Latest Iranian armed forces News

Iran flies domestically made fighter jets to mark Army Day

Apr. 18, 2019 4:24 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran showcased its domestically made fighter jets by flying the aircraft over Tehran during a military parade Thursday marking National Army Day as the country grapples with U.S. sanctions and the Trump administration's recent terrorism designation of Iran's powerful paramilitary force....

Turkey criticizes US for designating Iranian force terrorist

Apr. 17, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization is a dangerous development that could lead to chaos, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday. Speaking at a joint news conference with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif,...

Iran's parliament labels US troops in Mideast as terrorist

Apr. 16, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill labeling U.S. forces in the Middle East as terrorist, a day after the U.S. terrorism designation for Iran's Revolutionary Guard formally took effect, state TV reported. Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami introduced the bill...

US terror label for Iran Revolutionary Guard takes effect

Apr. 15, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. terrorism label for Iran's Revolutionary Guard formally took effect on Monday, amid a battle between the Trump administration and some in Congress over waivers on oil and nuclear sanctions that are due to expire or be extended early next month. The Guard's formal designation as a...

Syria says Israeli airstrike on military position wounds 6

Apr. 13, 2019 4:23 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria early Saturday wounded six soldiers and destroyed several buildings, Syria's state news agency SANA reported. SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying the airstrike near the town of Masyaf, in Hama province, hit a...

Lebanon's Hezbollah warns US pressure on Iran may backfire

Apr. 10, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah on Wednesday called the U.S. decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organization "stupidity," and warned that the group and its allies may respond to further escalation. Hassan Nasrallah said the Trump...

Iraq says it tried to stop US from blacklisting Iran corps

Apr. 9, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minster says his government tried to stop the U.S. from labelling Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a "foreign terrorist organization," saying the designation could have negative consequences for Iraq and the Middle East. Adel Abdul-Mahdi says Iraq will continue to invest in...

Iranian lawmakers convene with chants of 'Death to America'

Apr. 9, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers dressed in paramilitary uniforms chanted "Death to America" as they convened Tuesday for an open session of parliament after the White House designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard a foreign terrorist organization. President Hassan Rouhani declared that the force's...

US labels elite Iran force a foreign terrorist organization

Apr. 8, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Monday designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization, an unprecedented declaration against a foreign government that may prompt retaliation and make it harder for American diplomats and military officers to work with allies in the...

AP Explains: Long reach of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

Apr. 8, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard, designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the Trump administration on Monday, evolved from a paramilitary, domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational force that has come to the aid of Tehran's...