- Masoud Pedram returned to prison
- Omid Alishenas, the civil rights activist has been arrested
- 69 Percent Of Young Iranians Use Software To Get Around Internet Filtering
- Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has prostate surgery
- A cyber activist sentenced to 3 years in prison
- Christian prisoners charged with offences which can lead to death
- Gap with Iran over nuclear programme can be narrowed
- No deal with Sextet unless Iran's demands met: Araqchi
- Iran fails to address nuclear bomb concerns - IAEA
- Iran arrests suspected nuclear plant 'saboteur'
- Iranian nuclear R&D centre 'visited by UN inspectors'
- US Sanctions Firms, Individuals for Aiding Iran
- Rock Star Scientist
- Remembering Simin Behbahani
- Poet Known As The 'Lioness Of Iran' Dies At 87
- Hitting the beach in hijab in Iran
- City of Tehran’s female workers fired 'for own well-being'
- Marriage of 31,000 Underage Girls in 9 Months
- Iran Arrests 3 Foreigners on Suspect Trip to Iraq
- Israel provides anti-Islamic State coalition with intelligence, says Western diplomat
- Iran’s Quiet Military Build Up
- Iran Starts New Cooperation Plans with Russians, Chinese
- Henry Kissinger: Iran 'a bigger problem than ISIS'
- Obama to set out plan to go on offensive against Islamic State
Monday 02 May 2011
TEHRAN, Iran — The United States has no excuse to keep troops in the Middle East after killing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, a senior Iranian official said Monday.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the U.S. can no longer keep troops to the region under the pretext of fighting terrorism now that Osama bin Laden is dead. The al-Qaida leader was killed in a raid by elite U.S. forces in Pakistan.
"Excuse for alien countries to deploy troops in this region under the pretext of fighting terrorism has been eliminated," he said, according to the state news agency.
"This development clearly shows that there is no need for a major military deployment to counter one individual," he said. "We hope this development will end war, conflict, unrest and the death of innocent people, and help to establish peace and tranquility in the region."
Iran says it cooperated with the U.S. in fighting terrorism but instead of being rewarded, former President George W. Bush placed Iran in his "axis of evil."
Iran claims it has cracked down on al-Qaida operatives, especially along its border with Afghanistan.
Iran opposes U.S. policy in the region, especially the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, on Iran's eastern and western borders.
Iran is a Shiite Muslim-dominated state, while bin Laden's al-Qaida group preaches a hard-line interpretation of the Sunni sect of the Islamic faith. Iran has always considered al-Qaida a threat to its security.
Iran confirmed at one point that it had some 500 al-Qaida operatives, mostly Saudis, in its custody and they were handed over to their home countries.
The Associated Press