route to Syria was forced to land in Turkey's southeastern
Diyarbakir airport for an inspection. The plane was found to be
carrying 150 tons of food but "no material contrary to international
(AFP, 3/16/11)(AP, 3/23/11)
2011 Mar 17, Iran sent the
country's first space capsule that is able to sustain life into
orbit as a test for a future mission that may carry a live animal.
2011 Mar 17, Bahrain's Sunni
monarchy detained at least seven prominent opposition activists.
Iran recalled its ambassador to protest the Gulf troops backing the
government against the Shiite protests.
2011 Mar 18, Malaysian police
said that they had found equipment they suspect could be used to
make nuclear weapons smuggled on board a ship headed to Iran. On
March 8 police confiscated two containers from the MV Bunga Raya
Satu traveling from China to Tehran.
2011 Mar 19, An Iranian plane
bound for Syria landed in Turkeyís southeastern city of Diyarbakir
for a search of its cargo. The plane carried light weapons,
including automatic rifles, rocket launchers and mortars, which were
seized. The plane returned to Iran March 22 without the seized
2011 Mar 21, Iranians
celebrated Nowruz, the Persian new year.
2011 Mar 21, Bahrain's king
blamed a foreign plot for his nation's weeks-long unrest, using
veiled language to accuse Iran of fomenting an uprising by the
Shiite majority in the Sunni-ruled island kingdom.
2011 Mar 24, The UN human
rights council voted to appoint an investigator to monitor Iran amid
a crackdown on dissent and surge in executions in the country.
2011 Mar 25, In Iran two
members of the security forces were killed in two armed attacks in
Sanandaj, capital of Iran's Kurdistan province bordering Iraq. Two
of the rebels who were involved in the attacks were reported killed
on April 4.
2011 Mar 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai left on a visit to Tehran, where he will meet his
Iranian counterpart following a row over fuel imports and attend a
ceremony to mark the Persian new year. 3 militants and 4 civilians
died when two cars they were traveling in were hit by NATO fire in
Helmand province. 3 lower ranking Taliban fighters were killed in
one vehicle and 4 civilians were killed in a second vehicle. Taliban
militants kidnapped some 40 policemen after being tipped off that
they would be traveling in Kunar province.
(AFP, 3/26/11)(AP, 3/27/11)(SFC, 3/28/11,
2011 Mar 29, The Obama
administration slapped sanctions on a state-owned energy company in
Belarus over a $500 million investment with an Iranian firm accused
of contributing to Iran's suspect nuclear program.
2011 Mar 29, A Kuwaiti court
condemned to death 3 members of a suspected spy ring. The two
Iranians and a Kuwaiti national were all serving in Kuwait's army
when they arrested in May 2010. Three Iranian diplomats involved in
the spy cell could not b prosecuted because of their diplomatic
2011 Mar 30, Hong Kong said it
had passed laws to comply with UN sanctions against Iran, two months
after 20 shipping firms in the city were accused of having links to
Tehran's weapons buildup.
2011 Mar 31, Iranian security
forces arrested at least seven people at the funeral of the father
of reformist opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi.
2011 Mar 31, Kuwait's Cabinet
resigned over regional turmoil. The resignation appeared to be an
attempt by three Cabinet ministers, members of the ruling Al Sabah
family, to avoid being questioned over why Kuwait did not contribute
troops to the Saudi-led Gulf force that was sent to Bahrain. Kuwait
announced it is to expel a number of Iranian diplomats for alleged
(AP, 3/31/11)(AFP, 3/31/11)
2011 Apr 3, An Iranian news
agency said four officers were killed in an attack on a police
station near the Kurdish town of Marivan close to the Iraqi border.
2011 Apr 3, Dutch marines
killed 2 pirates and captured 16 others during an operation to free
a hijacked Iranian fishing boat of Somalia.
2011 Apr 4, Egypt's foreign
minister said Cairo is ready to re-establish diplomatic ties with
Tehran after a break of more than 30 years signaling a shift in Iran
policy since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.
2011 Apr 4, Iraq handed over
the remains of 17 Iranian soldiers killed in the grinding war
between the two countries throughout the 1980s. The two governments
signed an agreement in October 2008 to find tens of thousands of
fighters still missing after the war.
2011 Apr 8, Iran's semiofficial
Mehr News Agency said three explosions have hit gas pipelines near
the Qom, in the same area where simultaneous blasts took place two
2011 Apr 8, Iraqi forces
stormed an Iranian exile camp that Iraq's Shiite-dominated
government has tried to close for years. Both sides reported
casualties in the raid. A hospital official in Baqouba said 10
people were killed and 16 wounded in the clashes. A UN spokesman
later said the Iraqi army raid on Camp Ashraf left 34 Iranian exiles
(AP, 4/8/11)(AP, 4/14/11)
2011 Apr 11, Iranís Central
Bank Gov. Mahmoud Bahmani said Iran plans to slash 4 zeros from its
national currency in "one to two years", seeking parity between its
rial and the US dollar.
2011 Apr 11, The European Union
agreed to impose sanctions on 32 Iranian officials for human rights
2011 Apr 11, Iraqís government
voted to shut down a camp of Iranian dissidents and move them out of
the country by yearís end, but not back to Iran.
(SFC, 4/12/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 13, Iranís first
vice-president was quoted as saying in the governmental newspaper
that Iran has stopped refueling "western passenger planes" since
Europe-bound Iranian commercial planes were refused fuelling there.
2011 Apr 16, A senior Iranian
military official said experts have determined the United States and
Israel were behind a mysterious computer worm known as Stuxnet that
has harmed Iran's nuclear program.
2011 Apr 17, Iranís Kayhan
daily reported that an Iranian military commander has accused German
engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel
launch the Stuxnet virus, a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities.
2011 Apr 18, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed two soldiers in the Defense Ministry in Kabul
in the third attack on security installations in four days. The
attacker was shot dead before he set off his explosives. Afghan and
Iranian officials said armed assailants have kidnapped 12 Iranians
and 2 Afghans building a road in western Farah province. 3 of the
men were released April 19 and the rest on April 20 with the help of
local tribal elders.
(Reuters, 4/18/11)(AP, 4/19/11)(AP, 4/20/11)
2011 Apr 19, Iranís
intelligence minister Heidar Moslehi resigned following reported
internal disputes with Pres. Ahmadinejad and the president publicly
accepted it. But Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei quickly
ordered that Moslehi remain on the job.
2011 Apr 20, In Iran more than
200 lawmakers warned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he must obey
an order from the country's supreme leader reinstating Heidar
Moslehi, the powerful intelligence minister who resigned on April
2011 Apr 21, Iranian security
forces killed four members of "extreme religious groups" who were
behind deadly attacks in the western province of Kurdistan. The four
belonged to a Wahhabi group. Wahhabism is the austere form of Sunni
Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia.
2011 Apr 21, The US Justice
Department indicted 3 US citizens and their two companies for
illegally exporting millions of dollars worth of computers to Iran
2011 Apr 24, Iran and Iraq
signed agreements to return each others' detainees, which could lead
to the forced repatriation of an Iranian opposition group based in
2011 Apr 25, A senior Iranian
military official said Iran has been hit by a second computer virus,
the Stars virus, suggesting it was part of a concerted campaign to
undermine the country's disputed nuclear program.
2011 May 1, Bahrain's chamber
of commerce called on Gulf Arab nationals to boycott Iranian goods
and halt financial transactions with Tehran, accusing it of
interfering in the country's affairs.
2011 May 8, Iran's Bushehr
nuclear power station began operating at a low level in a crucial
step toward bringing it online.
2011 May 10, Iran said it has
accepted the European Union's proposal for more talks about the
country's controversial nuclear program.
2011 May 11, The Syrian army
shelled residential areas in Homs, the country's third-largest city,
sending people fleeing for cover in a sharp escalation in the
government's attempts to crush a popular revolt against President
Bashar Assad's autocratic rule. An official, who was not identified,
said two soldiers were killed and five wounded during
confrontations. Al-Jazeera said that Dorothy Parvaz, one of the
network's journalists with extensive connections in the US and
Canada, has been sent to Iran following her detention last month in
2011 May 13, A report was
submitted to the Security Council by a UN Panel of Experts, a group
that monitors compliance with UN sanctions imposed on Pyongyang
after it conducted two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. It said North
Korea and Iran appear to have been regularly exchanging ballistic
missile technology in violation of UN sanctions. The report said the
illicit technology transfers had "trans-shipment through a
neighboring 3rd country," said to be China.
2011 May 15, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he has temporarily assumed the duties of
the oil ministry. A day earlier Ahmadinejad dismissed oil minister
Masoud Mirkazemi, alongside two other ministers without
(AFP, 5/16/11)(AP, 5/16/11)
2011 May 18, Missing journalist
Dorothy Parvaz, who was held by Iranian authorities after being
detained in Syria, arrived in her company's home base of Qatar after
winning her freedom.
2011 May 19, A US federal judge
awarded $300 million in punitive damages in each of two suicide
bombings blamed on Iran and Iranian-backed Islamic groups. One
ruling came on behalf of the family of Alan Beer, a US citizen who
was killed in Jerusalem in 2003 in the bombing of a bus by the
Iran-backed organization Hamas. The other was made to American
citizen Seth Haim, his father and his brother. They were injured in
the 1995 bombing of a bus in the Gaza Strip by the Iranian-supported
Shaqaqi Faction of the Palestine Islamic Jihad.
2011 May 20, Iranian news
reported that the state constitutional watchdog body has ruled that
the president cannot serve as the country's caretaker oil minister.
2011 May 21, Iran's
Intelligence Ministry claimed that it has arrested at least 30
people allegedly linked to a CIA-run spy network in accusations that
also could spill over into the country's deepening political power
2011 May 21, Iranian dissident
Mohammad Rasoulof won the Cannes prize for best director in the Un
Certain Regard section but could not attend because of "Kafkaesque"
authorities at home.
2011 May 22, Iran's
Arabic-language state television said a new surface-to-surface
missiles, Qiyam (Resurrection) 1, were successfully tested and
delivered to the armed forces today.
2011 May 23, In Iran Nasser
Hejazi (61), national soccer hero and symbol of resistance to the
(Econ, 6/4/11, p.96)
2011 May 23, EU foreign
ministers decided to impose asset freezes and travel bans on more
Iranian officials and companies with links to the nuclear program.
It was not yet clear how many officials and companies were involved.
2011 May 23, Iraq's Electricity
Ministry spokesman said a five-year plan with Iran will let Iraq buy
25 million cubic meters of natural gas each day to feed two power
plants in northeastern suburbs of Baghdad, one built by Iran and the
other by South Korea's Hyundai conglomerate.
2011 May 24, An accidental
blast at Iran's Abadan's oil refinery killed one person and wounded
25 during a visit by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was not
2011 May 24, The Obama
administration hit seven foreign companies, including Venezuela'
state-owned oil company and an Israeli shipping firm, for engaging
in trade with Iran in violation of a US ban. At the same time, the
administration imposed separate sanctions on more than 15 people and
companies in China, Iran, North Korea, Syria and elsewhere for
illicit trading in missile technology and weapons of mass
2011 May 25, It was reported
that Iranís popular Lake Oroumieh, home to migrating flamingos,
pelicans and gulls, has shrunken by 60 percent and could disappear
entirely in just a few years, drained by drought, misguided
irrigation policies, development and the damming of rivers that feed
2011 May 26, Iran hanged 11
prisoners, including a convicted serial killer. The others had been
found guilty of rape and armed robbery. The hangings brought the
number of executions to 143 since the beginning of the year. Another
man was hanged May 23 for drug smuggling in the city prison of
Behbahan in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.
2011 Jun 1, Iran's parliament
voted to take Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to court over his takeover of the
country's lucrative oil ministry, escalating the power struggle
between the president and the hard-line establishment that has
turned against him.
2011 Jun 1, Iranís government
media said Haleh Sahabi (54), the daughter of a prominent Iranian
dissident, died of a heart attack while attending her father's
funeral today, but opposition websites said she died in a scuffle
with security forces. The elder Sahabi (81) died a day earlier after
being hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage.
2011 Jun 8, The government of
Iran announced it planned to continue nuclear enrichment, despite
opposition from other nations that worried Iran was planning to
build an atomic bomb.
2011 Jun 15, Iran launched a
satellite into earth orbit, in a feat that is likely to raise
concerns among those who fear Iran's intentions and nuclear
2011 Jun 18, Iran's hardline
press watchdog allowed the reformist Etemad newspaper to return to
the newsstands after a 15-month ban on the leading daily. A
convicted rapist was hanged in the southern city of Shahrekord.
2011 Jun 20, Iran hanged in
public three men convicted of rape and armed robbery in the eastern
city of Zabol.
2011 Jun 21, Iranís Arman daily
reported that human rights campaigner Emadeddin Baghi has been freed
after serving a year-long jail term on charges of spreading
"propaganda against the regime."
2011 Jun 22, Iranís state-run
Press TV announced that 30 people were arrested in May on suspicion
of spying for the US.
(SFC, 6/23/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 23, The US blacklisted
a major Iranian port operator and the country's national airline,
Iran Air, to increase pressure on Tehran to curtail its alleged
nuclear weapons program.
2011 Jun 24, In Iran Pakistani
president Asif Ali Zardari and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai
held a three-way summit with Iran ahead of attending an
2011 Jun 25, In Iran Pakistani
Pres. Asif Ali Zardari and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai
attended an international anti-terrorism conference alongside
Sudan's Pres. Omar al-Bashir, Iraqi Pres. Jalal Talabani and Tajik
Pres. Emomali Rahmon. The presidents of Afghanistan, Iran and
Pakistan agreed to join forces in combating militancy.
(AP, 6/25/11)(AFP, 6/25/11)
2011 Jun 26, The Israeli
cabinet approved broad economic sanctions against Iran, bringing the
Jewish state into line with measures taken by other governments.
2011 Jun 29, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned the authorities against making arrests of
members in his government whom he vowed to defend.
2011 Jul 2, Iran said it will
completely seal off its eastern borders with Afghanistan and
Pakistan by 2015 to prevent drug smuggling and infiltration of armed
2011 Jul 4, Iranian lawmaker
Esmail Kosari told newspapers that 26 Americans, it believes
violated human rights, would be tried in absentia and their files
passed on to international tribunals. The list included former
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, his deputy Paul Wolfowitz, and
military commanders at US detention centers Abu Ghraib in Iraq and
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. State news reported that Mohammad Ali Dadkhah,
a prominent human rights lawyer, was sentenced to 9 years in prison
for seeking to overthrow the ruling system.
(Reuters, 7/4/11)(SFC, 7/5/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 13, Iran hanged a man
convicted of raping and murdering a five-year old girl in a village
near the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.
2011 Jul 16, Iran and China
signed a series of agreements worth $4 billion (2.8 billion euros)
for infrastructure projects as part of a broader bid to boost trade
volume between the two nations. The agreements were signed during a
visit by He Guoqiang, a senior executive of the Chinese Communist
2011 Jul 17, Several Iranian
Kurdish rebels based in Iraq were wounded in hours of clashes with
Tehran's forces along the two countries' border.
2011 Jul 18, Iranís state news
said Revolutionary Guard forces have taken control of three bases of
an Iranian Kurdish opposition group in neighboring Iraq and that "a
large number" of members of the Iranian Kurdish opposition group
PEJAK have been killed in fierce ongoing clashes over the past two
days. PEJAK claimed to have killed 53 Iranian soldiers and wounded
43 while only two PEJAK members were killed and seven wounded in
2011 Jul 19, Iran issued a new
warning that it will halt supplies of crude to India unless the
issue of billions of dollars in overdue payments is resolved. New
Delhi has been struggling for more than six months to pay Tehran due
to international banking sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic
over its nuclear program.
2011 Jul 20, Iran's
Revolutionary Guard said it has shot down an unmanned US spy plane
that was trying to gather information on the underground Fordo
uranium enrichment site.
2011 Jul 23, In Iran gunmen
firing from motorcycles killed Dariush Rezaeinejad (35), said to be
an electronics mastersí student at Khajeh Nasir University in
Tehran. Initial reports said a pair of gunmen firing from
motorcycles killed Darioush Rezaei (35), a physics professor whose
area of expertise was neutron transport. It was later reported that
he participated in developing high-voltage switches, a key component
that is crucial to setting off the explosions needed to trigger a
(AP, 7/23/11)(AFP, 7/24/11)(AP, 7/28/11)
2011 Jul 25, Iranian forces
shelled suspected rebel outposts in Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish
region, killing two Iraqi civilians.
2011 Jul 28, In Iraq a suicide
bomber and a car bomb struck an Iraqi bank in Tikrit where policemen
were picking up their paychecks, killing 12 and wounding 34 people.
An Iraqi Kurd boy (10) was killed in shelling by Tehran's forces of
Iranian Kurdish separatist bases in Battas, northern Iraq.
(AP, 7/28/11)(AP, 7/29/11)
2011 Jul 28, The Obama
administration accused Iran of entering into a secret deal with an
Al-Qaida offshoot that provides money and recruits for attacks in
Afghanistan and Pakistan.
(SFC, 7/29/11, p.A7)
2011 Jul 29, In Iran a blast
hit a pipeline carrying natural gas from Iran to Turkey, forcing a
cut in supply.
2011 Aug 3, Venezuela and Iran
signed a deal for Iran build over 10,000 homes in three central
states of the South American nation in a billion-dollar investment
package that signals the two country's increasingly close ties.
2011 Aug 17, Iran's foreign
minister Ali Akbar Salehi, speaking in Russia, said Iran is ready to
resume negotiations on its nuclear program and a Russian proposal
will aid the process.
2011 Aug 20, Iran's state TV
reported that Americans Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, already held
for two years in Tehran, have been sentenced to 8 years in jail each
on charges of espionage and illegal entry. They had 20 days to
appeal the sentence.
2011 Aug 24, The EU announced
that it was leveling sanctions against Iranís Al Quds military
force, saying it had given technical and material aid to Pres. Assad
of Syria in his efforts to quell a 5-month old uprising against his
(SFC, 8/25/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 27, Iran warned that a
power vacuum in Damascus could spark an unprecedented regional
crisis, as thousands of protesters insisted they will defy tanks and
bullets until President Bashar Assad is toppled.
2011 Aug 27, Iran inaugurated a
plant for producing carbon fiber, which it is banned from importing
by international sanctions targeting dual-use materials.
2011 Aug 27, In Iran residents
of Orumiyeh residents demonstrated against parliamentís refused in
mid-August to fast-track a rescue plan to save Lake Orumiyeh, Iranís
largest lake. The drying lake, situated between East and West
Azarbaijan provinces in the northwest, has lost more than half of
its surface over the last two decades due to drought and the damming
of rivers feeding it. The protest was repressed by force.
2011 Sep 3, A young Kurdish
shepherd was killed by an Iranian sniper on the Iraq-Iran border.
Iran also shelled the border area, appearing to target bases of the
Iranian Kurdish rebel group PEJAK, which has been involved in
sporadic cross-border clashes with Iranian forces in recent years.
2011 Sep 4, Iranian state radio
said the country's first nuclear power plant has been connected to
the national power grid for a test run. The power plant in the
southern port of Bushehr, with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, was
built with Russian help.
2011 Sep 4, Iran executed three
men for homosexuality. They were hanged in the south-western city of
Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan province.
(Econ, 2/4/12, p.63)(http://tinyurl.com/3jkjmyn)
2011 Sep 5, Iran said its
Revolutionary Guard soldiers have killed at least 30 members of
Kurdish opposition group in fighting outside the border city of
Sardasht in an operation that began on Sep 2. Inside Iraq a PEJAK
spokesman declared an immediate, unilateral cease-fire, which Iran
2011 Sep 7, In Syria a barrage
of gunfire by security forces in Homs killed at least 29 people,
wounded several others and left residents cowering in their homes.
State-run news agency SANA said a "terrorist group" kidnapped two
Baath party officials in Rastan. The embattled regime faced
surprising calls to end the violence from its closest ally, Iran.
(AP, 9/7/11)(AP, 9/8/11)(AFP, 9/8/11)
2011 Sep 10, Iran hanged 2
convicted drug traffickers in a prison in the northern city of Sari.
The latest hangings bring to 186 the number of executions reported
in Iran so far this year.
2011 Sep 11, Iran media
reported that several Iranian banks have been targeted in one of the
biggest frauds in the Islamic republic's history, losing nearly $2.6
billion in more than two years. Iran hanged a convicted drug
trafficker in prison in the northwestern city of Meshkinshahr,
bringing to 187 the number of executions reported in Iran so far
2011 Sep 12, Iran media said
state regulators have blocked the assets a mega-tycoon Amir-Mansour
Aria, accused of masterminding a $2.6 billion bank fraud. Last week
Bank Saderat, revealed it uncovered the alleged fraud in early
August and informed security and judicial authorities. The newspaper
Kayhan, which often reflects the views of Iran's ruling clerics,
said Aria had links with Ahmadinejad's top ally, Esfandiar Rahim
Mashaei. Iran hanged five convicted drug traffickers jailed in the
central city of Shahroud.
(AP, 9/12/11)(AFP, 9/12/11)
2011 Sep 13, An Iranian court
set bail of $500,000 each for two American men, Shane Bauer and Josh
Fattal, arrested more than two years ago and convicted on
spy-related charges, clearing the way for their release a year after
a similar bail-for-freedom arrangement for the third member of the
group. Iran hanged five people, three of them for drug trafficking
and two in public for murder.
(AP, 9/13/11)(AFP, 9/13/11)
2011 Sep 18, Iran hanged Elias
Babai Chegini (39), a convicted drug trafficker, at a prison in the
northwestern city of Qazvin. His hanging raised to 200 the number of
executions reported in Iran so far this year.
2011 Sep 19, Iranian state
television reported that authorities have arrested five people for
working for the BBC's Farsi-language service.
2011 Sep 20, Iran publicly
hanged a convicted murderer at a square in the capital Tehran. Sajad
Karimi had confessed to shooting a doctor, who had been his mother's
surgeon, following her death.
2011 Sep 21, Iran publicly
hanged Alireza Molla-Soltani (17) convicted of killing Ruhollah
Dadashi, an athlete billed as "Iran's strongest man." He was sent to
the gallows at the scene of the crime in the city of Karaj. A
spokesman for the prosecution said the boy had reached "religious
maturity" and was over 18 years of age by the Islamic lunar
2011 Sep 21, Americans Shane
Bauer and Josh Fattal, jailed in Iran as spies, were released from
Tehran's Evin prison after more than two years in custody. A $1
million bail, $500,000 for each one, was posted by Oman.
2011 Sep 28, Iran announced the
mass production of a new cruise missile, designed to destroy
warships and coastal targets. The Qader had a range of 125 miles.
(SFC, 9/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 30, Iranís Fars news
agency said pastor Yusef Nadarkhani, arrested for apostasy in 2009,
will not face the death penalty but is a traitorous "Zionist" who
has committed "security crimes."
2011 Oct 8, Iran sentenced
actress Marzieh Vafamehr to a year in jail and 90 lashes for her
role in a film about the limits imposed on artists in the Islamic
republic. Vafamehr was arrested in July after appearing in "My
Tehran for Sale," which came under harsh criticism in conservative
circles. She was released on bail later in July. Her sentence was
overturned later this month on appeal.
(AFP, 10/9/11)(AP, 10/29/11)
2011 Oct 8, Iran hanged a man
(67) convicted of multiple rapes of 37 women whom he coerced by
filming acts with them. He was executed in a prison in Isfahan after
four years of repeated appeals against his sentence.
2011 Oct 9, In Iran Peiman
Aref, a student activist supporting the opposition, received 74
lashes before leaving the prison where he had served a yearlong term
for insulting the president.
2011 Oct 12, Iranian lawmaker
Ali Motahari said he is resigning to protest the parliament's
failure to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning over
a long list of accusations, including corruption.
2011 Oct 19, Iranís
governmental newspaper reported that the government has sentenced
reformist journalist Abdolreza Tajik to six year in prison after he
was convicted of propaganda against the regime.
2011 Oct 20, Iran reported that
13 divers, part of a team installing an underwater oil pipeline,
were inside a pressurized diving chamber when their Koosha-1 ship
sank in the Persian Gulf in stormy seas. The 7 Indians, 5 Iranians
and one Ukrainian had about 72 hours of oxygen. 8 of the 13 divers
were reported dead on Oct 23.
(AP, 10/22/11)(AP, 10/23/11)
2011 Oct 21, Turkish jets kept
up bombing raids on Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq overnight,
as the rebels confirmed that some Turkish troops crossed into Iraq.
Turkey and Iran vowed to collaborate against the PKK and its Iranian
wing, the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, or PJAK, during a visit
by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.
(AFP, 10/21/11)(AP, 10/22/11)
2011 Oct 24, In Iran a man
convicted of drug trafficking was hanged in Ardebil. Another
convicted of killing a police officer was hanged in Jam. The hanging
brought to 233 the number of executions in Iran so far this year,
according to an AFP tally.
2011 Oct 26, US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton in an interview to BBC Farsi said that in the
next two months, the United States would open a "virtual embassy":
an online site that would respond to questions about US visa and
study options, and that would address the Iranian population
2011 Oct 28, In southern Iran
an explosion at a state-run oil field killed a worker and injured
three others. A refinery in central Iran was hit by a fire.
2011 Oct 29, Iranian media
reported a blast at a southwest oil field, the third such explosion
in the country in 24 hours attributed to accidents.
2011 Nov 3, Top UN envoy to
Iraq, Martin Kobler, offered to broker the peaceful closing of out
of Camp Ashraf, a camp of Iranian exiles, before the government in
Baghdad forces its residents out at the end of the year.
2011 Nov 6, Israeli President
Shimon Peres warned that an attack on Iran is becoming increasingly
likely, days before a report by the UN's nuclear watchdog on Iran's
nuclear program is due.
2011 Nov 8, Israelís Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman said only crippling sanctions against
Iran's central bank and its oil and gas industries will force Tehran
to halt its nuclear drive. The UN atomic agency said for the first
time that Iran is suspected of conducting secret experiments whose
sole purpose is the development of nuclear arms.
(AFP, 11/8/11)(AP, 11/8/11)
2011 Nov 9, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad vowed that Iran won't retreat "one iota" from its
nuclear program, denying claims that it seeks atomic weapons. Key
ally Russia gave the Islamic Republic a major boost, rejecting
tighter sanctions despite a UN watchdog report detailing suspected
2011 Nov 11, Ahmad Rezaei, the
son of prominent Iranian conservative Mohsen Rezaei, died in Dubai's
Gloria Hotel in an apparent suicide. Prior to his return to Iran in
2005, Ahmad Rezaei had lived in the United States and openly
criticized Tehran's rulers. His father had run against President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.
2011 Nov 11, The UN atomic
agency (IAEA) shared satellite images, letters and diagrams with 35
nations as it sought to underpin its case that Iran apparently
worked secretly on developing a nuclear weapon.
2011 Nov 12, In Iran an
accidental explosion at a Revolutionary Guard ammunition depot west
of Tehran killed at least 36 soldiers. Brig. Gen. Hassan Moqaddam, a
top commander of Iranís ballistic missile program, was among those
(AP, 11/12/11)(SSFC, 11/13/11, p.A6)(SFC,
11/14/11, p.A2)(AP, 11/17/11)
2011 Nov 16, Iranís Cabinet
approved a new regulation allowing tea houses to again offer water
pipes to customers. The ban remains in place for other institutions,
along with the general 2005 ban on smoking in restaurants, parks and
other public places.
2011 Nov 18, In Austria the US
and its Western allies bluntly accused Iran of deceiving the world
and declared it could no longer dismiss evidence it is working
secretly on making nuclear arms.
2011 Nov 20, Iranian media
reported that authorities have imposed a two-month ban on a
reformist newspaper, Etemad, for printing what the country's press
watchdog said was "lies and insults" to officials.
2011 Nov 21, The US approved
extra curbs on Iranís banking system and oil industry in an ongoing
effort to thwart the countryís nuclear program.
(SFC, 12/1/11, p.A3)
2011 Nov 23, Rafiq Tagi, a
prominent Azeri journalist, died in Baku four days after he was
stabbed six times by an unknown assailant. Tagi claimed the attack
was retaliation for his opinion piece published earlier this month
that criticized the government of neighboring Iran.
2011 Nov 24, Iranís official
IRNA news agency reported that Iran has arrested 12 agents of the
American Central Intelligence Agency. Parviz Sorouri, a member of
the powerful parliamentary committee on foreign policy and national
security, said the alleged agents were operating in coordination
with Israel's Mossad and other regional agencies, targeting the
country's military and its nuclear program.
2011 Nov 27, Iran's parliament
voted on expel the British ambassador in retaliation for fresh
Western sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program and warned that
other countries could also be punished. The bill now has to go to
the Guardians Council for approval.
2011 Nov 28, Iran enacted
legislation to downgrade relations with Britain in retaliation for
intensified sanctions imposed last week by Western nations for their
suspected nuclear development program.
(SFC, 11/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 29, Hard-line Iranian
students stormed British diplomatic sites in Tehran, bringing down
the Union Jack flag, burning an embassy vehicle and throwing
documents from windows in scenes reminiscent of the seizing of the
US compound in 1979.
2011 Nov 29, Iran hanged three
convicted rapists and six drug traffickers, one of them a woman, in
2011 Nov 30, Britain's foreign
secretary ordered all Iranian diplomats out of the UK within 48
hours following attacks on the British embassy and a residential
compound in Tehran. The ransacked embassy in Tehran was shuttered.
(AP, 11/30/11)(SFC, 12/1/11, p.A3)
2011 Nov 30, Norway said it has
temporarily closed its embassy in Tehran due to security concerns
after the British mission in the Iranian capital was attacked by an
2011 Dec 3, The London-based
Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization (IKWRO) reported
that more than 2,800 so-called honor attacks, punishments for
bringing shame on the family, were recorded by Britain's police in
2011 Dec 4, Iran's official
IRNA news agency reported that Iranian armed forces have brought
down an unmanned US spy plane that violated Iranian airspace along
the country's eastern border. Iran said it
used advanced electronic warfare measures to detect, hack and bring
down an advanced RQ-170 Sentinel drone. It suffered minor damage and
was now in possession of Iran's armed forces." Footage of the drone
was aired on Dec 8.
(AP, 12/4/11)(SSFC, 12/11/11, p.A8)
2011 Dec 7, Iran blocked an
Internet website, http://iran.usembassy.gov/, the United States was
touting as a "virtual embassy," and which senior MPs slammed as an
attempt to deceive the Iranian people and divide them from the
2011 Dec 11, In Iran a blast
caused by leftover ammunition killed at least seven workers
including foreign nationals at a steel mill in the central city of
2011 Dec 12, The head of Iran's
parliamentary national security committee said Iran will
reverse-engineer the US drone it has in its possession, and is in
the "final stages" of unlocking the aircraft's software secrets.
2011 Dec 16, South Korea joined
a fresh multinational effort to press Iran to scrap its suspected
nuclear weapons program, adding more than 100 names to a financial
blacklist of Iranian firms and individuals.
2011 Dec 18, Iranian state
media reported that Russiaís Tatneft has signed a preliminary accord
valued at $1 billion with the Persian Gulf country to develop the
Zagheh oil field located in southwestern Iran. The next day Tatneft
said no accord has been signed.
(SFC, 12/18/11, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/7j78scn)
2011 Dec 19, The UN General
Assembly approved a resolution denouncing human rights violations in
Iran in an 89-30 vote. There were 64 abstentions.
(SFC, 12/19/11, p.A2)
2011 Dec 20, Five Iranian
engineers working on an electricity power plant in Jandar, close to
the city of Homs, Syria, were abducted. Two others working for Iran
Power Plant Projects Management Company (Mapna) were taken when they
went to investigate their colleagues' disappearance. On Jan 2 an
unknown group calling itself the "Movement Against the Expansion of
Shiism in Syria" claimed responsibility for their abduction.
2011 Dec 23, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a visit to Armenia that saw the Islamic
republic and its small Christian neighbor sign a series of
agreements to boost ties.
2011 Dec 27, Iran warned that
it would block the Strait of Hormuz if Western powers attempt to
impose an embargo on Iranian petroleum exports in their effort to
isolate the country over its suspect nuclear energy program.
(SFC, 12/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Dec 31, Iran said it has
proposed a new round of talks on its nuclear program with six world
powers that have been trying for years to persuade Tehran to freeze
aspects of its atomic work that could provide a possible pathway to
2011 Dec, Iranian scientist,
Mojtaba Atarodi was taken into in US custody over allegations he
bought advanced technological equipment in violation of US sanctions
on Iran. In April, 2013, the US released Atarodi, a microchip expert
at Tehran's Sharif University.
2011 Maziar Bahari authored
ďThen They Came for Me: A Familyís Story of Love, Captivity and
Survival.Ē In 2009 Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian BBC journalist, was
imprisoned and tortured in Iran for 118 days for his reports on
protests following the re-election of Pres. Ahmadinejad.
(SSFC, 11/23/14, Par p.9)
2012 Jan 1, Iranís nuclear
agency said its scientists have tested the first nuclear fuel rod
produced from uranium ore deposits inside the country.
2012 Jan 1, In Pakistan three
Iranian border guards crossed the frontier in southwestern
Baluchistan province and allegedly shot at a car, killing a
Pakistani national. The border guards were arrested by Pakistan
paramilitary Frontier Corps.
2012 Jan 2, Iran test-fired a
surface-to-surface cruise missile called Ghader during a drill that
the country's navy chief said proved Tehran was in complete control
of the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-sixth of
the world's oil supply.
2012 Jan 2, Three Iranian
border guards were arrested in southwestern Baluchistan province
along after they allegedly crossed the frontier and shot at a car,
killing a Pakistani national. On Jan 14 Pakistan deported the 3
guards after they were pardoned in court by the family of the man
killed in the attack.
2012 Jan 5, A US Navy destroyer
rescued 13 Iranian fishermen, more than 40 days after their boat was
commandeered by suspected Somali pirates in the northern Arabian
Sea. The event was made public a day later and Iran's government on
Jan 7 welcomed the rescue, calling it a positive humanitarian
gesture. Iran's hard-line Fars news agency called the rescue
operation a Hollywood dramatization of a routine event.
2012 Jan 8, A leading Iranian
hardline newspaper reported Iran has begun uranium enrichment at the
Fordo facility near the holy city of Qom, well protected from
possible airstrikes. Another newspaper quoted a senior commander of
the powerful Revolutionary Guard force as saying Tehran's leadership
has decided to order the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, a
strategic oil route, if the country's petroleum exports are blocked.
2012 Jan 9, Iranís state radio
reported that an Iranian court has convicted Amir Mirzaei Hekmati
(28), an American man, of working for the CIA and sentenced him to
death. The case added to the accelerating tension between the United
States and Iran. In March the Supreme Court tossed out his death
penalty and said a new trial would held. In 2014 the death sentence
was overturned and reduced to 10 years in jail.
(AP, 1/9/12)(SFC, 3/6/12, p.A3)(AFP, 4/13/14)
2012 Jan 9, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited his close ally President Hugo Chavez in
Venezuela on the first leg of a four-nation tour that will also take
Ahmadinejad to Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador.
2012 Jan 11, In Iran 2
assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a university professor working at the Natanz
nuclear facility, killing him and his driver. Defiant Iranian
authorities pointed the finger at archfoe Israel.
2012 Jan 11, Cuba and Iran
highlighted the "right of all nations to the peaceful use of nuclear
energy" during a visit by Iranian Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the
communist-ruled island. Ahmadinejad slammed capitalism as bankrupt
and called for a new world order.
2012 Jan 14, Iranís Foreign
Ministry sent a diplomatic letter to the US saying that it has
"evidence and reliable information" that the CIA provided "guidance,
support and planning" to assassins "directly involved" in the Jan 11
assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.
State media IRNA also reported that Iran delivered a letter to
Britain accusing London of having an "obvious role" in the killing.
2012 Jan 15, An Iranian news
website said a court has sentenced Pres. Ahmadinejad's press adviser
to one year in prison on the charge of insulting Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ali Akbar Javanfekr was also banned from
journalism activities for five years.
2012 Jan 15, At Hollywoodís
Golden Globes ďThe ArtistĒ won 3 Golden Globes. ďThe DescendantsĒ
won 2. Meryl Streep won for best actress in a drama (The Iron Lady).
George Clooney won for best actor (The Descendants). An Iranian
film, "A Separation", won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language
(SFC, 1/16/12, p.D1)(AFP, 1/16/12)
2012 Jan 15, Britain's foreign
secretary William Hague said that European nations will intensify
pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, but insisted the West
wasn't pressing for military action.
2012 Jan 16, Gelareh
Bagherzadeh (30), a Texas medical student well-known in her
community as an Iranian activist, was mysteriously shot and killed
in her car around midnight, just yards from her home in Houston.
2012 Jan 17, India said it was
continuing to buy oil from Iran, despite an intensifying US campaign
to smother Tehran's vital oil exports until it abandons its nuclear
2012 Jan 18, Iran's currency,
the rial, hit a record low against the dollar, based on rates in
black market trading that the government has tried to ban.
2012 Jan 20, British
authorities revoked the license of Press TV, the Iranian state
broadcaster's English-language outlet, saying the channel had
breached a string of regulations.
2012 Jan 21, An Iranian boat
sank while sailing between Hormuz Island and the port city of Bandar
Abbas on the mainland. 17 people died after a storm capsized the
2012 Jan 25, Azerbaijan
officials said 2 men have been arrested in a plot to assassinate
Israeli targets in Baku. Local mercenaries, suspected of being
recruited by a well-known gangster with ties to Iran, were arrested.
Azerbaijani media later said that two Iranian Quds Force members
were arrested. In addition, around 20 people, mostly from the same
family, were arrested in connection with the planned attacks, in a
village on the outskirts of Baku.
2012 Jan 26, Pres. Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Iran is ready to revive talks with the world
powers, as toughening sanctions aim at forcing Tehran to sharply
scale back its nuclear program. A US-made F-14 Iranian fighter jet
crashed in southern Iran. Both the pilot and the co-pilot were
2012 Jan 26, Iranian security
forces killed six Pakistani traders taking goats into Iran. Gunmen
in Syria kidnapped 11 Iranian pilgrims traveling by road from Turkey
(AP, 1/26/12)(AFP, 2/3/12)
2012 Jan 27, In Syria heavy
gunfire hammered Homs in a second day of chaos. Activists said
21 people were killed across the country. The UN Security Council
held a closed-door meeting to discuss the crisis, a step toward a
possible resolution against the Damascus regime. The rebel Free
Syrian Army said it had captured five Iranian soldiers in Homs who
it said were under orders of the Syrian intelligence service.
(AP, 1/27/12)(AFP, 1/27/12)
2012 Jan 29, Iranian media
confirmed that Saeed Malekpour (36), an Iranian man with Canadian
residency, has had a death sentence against him reinstated by the
supreme court on charges he operated a pornographic website.
Malekpour was arrested in Iran in 2008 while visiting his dying
2012 Jan 29, UN nuclear
inspectors began a critical mission to Iran to probe allegations of
a secret atomic weapons program amid escalating Western economic
pressure and warnings about safeguarding Gulf oil shipments from
possible Iranian blockades.
2012 Jan 30, Iran's top
diplomat offered to extend the current visit of UN nuclear
inspectors and expressed optimism their findings would help ease
tensions despite international claims that Iran is trying to build
nuclear weapons. Iran's state TV reported the development of
laser-guided artillery shells capable of hitting moving targets.
2012 Feb 1, Eleven Iranian
pilgrims were kidnapped in the central Syrian city of Hama.
2012 Feb 1, Senior UN nuclear
expert Herman Nackaerts announced plans to revisit Tehran soon after
a "good trip," indicating progress on his team's quest to probe
suspicions that the Islamic Republic is secretly working on an
atomic arms program.
2012 Feb 2, Israel's chief of
military intelligence, General Aviv Kochavi, warned at a security
conference that Iran has enough radioactive material to produce four
2012 Feb 3, Iran successfully
launched a new small satellite into orbit. The home-made satellite,
Navid, or Gospel, was designed to collect data on weather conditions
and monitor for natural disasters.
2012 Feb 3, Iran banned its
citizens from traveling to Syria by road following the recent
abductions of 29 Iranians in the escalating uprising in its key
Middle East ally.
2012 Feb 4, Iranís state
television's website said has the government begun mass production
of an anti-ship cruise missile.
2012 Feb 5, The Iranian navy
rushed to a site in the Gulf of Aden after it received a distress
signal from an oil tanker, which was under attack from some 35
pirate boats. The navy opened fire on the pirates to foil an attack
on an Iranian oil tanker.
2012 Feb 5, Mark Thompson,
director-general of the BBC, said Iranian authorities are
increasingly arresting and threatening the families of BBC
journalists to force them to quit its Persian news service.
2012 Feb 6, Iran's semiofficial
Mehr news agency says authorities have arrested several people over
alleged links to the British Broadcasting Corporation's
2012 Feb 6, Washington ordered
the new penalties on Monday, giving US banks additional powers to
freeze assets linked to the Iranian government and close loopholes
that officials say Iran has used to move money despite earlier
restrictions imposed by the US and Europe.
2012 Feb 7, Iran's parliament
decided to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning over
a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the
2012 Feb 12, Iranís Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Hamasí Ismail Haniyeh that Iran
would always stand by the Palestinian resistance against Israel and
warned him against compromisers. Pres. Ahmadinejad said it was
Iranís duty to stand by the Palestinians.
(SFC, 2/13/12, p.A3)
2012 Feb 13, Many Iranian web
users said their access to foreign email services such as Gmail,
Yahoo mail and Hotmail appears to have been restored after a four
2012 Feb 13, In India and
Georgia assailants targeted Israeli diplomats in near-simultaneous
strikes that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on archenemy Iran,
and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. The attacks wounded four people.
A hitman on a rented motorbike attached a magnetic bomb to the back
of an Israeli embassy car carrying the 42-year-old diplomat as she
went to pick up her children from school in New Delhi. The woman,
also the wife of the defense attache at the embassy, was left in a
critical condition with spinal injuries and was flown to Israel for
further treatment. 3 men of Iranian origin were later identified as
(AP, 2/13/12)(AFP, 3/15/12)
2012 Feb 14, US filmmaker Sean
Stone (27), son of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, converted to
Islam in Iran, where he is making a documentary.
2012 Feb 14, In Thailand an
Iranian man, Saeid Moradi, carrying grenades lost at least one leg
in a grenade blast and wounded four civilians in Bangkok after an
earlier blast shook his rented house. Mohammad Kharzei, a 2nd man
was arrested in Bangkok as he tried to board a flight to Malaysia.
(AP, 2/14/12)(AP, 2/15/12)
2012 Feb 15, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Iran has added 3,000 more centrifuges to its
uranium enrichment effort increasing the total to 9,000, as he
unveiled progress in his country's controversial nuclear program.
Iran began loading domestically made nuclear fuel rods into its
Tehran research reactor. Iran also said it was considering cutting
oil sales to six EU countries in retaliation to an EU ban on Iranian
oil imports that is being phased in as existing contracts expire up
to July 1.
(AFP, 2/15/12)(AP, 2/15/12)
2012 Feb 15, Malaysia police
arrested Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, a third Iranian suspect sought after
explosive blasts in Bangkok.
2012 Feb 16, Iranian opposition
group the National Council of Resistance said it has agreed to begin
evacuating its long-time base in a camp in central Iraq to transfer
to a UN-approved site near Baghdad.
2012 Feb 16, Pakistan welcomed
the leaders of Afghanistan and Iran for a regional summit at a key
juncture in peace efforts with the Taliban and amid rising tensions
between Tehran and Israel.
2012 Feb 18, In Iran a trial
began in a $2.6 billion dollar banking fraud case with some 32
people involved in taking bribes and financial corruption. At the
center of the fraud, which surfaced last September, is a company
called the Aria group, which was founded in 2005 with a mere
$50,000. In 2011, estimates put its value at more than $3.5 billion.
2012 Feb 18, In Iraq some 400
members of an Iranian exile group reluctantly moved from Camp Ashraf
in the northwest to Camp Liberty, a deserted military base outside
Baghdad in what they called a show of good faith that they
eventually will be allowed to leave the country peacefully. It was
the first group to move of the more than 3,300 members of the
People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran who have lived at the camp
for three decades.
2012 Feb 19, UN nuclear
inspectors arrived in Iran in the latest push to hold key talks with
Iranian officials about how far the country's controversial nuclear
program has come. Access to Parchin, a military site suspected of
testing nuclear weapon components, was denied.
(AP, 2/20/12)(Econ, 2/25/12, p.28)
2012 Feb 21, Iran said it views
its nuclear activities as a non-negotiable right, but confirmed they
will be discussed in mooted talks with world powers aimed at
defusing a crisis containing the seeds of a new Middle East war.
2012 Feb 22, The UN nuclear
agency acknowledged renewed failure after a trip to probe suspicions
of covert Iranian nuclear weapons work. Their statement was issued
just hours after an Iranian general warned of a pre-emptive strike
against any foe threatening the country.
2012 Feb 24, Angola's state oil
company Sonangol announced it is withdrawing from a natural-gas
project in Iran due to international sanctions over Tehran's nuclear
2012 Feb 26, In Los Angeles the
Iranian film ďA SeparationĒ won an Oscar for best foreign film.
Director Asghar Farhadi's movie explores troubles in Iranian society
through the story of a marriage in collapse.
2012 Feb 28, Iranís head of the
central bank said Iran will accept gold for trade payments, along
with agreed currencies of other nations. The remarks suggested Iran
was broadening its payment system in the face of increasingly tough
financial sanctions imposed by the West over Tehran's controversial
2012 Feb 29, A Pakistani
official said Iran has offered to supply Pakistan with 80,000
barrels of crude oil per day and a $250 million loan to help build a
gas pipeline from the Iranian border.
2012 Mar 2, Iranians voted in
their first national poll since the disputed 2009 re-election of
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, choosing a new parliament they hope
will fix their country's sanctions-hit economy. Overall, the new
parliament looked to be virtually entirely conservative, with the
previous 60 reformist MPs winnowed down to a bare handful following
the boycott of the main reformist blocs in the elections.
(AFP, 3/2/12)(AFP, 3/4/12)
2012 Mar 4, In Iran the family
of Abdolfattah Soltani (58), a prominent human rights lawyer, was
informed that he has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. He was
charged with co-founding the Center for Human Rights Defenders,
spreading anti-government propaganda, endangering national security
and accepting an illegal prize Ė a reference to a German human
rights prize he was awarded in 2009.
2012 Mar 6, Iranís
semi-official ISNA news agency reported that the government will
grant UN inspectors access to a military complex where the UN
nuclear agency suspects secret atomic work has been carried out.
2012 Mar 7, Iran's state media
said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered the creation
of an Internet oversight agency that includes top military and
political figures in the country's boldest attempt to control the
2012 Mar 7, Iranian media
reported that Ali Shakouri-Rad, a ranking member of the Islamic Iran
Participation Front, former lawmaker and a leading reformist from a
banned political party has been sentenced to four years in prison
for allegedly spreading anti-regime propaganda.
2012 Mar 8, The Israeli daily
Maariv reported that the United States has offered Israel advanced
weaponry in return for it committing not to attack Iran's nuclear
facilities this year. In return Israel would agree to put off a
possible attack on Iran till 2013.
2012 Mar 10, Turkish journalist
Adem Ozkose (34) and cameraman Hamit Coskun (21) reported from Idlib
as Syrian forces with tanks and artillery were preparing to move
against poorly armed rebels there. They were not heard from again
until May 5 when they called their families while under Syrian
detention. On May 11 Iran, acting as diplomatic go-between between
Syria and Turkey, negotiated their release.
2012 Mar 14, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave a defiant and at times mocking defense of
his economic and political management in an unprecedented
interrogation by a largely hostile parliament. It was the first time
an Iranian president was summoned before parliament to answer
questions about his rule since the founding of the Islamic republic
2012 Mar 14, The Azerbaijan
national security ministry said it has arrested 22 Azeri citizens on
suspicion of plotting attacks on the US and Israeli embassies in
Baku on behalf of neighboring Iran.
2012 Mar 14, Britain launched a
website and Facebook page for Iranians, harnessing the power of
social media to try to evade Iranian censorship and take its message
directly to the people.
2012 Mar 15, European Union
nations agreed to ban financial transfers such as SWIFT payments to
hundreds of Iranian firms and individuals blacklisted by the bloc
over Tehran's contested nuclear drive.
2012 Mar 17, A senior Iranian
military commander, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, urged Afghans to use force
to kick American troops out of their country, hinting that "new
resistance groups" could launch attacks on US interests in
2012 Mar 20, Iran ushered in
its Persian New Year with a symbolic cannon blast from its flagship
destroyer, and speeches from leaders vowing to fix an economy
suffering under Western sanctions.
2012 Mar 24, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari
arrived in Tajikistan for regional security talks with Afghan leader
2012 Mar 26, Somali pirates
seized an Iranian-owned cargo ship and its 23-strong crew in the
first hijacking within Maldivian territory. The MV. Eglantine was
seized off the north-western Hoarafush island in the Indian Ocean
atoll nation. The Bolivian-flagged vessel was freed on April 2, and
continued on to Iran with its sugar shipment.
(AFP, 3/27/12)(AFP, 4/3/12)
2012 Mar 29, Turkish PM Recep
Tayyip Erdogan voiced his country's unwavering support for Tehran's
nuclear ambitions in a meeting with Iran's President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad. Turkey relies on Iran for 30% of its oil imports, and
has refused to go along with sanctions imposed by the US and Europe,
saying it will observe only UN-mandated restrictions on Iran.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tehran strongly supports
reforms in Syria under Pres. Assad, but visiting Turkish PM Erdogan
said Assad can't be trusted and must step down.
(AFP, 3/29/12)(AP, 3/30/12)
2012 Apr 6, Azerbaijan said
members of a suspected terrorist group have been arrested. One
security officer was shot and killed and three others were wounded
in a skirmish during the arrests, and one suspect was also killed.
Officials later said the group had links to al-Qaida and some
trained in neighboring Iran.
2012 Apr 6, A Chinese cargo
ship was hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Oman, not far off the
south of Iran. The Xianghuamen, owned by Yuanyang shipping company,
was sailing with a crew of 28. Iranís navy rescued the 28 crew
members and detained 9 Somali pirates.
(AFP, 4/6/12)(AP, 4/6/12)
2012 Apr 10, Iran's official
news agency said the country's intelligence department has
dismantled an Israeli-linked assassination and sabotage network.
State media later said 15 people were arrested for an attack planned
on Feb 10.
(AP, 4/10/12)(SFC, 4/19/12, p.A4)
2012 Apr 14, Iran and senior
diplomats from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and
Germany, known as the P5+1, gathered at the negotiating table in
Istanbul for their first meeting in 15 months hoping to ease
tensions over Tehran's nuclear program.
2012 Apr 16, Iran officially
launched a $1-billion first phase of an ambitious project to pump
water from the Caspian Sea to a city in its vast and expanding
2012 Apr 16, Oil prices slipped
after nuclear talks over the weekend between major crude producer
Iran and world powers eased concerns over Middle East supplies.
2012 Apr 18, Iran welcomed
Saudi Arabia suspending death sentences against several of its
nationals convicted for drug trafficking.
2012 Apr 22, Iran's principal
oil terminal on Kharg island in the Gulf was disconnected from the
Internet. A voracious virus attack hit computers running key parts
of Iran's oil sector, forcing authorities to unplug the oil export
terminal from the Internet and to set up a cyber crisis team.
2012 Apr 22, Iraqís PM Nouri
al-Maliki was given a red carpet welcome by Iranís First Vice
President Mohammad Reza Rahimi at Saadabad Palace in north Tehran.
He was scheduled to meet with Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a two-day
2012 Apr, Iranian authorities
banned the Reuters news agency over publishing a report on martial
arts training of Iranian women. The ban was lifted in May, 2013.
2012 May 4, Iranians lined up
at polling stations for a second round of parliamentary elections.
Conservative opponents of Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad already won an
outright majority of seats of the new parliament in the first round
of elections held in March. Of 65 seats up for grabs Ahmadinejad's
opponents won 41 while the president's supporters got only 13.
(AP, 5/4/12)(AP, 5/5/12)
2012 May 8, In Iran Seo
Ok-Seok, a UN nuclear inspector from South Korea, was killed and a
colleague was injured in a car crash near a reactor site in Khondab.
2012 May 15, Iran said Majid
Jamali Fashi, a man convicted of playing a key role in the 2010
murder of a top nuclear scientist and of spying for Israel, was
2012 May 15, India said it
would cut purchases of Iranian oil by 11% following pressure from
the US to join a drive to isolate the Islamic republic over its
disputed nuclear program.
2012 May 18, In Iran thousands
of people demonstrated in Tehran to protest a proposed union of
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
2012 May 19, G8 leaders meeting
in Maryland made progress on addressing the two biggest threats to
their economies, the euro zone crisis and very high oil prices. G8
leaders sent a strong message to Iran that tough energy sanctions
would be firmly applied, vowing to ensure oil markets are well
supplied to prevent crude prices soaring.
2012 May 22, UN nuclear chief
Yukiya Amano said that despite some remaining differences, a
deal has been reached with Iran that will allow the UN nuclear
agency to restart a long-stalled probe into suspicions that Tehran
has secretly worked on developing nuclear arms.
2012 May 23, Iran and six world
powers resumed talks over Tehran's nuclear program. Diplomats from
six world powers offered Iran new proposals to ease international
concerns about its nuclear program, but appeared to reject Tehran's
appeals to ease economic sanctions to help move along talks.
2012 May 23, Iran's navy saved
the American-flagged Maersk Texas cargo ship that was being attacked
by pirates in the Gulf of Oman. It was the first time the Iranian
navy protected a US ship from pirates.
2012 May 24, Iranian
negotiators rejected proposals by six world powers to curb Tehran's
nuclear program, and demanded answers to their own counteroffer
meant to alleviate concerns about the Islamic Republic's ability to
build atomic weapons.
2012 May 24, Iranian
negotiators rejected proposals by six world powers to curb Tehran's
nuclear program, and demanded answers to their own counteroffer
meant to alleviate concerns about the Islamic Republic's ability to
build atomic weapons. The 2-days talks ended with no clear signs of
progress, but parties agreed to reconvene in Moscow in June.
(AP, 5/24/12)(SFC, 5/25/12, p.A4)
2012 May 28, Kaspersky Lab, a
Russian-based internet security firm, said a powerful computer
virus, dubbed ďFlame,Ē with unprecedented data-snatching
capabilities has attacked machines in Iran and elsewhere in the
2012 May 30, A senior Iranian
military official said Iran's key oil industry was briefly affected
by the powerful computer virus known as "Flame" that has
unprecedented data-snatching capabilities and can eavesdrop on
2012 Jun 2, Iranís defense
minister said construction of a new space center is 80% finished and
will soon allow the launch more domestically made satellites into
2012 Jun 14, Iran said it
arrested a number of chief suspects in the assassinations of two of
its nuclear scientists in the past two years, and claimed they were
linked to Israel.
2012 Jun 18, Iran and six world
powers sought elusive common ground in talks in Moscow meant to
reduce tensions over Tehran's nuclear activities that both sides see
as crucial to their interests but which are stalled by reluctance to
commit to each other's demands.
2012 Jun 19, Iran's President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stopped in Bolivia en route to a summit in
Brazil, to court support from another leftist Latin American nation
which has tense ties with the United States.
2012 Jun 19, The world powers
known as "P5+1," permanent UN Security Council members Britain,
China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany, failed to
win any concession from Iran that would give the talks a new
impulse. Negotiators in Moscow managed to prevent the diplomatic
process from complete collapse by agreeing a new meeting at
expert-level in Istanbul on July 3.
2012 Jun 19, Kenyan police
officers arrested two Iranians suspected of being involved in
terrorism. Officials later said the men, who led authorities to a
cache of explosives after their arrest, planned to attack Israeli,
US, British or Saudi targets inside Kenya.
(AP, 6/22/12)(AFP, 7/3/12)
2012 Jun 22, In Venezuela Pres.
Hugo Chavez and Iranís Pres. Ahmadinejad pledged to stand together
to battle "imperialism," with Chavez criticizing tough sanctions on
2012 Jun 23, In France
thousands of Iranian exiles led a Paris rally to demand democratic
change in Iran and help for Iranian resistance members in Iraq's
2012 Jun 25, A Malaysian court
ruled that Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, an Iranian man accused of plotting
to attack Israeli targets in Bangkok on Feb 14, must be extradited
2012 Jun 27, In eastern Turkey
an explosion targeting a pipeline cut off Iranian natural gas
shipments to the country. The pipeline was expected to be back in
operation within 4 to 5 days. Turkey received 27 million cubic
meters of gas a day via the Iranian pipeline. The gas flow was
reported restored on July 3.
(AFP, 6/28/12)(AFP, 7/3/12)
2012 Jul 1, An EU embargo on
Iranian oil went into effect, provoking anger in Tehran which said
the measure will hurt talks with world powers over its sensitive
2012 Jul 3, A US federal judge
ordered Iran to pay more than $813 million in damages and interest
to the families of 241 US soldiers killed in the 1983 bombing of a
Marine barracks in Lebanon. After this opinion, this court will have
issued over $8.8 billion in judgments against Iran as a result of
the October 23, 1983, Beirut bombing.
2012 Jul 6, The United States
again urged members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, the
People's Mujahedeen of Iran, also known as the Mujahedeen-e Khalq
(MEK), to leave their long-time base in Iraq, saying a move could
facilitate their removal from a US terror blacklist.
2012 Jul 13, The United States
announced charges against an Iranian citizen and Chinese resident
for allegedly trying to export nuclear-related material to help
Tehran enrich uranium. Iranian citizen Parviz Khaki (43), was
arrested in May in the Philippines on request of the US. Chinese
resident, Yi Zongcheng, remained at large.
2012 Jul 23, Iranís
semiofficial ISNA news agency reported that people had poured into
the streets of Nishabur to protest a steep hike in the price of
(SFC, 7/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 25, Top Iranian
government officials and lawmakers agreed in a meeting to budget
cuts in a bid to shore up an economy struggling with Western
sanctions and inflation.
2012 Jul 29, Iran published the
results of its 2011 census. It gave Iran's total population as 75.2
million, 99.4 percent of whom are Muslim. 55 percent were under 30
years of age.
2012 Jul 29, An Israeli
newspaper reported that the Obama administration's top security
official has briefed Israel on US plans for a possible attack on
Iran, seeking to reassure it that Washington is prepared to act
militarily should diplomacy and sanctions fail to pressure Tehran to
abandon its nuclear enrichment program.
2012 Jul 30, An Iranian
official said a court has sentenced 39 people linked to a $2.6
billion bank fraud. 4 men, believed to be associates of Esfandiyar
Rahim Mashaei, a controversial ally of the president, were sentenced
to death and two to life in prison.
(SFC, 7/31/12, p.A4)(Econ, 8/18/12, p.43)
2012 Jul 30, The Times of
India, citing a police investigation, said that five suspects were
believed to have worked with a local Indian journalist to plan the
Feb 13 attack on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi. Police concluded
that members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, a branch of the Iranian
military, carried out the attack.
2012 Jul 30, The US Congress
pressed ahead with a new package of sanctions on Iran, expanding
financial penalties and further targeting Tehranís energy and
shipping sectors in an ongoing effort to undercut the countryís
suspected nuclear weapons program.
(SFC, 8/1/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 4, In Syria gunmen
snatched a bus filled with 48 Iranian pilgrims from a Damascus
suburb as they headed to visit a shrine holy to Shiites.
2012 Aug 5, Iran appealed for
help from governments with ties to the Syrian opposition in securing
the release of 48 of its nationals seized from a bus in Damascus.
Rebel captors charged that their hostages were Revolutionary Guards.
2012 Aug 5, Iranian state
television broadcast purported confessions by more than a dozen
suspects in connection with the killing of five nuclear scientists
2012 Aug 6, New York State
Department of Financial Services alleged that Standard Chartered PLC
schemed with the Iranian government to launder $250 billion from
2001 to 2007.
2012 Aug 7, Shares in Standard
Chartered PLC dropped 22% sharply as investors reacted to US charges
that the bank was involved in laundering money for Iran.
(AP, 8/7/12)(Econ, 8/18/12, p.64)
2012 Aug 9, Iran hosted a
29-nation conference on Syria with the aim of stopping bloodshed
there and forging a role for Tehran as peace-broker for its
beleaguered Arab ally.
2012 Aug 10, The Obama
administration set new, largely symbolic, sanctions on Syria's
state-run oil company and the Hezbollah militant group, moves
designed to underscore Iran's key role in propping up the Syrian
regime over the span of its civil war.
2012 Aug 10, Zanzibar's Vice
President Seif Ali Iddi told the island's parliament the authorities
had investigated and confirmed "that 36 crude oil tankers and
container ships flying the Tanzania flag are indeed from Iran."
2012 Aug 11, In northwest Iran
hundreds of villages were flattened by twin earthquakes (magnitude
6.4 and 6.3), leaving 306 dead and 3,037 injured. Around half the
600 villages located in the zone were damaged or destroyed.
(AFP, 8/12/12)(AFP, 8/13/12)
2012 Aug 13, Abdallah Kombo,
the director of the Zanzibar Maritime Authority (ZMA), said it was
"cheated" by its Dubai-based agent Philtex Corporation, which is
alleged to have reflagged the Iranian vessels. Maritime Transport
Minister Rashid Suleiman Seif said The government in Zanzibar, a
semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, will deregister Iranian oil
tankers flying its flag to dodge sanctions.
2012 Aug 14, Britainís Standard
Chartered settled allegations that it helped Iranian clients dodge
US sanctions, announcing a fine of $340 million from a New York
banking watchdog. Standard Chartered also agreed to house a
government anti-laundering monitor for two years at its New York
2012 Aug 18, In Iraq Maryam
Rajavi, president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran,
which includes the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI),
said: ďAs a gesture of goodwill, the residents of Ashraf will
commence the 6th convoy of 400 residents from Camp Ashraf to Camp
Liberty on August 23."
2012 Aug 19, The New York Times
reported that Iraq is helping its neighbor Iran skirt international
sanctions by smuggling oil and letting Tehran secretly move large
amounts of cash through bank auctions.
2012 Aug 21, Two leading rights
groups called for an end to international cash and technical
assistance to Iran's anti-drug campaign, which they said was
bolstering a rise in executions.
2012 Aug 25, An Iranian
helicopter of the Revolutionary Guards crashed in western Iran near
the Iraqi border killing four Guards while on a mission in Sardasht
border area, which is populated by Iran's Kurdish minority.
2012 Aug 26, Iran opened a
120-nation gathering of self-described nonaligned nations with a
slap at the UN Security Council and an appeal to rid the world of
nuclear weapons even as Tehran faces Western suspicions that it is
seeking its own atomic arms.
2012 Aug 28, Egyptian Deputy
Foreign Minister Ramzi Ezzeldin Ramzi formally gave Iran the
rotating presidency of the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement. Iran is
currently hosting the weeklong gathering of the 51-year-old group,
which ends Aug 31.
2012 Aug 30, Egyptís Pres.
Mohammed Morsi urged the world to support the rebels in Syria as he
spoke in Tehran before an intíl. meeting of nonaligned nations.
(SFC, 8/31/12, p.A3)
2012 Aug 31, Iranís sole
reactor at the country's Bushehr nuclear power plant reached full
2012 Aug 31, An Iranian
opposition organization said that a final convoy of 680 of its
members will leave Camp Ashraf on September 12 for the new Hurriya
transit center near Baghdad.
2012 Sep 1, Iran and North
Korea signed a scientific and technological cooperation agreement,
bringing the two nations deeply at odds with the US closer together.
2012 Sep 5, American senators
visiting Iraq warned the Baghdad government that it risked damaging
relations with the US if it is allowing Iran to fly over its
airspace to deliver weapons to Syria.
2012 Sep 7, Canada said it has
closed its embassy in Iran and will expel all remaining Iranian
diplomats in Canada within 5 days, denouncing Tehran as the biggest
threat to global security.
2012 Sep 8, Sierra Leone said
that 10 suspected Iranian ships "hiding" under the Sierra Leonean
flag "have recently been removed from the register." The action was
in relation to a vessel that was seized in Lebanon recently carrying
arms for Syria, and allegedly flying the Sierra Leone flag.
2012 Sep 16, Iranian newspapers
reported that the 15 Khordad Foundation, a religious foundation, has
increased a reward for killing British author Salman Rushdie to $3.3
million from $2.8 million in response to alleged insults to the
2012 Sep 25, Iran's
telecommunication minister said the government has blocked Google's
Gmail service following a court order to bar access to the popular
2012 Sep 30, A special media
court found Parisa Hafezi, the Tehran bureau chief of the Thomson
Reuters news agency, guilty of "spreading lies" against the Islamic
system for a video story that briefly included a posted description
of women training as martial arts killers.
2012 Oct 1, In Iran Mohammad
Reza Aghamiri, a member of governmental Internet watchdog committee,
told the semiofficial Mehr news agency that authorities have lifted
the Gmail ban after resolving technical problems to separate YouTube
and Gmail. YouTube remained blocked in response to video clips of an
2012 Oct 1, Iran's currency
fell 16 percent in a single day to hit a record low against the US
dollar and other foreign currencies in street trading. The collapse
is a sign of the impact of Western sanctions imposed over Iran's
2012 Oct 3, Iranian police
threatened merchants who closed their shops in Tehran's main bazaar
and launched crackdowns on sidewalk money changers as part of a push
to halt the plunge of Iran's currency, which has shed more than a
third its value in less than a week. 16 people were arrested during
protests demanding relief from the plummeting currency.
(AP, 10/3/12)(SFC, 10/5/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 4, Iran deployed riot
police at key Tehran intersections, after tensions flared over the
nation's plunging currency in the most widespread display of anger
linked to the country's sanctions-hit economy.
2012 Oct 8, An Iranian oil
official said the country has successfully blocked a cyber-attack on
the computer network of its offshore drilling platforms. An official
blamed Israel and said the attack occurred over the past two weeks,
was routed through China, and affected only the communications
systems of the network.
2012 Oct 14, Iranian officials
denied any role in recent online attacks against oil and gas
companies in the Persian Gulf and denounced American allegations of
an Iranian link to the Shamoon virus that hit Saudi state oil
company Aramco and Qatari natural gas producer RasGas.
(SFC, 10/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 15, The European
Union, concerned by what it called Iran's refusal to come clean on
its nuclear program, imposed a new range of sanctions intended to
hit the country's treasury and increase pressure on its Islamic
regime. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the EU is
banning the import of Iranian natural gas into European Union
2012 Oct 19, In southeastern
Iran a suicide attacker running from the police detonated his
explosives near a mosque killing two people.
2012 Oct 19, In southwestern
Iran a passenger bus carrying female students overturned killing 26.
2012 Oct 20, Obama
administration officials said the US and Iran have agreed in
principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iranís
(SSFC, 10/21/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 24, Iran's
intelligence chief said up to 50 people have been arrested in
connection with the decline in the value of the national currency
and the chaos that followed the slide. Iran's rial has lost nearly
40 percent of its value against the US dollar this month.
2012 Oct 26, The European
Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to
Iranian film director Jafar Panahi and imprisoned dissident lawyer
2012 Oct 30, In Iran opposition
blogger Sattar Beheshti (35) was arrested and taken to Evin prison.
He died on Nov 3. On Nov 6 his family was asked to pick up his body.
(AP, 11/12/12)(AP, 12/1/12)
2012 Oct 31, The kaleme.org
reported that 9 Iranian women have started a hunger strike after
female guards at Evin prison in northern Tehran carried out
unannounced inspections that included body searches, beating and
verbal insults of the prisoners.
2012 Nov 1, Iranian warplanes
shot multiple rounds at a US Predator surveillance drone flying in
intíl. airspace. The aircraft was not hit.
(SFC, 11/9/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 3, In Iran an
explosion from a land mine left over from the Iran-Iraq war of the
1980s killed six people and injured one. The explosion happened
during a minesweeping operation near the town of Marivan.
2012 Nov 3, In Iran opposition
blogger Sattar Beheshti (35) died while under police custody. On Nov
12 Iran's state prosecutor confirmed that he had died in police
custody and that wounds were found on his body. 3 interrogators
involved in the case were arrested. In August 2014 a policeman
convicted of killing Beheshti was sentenced to 3 years in jail,
another two in exile plus 74 lashes.
(AP, 11/12/12)(AP, 12/1/12)(SFC, 8/8/14, p.A2)
2012 Nov 4, Iran's powerful
Revolutionary Guards inaugurated a new naval base to reinforce
Tehran's authority over three Persian Gulf islands also claimed by
the neighboring United Arab Emirates. Iran took control of the
Persian Gulf islands in 1971, after British forces left the region.
Since 1992 the UAE has repeatedly claimed the islands. Last month at
the UN General Assembly it said Iran's "occupation" violates
2012 Nov 18, Iran held a
conference to reconcile Syria's government with some 200 opposition
members and Syria's National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar to
end the country's civil war.
2012 Nov 21, Iranís
semiofficial ISNA news agency reported that Iran has supplied Hamas
in Gaza with the technology to "quickly" produce longer-range
missiles on their own without needing direct shipments.
2012 Nov 28, Iran's nuclear
chief says uranium enrichment will move ahead with "intensity" with
a sharp increase in the number of centrifuges used to make the
2012 Dec 1, Iranís
semi-official Fars news agency says that Gen. Kamal Hadianfar, head
of the cybercrimes unit, was fired due to "failure and lack of
sufficient supervision over the performance of personnel under his
command." Iran's judiciary confirmed last month that Sattar Beheshti
died on Nov 3 in police custody and that wounds were found on his
2012 Dec 4, Iran claimed it had
captured a U.S. drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the
Persian Gulf, but the US Navy said all its unmanned aircraft in the
region were "fully accounted for."
2012 Dec 5, In Iran a magnitude
5.5 earthwuake hit South Khorasan province late today. At least 6
people were killed.
2012 Dec 6, German federal
prosecutors charged 2 Iranian men with allegedly smuggling dozens of
German-made aircraft motors to Iran to be used in its Ababil III
surveillance and attack drone.
2012 Dec 7, Iran's border
police confiscated over 11 tons of narcotics after fierce clashes
with drug traffickers in the southeast, the biggest single
consignment ever seized in Iran's war against drugs.
2012 Dec 9, Iran said it has
launched a video-sharing website in the latest move to create
government-sanctioned alternatives to Internet powerhouses such as
YouTube. The new site ó Mehr, or affection in Farsi ó seeks to
promote Iranian and Islamic culture and artists.
2012 Dec 10, Iran's
Revolutionary Guard said it has decoded all of the data from a
RQ-170 Sentinel craft, an advanced CIA spy drone captured in Dec
2012 Dec 11, Iran's official
news agency reported that the country has closed its consular
section in the western Afghan city of Herat, after anti-Iranian
protests at the site on Dec 9. Afghan demonstrators were protesting
the alleged killing of Afghan emigrants at nearby border crossings
in recent months.
2012 Dec 11, Tehran's chief
prosecutor said authorities have arrested 28 Iranians for alleged
links to foreign-based TV networks advocating the Baha'i religion,
which is banned in the Islamic Republic.
2012 Dec 12, Iran's deputy
judiciary chief said the Islamic Republic has issued indictments
against 18 unnamed current and former American officials on charges
of involvement in "crimes against Iran." His remarks did not
indicate that any of the men were present in Iran.
2012 Dec 18, In Iran a collapse
and explosion in a coal mine killed eight workers near Tabas city in
the country's east.
2012 Dec 25, An Iranian
semi-official news agency said there has been another cyberattack by
the sophisticated computer worm Stuxnet, this time on the industries
in the country's south.
2012 Dec 27, Iranian state TV
reported that the country's president has dismissed the health
minister after her ministry put out a statement criticizing
authorities for not providing money to import medicine.
2012 Dec 31, In Iran the annual
inflation rate hit 27.4 percent at the end of this year, one of the
highest rates ever quoted by Iranian authorities.
2012 Dec, An unnamed Iranian
diplomat defected from the Iranian Embassy in Oslo and sought help
from the Humlen & Rieber-Mohn law office, which specializes in
2012 James Buchan authored
ďDays of God: The Revolution in Iran and its Consequences,Ē an
examination of iranís 1978-1979 Islamic revolution.
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.83)
2012 In Lebanon the
Beirut-based pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Mayadeen was launched. It
was backed by Iran and Syria.
(Econ, 2/14/15, p.41)
2013 Jan 2, Iranian media
reported that Iran has captured 2 US RQ11 Raven surveillance drones
over the last 17 months and that much of the data has been decoded
by the army.
(SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 9, Syrian rebels freed
48 Iranians held captive since August in exchange for the release of
more than 2,000 detainees in the first major prisoner swap of the
country's civil war.
2013 Jan 11, Spanish police
said they have arrested two people and seized equipment they say was
due to be shipped to Iran for use in Tehran's nuclear program.
2013 Jan 13, Gen. Ali Moayedi,
head of Iran's anti-narcotics police, was quoted by newspapers as
saying that some 30 drug smugglers and addicts are identified and
arrested every hour in Iran. Moayedi said that over 1,286 kg (2,835
pounds) are confiscated each day.
2013 Jan 16, Senior UN
investigators opened a new round of talks with Iranian officials in
Tehran in the hopes of restarting a probe into allegations that the
Islamic Republic carried out atomic bomb trigger tests and other
suspected weapons-related studies.
2013 Jan 20, Iran hanged 2 men
(24) publicly after a video posted on YouTube showing them robbing
and assaulting a man with a machete on a Tehran street.
2013 Jan 21, German customs
officials at Duesseldorf airport found a check in Venezuelan
currency worth $70 million in the luggage of Tahmasb Mazaheri,
Iran's former central bank chief, upon his arrival from Turkey.
Mazaheri told authorities the money was to be used for the
construction of 10,000 apartments funded by the Venezuelan
government. The newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported the story in its
Sunday Feb 3 edition.
2013 Jan 27, Iranís government
arrested 14 journalists accused of cooperation with foreign-based,
Persian-language media organizations.
2013 Jan 27, The US State
Department condemned an Iranian court for sentencing Saeed
Abedini (32), an Iranian-American Christian pastor, to eight years
in prison for reportedly threatening Iran's national security
through his leadership in Christian house churches.
2013 Jan 28, Iran said it has
successfully sent a monkey into space, describing the launch as
another step toward Tehran's goal of a manned space flight.
2013 Jan 29, In Iran followers
of the minority Zoroastrian religion gathered after sunset to mark
Sadeh ó an ancient mid-winter feast dating to Iran's pre-Islamic
past that is also drawing new interest from Muslims.
2013 Jan 31, Iran announced
plans to install and operate advanced uranium enrichment machines,
in what would be a technological leap allowing it to significantly
speed up activity the West fears could be put to developing a
2013 Jan 31, Syria threatened
to retaliate for an Israeli airstrike and its ally Iran said there
will be repercussions for the Jewish state over the attack.
2013 Jan, Iran arrested Slovak
national Matej Valuch (26) and accused him of spying for the
US CIA. On Feb 8 Valuch was released and returned home.
2013 Feb 2, Iran unveiled its
newest combat jet, the the Qaher F-313, or Dominant F-313. Military
officials claimed the domestically manufactured fighter-bomber can
2013 Feb 4, A senior Iranian
government official, Saeed Mortazavi, was arrested two years after a
parliamentary probe found him responsible for deaths by torture of
at least three jailed anti-government protesters. Mortazavi was
released on Feb 6, a day after Pres. Ahmadinejad denounced the
arrest and pledged to pursue the case.
(AP, 2/5/13)(AP, 2/6/13)
2013 Feb 5, Iranís Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began a three-day visit to Egypt, centered
around an Islamic summit. He said his country is ready to provide a
"big credit line" to help revive the distressed economy of Egypt.
2013 Feb 5, Iran's official
news agency reported that authorities have arrested another group of
local journalists accused of links with the BBC.
2013 Feb 6, The US blacklisted
Iranís state broadcasting authirity, Internet-policing agencies and
a major electronics producer in widened sanctions to pressure the
government over its disputed nuclear program and stifling of
(SFC, 2/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 9, In Iraq rockets and
mortar rounds struck a refugee camp for Iranian exiles, members of
Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, next to Baghdad's international airport before
dawn, killing six people and wounding about 40. One of the injured
died on Feb 12. The UN urged the Iraqi government to ensure the
safety of the about 3,100 camp residents and move quickly to find
the still-unidentified attackers. Another of the injured died on
(AP, 2/9/13)(AP, 2/12/13)(AP, 3/14/13)
2013 Feb 13, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country has begun installing a new generation of
uranium enrichment centrifuges at its main facility making nuclear
fuel. IRNA news quoted Fereidoun Abbasi as saying that Iran began
installing the new centrifuges at Natanz site about a month ago.
Senior UN investigators began a new round of talks with government
officials over allegations that Tehran may have carried out tests on
triggers for atomic weapons.
2013 Feb 13, Gen. Hassan
Shateri, a senior commander of Iranís Revolutionary Guards, was
killed on the road linking Damascus with Beirut.
2013 Feb 14, Senior officials
of the UN atomic agency returned from Tehran without a hoped-for
deal that would have led to the resumption of a probe into
allegations that Iran worked secretly on nuclear arms.
2013 Feb 15, Iran ordered a
six-month ban on pistachio exports to try to control the price of
the nut, which doubled in the past month. Iran was long the world's
largest pistachio exporter, with over 200,000 tons a year, but was
surpassed last year by the United States.
2013 Feb 17, Iranís independent
Arman daily reported that authorities are confiscating Buddha
statues from shops in Tehran, to stop the promotion of Buddhism in
2013 Feb 17, Bahrain's interior
ministry said police have arrested eight members of an alleged
terrorist cell linked to Iran and other countries following
widespread clashes in the Gulf nation during protests marking the
second anniversary of an Arab Spring-inspired uprising.
2013 Feb 21, An Iranian
semi-official news agency said Iran is planning to build a $4
billion oil refinery in Gwadar, Baluchistan province. Iran will
reportedly sell products from the refinery to Pakistan in return of
food, especially wheat, meat and rice.
(AP, 2/21/13)(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 23, Iran said it has
selected 16 locations as suitable for new nuclear power plants it
intends to build to boost its energy production over the next 15
years. State TV said the country has discovered new uranium
2013 Feb 24, Iranís
semi-official Fars news agency reported that Gen. Hamid Tabatabaei,
a commander of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, has been killed in
the country's Kurdish northwest.
2013 Feb 27, Saeed Jalili,
Iranís top official at diplomatic talks, said negotiations in
Kazakhstan with world powers over how to curb Iran's nuclear program
have reached a "turning point" for the better at the close of two
days of discussions aimed at preventing Tehran from building an
2013 Feb 27, Pakistani
President Asif Ali Zardari visited Tehran where he worked to
finalize a gas pipeline deal with Iran that is being opposed by the
2013 Mar 3, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country has produced more than 3,000 advanced
centrifuges which are used to enrich uranium.
2013 Mar 6, Iranian authorities
blocked many foreign-based virtual private networks, or VPNs,
severely restricting access to many websites.
2013 Mar 11, The presidents of
Iran and Pakistan marked the start of construction in Pakistan on a
pipeline to bring Iranian natural gas to Pakistan.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.43)
2013 Mar 26, Saudi Arabia said
investigations have shown that members of a spy ring arrested last
week were working for Iranian intelligence.
2013 Apr 5, In Iran a road
accident killed 18 people, including 15 Afghans, after a truck
smuggling fuel slammed into a sedan packed with Afghans who were
being brought illegally into the country.
2013 Apr 5, In Kazakhstan talks
began seeking to find common ground between Iran and a group of six
nations over concerns that Tehran might misuse its nuclear program
to make weapons.
2013 Apr 6, In Kazakhstan Iran
and six world powers failed to reach agreement on an approach to
reducing fears that Tehran might use its nuclear technology to make
weapons. The EU's foreign policy chief declared that the two sides
"remain far apart on substance."
2013 Apr 9, In Iran a 6.1
magnitude earthquake killed at least 37 people in a sparsely
populated area in the country's south.
2013 Apr 15, Iranian Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in the uranium-rich West African nation
of Niger for a 2-day visit. Officials discounted that the mineral
was the reason for his visit.
2013 Apr 16, A 7.7 earthquake,
described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century,
flattened homes and offices on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan
border, killing at least 34 people in in a single village in
Pakistan and swaying skyscrapers and buildings as far away as New
2013 Apr 17, Diplomats said
technicians upgrading Iran's main uranium enrichment facility have
tripled their installations of high-tech machines that could be used
in a nuclear weapons program to more than 600 in the last three
2013 Apr 24, In the message to
its Iranian retailers, Samsung said that it cannot provide access to
the store, known as Samsung Apps, in Iran because of "legal
barriers," effective May 22. It apologized to customers in emailed
statement. The move was seen as part of international sanctions on
the country over its disputed nuclear program.
2013 May 2, A Kenyan court
found 2 Iranian nationals guilty of terror-related charges.
Officials accused them of planning to attack Western targets inside
Kenya. Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi were
arrested in June 2012 and led officials to a 15-kg (33-pound) stash
of the explosive RDX. On May 6 the two men were sentenced to life in
(AP, 5/2/13)(AP, 5/6/13)
2013 May 8, Iran withdrew its
ambassador in Cyprus to protest the country's decision to extradite
an Iranian to the United States for prosecution. Iranian Saeid
Mohabat (45) was extradicted to the US last month to face charges of
breaching UN sanctions against Iran.
2013 May 9, Iran's defense
minister said Iran has built a new, radar-evading drone that can do
surveillance and fire on enemy targets. The Fars news agency quoted
Gen. Ahmad Vahidi as saying that the new aircraft ó dubbed Epic, or
Hemaseh in Farsi ó can fly at high altitudes.
2013 May 10, Iranian border
guards opened fire on Afghan laborers as they tried to cross the
boundary illegally looking for work. 10 laborers were killed in the
shooting with 8 wounded. 21 were taken by the Iranian guards.
(AP, 5/12/13)(SFC, 5/13/13, p.A2)
2013 May 19, Iranís state radio
said Mohammad Heidari, who was accused of providing Mossad with
classified information in return of money, and Kourosh Ahmadi, who
allegedly gave the CIA intelligence on Iran, have been hanged.
2013 May 21, Iranís Guardian
Council approved eight hopefuls, most of them hard-line candidates
associated with the clerical establishment. It barred ex-president
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (78), a centrist who had revitalized
reformist hopes as well as Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, the top aide of
Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
2013 May 22, Bahrain's Interior
Ministry said an Iranian drone has been found in the strategic Gulf
2013 May 22, The UN atomic
agency detailed rapid Iranian progress in two programs that the West
fears are geared toward making nuclear weapons, saying Tehran has
upgraded its uranium enrichment facilities and advanced in building
a plutonium-producing reactor.
2013 May 30, The US issued
sanctions against Ashgar Mir-Hejazi, the deputy chief of staff of
Iranís Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and 50 other Iranian government
officials for alleged human rights abuses.
(SFC, 5/31/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 1, Iranian police
arrested at least 7 people at a gathering to support candidate Hasan
Rowhani in northern Tehran. The arrests were made after many
participants chanted slogans calling for the release of Mir Hossein
Mousavi, an opposition leader and candidate in Iran's disputed 2009
elections who has been under house arrest for more than two years.
2013 Jun 1, Iranian news said 6
Iranians have died and 348 have been sickened after drinking
poisonous alcohol in the southeastern Kerman province. Most had
consumed the bad alcohol on May 29.
2013 Jun 14, Iran held
presidential elections. Results the next day said Hasan Rowhani took
50.7% of the more than 36 million votes cast.
(AP, 6/14/13)(AP, 6/16/13)
2013 Jun 15, In Iran Hasan
Rohani (64), a reformist-backed presidential candidate, capped a
stunning surge to claim the presidency.
2013 Jun 17, Iran's newly
elected Pres. Hasan Rowhani pledged to follow a "path of moderation"
and promised greater openness over the country's nuclear program,
emphasizing messages from Western leaders since his victory that
have brought cautious hope of new openings with Tehran.
2013 Jun 19, The UK's highest
court ruled that the government was wrong to have imposed sanctions
on an Iranian bank in 2009 over alleged links to Iran's nuclear
program. The decision mirrored a January ruling by the European
Union's General Court, which overturned sanctions imposed in 2010,
and could result in the bank suing Britain for damages.
2013 Jun 20, Iran's state TV
said the country's navy has detained 13 fishermen from two United
Arab Emirates vessels after they trespassed into what the report
said were Iranian territorial waters.
2013 Jun 25, An Iranian news
agency reported that security forces have dismantled a terrorist and
sabotage network in southern city of Shiraz.
2013 Jun 26, Iran burned at
least 100 tons of illicit drugs, some in a Tehran ceremony attended
by officials and foreign dignitaries, to highlight what it says are
its unsupported efforts to stem the flow of narcotics across its
territory to Europe.
2013 Jun 28, The Slovak news
website www.sme.sk said a group of five or six Slovak hang-glider
enthusiasts were detained 3 weeks ago in Iran on suspicion of
2013 Jul 1, New sanctions
against Iran came into effect, targeting trade with Iran's shipping
and automobile sectors, gold sales to Iran and handling of the
Iranian currency, the rial - a further attempt to force Tehran to
curb its nuclear activities.
2013 Jul 8, Iranís
communications minister said all citizens will be assigned an
individual email address which the would aid interaction between
state authorities and the people.
2013 Jul 9, Iranian security
forces killed a man suspected of wanting to carry out a suicide
bombing on a police headquarters in the southeastern city of of
2013 Jul 14, Iranís new Pres.
Hasan Rowhani put the countryís inflation rate at 42%, 8% above
(Econ, 8/3/13, p.43)
2013 Jul 18, The World Bank
said Iran has not paid back any of its loans to the World Bank for
more than six months, a further sign of the strains on the
sanctions-hit Iranian economy.
2013 Jul 21, In Yemen armed men
seized an employee of the Iranian embassy in Sanaa. Diplomat Nour
Ahmad Nikbakht was freed by Iranian special operatives in March,
(Reuters, 7/21/13)(AP, 3/5/15)
2013 Jul 23, An Iraqi
government spokesman said Baghdad has signed a 4-year deal with Iran
to import natural gas for power generation, further intertwining the
economies of the two Shiite-dominated countries. Police found the
bodies of 4 off-duty policemen on a road with bullet wounds in their
(AP, 7/23/13)(AP, 7/24/13)
2013 Jul 27, Iranís
semi-official news agency ISNA reported that a member of Ahl Al-Haq
faith, a small religious minority, set himself on fire next to the
country's parliament building. He was hospitalized.
2013 Jul 31, Officials and
bankers said Iran and Syrian authorities signed a deal this
week to activate a $3.6 billion credit facility to buy oil products
with long term payment terms.
2013 Aug 4, Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani took the oath of office before parliament in Tehran.
He was expected later in the day to name a cabinet he said would be
chosen from figures across the political spectrum.
2013 Aug 15, Iran's
conservative-dominated parliament rejected three of the new
president's 18 nominees for his Cabinet but approved 15 others.
2013 Aug 22, A Thai court
sentenced Saeid Moradi (29), an Iranian man, to life in prison and
his compatriot, Mohammad Kharzei (43), to 15 years in jail for their
roles in a Feb, 2012, botched bomb plot that was exposed when an
accidental explosion blew apart the Bangkok villa where they were
2013 Aug 24, Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani said for the first time that chemical weapons had
killed people in ally Syria and called for the international
community to prevent their use.
2013 Aug 28, The latest UN IAEA
report said Iran has installed about 1,000 advanced uranium
enrichment centrifuges and is set to test them.
2013 Aug 29, Iran reported that
its foreign ministry has appointed Marzieh Afkham as its first-ever
spokeswoman. Pres. Hassan Rowhani appeared to welcome the move as
part of a campaign to empower women.
2013 Sep 1, In Iraq members of
an Iranian dissident group were killed at Camp Ashraf, home to about
100 members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. MEK spokesman, Shahin Gobadi,
said 52 were killed and some of them were found handcuffed behind
(AP, 9/1/13)(SFC, 9/2/13, p.A6)
2013 Sep 2, Iran's Foreign
Ministry said that six Slovaks, arrested last June, were released
from prison and handed over to Slovak Embassy officials in Tehran.
Two others remained in detention.
2013 Sep 9, In Iran 44 people
were killed and 39 injured when two passenger buses collided outside
Tehran and caught fire.
2013 Sep 18, Iran freed 11
political prisoners including human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh in
another sign that hardline policies may be easing under a new
president. Sotoudeh was seen by campaign groups as Iran's highest
profile political prisoner.
(Reuters, 9/18/13)(SFC, 9/19/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 23, Iran said it has
freed 80 prisoners arrested in political crackdowns, offering
another potential diplomatic boost for the country's new president
and his outreach to the West at this week's UN gathering.
2013 Sep 24, Pres. Obama
addressed the opening of the UN General Assembly in NYC. Obama and
Iran's new Pres. Hassan Rowhani made very tentative moves to end
decades of hostility between their countries but could not break the
deadlock enough to organize a meeting.
(SFC, 9/24/13, p.A3)(AFP, 9/25/13)
2013 Sep 26, The US and its
international partners emerged from a meeting at UN headquarters
with Iran declaring that a "window of opportunity has opened" to
peacefully settle their nuclear standoff. Both sides agreed to
fast-track negotiations and hold a substantive round of talks on
Oct. 15-16 in Geneva.
2013 Sep 27, Iran resumed
payments on old loans to the World Bank.
2013 Sep 27, President Barack
Obama and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani had a 15-minute
phone conversation reflecting wide support for a peace initiative
that has the backing of both reformists and the country's
conservative clerical leadership. They discussed ongoing efforts to
reach an agreement over Iran's nuclear program.
2013 Sep 27, A Saudi diplomat,
involved in a fatal road accident, left Iran. An Iranian citizen was
killed mid-March when the diplomat's car reportedly hit another
vehicle on a expressway in Tehran while speeding at 130 kph (80
mph). Iranian authorities said the accident happened because the
diplomat had been driving while drunk.
2013 Sep 29, Israel's Shin Bet
domestic security service said it has arrested a Belgian citizen of
Iranian origin whom it claims was sent by Iran to spy on Israel
under the guise of a windows and roofing salesman.
2013 Sep 30, In Iran Mojtaba
Ahmadi, an official of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
(IRGC), was found shot dead near Karaj, a town northwest of the
2013 Sep 30, An Israeli court
remanded in custody for eight days Ali Mansouri (55), an alleged
Iranian spy, arrested on September 11 carrying photographs of the US
embassy in Tel Aviv. Mansouri, a Belgian-Iranian man, was indicted
on Oct 6.
(AFP, 9/30/13)(Reuters, 10/6/13)
2013 Sep, A US federal judge
ruled that a 36-story Manhattan office tower and other properties,
belonging to the Iran-linked Alavi Foundation, was subject to
forfeiture because revenue from it was secretly funneled to a
state-owned Iranian bank in violation of a US trade embargo.
2013 Oct 6, Iran's nuclear
chief said that authorities arrested four workers in an alleged
sabotage plot involving one of the country's nuclear facilities.
2013 Oct 8, In Iran Mahdi
Khazali (48), a surgeon, blogger and veteran activist, said a court
has sentenced him to six years in prison over security charges.
2013 Oct 10, Iranís
semi-official FARS news agency said an armed group has killed five
members of the elite Revolutionary Guards in a Kurdish area near the
2013 Oct 15, Iranian
negotiators put forward what they called a potential breakthrough
plan at the long-stalled talks in Geneva on easing fears that Tehran
wants atomic arms.
2013 Oct 25, Iran's
Revolutionary Guard killed 3 rebels and arrested three others in
Baneh, a Kurdish populated region in northwestern Iran.
2013 Oct 26, Iranian media said
14 border guards were killed overnight and three others captured by
"bandits" on the southeastern frontier with Pakistan. Jaish-ul Adl,
a Sunni rebel group formed last year, claimed responsibility for the
attack. In response the Iranian judiciary executed 16 people it said
were elements of "terrorist" groups.
(Reuters, 10/26/13)(AFP, 10/29/13)
2013 Oct 29, Iranian media
reported that a court has sentenced Pegah Ahangarani (24), an
actress known for her reformist political activism, to 18 months in
prison on security charges.
2013 Oct 30, Iranian
Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said that four people accused of
sabotaging one of the country's sensitive nuclear sites were only
2013 Nov 1, Iran said it has
launched its first submarine for tourists in the Persian Gulf
waters, an all-Iranian-made undersea vehicle. The submarine, dubbed
Morvarid (Pearl in Farsi), will serve tourists in Kish Island,
Iran's prime tourist spot in the Gulf.
2013 Nov 2, An Iranian media
website said China has agreed to finance $20 billion in development
projects in Iran using oil money not transferred to the Islamic
Republic because of international sanctions.
2013 Nov 2, Iran arrested the
head of reformist daily Bahar, Saeed Pourazizi, for publishing an
article seen by critics as questioning the beliefs of Shia Islam.
2013 Nov 4, In Iran tens of
thousands of demonstrators packed the streets outside the former US
Embassy in Tehran in the biggest anti-American rally in years, a
show of support for hard-line opponents of President Hassan
Rouhani's historic outreach to Washington.
2013 Nov 4, Iranian Mehr news
agency reported that commander Mohammad Jamalizade of Iran's
Revolutionary Guards was recently killed in Syria after volunteering
to defend a Shi'ite shrine in Damascus.
2013 Nov 6, In Iran gunman
ambushed and killed Musa Nouri, a state prosecutor, in a restive
southeastern region near the Pakistani border. Sunni Islamist Baluch
militants claimed responsibility for killing the prosecutor in
revenge for a decision to hang 16 prisoners following a cross-border
attack by the group two weeks ago.
(AP, 11/6/13)(Reuters, 11/7/13)
2013 Nov 7, Iran and six world
powers began a new two day round of negotiations with broad
discussions about a nuclear deal. Iranís chief negotiator said a
plan to cap some of its atomic activities in exchange for selective
relief from crippling economic sanctions has been accepted by six
world powers and a deal could be imminent.
(AP, 11/7/13)(SFC, 11/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 9, World powers and
Iran held a third day of crunch talks on Tehran's nuclear program.
France's foreign minister said Iran's refusal to suspend work on a
plutonium-producing reactor and downgrade its stockpile of
higher-enriched uranium was standing in the way of an interim
agreement to curb Tehran's nuclear program in return for easing of
(AFP, 11/9/13)(AP, 11/9/13)
2013 Nov 10, President Hassan
Rouhani said that Iran will not abandon its nuclear rights,
including uranium enrichment, a day after a fresh round of talks
with world powers. Iran and world powers failed to clinch a
long-sought deal despite marathon talks in Geneva.
2013 Nov 10, In Iran Safdar
Rahmat Abadi, a deputy minister of industry, was shot in the head
and chest as he got into his car in Tehran. A suspect was soon
arrested. Officials later said the killer was inside the car and
talked with Abadi before shooting him.
2013 Nov 10, PM Benjamin
Netanyahu said that Israel would do all it could to keep world
powers from striking a "bad and dangerous" deal with Iran over its
2013 Nov 11, Iran and the UN
nuclear watchdog agreed on a "roadmap for cooperation" over Tehran's
controversial atomic drive, as the US accused Iran of scuttling
efforts to end the deadlock.
2013 Nov 11, Britain said it
has revived diplomatic relations with Iran and appointed a
non-resident charge d'affaires, two years after an angry mob
ransacked the British embassy in Tehran. Iran appointed a new charge
d'affaires to Britain to revive diplomatic ties.
2013 Nov 18, Iran unveiled its
Fotros drone, a missile-equipped drone with a range of 2,000 km
(1,200 miles) and a flight time of 16 to 30 hours.
2013 Nov 18, Russia hosted
Syrian and Iranian delegations for separate rounds of talks in a
renewed diplomatic push for a Syrian peace conference in which
Moscow says Tehran must also play a role.
2013 Nov 19, Hundreds of
Iranians including university students and members of the country's
Jewish community rallied in support of the Islamic Republic's
disputed nuclear program on the eve of the resumption of talks with
2013 Nov 19, In Lebanon 2
suicide bombers detonated explosions outside the Iranian Embassy in
a mainly Shiite district of Beirut, killing 25 people, including the
Iranian cultural attachť, apparently in retaliation for the Lebanese
group Hezbollah's support of Syrian President Assad.
(AP, 11/19/13)(AFP, 11/20/13)
2013 Nov 20, Nuclear talks
resumed between Iran and world powers. Iran's supreme leader voiced
support for the negotiations over his country's nuclear program, but
insisted there are limits to the concessions Iran will make in
exchange for an easing of the sanctions choking its economy.
2013 Nov 20, A rights group
said Iran is forcefully deporting Afghans by the thousands in
violation of its international obligation to protect refugees.
2013 Nov 24, Iran struck a
historic deal with the United States and five other world powers,
agreeing to a temporary freeze of its nuclear program in the most
significant agreement between Washington and Tehran in more than
three decades of estrangement.
2013 Nov 24, Israel's PM
Netanyahu harshly condemned the international community's nuclear
deal with Iran.
2013 Nov 28, In Iran a 5.7
magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near the countryís sole
nuclear power plant killed eight people and injured 190.
2013 Nov, Iran signed a deal to
sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million. Public notice of
the deal was only made public in Feb 2014.
2013 Dec 1, Iran said it is in
talks with Russia to build another nuclear plant at Bushehr, with
construction set to begin in 2014.
2013 Dec 3, Iran's foreign
ministry asked Afghanistan not to sign a security deal with the US
that could keep thousands of American and allied forces in its
neighboring country for another decade.
2013 Dec 8, UN inspectors
visited an Iranian plant linked to a planned heavy-water reactor
that could yield nuclear bomb fuel, taking up an initial offer by
Tehran to open its disputed nuclear program to greater scrutiny.
2013 Dec 11, Iran released the
last two of eight Slovak paragliders arrested for allegedly spying
after PM Robert Fico and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak flew in to
secure their release.
2013 Dec 12, The Obama
adminsitration announced an expanded list of Iranian companies and
individuals that it said it would target to block their trading
activities around the world due to sanctions violations.
(SFC, 12/13/13, p.A11)
2013 Dec 12, A senior Iranian
nuclear negotiator said new sanctions by the US on Iranian companies
and individuals violate the spirit of a deal made between Tehran and
the West over its nuclear program.
2013 Dec 13, Iran quit nuclear
talks with world powers, accusing Washington of going against the
spirit of a landmark agreement reached last month by expanding its
2013 Dec 14, Iran said it has
successfully sent a monkey into space for a second time, part of an
ambitious program aimed at manned space flight.
2013 Dec 14, Iranís
semi-official Fars news agency reported that Iranian intelligence
authorities have arrested a man on charges of spying for Britain's
2013 Dec 14, Iran said it has
canceled a planned $500 million loan to Pakistan to build part of a
pipeline to bring natural gas from the Islamic Republic.
2013 Dec 18, in south-east Iran
3 military personnel were killed when the vehicle they were
travelling in was struck by a roadside bomb.
2013 Dec 31, A senior Iranian
official said six world powers and Iran have made good progress in
expert talks in Geneva on how to roll out last month's landmark
nuclear deal which obliges Tehran to suspend its most sensitive atom
2013 Michael Axworthy authored
ďRevolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic.Ē
(Econ, 3/2/13, p.78)
2013 Kenneth Pollack authored
ďUnthinkable: Iran, the Bomb and American Strategy.Ē
(Econ, 9/14/13, p.89)
2013 Iranís population was
about 77 million.
(Econ, 11/30/13, p.11)
2014 Jan 10, Iranian state
television reported that talks with the European Union have ended
with an agreement over outstanding issues about the practical
details of implementing a nuclear agreement.
2014 Jan 11, Inflation in Iran
was reportedly running at 36%.
(Econ, 1/11/14, p.42)
2014 Jan 12, Iran's foreign
ministry said that the ďjoint plan of action,Ē the landmark
agreement the Islamic republic clinched with world powers on its
disputed nuclear program, will take effect from January 20. Under
the JPA Iran would freeze its nuclear program for six months.
(AFP, 1/12/14)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.47)
2014 Jan 18, In Yemen Ali
Asghar Asadi, Iran's economic attachť in Sanaa, was killed in a
drive-by shooting. A military intelligence officer was killed in a
drive-by shooting by gunmen who fled on a motorbike in Huta. In
Al-Milah armed men ambushed an army vehicle and shot dead 2
(AP, 1/18/14)(AFP, 1/18/14)
2014 Jan 19, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Iran has been invited to attend a
Jan 22 meeting of foreign ministers in the Swiss city of Montreux
ahead of internationally brokered peace talks between Syria's
warring factions. The UN invite sparked a boycott call from the
opposition and President Bashar al-Assad ruled out a power-sharing
(AP, 1/19/14)(AFP, 1/20/14)
2014 Jan 20, Iran halted
production of 20 percent enriched uranium, marking the entry into
force of an interim deal with world powers on its disputed nuclear
program. The United States eased some sanctions on Iran, pausing
efforts to reduce Iranian crude oil exports, as part of a nuclear
deal between Tehran and world powers that went into effect. The EU
also agreed to suspend some economic sanctions against Iran as part
of the ground-breaking nuclear deal.
(AFP, 1/20/14)(Reuters, 1/20/14)
2014 Jan 20, Iran rebuffed a
precondition for taking part in Syria peace talks in Geneva this
week, saying it could not accept a plan for a Syrian political
transition agreed at talks in the Swiss city in 2012. In response UN
leader Ban Ki-moon withdrew his surprise invitation to Iran, less
than 24 hours after he announced it.
(Reuters, 1/20/14)(AFP, 1/21/14)
2014 Jan 21, Britain told Iran
to stop supporting the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad
militarily, urging it to back efforts to broker peace in Syria
2014 Jan 23, Iranís President
Hassan Rouhani told the World Economic Forum in Davos that Tehran
was ready to help create a new multilateral body tasked with
stabilizing global energy supplies. Rouhani also called for free and
fair elections in Syria, saying it would respect any outcome.
(AFP, 1/23/14)(AP, 1/23/14)
2014 Jan 24, Iran's foreign
minister, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, called for
all "foreign elements" to leave Syria so its people can decide their
2014 Jan 25, An Iranian embassy
official who was kidnapped in Sanaa in July was found beheaded in
Naarib province, central Yemen.
2014 Jan 29, Turkish PM Tayyip
Erdogan arrived in Iran to bolster trade and energy relations.
2014 Feb 3, Iranís state news
said a first tranche of $550 million in sanctions relief agreed to
under an interim nuclear deal has been paid into an Iranian Central
Bank account in Switzerland.
2014 Feb 4, Kuwait said its
coastguard has arrested six suspected Iranian drug smugglers and
seized their boat when it entered the Gulf state's territorial
2014 Feb 6, Five Iranian border
guards were kidnapped by militants in the Iranian province of
Sistan-Baluchistan by militants who allegedly took them across the
border to Pakistan. On Feb 17 Iran said it would send forces into
Pakistan to free them if Islamabad did not take measures to secure
their release. The kidnapping was later claimed by Jaish al-Adl
(Army of Justice), a Sunni Muslim rebel group. One of the guards was
killed in March. On April 4 Iranís Fars News reported that the other
four have been released.
(Reuters, 2/17/14)(Reuters, 4/4/14)
2014 Feb 9, Iran agreed to
start addressing UN nuclear agency suspicions that it may have
worked on designing an atomic weapon, a potential breakthrough in
unblocking a long-stalled investigation into Tehran's disputed
2014 Feb 14, Googoosh, an
Iranian pop star living in Amsterdam, released a music video
promoting gay rights. It was clicked on half a million times in the
first 24 hours. Navid Akhavan, an Iranian-born Germany, wrote and
directed the video for the song ďBeheshtĒ (Heaven).
(SFC, 3/5/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 17, Iran's ambassador
to Moscow said Russia could build the Islamic republic a second
nuclear power reactor under a proposed oil-for-goods swap that has
raised grave concern in Washington.
2014 Feb 19, In Austria
ambitious nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers entered a
second day in Vienna with Tehran's foreign minister saying a deal
2014 Feb 19, In Lebanon 2
suicide bombers targeted the Iranian cultural center in Beirut,
killing four people and themselves in an attack claimed by Sunni
militants who said it was a response to the intervention of Iran and
Hezbollah in the Syrian war.
2014 Feb 20, Iran and world
powers agreed a timetable and framework for the ambitious and
arduous process of hammering out a lasting nuclear accord by July 20
that satisfies all sides.
2014 Feb 25, Pakistan said that
work on a pipeline to import gas from Iran cannot proceed because of
sanctions imposed by the United Sates and the European Union on
2014 Mar 5, The Israeli navy
seized a ship in the Red Sea that was carrying dozens of advanced
Iranian-supplied rockets made in Syria and intended for Palestinian
guerrillas in the Gaza Strip.
2014 Mar 8, EU foreign policy
chief Catherine Ashton arrived in Tehran to discuss issues including
Iran's disputed nuclear program, before another round of talks
between Iran and world powers.
2014 Mar 11, Russia signed a
preliminary agreement to build at least two more nuclear power
plants in the Iranian port city of Bushehr.
2014 Mar 17, A senior Iranian
official said that an alleged attempt to sabotage one of Tehran's
nuclear facilities involved foreign intelligence agencies who
tampered with imported pumps.
2014 Mar 18, Iranians jumped
over bonfires, threw firecrackers and floated wishing lanterns to
celebrate an ancient festival (Chaharshanbe Souri) marking the end
of the Persian year, ignoring calls by many Islamic clerics to shun
a ritual that has officially been denounced as pagan.
2014 Mar 21, Israel's Mossad
intelligence agency said 8 Iranian Jews who disappeared while trying
to leave the Islamic Republic from 1994-1997 were captured and
2014 Mar 27, In his first visit
to Afghanistan as Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani called for
regional unity as regional leaders celebrated the Persian New Year
2014 Apr 7, The US approved a
bill barring Iranian diplomat Hamid Abutalebi from entering the
country. Officials objected to his selection as Iranís new UN
ambassador because of his alleged participation in a Muslim student
group that held 52 Americans hostage in the 1979 seizure of the US
Embassy in Tehran.
2014 Apr 8, Syrian state media
said Iran has sent 30,000 tons of food supplies to help President
Bashar Assad's government deal with shortages amid civil war.
2014 Apr 9, Iran and Azerbaijan
signed deals to build a hydroelectric plant and boost environmental
and athletic cooperation as Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev
2014 Apr 9, In Vienna, Austria,
Iran and six major powers discussed all important issues on curbing
Tehran's nuclear program and planned to begin a new round of
negotiations in Vienna on May 13.
2014 Apr 12, Iran rejected a US
decision to deny a visa for its newly appointed ambassador to the
United Nations, pledging to take up the case directly with the world
body in a dispute that has reopened old wounds dating to the 1979
2014 Apr 13, Iran state news
said the government has complained to the UN about the United States
refusing to grant a visa to Hamid Abutaleb, its newly appointed UN
ambassador over his role in the 1979 hostage crisis.
2014 Apr 14, Iran said it could
be a "reliable, secure and long-term" supplier of gas to Europe.
2014 Apr 15, Dubai ruler Sheik
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad
Javad Zarif discussed bilateral relations and regional developments.
Zarif also met the Gulf federation's foreign minister, Sheik
Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi.
2014 Apr 18, President Barack
Obama signed into law a bill designed to bar Iran's pick for UN
ambassador from US soil over his links to the 1979 American embassy
hostage siege. But Obama also issued a statement saying that he
would only regard the legislation as guidance, warning it could
infringe upon his executive powers as president.
2014 Apr 25, Iran announced
petrol price hikes as high as 75 percent to take immediate effect,
in a long-awaited attempt to regulate energy prices in the country's
flatlining, sanctions-hit economy.
2014 Apr 26, Iran hanged in
public 3 men convicted of killing prosecutor Mousa Nouri last
Nov 6 in Sistan-Baluchestan province.
2014 Apr 29, The US targeted
companies from China and Dubai for allegedly helping Iran evade
weapons and oil sanctions, a signal Washington will keep pressure on
Tehran over its nuclear program.
2014 May 5, In Iran UN atomic
agency officials held talks in Tehran before visits to two uranium
sites, as the country acts to implement a series of steps aimed at
providing transparency on its nuclear research by a mid-May
2014 May 7, Iranian media said
UN inspectors have visited a uranium mine and reached agreement on
how to monitor a planned reactor, part of an effort to allay fears
about Tehran's nuclear program.
2014 May 12, A confidential new
report by a UN panel of experts highlighted Iran's methods of
evading sanctions - from concealing titanium tubes inside steel
pipes to using its petrochemical industry as a cover to obtain items
for a heavy-water nuclear reactor.
2014 May 20, Police in Iran
confirmed the arrest of six young people for posting a video online
of them dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy," showing them
on state television as a public warning to youth in the Islamic
Republic. On Sep 17 the six were given suspended sentences of 91
lashes and six months in prison for obscene behavior.
(AP, 5/21/14)(Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014 May 24, In Iran Mahafarid
Amir Khosravi (aka Amir Mansour Aria), a billionaire businessman at
the heart of a $2.6 billion state bank scam, was executed. His was
the largest fraud case since the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.
A total of 39 defendants were convicted in the case. Four received
death sentences, two got life sentences and the rest received
sentences of up to 25 years in prison.
2014 May 25, An Iranian court
convicted the editor and a contributor of the banned Bahar Daily
newspaper over a series of charges, including lying about Islam and
spreading anti-regime propaganda.
2014 May 28, Iranian media said
the country has recorded its first two cases of the MERS virus.
(SFC, 5/29/14, p.A2)
2014 May 30, An Iranian an
opposition website, Kaleme, said an Iranian court last week
sentenced eight people to jail terms ranging from seven to 20 years
for crimes including anti-regime propaganda posted on Facebook.
2014 May 30, In Iran floods
killed 3 women in the northeast. Emergency workers rescued 600
people from a neighbouring region hit by a landslide in Golestan
2014 Jun 1, Iranian officials
attended a ceremony to mark the death of Gen. Abdollah Eskandari,
who was recently killed in Syria.
2014 Jun 1, Iran executed a
prisoner linked to the opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq.
Gholamreza Khosravi was sentenced to death in 2010 for providing
photos of the country's military facilities as well as financial aid
to the MEK, and for helping to recruit for the group.
2014 Jun 1, Kuwait's emir began
a visit to Iran, the first by a ruler of the US-allied Gulf Arab
state since the 1979 Islamic revolution, underscoring improving ties
between Tehran and its Arab neighbors.
2014 Jun 2, In Iran a massive
sandstorm and record winds plunged Tehran into darkness, damaging
buildings and knocking out power supplies. The freak weather left at
least 5 people dead.
(AFP, 6/2/14)(AFP, 6/3/14)
2014 Jun 9, Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani met with Turkish officials, including PM Recep Tayyip
Erdogan, in the first official Iranian presidential visit to Turkey
2014 Jun 13, A representative
for Iraq's top Shiite cleric urged Iraqis to defend their country.
Iran's official IRNA news agency reported that former members of
Tehran's powerful Revolutionary Guard have announced their readiness
to fight in Iraq against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
2014 Jun 16, Secretary of State
John Kerry said the Obama administration is willing to talk with
Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq.
2014 Jun 17, Iran and six world
powers re-launched talks to rescue prospects for a deal on Tehran's
nuclear activity by a July deadline.
2014 Jun 20, Iran and six
powers made some progress on drafting the wording of a nuclear deal,
but key sections of the document were left blank. Iranian Foreign
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said full agreement was possible at
the next round, in Vienna on July 2.
2014 Jun 20, Iranís state TV
reported that a court in Kerman province has convicted two men on
charges of spying for Britain and Israel and sentenced them to 10
and five years in prison, respectively.
2014 Jun 24, In Iran an attack
near its western border with Iraq killed 3 border guards.
2014 Jul 3, A European Union
court annulled sanctions placed by the 28-nation bloc on a leading
Iranian university because of its alleged involvement with the
country's nuclear program due to insufficient evidence. An asset
freeze will remain in place for another two months to hinder
Tehran's Sharif University of Technology from instantly withdrawing
its frozen funds.
2014 Jul 5, Iran state media
reported that Colonel Shoja'at Alamdari Mourjani has been killed
while fighting in Iraq, in what is thought to be Tehran's first
military casualty during battles against Islamic State jihadists.
2014 Jul 5, California-based
World Eco Energy said it has signed a preliminary agreement to
invest $1.175 billion (864 million euros) in Iran, in a rare joint
commercial project to turn rubbish and human waste into electricity.
2014 Jul 15, An Iranian F-4
fighter jet crashed shortly after taking off from a military air
base in Shiraz killing two pilots on board.
2014 Jul 18, Iran and six world
powers failed to meet their target date for cutting a nuclear deal
but agreed to extend the talks until Nov 24.
(SFC, 7/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 22, Iranian
authorities arrested Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian
(38) and his wife, also a journalist. Two American photographers
were also arrested. In early October Yeganeh Salehi (30) was
released on bail, while her husband, Washington Post correspondent
Jason Rezaian, 38, remained in detention.
(AFP, 7/26/14)(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A1)(AP, 10/6/14)
2014 Jul 25, Iranians took part
in huge rallies across the country to show solidarity with
Palestinians, urging them to keep up their struggle despite the
Israeli assault on Gaza.
2014 Aug 10, In Iran 39 people
were killed and nine wounded when a regional passenger plane crashed
while taking off from Tehran.
(Yahoo News, 8/10/14)
2014 Aug 19, Iranian poet Simin
Behbahani (87) died.
(Econ, 8/30/14, p.78)
2014 Aug 24, Iran's elite
Revolutionary Guard said it has brought down an Israeli stealth
drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site.
2014 Aug 29, The US imposed
sanctions on more than 25 Iranian businesses and individuals
suspected of working to expand Iranís nuclear program.
(SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A5)
2014 Sep 8, An Iranian
government minister said Afghan and Pakistani nationals, who were
planning to join the ranks of Islamic State jihadists fighting in
Syria and Iraq, have been arrested in Iran.
2014 Sep 15, In France world
powers backed military measures to help defeat Islamic State
fighters in Iraq, boosting Washington's efforts to set up a
coalition, but made no mention of the tougher diplomatic challenge
next door in Syria. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said French
aircraft would begin reconnaissance flights over Iraq. Iran ruled
out working with any international coalition and rejected American
requests for cooperation against the militants.
(Reuters, 9/15/14)(AP, 9/15/14)
2014 Sep 19, Iran and six wold
powers opened a new round of talks at the UN to overcome differences
in the way of a deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program.
2014 Sep 22, An Iranian
newspaper said 11 people have been arrested in the south after
allegedly sending text messages deemed insulting to the founder of
the Islamic Republic, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
2014 Sep 30, Iran said it will
supply the Lebanese army with military equipment to fight Muslim
(SFC, 10/1/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 1, A Kenyan court
ordered two Iranians held under anti-terrorism laws to serve two
years in jail or pay a hefty fine after they pleaded guilty to using
fake Israeli passports to enter the East African country last month.
2014 Oct 7, Iran said it had
seized explosives destined for an attack on one of its holy cities
and that more than 130 members of militant extremist groups had been
2014 Oct 11, In Iran a police
airplane crashed outside the provincial capital of Zahedan killing
all 7 people aboard.
(SSFC, 10/12/14, p.A4)
2014 Oct 15, A magnitude 6
earthquake struck western Iran at a depth of 36.7 km.
2014 Oct 20, Iranian news
reported that authorities have arrested four people suspected of
throwing acid on women.
2014 Oct 22, In Iran around
1,000 people took to the streets of Isfahan to demand action after
four women were maimed in acid attacks reportedly linked to them not
wearing the veil.
2014 Oct 25, In Iran Reyhaneh
Jabbari (26), on death row for five years, was hanged at dawn. The
interior designer was convicted for the 2007 stabbing of Morteza
Abdolali Sarbandi, a former intelligence officer. She claimed he had
tried to sexually assault her.
2014 Oct 24, Iranís interior
minister said several men arrested on suspicion of committing
horrific acid attacks on women in Isfahan have been released due to
2014 Oct 31, Iranís Grand
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on the government to rush to the aid
of Sunni tribes battling Islamic State, after the militant group
executed at least 220 tribesmen west of Baghdad this week.
2014 Nov 2, In Iran Ghoncheh
Ghavami (25), an Iranian-British woman detained last June 20 while
trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran, was found guilty
of spreading propaganda against the ruling system and sentenced to a
year in prison. Charges against her were reported dropped on April
2, 2015, as a court waived the remaining seven months of her
(AP, 11/2/14)(AP, 4/2/15)
2014 Nov 7, Russia signed a
contract to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly
followed by another six, a move intended to cement closer ties
between the two nations.
2014 Nov 9, In Syria 5 nuclear
scientists were killed in a machine gun ambush outside Damascus. One
of the men was an Iranian nuclear technician. Syrian rebels working
for Israel were blamed.
(SFC, 11/11/14, p.A4)
2014 Nov 10, Iran said that it
has successfully tested its own version of a US-made drone based on
one it captured in 2011.
2014 Nov 15, Iran's
semiofficial ISNA news agency reported that the Supreme Court has
disbarred judge Saeed Mortazavi over his role in the death by
torture of at least three jailed anti-government protesters in 2009.
2014 Nov 20, Iran's Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pardoned Iranian-Canadian blogger
Hossein Derakhshan after six years in prison for spreading
propaganda, insulting Islam and cooperating with hostile countries.
He was imprisoned in 2008 in Tehran on suspicion of spying for
Israel and sentenced in 2010 to 19-1/2 years in prison.
2014 Nov 24, Iran and six
powers failed for a second time this year o resolve their 12-year
dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven
more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from
clinching an historic deal.
2014 Dec 3, The Afghan
government said it will send a delegation to Iran to ask the
government to extend temporary visas to allow 760,000 Afghan
refugees who have no documents and risk deportation to stay on for
at least a year.
2014 Dec 3, In the Turkmen
frontier village of Ak-Yayla the presidents of Iran, Kazakhstan and
Turkmenistan attended the official opening of a railway line linking
landlocked Central Asia with the Persian Gulf.
2014 Dec 3, US officials said
they have indications that Iran has carried out air strikes on
Islamic State targets in Iraq 10 days earlier.
2014 Dec 3, In Yemen a car bomb
attack on the Iranian ambassador's house in the capital Sanaa killed
2 Yemeni soldiers and a civilian. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
2014 Dec 6, An Iranian court
charged Jason Rezaian, a reporter for the Washington Post jailed
since last July. He was not told the charges.
(SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Dec 11, Iran media
reported that authorities have arrested 12 people for syphoning off
more than $4.5 billion (3.6 billion euros) from one of the country's
main banks over several years. The suspects embezzled from the
Kerman branch of Tejarat Bank from 2009 until their arrest in 2013.
2014 Dec 11, In Vienna,
Austria, several states (Britain, Norway, Netherlands and the US)
pledged to back a UN nuclear agency (IAEA) request for 4.6 million
euros ($5.7 million) as soon as possible to pay for its monitoring
of an extended, interim nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
2014 Dec 12, Iran said it had
agreed to extend temporary visas for 450,000 Afghan refugees for six
months, lifting a threat to send them back home to a country facing
attacks by resurgent militants.
2014 Dec 26, Iran said it is to
expand what it calls "smart filtering" of the Internet, a policy of
censoring undesirable content on websites without banning them
completely, as it used to.
2014 Dec 28, Iran media
reported that a sniper has killed Revolutionary Guards commander
Brigadier General Hamid Taqavi. He was training Iraqi troops and
Shi'ite militia fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in the Iraqi
city of Samarra.
2014 Dec 28, In Iran 3 members
of the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), sent to reinforce
border police, were killed in an attack in the southeast, an area
rife with drug and arms traffickers.
2014 Dec 30, The United States
imposed sanctions on nine new targets, saying the entities and
people targeted had supported Iran's efforts to avoid sanctions and
backed the government's human rights abuses, including censorship.
2015 Jan 1, In Iran 2 people
were killed in what is being labeled a terrorist attack in the
southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan.
2015 Jan 7, Iran's official
IRNA news agency said the judiciary has ordered that LINE, WhatsApp
and Tango, three popular apps providing free phone and messaging
services, be shut down. Social websites including YouTube, Twitter
and Facebook have already been blocked by censors.
2015 Jan 12, Iranian police
confiscated seven tons of opium from drug smugglers. It was
concealed in a cement truck heading toward Tehran. Iran was the main
route for drug smugglers to ship narcotics from the poppy fields of
Afghanistan to Europe.
2015 Jan 15, Iran announced
plans to combat what it says are "immoral" online dating websites by
launching an official site for young people seeking marriage.
2015 Jan 18, Iran and major
powers made "limited" progress in narrowing differences over
its nuclear program, but agreed to step up efforts as the Obama
administration lobbied to stave off fresh sanctions against the
2015 Jan 18, An Israel air
strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights killed Hezbollah
military commander Mohammed Issa, responsible for Hezbollah's
operations in Syria and Iraq, and Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of an
assassinated commander from the group. 4 other members of Hezbollah
were also killed. General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was among 6
Iranians killed in the attack.
(AFP, 1/18/15)(AP, 1/19/15)(AFP, 1/19/15)
2015 Jan 19, More than 2,000
Iranians protested outside the French embassy in Tehran, chanting
"Death to France" and urging the ambassador be expelled because of a
cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.
2015 Jan 20, Russian Defence
Minister Sergei Shoigu signed a military cooperation deal with Iran
that his Iranian counterpart touted as a joint response to US
2015 Jan 21, Iran's country's
official news agency said the supreme court has sentenced Mohammad
Reza Rahimi, a former vice president, to five years in prison and
ordered him to pay a 10 billion rial ($300,000) fine. A local court
had initially sentenced him to 15 years prison, but the supreme
court reduced the term to five years and three months. Details of
the conviction were not provided.
2015 Jan 22, A European Union
high court annulled sanctions that the 28-nation bloc imposed on an
Iranian bank and a shipping line and companies linked to it, over
Tehran's nuclear program.
2015 Feb 2, In northern Iran a
private plane carrying a Saudi national and an Iranian pilot went
2015 Feb 15, Iranís former
first vice president, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, was taken to jail to
serve his 5-year 3-month prison term.
2015 Feb 22, Israelís PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran is seeking to open a "third
front" against Israel using Hezbollah fighters on the Syrian Golan
2015 Feb 24, Iranian officials
and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources said at least $1
billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran in recent months as it
seeks to avoid Western sanctions, a bigger figure than previously
2015 Feb 26, A new Iranian
political party, Nedaye Iranian (Call of Iranians), with social
democratic leanings opened its first congress, aiming to lead
reformists to victory in the Islamic republic's legislative
elections next year.
2015 Feb 26, In Iran a
helicopter belonging to the country's air force crashed north of
Tehran, killing all three crew members on board.
2015 Mar 1, A first Iranian
flight landed in the Yemeni capital, a day after officials from the
Shiite militia-controlled city signed an aviation agreement with
Tehran. The plane delivered medical and other supplies to Sanaa.
(AFP, 3/1/15)(SFC, 3/2/15, p.A4)
2015 Mar 2, Iranís The Center
for Investigation of Organized Crime, a branch of the elite
Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), accused Facebook of spreading
immoral content and said it had arrested several users. State
television reported Iran has monitored 8 million Facebook accounts
with new software and will watch other social media sites for
content that contravenes the Islamic Republic's moral codes.
2015 Mar 5, Iran said that a
team of special operatives has freed Nour Ahmad Nikbakht, an Iranian
diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen.
2015 Mar 8, Iranís state media
reported that young woman, accused of marrying and divorcing 10 men
in less than two years under an elaborate con trick, has been
charged with fraud.
2015 Mar 9, A letter signed by
47 Republican senators warned Iran that any nuclear deal made with
US President Barack Obama, a Democrat, could last only as long as he
remained in office.
2015 Mar 30, Iran's
Revolutionary Guard said a US drone strike killed two of its
advisers near the Iraqi city of Tikrit on March 23, where a major
offensive is underway against the Islamic State group. The US said
its coalition conducted no airstrikes in the area during the time of
2015 Mar 31, Iran and six world
powers ramped up the pace in negotiations in Switzerland over a
preliminary deal on Tehran's nuclear program. Officials cautioned
that any agreement would likely be fragile and incomplete.
2015 Apr 2, In southern Iran
gunmen killed 3 police officers in Hamidiyeh near the Iraqi border.
2015 Apr 2, In Switzerland
negotiators reached a framework for a nuclear accord with Iran. US
President Barack Obama hailed it as an ďhistoric understanding,Ē but
senior global diplomats cautioned that hard work lies ahead to
strike a final deal.
2015 Apr 3, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu said he and his Cabinet are united in "strongly opposing"
an emerging framework agreement on curbing Iran's nuclear program
and demanded that any final deal contain Iranian recognition of
Israel's right to exist.
2015 Apr 4, Iran's State
Security Council was reported to have approved a plan by the sports
ministry to allow women and families to attend some sports events.
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