World Report: Iran in the News

Written by Anthony Cuffaro

From Iran’s general Qasem Soleimani being killed from an airstrike to Iran shooting down its own jet, Iran has been in the news lately. 

First let me start off by explaining how we got to that point. 

Iran and the United States have had relations since the 1950’s.  

On September 22nd, 1980 Iraq invaded Iran, starting the Iraq-Iran war. America supported Iraq with millions of dollars of economic aid, the sale of dual-use technology, origin weaponry, military intelligence, and special operations training. The war ended in 1988. 

1984, Raegan’s administration called Iraq a sponsor of terrorism.  

1986, despite helping Iraq in the war, the United States begins to improve its relationship with Iran. 

1988 the US shoots down Iran Air Flight 655. All 290 people on board are killed.  

1995. US President Bill Clinton issues executive orders that expand sanctions and generally ban the exchange of goods and services between the US and Iran. 

1997, Mohammed Khatami becomes the president of Iran. In response, Bill Clinton says he’s hopeful things will get better. 

2001, the biggest terrorist attack in US history was carried out. With over 2,700 deaths, and with $3.3 trillions of damages to the U.S, according to the New York Times. 

2009, Iran announced that it successfully carried out its first satellite launch, raising international concerns that Iran’s ballistic missile potential was growing. 

2011, U.S. intelligence officials tell a Senate committee that Iran has not yet decided whether it wants to develop nuclear weapons but is keeping that option open through development of its material capabilities. 

2013, Hassan Rouhani is elected Iran’s president on platform of improving Iran’s relations with the world and its economy.

2016, Iran and the United States conduct a prisoner swap. 

May 2018, the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Trump, who just got took office, said it was ‘one sided’.  

2019, May/June, Iran caused attacks in the gulf.  

2019, July, Iran shoots down an U.S. drone, it says was in Iranian airspace and seizes a British oil tanker.  

January 3rd, 2020, U.S. kills Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani was well as Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a drone strike at a Baghdad airport. Iran mourns the lost of its top general.  

January 9th, 2020, Iran launches missiles on two bases in Iraq where U.S. soldiers are stationed in retaliation for Soleimani’s killing; no casualties are reported. The same morning, a Ukrainian airliner crashes after taking off from Iran. A U.S. official says Iran shot down the plane with two Russian surface-to-air missiles. 

January 11th, 2020, Iran admits it shot down the Ukrainian airliner by mistake.