News In The Middle East
Iranian space officials have announced that they would attempt to send another monkey into space. Iran failed once in 2011 to launch live monkey into space. Success the first time around boost Iran's goal of sending a human into space by 2020 and an astronaut into space and landing on the moon by 2025. The country has already sent its first built satellite into space in 2009. They have also launched a rocket that delivered a rat, two turtles, and a worm into space. The country also sent Earth-observing satellites into orbit in 2011 and 2012.
Nearly 50 Iranians head home after being freed by Syrian rebels in a prisoner swap. The plane that was set to take them home was delayed because of high winds and a winter storm headed that way. An airport official said the plane was waiting to take them home later that day. Syrian rebels claimed the captives were linked to Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, but Tehran has denied saying they were pilgrims.
Really bad weather hits Iraq's oil. The really bad weather cuts out oil exports from Iraq's ports. The ports now have to have 960,000 barrels per day on a Sunday from 2.35 million per day a shipping source said."High winds in the gulf are preventing loads of ships from leaving the port on Sunday. The source said"stay steady if you pass it."
In other news leader Ayatollh Ahmad Jannati is accusing the United States and Israel of plotting to start a civil war in Iraq.
In other news the United States is trying to pull out of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran after 10 years of fighting. They think we should get rid of NATO's most monstrous bases, but not our hard fought foothold.
The last news of the day, the afghan children are trying to get through this winter. The conditions in the camps are very bad, although the Minister of Refugees and Repatriations says he is doing all he can.