Iran

angelburst29

The Living Force
Iran's OPEC Governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili is in a coma after a "severe brain haemorrhage", SHANA, the news site of the Iranian oil ministry, reported on Sunday.

Iran's OPEC governor in coma after brain haemorrhage
FILE PHOTO: Iran's OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili talks to the media at the OPEC Ministerial Monitoring Committee in Algiers, Algeria September 23, 2018. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo

May 3, 2020 - He was hospitalized on Friday, SHANA said, without providing any additional details.

Kazempour Ardebili is a key figure in Iran’s oil industry and served as the country’s deputy foreign minister and deputy oil minister in the 1980s. He was ambassador to Japan in the early 1990s, while at the same time serving as OPEC governor.

Hezbollah: Germany bowing to U.S. will with ban
FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters through a screen during a rally commemorating the annual Hezbollah's slain leaders in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Monday that Germany was "succumbing to American will" by banning his Iran-backed movement and designating it a terrorist organization.

Iran says U.S. push to extend Tehran's arms embargo is 'illegitimate'
Iran dismissed as "illegitimate" efforts by the United States to extend the U.N. Security Council arms embargo on Tehran, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.

Iran's coronavirus death toll rises by 74 as mosques due to reopen
The coronavirus death toll in Iran, one of the hardest hit countries in the Middle East, rose by 74 in the past 24 hours to 6,277, the Health Ministry said on Monday, as mosques were due to reopen in many cities.

Iran coronavirus death toll rises by 47 to 6,203: health ministry
The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak in Iran rose by 47 over the past 24 hours to 6,203, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on state TV on Sunday.

Mosques and schools to reopen in Iran's low-risk areas
FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid/File Photo
Iran plans to reopen mosques and schools in areas that have been consistently free of the coronavirus as President Hassan Rouhani's government starts to ease restrictions that were aimed at containing the outbreak.

US sanctions Iranian-Iraqi businessman over support of Iran's Quds Force
The Commander of Iran's Quds Force Esmail Ghaani, 30 March 2020 [Twitter]

The Commander of Iran's Quds Force Esmail Ghaani, 30 March 2020 [Twitter]

May 1, 2020 - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on an Iranian-Iraqi businessman and his mining company, accusing him of involvement in efforts by Iran’s elite Quds Force to generate revenue illegally and smuggle weapons abroad, the US Treasury Department said, Reuters reported.
Amir Dianat has supported Quds Force smuggling operations for years, including efforts aimed at shipping weapons such as missiles and smuggling shipments from Iran to Yemen, the department said in a statement.

The sanctions freeze any US-held assets of Dianat or his company Taif Mining Services, which the US Treasury Department alleged was a front company for the Quds Force, and generally bar Americans from dealing with them.

“The Iranian regime and its supporters continue to prioritize the funding of international terrorist organizations over the health and well-being of the Iranian people,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement.

In addition to the blacklisting, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia filed criminal charges against Dianat and his business associate, Iranian Kamran Lajmiri, alleging they violated sanctions and money laundering laws.

A related complaint was also filed alleging that $12 million is subject to forfeiture as funds involved in the crimes and as assets of a foreign terrorist organization, the US Department of Justice said in a statement.

The forfeiture action marks the largest ever seizure of Quds Force-related funds, it said.

The complaint alleges that Dianat and Lajmiri in 2019 conspired to purchase a petroleum tanker in a scheme involving the National Iranian Oil Company, the National Iranian Tanker Company and the Quds Force, all blacklisted by the United States.

If convicted of the criminal charges, Dianat and Lajmiri would face a maximum of 20 years imprisonment.

“These defendants purchased a crude oil tanker valued at over $10 million by illegally using the US financial system, defiantly violating US sanctions,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said in the statement.
 

youlik

Jedi Council Member
Иранские военные по ошибке уничтожили крылатой ракетой собственный корабль - около 37 человек погибли. Видео

The Iranian military mistakenly destroyed its own ship with a cruise missile - about 37 people were killed. Video
The Iranian military mistakenly destroyed their own ship.

The Iranian military, conducting maneuvers, fired an anti-ship cruise missile at its own naval vessel. As a result of a tactical missile hitting the ship, the ship, along with 37 sailors on Board, was destroyed – according to preliminary data, all those on the ship were killed.

At the moment, there is information that the reason for everything was an error – the Iranian military confused the target ship with a real ship, and after confirming that the target was detected, they received a command to destroy it. It is reported that the missile left no chance for anyone on Board, turning the ship into a pile of debris.

At the disposal of the resource Avia.pro there is information that we are talking about a logistics ship "Konarak", while Iran itself denies the death of so many people, noting that in fact, the victim of the Iranian military was only one crew member, although given the size of the ship, its real crew can actually reach 30-40 people.

The Iranian media has not yet explained the reasons why such a mistake was made, however, experts note that such actions on the part of the military are completely unacceptable.

"As a result of this mistake, people were killed, and no one can rule out the possibility that the next time the Iranian military mistakenly does not fire missiles at a foreign ship. This situation was already observed when Iran mistakenly destroyed a Ukrainian passenger airliner, " the expert notes.

According to preliminary data, this is an Iranian anti-ship cruise missile C-802 Noor.
Иранские военные по ошибке уничтожили крылатой ракетой собственный корабль - около 37 человек погибли. Видео
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
The Iranian military mistakenly destroyed its own ship with a cruise missile - about 37 people were killed. Video
The Iranian military mistakenly destroyed their own ship.

According to preliminary data, this is an Iranian anti-ship cruise missile C-802 Noor.
Иранские военные по ошибке уничтожили крылатой ракетой собственный корабль - около 37 человек погибли. Видео

A terrible accident and loss of Life? Imagine ... how different life would be - if Countries didn't have to prepare "for possible War"?

Another article by American media:
19 dead as Iran warship hit by 'friendly fire' in tense Gulf
‎May‎ ‎10‎, ‎2020‎ - Tehran (AFP) - An Iranian warship was hit by a "friendly fire" missile during naval exercises, killing 19 sailors, state media and the army said Monday, amid tensions with the US in Gulf waters.

The Konarak was struck on Sunday afternoon near Bandar-e Jask, off the southern coast of the Islamic republic, state television's website said. "The vessel was hit after moving a practice target to its destination and not creating enough distance between itself and the target," it said.

Nineteen crewmen were killed and 15 injured in an "accident" during the exercises, the armed forces said, without elaborating.

Tasnim news agency said in an English-language tweet that the missile was fired by another Iranian warship.

The Konarak had been hit by "'friendly fire' after Moudge-class frigate 'Jamaran' accidentally shot (it) with a missile during live firing exercise in Jask area of #PersianGulf waters".

The 15 injured were hospitalised in Sistan and Baluchistan, said Mohammad-Mehran Aminifard, head of the province's medical university.

Here's All That's Left Of Iranian Navy Ship Struck By Missile In Friendly Fire Tragedy (Updated)
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The naval support ship was laying targets for a training exercise when an anti-ship missile fired from an Iranian frigate slammed into it.


Details still remain limited at this time, but what we know is that an Iranian live-fire naval training event went horribly wrong in the Gulf of Oman when one of the country's own naval vessels was struck by an anti-ship cruise missile on Sunday. The mistake has killed at least 19 Iranian sailors and wounded 15 more. A support ship named Konarak was placing targets for other ships to use for the exercise when the missile, a C-802 Noor, made a direct hit on the vessel.

Images show the vessel's entire upper structure obliterated by the inadvertent strike.
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Below is what the Konarak looked like in better days. Note the ship can be equipped with drones and its own anti-ship missiles. Iran often bolts on these types of modular capabilities to auxiliary craft for testing and to increase its number of missionized hulls as it sees fit.

The launching warship is said to have been the Moudge class frigate Jamaran. The ship, which was put into service just a decade ago, is one of Iran's most advanced surface combatants and packs a quartet of C-802 Noors, which is a derivative of the very common YJ-83 Chinese radar-guided anti-ship missiles with a range of roughly 65 miles.

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The Jamaran. Note the two twin box launchers amidships that house the C-802 anti-ship missiles.

The incident took place near the port city of Jask, in the upper Gulf of Oman, not far from the tumultuous Strait of Hormuz. The waters off Jask have been the site of a number of violent events over the last year, including the shooting down of a U.S. Global Hawk drone and limpet mine attacks on tankers vessels.

The 155-foot long Konarak was built by the Netherlands and has been operating since the late 1980s. The ship was towed to port after the missile strike, but as you can see in the images, fire laid waste to everything but its hull.

This incident is somewhat unique because of the headlines it is making. Such embarrassing tragedies are not something the Iranian military is keen to highlight and it is the second known major Iranian friendly fire incident just this year. On Jan. 8, 2020, an Iranian air defense battery shot down Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, a Boeing 737-800 with 176 souls on board, not long after a ballistic missile barrage on U.S. forces in Iran.

Accidents with anti-ship missiles, which often operate autonomously after being launched, are not unheard of, but a mistake like this occurring in such a tense and densely armed region could light-off a major conflict before it can be stopped.

Update: 2:51 AM PST—
Here is what the ship looked like when vessels were able to approach it. Absolutely catastrophic damage done to this ship by the C-802 and its after-effects. It must have been horrific for those aboard that survived:

Update: 7:00 AM PST—
The Iranian Navy has released a statement lauding the efforts of its personnel to rescue members of the Konarak's crew after the incident.

"Naval relief and rescue teams reached the location shortly after the incident, retrieving the injured and the martyrs from the vessel and transferring them to medical centers," the statement said. "The forces stationed on the vessel displayed exemplary courage in their endeavor to rescue their fellow servicemen."

The exact circumstances of the accident remain murky. "The vessel [Konarak] was hit after moving a practice target to its destination and not creating enough distance between itself and the target," according to a report from Iranian state television.

Iran's state and quasi-state media have sought to downplay to the situation, with the Navy's own statement only saying the support ship had been towed into port for a "technical inspection" and PressTV cited an unnamed source who "dismissed reports that the vessel had been totally destroyed." PressTV's initial reporting included a picture of the Konarak that only showed a relatively small portion of its stern with the full extent of the damage not visible.

However, the pictures and video make clear that the missile did massive damage to the Konarak and that the vessel is almost certainly a total loss.

Iranian warship hit by missile in training accident, killing 19 sailors
A satellite image shows an Iranian vessel Konarak, damaged in an aftermath of a friendly-fire anti-ship missile accident, in a port city of Konarak, Iran May 11, 2020. Satellite image 2020 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS
One Iranian warship accidentally struck another with a missile during an exercise, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15 others, Iran's navy said on Monday.
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
U.S. tells Iran to send plane so Washington can deport 11 Iranian nationals
The United States urged Tehran on Monday to send a charter plane to take home 11 Iranian nationals whom Washington wants to deport, and accused the Islamic Republic of stalling the repatriation process.

All mosques in Iran to reopen temporarily on Tuesday
FILE PHOTO: Iranian worshippers pray as they keep social distancing at a mosque following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tehran, Iran, April 30, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Ali Khara via REUTERS
All mosques in Iran will reopen temporarily on Tuesday, a further step in the government's plans to ease restrictions that aimed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, the official IRIB news agency reported.

Iran locks down southwest county after spike in coronavirus cases
A county in southwestern Iran has been placed under lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday, also quoting the provincial governor as saying there had been a sharp rise in new cases across the province.
 

angelburst29

The Living Force

Iran's OPEC governor dies after brain haemorrhage
FILE PHOTO: Iran's OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili is greeted at the OPEC Ministerial Monitoring Committee in Algiers, Algeria September 23, 2018. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo
Iran's OPEC Governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili has died of a brain haemorrhage two weeks after falling into a coma, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported on Saturday.

Vehicles, not marches, to mark Iran's annual anti-Israel rally: president
Rallies next week in Tehran to mark the annual Quds Day against Israel will involve Iranians driving in vehicles not marching through the streets,
to avoid spreading the coronavirus, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on state television on Saturday.

Iran news agency warns U.S. against any move on fuel shipment to Venezuela
An Iranian news agency close to the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday there would be repercussions if the United States acted "just like pirates" against an Iranian fuel shipment to Venezuela.

Iran sentences French academic to six years in prison: lawyer
Iran has sentenced French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah to six years in prison on national security charges, her lawyer told Reuters on Saturday, drawing protests from the French government which demanded her immediate release.

France demands immediate release of academic sentenced in Iran
France on Saturday condemned the sentencing of French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah in Iran and demanded her immediate release.
 

youlik

Jedi Council Member
Израильские самолёты были замечены в небе за несколько часов до взрыва на иранском ядерном объекте. Видео
2020-07-03

Israeli planes were seen in the sky a few hours before the explosion at the Iranian nuclear facility. Video
2020-07-03
An explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility may be linked to Israel.

The powerful explosion that occurred two days ago at an Iranian secret nuclear facility may be directly related to the confrontation between Iran and Israel. The reason for such a conclusion of experts was that a few hours before the incident, Israeli fighters were seen lifted from one of the air bases, after which, having disabled the transponders, they moved in an unknown direction. According to Tehran, the cause of the explosion was a gas leak, but the explosion captured by random witnesses indicates the detonation of explosives.

"After the press reported about the fire in netenz, the atomic energy Organization of Iran, without going into details, reported that there was an incident at The facility. The city authorities only confirmed that there was a fire. The authorities assure that work on the site, despite the emergency, did not stop. Later, the Iranian authorities published a photo of the building, which was allegedly damaged by fire. The Associated Press draws attention to the fact that the walls of the brick building are charred, the roof is destroyed, the doors are torn off their hinges, and debris is lying around, which may indirectly confirm the version of the explosion. It is also noted that the fire that started at night was so bright that it was visible from space and recorded by an American government satellite, " <url> reports.
Among other things, experts pay attention to the fact that, judging by the video from the scene, no gas explosion is in question. Although this does not prove possible involvement of Israel, analysts draw attention to the fact that it was tel Aviv that actively advocated the termination of the Iranian nuclear program, although it is engaged in the development of nuclear weapons.

Given the absence of any radioactive bursts, we may be talking about an explosion on the territory of the laboratory building, however, there are no official comments on this.
Израильские самолёты были замечены в небе за несколько часов до взрыва на иранском ядерном объекте. Видео

 

youlik

Jedi Council Member
Иран начал экстренное развёртывание ЗРК С-75 на границе с Азербайджаном после удара неизвестных F-35. Видео
2020-07-06

Iran has launched an emergency deployment of s-75 SAMS on the border with Azerbaijan after an unknown F-35 strike. Video
2020-07-06
Iran has begun transferring upgraded s-75 SAMS to the border with Azerbaijan, after strikes by unknown F-35S.

A few days ago, a mysterious explosion occurred at an Iranian military nuclear facility, which was recorded even from space. As it turned out, we may be talking about an air strike by an f-35 fighter of an unknown country. According to some reports, the air strike was carried out from the least protected direction – the border of Azerbaijan, in this connection, the Iranian military began emergency deployment of short-range air defense systems in this direction. The choice in favor of the modernized Soviet S-75 is made because these systems are equipped with radars that detect "stealth" fighters and can hit targets at high altitudes, while remaining invisible to the enemy.
On the presented video footage, published by one of the Internet resources, you can see the transfer of s-75 complexes to the Iran-Azerbaijan border. This is not the first time that Azerbaijani airspace has been used by the United States and Israel, and in all likelihood, it was the F-35 of one of these countries that took part in the strike on an Iranian nuclear facility.

It is known that at least 6 complexes have been sent to this direction, which, despite their limited range of 30 kilometers, use radar with a special wave range that allows timely detection of "stealth" fighters. According to some reports, the s-75's position areas are also covered by longer-range Iranian air defense systems.

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Иран начал экстренное развёртывание ЗРК С-75 на границе с Азербайджаном после удара неизвестных F-35. Видео
 

sToRmR1dR

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Iran has launched an emergency deployment of s-75 SAMS on the border with Azerbaijan after an unknown F-35 strike. Video
2020-07-06
Iran has begun transferring upgraded s-75 SAMS to the border with Azerbaijan, after strikes by unknown F-35S.

https://avia.pro/sites/default/files/images/video_2020-07-05_20-42-30.mp4
Иран начал экстренное развёртывание ЗРК С-75 на границе с Азербайджаном после удара неизвестных F-35. Видео

A Russian 'Container' radar has detected the F-35 jet that attacked the Iranian nuclear facility.
 

sToRmR1dR

The Living Force
FOTCM Member

'Maybe the recent explosions have something to do with this (as 'justification'):'

07.07.2020

Israeli planes were seen in the sky a few hours before the explosion at the Iranian nuclear facility. Video
2020-07-03
An explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility may be linked to Israel.
Израильские самолёты были замечены в небе за несколько часов до взрыва на иранском ядерном объекте. Видео

July 07, 2020
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Nour News also claimed that "there are a lot of similarities between the incident in Natanz and the assassination of General Soleimani" but did not elaborate further except saying, "the combination of intelligence, logistics, action and the volume of destruction" as part of those similarities. It added these factors strengthen the possibility of "a deliberate attack."

In the meantime:

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Iran received the new Russian S-300s and began their urgent deployment. Video
2020-07-08
 
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angelburst29

The Living Force
A group of Iranian parliamentarians has abandoned an attempt to impeach President Hassan Rouhani, the Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday, marking the end of a move sparked by growing economic hardship.

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Hardline Iranian lawmakers back off from move to impeach president

Approximately 10 parliamentarians who were seeking to impeach the president, and rally other members of the 290 seat body to their side, have backed down, Tasnim reported.

One MP quoted by Tasnim said that the motion had been dropped after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in the country, had expressed support for the government.

Iranians’ daily struggle to make ends meet has become harder since the reimposition of U.S. sanctions in 2018, and the economy has been further damaged by rising inflation, growing unemployment, a slump in the rial and the coronavirus crisis.

First elected in a landslide in 2013 and re-elected in 2017, Rouhani opened the door to nuclear diplomacy with six major powers that led to a 2015 nuclear deal, under which Iran agreed to curb its sensitive nuclear work in return for the easing of sanctions.

But hardliners opposed to the West were always lukewarm about the agreement, and they fiercely criticised Rouhani when U.S. President Donald Trump quit the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions that have choked Iran’s vital oil exports.
 

Laurs

Jedi Council Member
FOTCM Member
The latest in the string of "accidents" in Iran:

Relating to the fire at Natanz:

"The Islamic Republic's Supreme National Security Council chaired by President Hassan Rouhani says that in at least one case, the blaze at Natanz, the fire's cause has been determined but for "security considerations," will not be announced until further notice.
Nonetheless, numerous experts believe that the Natanz facility was hit by sabotage that would delay Tehran's nuclear activities for two years.
All these incidents have led to speculation that a campaign of sabotage is underway in the clergy-dominated Iran."
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
The latest in the string of "accidents" in Iran:

Quote from the article above, "A fire that broke at an Iranian shipyard in the southwestern port of Bushehr has damaged at least seven ships without causing any casualties, local media reported. Wednesday's incident appears to be the latest in a series of fires and explosions around the country, some of which have hit sensitive sites."

Wednesday's date was July 15, 2020. I don't know if there is any connection but on Sunday July 12, 2020, a fire broke out at the Naval Base in San Diego, California aboard an amphibious assault ship docked pier-side. It's still burning. Other ships near the blaze were towed out.

Amphibious Assault Ship USS Bonhomme Richard Is On Fire At Naval Base San Diego (Updated)
July 12, 2020 - Details remain limited, but the Wasp class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is burning pier-side at Naval Base San Diego. Aerial footage shows thick smoke billowing from the ship's hangar deck as firefighting crews have moved in to try to halt the blaze. Reports state that an unknown number of sailors have been hurt as a result of the fire.

The Bonhomme Richard is conventionally powered, but is one of just nine big-deck amphibious assault ships within the Navy's inventory. It is a strategic and very costly asset that provides major air and amphibious power projection when operating abroad.

11 sailors were taken to the hospital with minor injuries out of about 200 that were onboard the ship when the fire struck according to the San Diego Union Tribune. The paper also reports that all of the sailors have been accounted for, which is a bit of good news. Around 150 firefighters are on the scene fighting the ongoing fire.(Updates follow).

Added note: A fire on China's new and quite similar Type 075 amphibious assault ship occurred last April, which drew negative attention from the international press. Evidence of the fire was quickly covered up by crews that literally painted over the smoke damage just hours after it occurred.

USS Bonhomme Richard's Bridge Engulfed In Flames As Fire Rages Into The Night (Updated)
July 13, 2020 - The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) continued to burn after the sun had set in San Diego. It now appears that the fire has migrated to the ship's island superstructure with its bridge seen engulfed in flames, which is a very bad thing. Additional large booms were also heard as the blaze continued to rage aboard some 14 hours after it started.

As it sits now, 17 sailors and four civilians were taken to the hospital as a result of the fire, it is known that at least all the sailors were in stable condition as of around 6:30 pm local time in San Diego. During an evening press conference, Rear Admiral Philip E. Sobeck addressed reporters and stated that there are still 1,000,000 gallons of fuel onboard the vessel, but that is was located below where they thought the blaze emanating from.

Two Decks Are Thought To Separate Fire On USS Bonhomme Richard From 1M Gallons Of Fuel (Updated)

July 13, 2020 - The Navy says it is throwing everything it has at fighting the blaze on the stricken amphibious assault ship as it enters into its 28th hour.

Firefighters Evacuated From Still Burning USS Bonhomme Richard After It Lists Towards Pier (Updated)
July 16, 2020 - July 15th came and went with little new official information regarding the ongoing fire fighting operations aboard USS Bonhomme Richard. Then, it was announced at around 11 pm local time this evening, that the Navy cleared the ship and the pier of all personnel due to a rapid shift in the vessel's stability.
 
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