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All feared dead in Iran air crash

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Caspian Airlines jet on way to Armenia crashes in Qazvin city, killing up to 168 people....

Nearly 170 killed in Iran plane crash

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A Russian-made Iranian passenger plane carrying 168 people crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday, smashing into a field northwest of the capital and shattering into flaming pieces. All on board were killed in Iran's worst air disaster in six years, officials said.

Before crashing, the plane's tail was on fire as it circled in the air, one witness told The Associated Press.

"Then, I saw the plane crashing nose-down. It hit the ground causing a big explosion. The impact shook the ground like an earthquake. Then, plane pieces were scattered all over the agricultural fields," Ali Akbar Hashemi, a 23-year-old who was laying gas pipes in a nearby home, told AP by phone.

The impact blasted a deep trench in the dirt field, which was littered with smoking wreckage, body parts and personal items from the Tupolev jet, according to photos from the scene. Firefighters put out the flaming wreckage, which officials said was strewn over a 200 yard (meter) area. A large chunk of a wing was visible in footage of the scene, but much of the wreckage appeared to be in small shreds.

Iran has seen numerous crashes in recent years, usually blamed on poor maintenance. Iranian officials often blame U.S. sanctions that prevent it from updating American aircraft bought before the 1979 Islamic revolution and make it difficult to get European spare parts or planes as well.

Nearly 170 killed in Iran plane crash

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A Russian-made Iranian passenger plane nearly 170 people crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday, smashing into a field northwest of the capital and shattering to pieces. State television said all on board were killed.

The plane's tail burst into flames in the air and it circled in the air as if looking for a place to land before it crashed, an unidentified witness told the semi-official ISNA news agency.

The impact gouged a deep trench in the dirt field, which was shown littered with smoking wreckage in footage shown on state TV. It showed a large chunk of a wing, but much of the wreckage appeared to be in small pieces, and emergency workers and witnesses picked around the shredded metal for bodies and flight data recorders to determine the cause of the crash.

The Caspian Airlines Tupolev jet had taken off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport Wednesday and was headed to the Armenian capital Yerevan. It crashed about 16 minutes after takeoff near the village of Jannat Abad outside the city of Qazvin, around 75 miles northwest of Tehran, civil aviation spokesman Reza Jaafarzadeh told state media.

At Yerevan's airport, Tina Karapetian, 45, said she had been waiting for her sister and the sister's 6- and 11-year-old sons, who were due on the flight. "What will I do without them?" she said, weeping, before she collapsed to the floor.

Iran hangs 'Sunni rebels'

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Thirteen members of Jundallah group put to death in city of Zahedan, state media says....

Rivals set to meet at NAM summit

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Eye on India-Pakistan and Egypt-Iran meetings at Non-Aligned Movement's conference in Egypt....

Today is the Anniversary of the 1999 Iran Protest

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Without the July 1999 protests, there could never have been June 2009. What the students courageously started then has led to a massive movement encompassing all Iranians.

Exhibit A: Word From Iran

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Melody Moezzi

Reporters keep complaining about the difficulty of getting information out of Iran, but communicating with Iran is far from a challenge. I frequently get through on the first try.

A Revelation in Midst of a Revolution

Aram Khayatpour | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aram Khayatpour

I wasn't quite sure what I felt. I was born in Iran but my family left when I was two years old. I have no memory of the country. I could never read Farsi. It was my parents who were Iranian; I was not.

Iran's Underground Railroad

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

The Iranian Underground Railroad isn't meant to move people from one area of the country to another, it is an attempt to create shelter and make way for freedom.

Decrease Stockpiles, Increase Security

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

If Obama and Medvedev strike up a personal and political rapport, it could unfreeze a relationship that became icy in the final years of the Bush and Putin administrations.

Obama, Medvedev Meet In Russia

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW — Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev confidently committed to a year-end deal to slash nuclear stockpiles by about a third on Mo...

Khamenei: West's Meddling In Iran's Affairs Will Damage Relations

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi made his first public appearance in a week Monday, vowing to continue his campaign ...

Requiem for a Revolution

The Real News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
The Real News

Pepe Escobar argues the 1979 Islamic revolution has now turned into "the military dictatorship of the mullahtariat."

Russia: Not Ready for Obama

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amitai Etzioni

As President Obama heads to Russia, stove-piping is blocking what could be a major multifaceted deal. The main negotiations in preparation for the president's visit are taking place in tightly controlled compartments.

Iason Athanasiadis: Iran Releases British-Greek Reporter Held For Weeks

AP | NASSER KARIMI and JASON KEYSER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said Sunday it has released a British-Greek journalist detained for two weeks during its postelection crackdown as oppositio...

Nico Pitney

Iran Uprising Blogging (Sunday July 5)

HuffingtonPost.com | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

I'm liveblogging the latest Iran election fallout. Email me with any news or thoughts, or follow me on Twitter. Send me instant messages at nico.pitne...

Hardline Iran editor calls for Mousavi to face trial

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A newspaper editor seen as close to Iran's top authority today said that defeated election candidate Mirhossein Mousavi and a former pro-reform presi...

Obama's Consequential First 4th: NoKo, AfPak, Iraq, Russia, Palin (Palin?!)

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

North Korea was to have been the drama of the day. But it turned into a major fizzle.

Obama's July 4th Message

AP | WILL LESTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

(AP) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sought to rally support for his domestic initiatives, while Sen. John McCain called for Americans to su...

How Ahmadinejad supporters view Iran's upheaval

WorldFocus.org | WorldFocus.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

It has been almost three weeks since the disputed presidential election in Iran. It’s been almost three weeks since the disputed presi...

Iran and the C.I.A

Tom Gabbay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Gabbay

This revolution, if that's what it is, can only come from the Iranian people. The US must remain on the sidelines; a spectator to what could be a game changer in the Middle East and beyond.

Get to the Doctor, Dr. Ahmadinejad!

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

I'm the last person to take any mental health issues lightly, but when it comes to racking up crazy points, Dr. Ahmadinejad wins the prize.

Iran: I Was the Guest of the Reformers

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amitai Etzioni

We will find out soon enough whether domestic changes in Iran will significantly change its foreign policy. Do not bet on it.

Stoning Soraya, Murdering Neda, and the Hope of Muslim Women

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

No wonder, given stories like Soraya's and Neda's, that people worldwide assume Islam is oppressive of women.

What Should President Obama do? Letter Responses From Iran

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

The best way for us to know what kind of stance Iranians want President Obama to take is to ask them directly.