Category Archives: Iran

Suicide attack kills at least 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard

A suicide bombing targeting a bus carrying personnel of Iran’s elite paramilitary Revolutionary Guard force killed at least 20 people and wounded 20 in the country’s southeast, a statement from the force said.

Suicide attack kills 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard

A suicide bomber killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, state media said, in a southeastern region where security forces are facing a rise in attacks by militants from the country’s Sunni Muslim minority.

Iran’s Islamic Revolution, 40 years on: Youth ponders change

Forty years ago, the fall of the monarchy in Iran, after 2,500 years, marked the beginning of a new era. Iranians had risen up against the Shah and saw his government crumble amid the Islamic Revolution on February 11, 1979. If those early days were a time of hope, rising unemployment, inflation and US sanctions today have many Iranians saying they are in no mood to celebrate. Among them are some of Iran’s youth. Young people make up roughly 60 percent of the country’s population, but a third of them are unemployed, hit hard by the economic crisis. FRANCE 24 has been meeting with young Iranian to get their perspective and brings you this report.

In pictures: 40 years of Iran’s Islamic Republic

On February 11, 1979, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei and religious hardliners established an Islamic Republic in Iran after the fall of the Shah. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at the last 40 years in pictures.

Forty years on, the promises of Iran’s Islamic Revolution have largely been ‘broken’

On February 11, 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei came to power in Iran, installing a theocratic regime in place of the Shah’s US-backed authoritarian monarchy. Forty years on, has this Revolution achieved what it set out to do?

Forty years on, what is left of Iran’s Islamic Revolution?

On February 11, 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei came to power in Iran, installing a theocratic regime in place of the Shah’s US-backed authoritarian monarchy. Forty years on, has this Revolution achieved what it set out to do?

Prices of medicines in Iran soar as result of US sanctions

The price of chemotherapy and diabetes medications in Iran has gone up exponentially in just a few months due to US sanctions. For months foreign medications have been becoming increasingly rare. FRANCE 24’s Mariam Pirzadeh and Sara Saidi report from Tehran.

EU announces mechanism to ease trade with Iran despite sanctions

The European Union said Monday its members would set up a payment system to allow oil companies and businesses to continue trading with Iran in a bid to evade sanctions after the US withdrew from a nuclear agreement.

Iran parade attack: rival claims and ’embarrassing’ responses

FRANCE 24’s Wassim Nasr examines the competing claims for the deadly attack on an Iranian military parade as well as the responses by the Iranian authorities. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei once again blamed the US and its Arab allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for the assault. The accusations came despite a video posted on the Islamic State (IS) group-affiliated Amaq News Agency, which purportedly showed three of the four assailants. Two Ahvaz-based separatist groups also claimed the attack. “The difference with the IS group claim is that we see the attackers, we see three of the four attackers. One of the attackers has a real resemblance with the second jihadi who speaks in the video,” Nasr said. “Although none of them refer to the Islamic State, they talk jihad and they have Iranian Revolution[ary] Guard uniforms. Up to this point, the most credible one seems to be the one by the Islamic State group.”

Iran vows ‘crushing response’ over deadly parade attack, blames ‘foreign regime’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed a “crushing” response after assailants sprayed a crowd with gunfire, shooting dead at least 29 people including women and children Saturday at a military parade near the Iraqi border.

Iran lashes out at Gulf foes, summons Western diplomats, over deadly Ahvaz attack

On Sunday, Iran summoned Western diplomats and accused US-backed Gulf states of seeking to stir instability in the Islamic Republic by supporting the “terrorists” behind Saturday’s deadly attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards threaten to avenge military parade attack

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to exact “deadly and unforgettable” vengeance for an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, and Tehran accused Gulf Arab states of backing the gunmen.