Khamenei: US has been defeated in 40 years of challenge with Iran

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him addressing tens of thousands of Iranian voluntary forces (Basij) at the Azadi Stadium in the Iranian capital Tehran on October 4, 2018 . (AFP)
Updated 03 November 2018

Khamenei: US has been defeated in 40 years of challenge with Iran

  • Washington will on Monday reimpose far-reaching sanctions on Iran’s vital oil export and banking sectors
  • “America has been defeated by the Islamic Republic over the past 40 years,” Khamenei said

DUBAI: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday the United States had failed to reassert its domination of Iran since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the US-backed Shah, state television reported.
“America’s goal has been to re-establish the domination it had (before 1979) but it has failed. America has been defeated by the Islamic Republic over the past 40 years,” it quoted Khamenei as saying in a meeting with thousands of students.
Washington will on Monday reimpose far-reaching sanctions on Iran’s vital oil export and banking sectors to try to force the Islamic Republic to curb its missile and regional activities and accept tougher restraints on its nuclear program.


Turkey urges Baghdad to cooperate as operations against Kurdish militants to continue

Updated 23 min 26 sec ago

Turkey urges Baghdad to cooperate as operations against Kurdish militants to continue

  • In June, Ankara launched a new ground offensive, dubbed Operation Claw Tiger, that saw Turkish troops advance deeper into Iraq
  • The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984

ANKARA: Turkey will continue its cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq if Baghdad continues to overlook the militants’ presence in the region, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, urging Iraqi authorities to cooperate with Ankara.
Turkey has regularly attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)militants, both in its mainly Kurdish southeast and in northern Iraq, where the group is based. In June, Ankara launched a new ground offensive, dubbed Operation Claw Tiger, that saw Turkish troops advance deeper into Iraq.
On Tuesday, a Turkish air strike in northern Iraq killed two members of Iraq’s border guard and their driver, Iraq’s military said, calling the attack a “flagrant aggression.”
Iraq’s foreign ministry then said Baghdad canceled a visit by Turkey’s defense minister to the country, and summoned the Turkish ambassador to inform him of “Iraq’s confirmed rejection of his country’s attacks and violations.”
In a statement early on Thursday, Turkey’s foreign ministry said PKK presence also threatened Iraq and that it was Baghdad’s responsibility to take measures against the militants, but that Ankara will defend its borders if the PKK’s presence is allowed.
“Our country is ready to cooperate with Iraq on this issue. However, in the event PKK presence in Iraq is overlooked, our country is determined to take the measures it deems necessary for its border security no matter where it may be,” the ministry said. “We call on Iraq to take the necessary steps for this.”
The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict, focused in southeast Turkey.