Iran: 700 drone attacks against Daesh in Syria

Most of the attacks were carried out by the locally-produced Saegheh drone, which was reverse-engineered from a US RQ-170 Sentinel captured by Iran in 2011. (AP)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Iran: 700 drone attacks against Daesh in Syria

TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have carried out 700 drone strikes against forces of the Daesh group in Syria, its aerospace chief told conservative news agency Fars on Tuesday.
“Our bomber drones have carried out 700 military operations using smart bombs against Daesh,” said Brig. Gen. Amirali Hajjizadeh.
“They were used in eliminating tanks, personnel carriers, cars used for suicide attacks and 23- millimeter cannons — these were targets prized by Daesh and we significantly turned the tide of battle,” he added.
The guards most recently used military drones against Daesh targets in Syria on October 1, in retaliation for a deadly attack in September on a military parade in Iran’s southwest claimed by the militant group.
Seven military drones as well as six ballistic missiles struck the “Daesh headquarters” in the eastern Syrian town of Hajjin, about 24 kilometers north of Albu Kamal bordering Iraq, state TV reported.
Iranian media said published images indicated the drones were locally-produced “Saegheh” craft, reverse-engineered from a US RQ-170 Sentinel captured by Iran in 2011.
Iran’s armed forces chief of staff, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, said at the time that the strikes were the first time the drones had “crossed multiple countries and reached their targets.”
It was also the first time Iran had officially announced it was using combat drones outside of its borders, the conservative Tasnim news agency said.
Iran is a key backer of Syria’s President Bashar Assad and a large contingent of Revolutionary Guards operate in the country as “military advisers.”


Iran state TV: Tehran gets new mayor after ‘no-retirees’ law

Updated 11 min 7 sec ago
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Iran state TV: Tehran gets new mayor after ‘no-retirees’ law

  • The report says 54-year-old Pirouz Hanachi was chosen for the post
  • Hanachi’s selection still has to be approved by the Interior Ministry within a period of 10 days

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran’s state TV says the Tehran city council has elected a new mayor after a law adopted in September banned retirees from being employed in government positions.
The report says 54-year-old Pirouz Hanachi was chosen for the post. He is an architecture professor at the Fine Arts Faculty of the Tehran University who also served as the deputy mayor for urban development.
Hanachi replaces Mohammad Ali Afshani, who had stepped out of retirement to take the job in April, after Mohammad Ali Najafi resigned over a scandal in which hard-liners criticized him for attending a performance at a primary school that included girls dancing on stage before the audience.
Hanachi’s selection still has to be approved by the Interior Ministry within a period of 10 days.