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Today in History for February 23rd.

Highlights of this day in history: Iconic photo captured in Iwo Jima; Persian Gulf War begins in Kuwait; Scottish scientists clone first mammal; Stan Laurel dies; Carlos Santana wins 8 Grammy awards.         

- USA TODAY - US

IRGC unveils anti-helicopter mine during war games.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has tested a domestically developed anti-helicopter mine named Saeqeh .

- AzerNews - AZ

Iran allowed to export surplus gas to Europe.

The Iranian Parliament has allowed the country's oil ministry to export surplus gas to Europe and neighboring countries in the next fiscal year, which will start March 2017.

- AzerNews - AZ

US can expect 'slap in the face' if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, commander says.

Tehran concluded three days of war games with rockets, tanks, artillery and helicopters on Wednesday.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

The Iran Nuclear Deal: The Future of the JCPOA.

Experts evaluate the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program, the issues that have arisen in the past year, and what the new administration should consider for the future of the deal.

- The Council on Foreign Relations - US

Is Ahmadinejad defying Khamenei's 'advice' to abandon ambitions?.

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is believed to be back in the game with his former deputy's announcement that he intends to run in the upcoming presidential elections.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Can Iran's Khamenei rule out 'national reconciliation'?.

Despite his stated skepticism of the idea of national reconciliation, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may in effect be maneuvering to decide the terms of such a reconciliation.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Turkish-Iranian hits reach their peak as Syria talks kick off.

Both countries accuse each other of destabilizing the region and undermining security in Iraq and Syria.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Warning Issued: Iran Ready to Give U.S. 'Slap in the Face'.

The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, as Tehran concluded war games.

- Breitbart - US

Iran sends team to Saudi Arabia for hajj talks.

Iran said Wednesday it has sent a team for talks in Saudi Arabia on the next annual pilgrimage after missing the hajj in 2016 at a time of rising tensions between the two countries

- The Daily Star - LB

Iran must do more to address anxieties.

If in the past, GCC states held Tehran responsible for using sectarianism to interfere in internal Arab affairs, that contention is no longer a concept, but an established reality

- GulfNews - AE

Thaw on pause

The new Trump presidency could have profound implications for US relations with Iran, says the BBC's Kambiz Fattahi.

- BBC - UK

Interview with Exiled Iranian Empress Pahlavi: 'We Wanted to Create Progress in Iran'

The collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art was to be shown in Berlin in December, but Iranian officials declined permission to send the artworks out of the country. SPIEGEL spoke with former Empress Farah Pahlavi, who assembled the collection in the 1970s. She's been living in exile for 38 years.

- Spiegel Online - DE

Iran plans to buy 12 Superjet-100 aircraft in near future

- Today.Az - AZ

Iran open for cooperation with Persian Gulf states

- Today.Az - AZ

Iran open for cooperation with Persian Gulf states

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi voiced Tehran's readiness to improve interaction with Persian Gulf littoral states referring to President Hassan Rouhani's visit to Oman and Kuwait last week.

- AzerNews - AZ

Teenage Iranian chess master banned from national team for refusing to wear a headscarf

Her brother was also banned for playing against an Israeli, which is against Iranian rules

- GulfNews - AE

Iran ready to give US 'slap in the face': commander

The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, as Tehran concluded war games.

- BDNews24 - BD

Iran Renews Destructive Cyber Attacks on Saudi Arabia

After a four-year hiatus, Iran recently resumed destructive cyber attacks against Saudi Arabia in what U.S. officials say is part of a long-term...

- Townhall.com - US

Russia Signs 100,000 bpd Oil Contract With Iran

Russia has agreed to purchase 100,000 barrels of oil a day from Iran in exchange for cash and goods and services, according to a new report by the Iranian Students News Agency. The setup is set to begin within the next 15 days, the ISNA said. The two countries also have a standing contract to build a 1.4 gigawatt thermal ...

- OilPrice.com - US

In Tehran Berri praises Iran's ME role at the sixth conference on the ” Palestinian Intifada”

Amal Movement leader , Speaker Nabih Berri thanked  Iran for supporting Lebanon in facing the Israeli occupation and its solidarity with the Army, people and the Resistance,'  National News Agency reported on Tuesday. Berri who is in  Tehran delivered a speech at the opening of the sixth conference  on the ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Iran Supreme Leader calls on Palestinians to pursue intifada against Israel

Iran's Supreme Leader called on Palestinians on Tuesday to pursue an uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a “cancerous tumor” that should be confronted until Palestinians were completely liberated. “… by Allah's permission, we will see that this intifada will begin a very ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Revolutionary Guards Commander: The US should expect a 'strong slap in the face' if it underestimates Iran's capabilities

Thomson ReutersDUBAI - The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, as Tehran concluded war games. Since taking office last month, U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to get tough with ...

- Business Insider - US

Second-in-command of Yemen's army killed by Houthi missile attack

Thomson ReutersThe second-in-command of Yemen army was killed on Wednesday when a missile fired by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement hit an army camp, a military source said, the most senior Yemeni officer killed in the country's civil war. Major General Ahmed Saif al-Yafei was killed outside the strategic the Red Sea coast ...

- Business Insider - US

Khamenei slams top officials as unrest spreads in SW Iran

February 22, 2017, 12:12 PM Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a rare public criticism of his country's treatment of its Arab minority on Tuesday amid growing unrest in the Ahwaz area of Khuzestan province, where the majority of Iran's oil fields are located. Khamenei said it was the direct duty of top ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Iranian general says US should expect 'strong slap in the face'

February 22, 2017, 3:26 PM The head of ground forces for Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, Gen. Mohammad Pakpour, claimed Wednesday that the US would receive a 'strong slap in the face' if it has a mistaken assessment of Iran's military power and ability to defend itself. He made the comment in an interview with the ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Iran's military is ready to give the US 'a strong slap in the face'

Thomson ReutersDUBAI - The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, as Tehran concluded war games. Since taking office last month, U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to get tough with ...

- Business Insider - US

Iran ready to give U.S. 'slap in the face': commander

DUBAI - The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, as Tehran concluded war games.

- Reuters - US

Report: US resident detained in Iran encouraged 'decadence'

TEHRAN, Iran " An Iranian semi-official news agency is quoting a Revolutionary Guard commander alleging that a U.S. permanent resident sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran confessed he tried to "encourage decadence" in the...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Kabul's Kung Fu women

Shaolin martial arts students follow their trainer, Sima Azimi, during a training session on a hilltop in Kabul on Jan. 25, 2017. | Sima Azimi, a 20-year-old from Jaghori in central Afghanistan, is trained in Shaolin Wushu Kung Fu, one of the oldest forms of Chinese martial arts, dating back to the 5th century. The modern ...

- The Week - US

US should expect a 'slap in the face' if it underestimates Iran: Commander

The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday.

- Global News - CA

Lebanon speaker meets Iran's Rouhani in Tehran

Lebanon's Speaker Nabih Berri and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Wednesday met in Tehran to discuss the bilateral ties between the two countries

- The Daily Star - LB

18-year-old chess grandmaster gets kicked off Iran national team for not wearing a headscarf

An 18-year-old Iranian chess grandmaster has been kicked off the national team after she showed up for a game not wearing a hijab. Dorsa Derakhshani was competing in a chess tournament in Gibraltar earlier this month. SEE ALSO: Lindsey Lohan claims she was profiled in an airport while wearing a headscarf However, she failed ...

- Mashable! - US

A senior Yemeni general has reportedly been killed in a Houthi missile attack

REUTERS/Fawaz SalmanADEN - Yemen's deputy chief of staff was killed on Wednesday when the armed Houthi movement battling government forces fired a ballistic missile at an army camp on the Red Sea coast, according to a military source. The attack killing Major General Ahmed Saif al-Yafei was a blow to Yemeni government ...

- Business Insider - US

'Politics of demonization' breeding division and fear: Amnesty

Source: Amnesty International Country: Bangladesh, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iran , Myanmar, Philippines, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

The Pushback: Why the Trump Administration Needs to Play Hardball with Europe's Intelligence Community

Adam Klein Security, Europe It's time to have an open conversation with allies about intelligence collection. Foreign policy was a centerpiece of Donald Trump's victorious presidential campaign and his presidential transition. China and Taiwan, ISIS, the Iran deal, and possible cooperation with Russia—each has been ...

- The National Interest - US

Trump vs. the European Union: The Coming Storm

Dina Esfandiary, Ariane Tabatabai Politics, Europe From Iran to NATO to refugees, U.S.-EU relations are on a collision course. U.S. president Donald Trump pledged to put America first,' stop other countries from taking advantage' of the United States, and shake up Washington's business-as-usual mind-set. This resulted in ...

- The National Interest - US

Iran, Russia plan to ink deal on oil sales

Negotiations between Russia and Iran on oil and gas contracts are at an advanced stage and Iran awaits proposals on contracts from Russian companies.

- AzerNews - AZ

Iran gas blast reduces three buildings to ashes, kills 5

Gas pipeline explosion on February 21 has demolished three buildings in capital Tehran, killing at least five and injuring six more people.

- AzerNews - AZ

Iran Blames Iraq For Dust Storm That Sparked Protests In Oil Province

Iranian authorities said on Monday that Iraq was to blame for a sandstorm that had cut off power and water supply in an oil-rich province and led to street protests against local officials. According to the AP which quotes state TV, Iran's vice-president in charge of environmental affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, called upon Iraq ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Why Iranian government's debt problem isn't going away

Despite the Iranian government's decision to repay billions of dollars owed to local banks, in the broader picture, it will remain saddled with problematic debt until it turns to bonds rather than loans for financing.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Meet the powerful Iranian cleric looking to unseat Rouhani

Ebrahim Raisi emerges as the conservative consensus candidate in Iran's upcoming May presidential elections.

- Al-Monitor - EG

How 'Half of the World' is attracting tourists to Iran

Isfahan, or "Half of the World" as it is dubbed in Persian, is attracting ever more foreign tourists to Iran in the aftermath of the lifting of sanctions.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Will new travel ban impede Iran-US athletic competition?

Champion American wrestler Jordan Burroughs says he feels nothing but love from Iranians but obviously, Donald Trump sees Iran a little different than I see Iran.'

- Al-Monitor - EG

Deutsche Boerse unit's Iran ties to face renewed probe

U.S. prosecutors are pushing forward on an Iran sanctions investigation that had languished during the multiyear period when Washington and Tehran were negotiating their nuclear pact, according to people briefed on the matter.

- The Daily Star - LB

Iran Supreme Leader calls on Palestinians to pursue intifada against Israel

TEHERAN, Feb 22 — Iran's Supreme Leader called on Palestinians yesterday to pursue an uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a cancerous tumour' that should be confronted until Palestinians were completely...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Teen chess grand master banned for wearing a headband instead of a hijab

An 18-year-old woman chess grand master from Iran has been banned from her national team after wearing a simple headband in her long hair instead of a hijab while competing at the Gibraltar Chess Festival.

- Stuff - NZ

Iran's Supreme Leader rejects calls to release leaders of the 2009 Green Movement protests

Three months before presidential elections in Iran, it appears incumbent Hassan Rouhani will not fulfill a key pledge he made before winning office: to free opposition leaders held under house arrest since a 2009 crackdown. The supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has rejected calls for national...

- Los Angeles Times - US

Teenage Iranian chess master banned from national team for not wearing a hijab during competition in Spain

Both Dorsa Derakhshani and her brother have been kicked off of Iran's chess team, her for wearing a headband and not a headscarf and him for agreeing to play an Israeli opponent

- National Post - CA

Iran's Khamenei Blasts Israel: 'Fake' Nation, 'Dirty Chapter'

Iran's supreme leader has used the podium of a pro-Palestinian gathering in Tehran to call Israel a "fake" nation and a "dirty chapter" of history.

- Newsmax - US

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