Iran marks revolution anniversary amid U.S. tensions
Tens of thousands of Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran on Tuesday morning to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Islamic revolution, against a backdrop of escalating tensions with the United States.
Iran and the United States came to the brink of full-blown conflict last month after a U.S. drone strike killed top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, prompting Iran to retaliate with a missile barrage against a U.S. base in Iraq days later.
The ongoing fallout of the U.S. withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement and sanctions have also added to the diplomatic and military crisis.
Speaking to the crowd gathered by Tehran's Azadi Tower, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the U.S.'
Agenda for his country was to reverse Iran's 41 years as an Islamic republic.
Rouhani also said President Donald Trump's administration lied in its reasoning for killing Soleimani.
The U.S. has claimed Soleimani was planning an attack on American assets and personnel.
The military is downsizing its presence in Iraq from 5000 to 3200 troops, as the local military takes over security operations against remnants of the Islamic State militant group. Caroline Malone reports.
Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, has enjoyed close ties, some would say a free pass, with Donald Trump in the White House. Joe Biden has promised that if he becomes U.S. president, that will change. Lucy Fielder reports.
The United States on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran's nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, a senior U.S. official said, putting teeth behind U.N. sanctions on Tehran that Washington argues have resumed despite the opposition of allies and adversaries. Gloria Tso reports.
After nearly five years of incarceration, British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could face an additional year in an Iranian prison. According to CNN, Zaghari-Ratcliffe's lawyer says new charges, called 'propaganda against the ruling establishment,' have been filed against her. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained at Tehran airport in April 2016 and jailed on espionage charges. She is currently under house arrest in Iran.
The husband of jailed British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hasappealed to UK officials to insist on being allowed to attend her second trialwhen it begins in Tehran on Sunday. Richard Ratcliffe said his family havebeen “caught” between two governments “fighting”. Speaking to the PA newsagency after it was revealed his wife was facing another trial in Iran, MrRatcliffe said: “We’ve always been treated in a strange, odd way and markedout as exceptional. “This second court case is doing that again, and it’ssignalling again she’s being held for political leverage to push the BritishGovernment to do something."
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