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  • Iran says is building copy of captured U.S. drone

    ALI AKBAR DAREINI,Associated Press

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran claimed Sunday that it had reverse-engineered an American spy drone captured by its armed forces last year and has begun building a copy. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the aerospace division of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, related what he said were details of the aircraft's operational history to prove his claim that Tehran's military experts had extracted data from the U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel captured in December in eastern Iran, state television reported. Among the drone's past missions, he...

  • US warns Iran against closing Hormuz oil route

    ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press

    TEHRAN, Iran — The U.S. warned Iran Wednesday that it will not tolerate any disruption of naval traffic through the Strait of Hormuz, after Iran's navy chief said the Islamic Republic is capable of closing the vital oil route if the West imposes new sanctions targeting Tehran's oil exports. Iran's Adm. Habibollah Sayyari told state-run Press TV that closing the strait, which is the only sea outlet for the crucial oil fields in and around the Persian Gulf, "is very easy" for his country's naval forces. AP Photo/IIPA,Ali...

  • Iran sentences 2 American men to 8 years in jail

    ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press

    AP Photo/Press TV, File In this Feb. 6 file photo, U.S. hikers Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal, attend their trail at the Tehran Revolutionary Court, Iran. The website of Iran's state TV reported Saturdaythat two American hikers held in Iran have been sentenced to 8 years in jail each. ican men arrested more than two years ago while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border have been sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage and illegally entering Iran, state TV reported Saturday. The announcement appeared to dash hopes...

  • US walks out on Ahmadinejad UN speech

    ALI AKBAR DAREINI,Associated Press Writer

    US walks out on Ahmadinejad UN speech ALI AKBAR DAREINI,Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. delegation walked out of the U.N. speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday after he said some in the world have speculated that Americans were behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks, staged in an attempt to assure Israel's survival. He did not explain the logic of that statement that was made as he attacked the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction of Israel...