Tag Archive for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran sets up space tracking center to monitor objects in orbit

Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported that the Defense Minister said the space-center was for Iran’s space-related security but that Tehran would share the acquired data with other countries.

Iran said Sunday that it set up its first space tracking center to monitor objects passing in orbit overhead.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ahmad Vahidi - AP - 18.4.2012

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, second left, listening to his Defense Minister, Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, as a rocket is paraded during army parade ceremony marking National Army Day outside Tehran, April 18, 2012. – Photo: AP


Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said the center was for Iran’s space-related security but that Tehran would also share the acquired data with other countries, the official IRNA news agency reported. Continue Reading »

Mayor of Tehran: Holocaust denial hurt Iran

Possible upcoming presidential candidate says Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial became excuse for Israel, harmed Iran & the Palestinians.




Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust has harmed Iran’s foreign relations, and did nothing to benefit the Palestinians, Tehran mayor and a potential candidate for the Iranian presidential elections said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency this week.

Tehran mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf.

Tehran mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf. – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said in excerpts translated from Farsi by Al-Monitor that Ahmadinejad’s statements denying the systematic extermination of six million Jews by Nazi Germany during World War II became an “excuse for our biggest enemies, which are the Zionists, and affected the goals of the Palestinians.”

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Iranian military test-fires 3 new missiles

Iran’s Fars news agency reported that Iran’s Ground Forces successfully test-fired 3 missiles, some a type never tested before.

Iran‘s military has successfully test-fired three new missiles of a type never tested before, according to a Saturday report by the Iranian Fars news agency.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards personnel -AP - June 28, 2011.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards personnel watch the launch of a Zelzal missile during maneuvers by the city of Qom, Iran. June 28, 2011. – Photo: AP

“Three types of missiles developed by the Army and the Defense Industries have been successfully test-fired in the Ground Force’s recent wargames,” Fars cited Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Force General Kioumars Heydari as saying. Continue Reading »

Ahmadinejad Attacked in Egypt for 2nd Time

Now it’s an Egyptian citizen who attempted to assault Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

By Elad Benari


An Egyptian citizen attempted to assault Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Cairo on Thursday evening.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Cairo

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Cairo – Reuters

According to a report in the website of the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, the assault occurred at the residence of Mojtaba Amani, the acting Iranian ambassador in Cairo, during a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Iranian Islamic Revolution.

The attacker attempted to physically assault Ahmadinejad as he chanted, “Down with Iran, he must leave,” Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

A journalist for the Turkish news agency Anadolu who was present at the scene said that the aggressor was swiftly removed by security guards. Continue Reading »

Ahmadinejad promises: I would never nuke Israel first

Islamic Republic’s main Holocaust denier insisted that Iran was “not planning a military strike” against Israel, but would respond severely if Israel attacked first.

By  Ryan Jones


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday became the first Iranian leader to visit Egypt since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979, and he used the occasion to try and re-brand himself as a pragmatic president who wished no harm to the Jewish state.

Mahmoud AhmadinejadFollowing the Islamic Revolution, Egypt gave sanctuary to Iran’s deposed shah, straining relations between the Cairo and the new Islamic regime in Tehran. The rift was made wider by the fact that Iran was the new epicenter of Shia Islam, while Cairo had long been one of the primary centers of Sunni Islam. Continue Reading »

WATCH as Syrian tries to wack Ahmadinejad with his shoe in Cairo

Shoe-wielding Syrian man is filmed trying to hit Iran’s President Ahamdinejad during presidential Cairo visit. Ahmadinejad’s visit also protested by mob of Muslim radicals, Salafis

By Roi Kais


VIDEO – During a visit to a mosque in Cairo Iran‘s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was received by a shoe wielded by a Syrian national who wished to protest Tehran’s support for Syria‘s President Bashar Assad.

The shoe

The shoe – Screenshot

The Turkish news agency Anatolia posted a video of the attempted attack

Outside the mosque, Ahmadinejad was welcomed by citizens holding signs and posters congratulating him on the first Iranian presidential visit since the Islamic revolution of 1979. Continue Reading »

UN Human Right Watch: Iran’s statements on Israel not incitement to genocide

Human Right Watch leader refuses to label Ahmadinejad’s calls to ‘erase Israel from the map’ as an incitement to genocide.

HRW compares mullah’s remarks to those of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.



WASHINGTON – The head of the powerful New York-based Human Rights Watch refused to label as genocide Iranian calls to obliterate the Jewish state and compared Iran’s mullah leadership to the Shas party.

Kenneth Roth

Kenneth Roth – Photo: Bloomberg

The Wall Street Journal’s David Feith, as assistant editorial features editor with the paper, obtained internal HRW emails and published last week a report, headlined “Dancing around genocide,” about alleged HRW bias against Israel and an internecine conflict within HRW’s top leadership about the group’s head, Ken Roth, and his failure to take Iran’s calls to destroy Israel seriously. Continue Reading »

Gaza already rebuilding destroyed tunnels, despite agreement

Hamas leader tells Ahmadinejad ‘victory’ over Israel belongs to All Muslims 

By Elior Levy


Ahmadinejad (L) and Haniyeh – Photo: AP

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh on Friday and congratulated him on the “resistance’s victory following the Israeli aggression that lasted eight days.”

Senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Zahar acknowledged on Friday that the rockets fired by Hamas’ armed wing toward Israel during the latest round of fighting were “Iranian rockets in Palestinian hands.”

Speaking at a procession in Gaza, al-Zahar criticized the Fatah movement and the Palestinian Authority, saying they played no part in the “victory” over Israel. Continue Reading »

Egypt’s Morsi telephones Iran to get Islamic Jihad to agree to cease-fire

Egyptian president Morsi calls Ahmadinejad to convince Islamic Jihad head Ramadan Salah to stop the violence

Khaled Mashaal furious that Salah is not being flexible & is making demands on Hamas that even the Egyptians don’t agree with.

By Daniel Siryoti and Yoni Hirsch


Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal convened a press conference in Cairo on Monday and said that Egypt and Qatar were mediating the conflict and trying to bring about a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Mashaal made the statement against the backdrop of Arab media reports claiming an agreement between the sides was imminent.

Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal holds a press conference in Cairo on Monday – Photo: AFP

Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil, who spent three hours in Gaza last Friday, was quoted in the media as saying, “A cease-fire agreement will be achieved shortly.”

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Chavez victory in Venezuela brings praise from Ahmadinejad

Iranian president congratulates 3rd time elected Venezuelan Hugo Chavez and expresses hope for increased cooperation between the 2 allies.



Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday extended congratulations to his “dear brother” Hugo Chavezon his being reelected as Venezuela’s president, the ISNA news agency reported.

Hugo Chavez

“I wholeheartedly congratulate you and the great nation of Venezuela on holding a passionate election and your renewed election as president,” Ahmadinejad told Chavez in a message published by the news agency.

Iran is ready to “increasingly develop cooperation” with Venezuela and bolster the two nation’s “joint regional and international goals,” the message said. Continue Reading »

Ahmadinejad accuses his enemies of destroying Iran’s rain clouds

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran’s enemies hatched sinister plan to prevent rain clouds from reaching Iran, causing drought


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused his country’s enemies of enacting a sinister plan to create a drought by somehow destroying the rain clouds before they reach Iran, several Iranian websites reported on Tuesday.

Ahmadinejad Photo: AFP

Ahmadinejad Photo: AFP

Well-known for his anti-American and anti-Israeli rhetoric, Ahmadinejad has made similar remarks before and last year accused the West of devising a plot to cause drought in the Islamic republic.

“The enemy destroys the clouds that are headed towards our country and this is a war Iran will win,” Ahmadinejad said, according to several websites including the BBC’s Persian-language site. Continue Reading »

Intel Report of Updated Iranian Nuclear Progress Backs Up Israel’s Claims

A new intelligence report demonstrates how Iran is moving closer to nuclear capability and strengthens Israel’s position, which is bad timing for Obama.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


An Associated Press report that new intelligence reveals Iran is moving closer to nuclear capability strengthens Israel’s position and could not come at a worse time for United States President Barack Obama.

Qoms Nuclear Site

Qoms Nuclear Site
Israel news photo: NASA

The news agency said that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concluded that Iran has made progress in calculating the destructive power of an atomic warhead, which presumably would be used as a threat to destroy Israel. Continue Reading »

Ahmadinejad & Morsi Did Not Discuss Renewing Ties

Spokesman for Egyptian President says Ahmadinejad & Morsi did not address the issues of bilateral relations during their meeting.

By Elad Benari


The spokesperson for Egypt’s President, Yasser Ali, said on Friday that the meeting Thursday between President Mohammed Morsi and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned summit in Tehran, did not address the issues of bilateral relations or raising the level of diplomatic representation between the two countries.

Morsi shakes hands with Ahmadinejad

Morsi shakes hands with Ahmadinejad – Reuters

Ali told the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm that the meeting did not discuss the issue of opening the Egyptian Embassy in Tehran, and the re-normalization of relations between the two sides, but focused on the issues on the regional arena. Continue Reading »

Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: Muslim world must unite to free Palestine

In Tehran, IRNA news agency cites Iran Supreme Leader as urging Muslim world to resist control by ‘hegemonic powers.’

The main issues the Muslim world is faced with are the fate of Jerusalem and of “oppressed Palestine,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, adding that Muslim nations must avoid inner conflict and stand united against Israel and the control of “hegemonic powers.”

Ali Khamenei - AP - 24.7.2012

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivering a speech in Tehran, Iran. – Photo by AP

Khamenei’s comments came following a series of recent back-and-forth comments between Israeli and Iranian officials, coming amid continuing debate on the possibility that Israel may initiate military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Continue Reading »