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Iran Registers Significant Fall In Air Traffic In Three Months Due To COVID-19

TEHRAN, July 14 (NNN-IRNA) – Iran’s Airport Company announced that, during the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year, the country’s air traffic experienced a significant decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 44,918 takeoffs and landings, during the first quarter of the current Iranian year registered a 51 percent decrease, compared with the similar period last year, Financial Tribune daily reported on Monday.

During the time span under review, more than 4.04 million passengers were transported, indicating a 64 percent decline year-on-year.

Iran's army aviation to be soon equipped with new missiles: commander

TEHRAN, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian army aviation will be soon equipped with missiles with ranges of 20 km and 100 km, Iranian Army Aviation Chief Yousof Ghorbani announced Sunday.

The Iranian army aviation has gained salient achievements in defense and security sections, including precision-guided missiles, Ghorbani was quoted as saying by Tehran Times daily.

The Iranian army aviation offers aerial emergency services to 18 out of 31 Iranian provinces, Ghorbani noted. 

Iran Revolutionary Guard leader killed in Syria

13 July 2020; MEMO: Iranian local media yesterday said a senior commander of the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was killed in Syria.

“IRGC leader Ibrahim Asami has been killed in Syria,” IRGC’s Brigadier, Rustom Ali Rafea, was quoted by IRNA as saying.

Rafea pointed out that Asami was killed “a few days ago”, adding that he was buried in the Iranian western province of Alborz.

Iran blames bad communication, alignment for jet shootdown

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A misaligned missile battery, miscommunication between troops and their commanders and a decision to fire without authorization all led to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner in January, killing all 176 people on board, a new report says.

The report released late Saturday by Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization comes months after the Jan. 8 crash near Tehran. Authorities had initially denied responsibility, only changing course days later after Western nations presented extensive evidence that Iran had shot down the plane.

Iran denies explosion west of Tehran amid news of unusual incidents

12 July 2020; MEMO: The Iranian authorities denied the occurrence of an explosion west of Tehran, according to Iranian media, amid news of a series of recent unusual incidents.

It was reported that the explosion was heard west of the Iranian province of Tehran, and according to Iranian media, there was a power outage in the city of Qods in Tehran Province.

Iran's president calls for ban on weddings, wakes to halt virus spread

12 July 2020; MEMO: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for big gatherings such as weddings and wakes to be banned to stem a rise in coronavirus infections, but insisted the country’s economy had to stay open.

Shortly after Rouhani’s televised speech, a police official in Tehran announced the closure of all wedding and mourning venues in the capital until further notice.

Iran has been gradually relaxing its lockdown since mid-April but has recently reported a sharp rise in the infection rate.

Iran can provide railway transit between India, Russia: Official

Tehran, July 10, IRNA – Referring to railway connection of Chabahar and Zahedan in southeastern Iran, Managing-General of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (IRIR) Saeed Rasouli said on Friday that this route can be used for transfer of cargos from CIS countries and provide railway transit between India and Russia.

Following an order by the minister of Road and Urban Development, Rail laying operation between Zahedan and Chabahar began on Tuesday.

This strategic railway will be 628km long, Rasouli said.

Iran witnesses another mysterious explosion in capital Tehran

10 July 2020; MEMO: Another explosion has occurred in Iran’s capital Tehran according to the official IRIB news agency, in what is the latest in a string of similar incidents over the past few weeks.

The report, based on witness accounts, said some parts of the city experienced power-outages as a result of the blast, although no information on the cause has been released yet.

Iranian Ambassador Says U.S. “Likely” To Remove Military Bases In Iraq

TEHRAN, July 9 (NNN-IRNA) – The U.S. military bases in Iraq will probably be shut down in the future, the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, was quoted as saying, by Tehran Times daily on Wednesday.

Masjedi made the remarks on Tuesday, about political developments in neighbouring Iraq.

He said, Iraq is currently seeking to create a balance between the “two main actors,” namely Iran and the United States, and is trying to “utilise capabilities of the two countries.”

Neither Iran nor the United States can be removed from Iraq, he added.

Iran, Syria sign agreement to expand "comprehensive" military cooperation

TEHRAN, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Iran and Syria signed an agreement on Wednesday to expand "comprehensive" military and security cooperation, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The agreement was signed between Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Baqeri and Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayyoub in the Syrian capital Damascus.

As part of the agreement, Iran "will strengthen Syria's air defense system," Baqeri was quoted as saying.

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