Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Iran

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Iran

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July 16: Iranian authorities confirmed that Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi died following a "brain hemorrhage caused by a blow." The 54 year-old Kazemi was arrested on June 23 and later died while in custody. Iranian officials first cited a stroke as the cause of death. [The Estimate, 7/25]

July 20: Iran publicly armed its revolutionary guards with the Shahab-3 ballistic missile, which is capable of hitting Israel, in a show of military might and in defiance of international pressure to stop its controversial missile program. [The Estimate, 7/25]

July 21: The European Union warned Iran against failing to sign the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) enhanced nuclear inspections protocol. [FT, 7/22]

Saeed Mortazavi, a notoriously hardline Iranian judge, was appointed by Iran's judiciary to preside over the investigation into Zahra Kazemi's death. [FT, 7/22]

July 28: Five security agents were arrested in Iran in connection to the death of Zahra Kazemi. [WSJ, 7/28]

July 30: The Iranian vice president admitted that Zahra Kazemi's death resulted from purposeful homicide. This marked the first official recognition that the killing was intentional. [WSJ, 7/31]

Aug. 13: Iran's hard-line Guardian Council rejected two bills aimed at expanding Iranian civil rights. The bills called for Iran to adopt UN conventions on eliminating torture and discrimination against women. [NYT, 8/14]

Aug. 17: According to a senior Iranian official, the government successfully foiled several attacks planned by al-Qa'ida to be carried out on Iranian soil. [JT, 8/18]

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