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Academy blocks Iranians from flight training

TT/The Local/gm · 9 Jul 2011, 11:03

Published: 09 Jul 2011 11:03 GMT+02:00

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Arlanda Airport in Stockholm is used as a base by the Oxford Aviation Academy, formerly the SAS Flight Academy, who have been training pilots from the Iranian airline since January this year. However, in line with American sanctions against the airline the contract between the two parties has been abandoned with immediate effect.

America claims that Iran Air has links with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, an organization that allegedly supports terrorist activity in the Middle East, according to a report in Aftonbladet.

According to reports, the airline has been providing materials and services to the IRGC. Terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp said to the paper, “There is an escalation of pressure against Iran”

Meanwhile there is little more explanation from the pilot training company.

“We have no further comment beyond the press release”, said Oxford Aviation Academy’s Emma O'Donnell at the company’s headquarters in the UK.

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The organization, also known as the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution has rumoured to be behind in several major attacks in the past 20 years, including the 1983 United States Embassy bombing in Beirut.

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11:40 July 9, 2011 by johnny1939
One half of the world is run by USA and the other half by terrorists. Is this the fight between good and evil?
11:51 July 9, 2011 by foxpur

Which is good?
12:03 July 9, 2011 by cogito
The side that buries women up to their neck and stones them to death, of course.
12:18 July 9, 2011 by AbangBeruang

Sorry mate...Eqaul is the side which goes to soverign countries (read Iraq, Afganisthan, Pakistan, and what not) and kill innocent women and cildren in the name of "war on terror".. One side performs vigilante terrorism, another one does state terrorism.. No difference to me on both sides...
12:56 July 9, 2011 by HYBRED
AbangBeruang is right! It is okay for Afganisthan, Pakistan, Iraq to kill their own innocent people, plus give aid, support, and a safe haven to those that kill the innocent American's. The last I checked the USA was a sovereign country as well, but yet they not suppose to defend themselves or seek out their attackers.

Great profound logic AbangBeruang, but not quite as intellegent as a sack of hair.
12:58 July 9, 2011 by cogito

We'll see how many tears you shed for those "innocent women" after the west pulls out of Afghanistan leaving Taliban to resume their reign of terror.
13:21 July 9, 2011 by Just_Kidding
Another stupefying title from "the local", the title should be : Academy blocks "Iran Air" from flight training, rather than "Iranians".

An Atheist Iranian
13:33 July 9, 2011 by Swedesmith

I may not agree with your sentiments exactly, but I certainly agree that the US should not have involved itself in Afghanistan or Iraq. Thousands of lives lost and disrupted and trillions of dollars spent in Afghanistan and within months of the US troops leaving, it will revert back to what it always was.

In Iraq, we got rid of Hussein, but did we find any WMDs? And once (if ever) the US leaves Iraq, will the democracy stand? Are the people of Iraq greatful for the US "help"?

Far better (and cheaper) to beef up security at home and to invest in infrastructure and technologies that reduce dependance on oil.
14:05 July 9, 2011 by HYBRED

The US should have got involved in Afganistan? Between them and Pakistan they were giving protection and hiding to Bin Laden, you know, the one declaring war on the US and killing thousands. So because he is in this region it is okay and we should just leave him alone. Not to mention all the attacks since the 80's and continuing today. Thats all okay with you?

BTW, Iraq is now negotiating for the US to stay there permanently.
14:31 July 9, 2011 by Swedesmith

Am I ok with terrorist attacks? Absolutely not. Was I all gung-ho for action immediatetly after 9-11? Sure I was, who wasn't? But now looking back, I wonder if it was the best course. Now I see an economy in distress, incredible debt, crumbling infrastructure on the home front and an intense hatred directed toward America and Americans from the rest of the world. I see our brave young men and women coming back home in body bags.

I can't help but thinking that we should have taken a different path.
14:49 July 9, 2011 by madadi
why they didn't stop them "Revolutionary Guard Corps" at that day, 1983, and still supporting them to control and punish the democratic oppositions in Iran, inorder to use national capitals for such evils.
15:49 July 9, 2011 by rybo1
Well, America sucks!
16:35 July 9, 2011 by Grokh
usa sucks , but so does iran.

usa is at fault for alot of the terrorist groups they trained and now fight against.

eventually well see people negociating with taliban and with muslim brotherhood.

and people dont realise that all these groups are not just idiot terrorists. but are terrorist and right wing extremists with a huge political agenda.
16:46 July 9, 2011 by madadi

they trained them because they need some reasons to attack nationalities and seize their properties.
18:45 July 9, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Here we go again! According to the way of thinking of some "commentatores" USA has no right to block Iran Air (not Iranians as The Local writes in the headline) from flight training, but the terrorists have the right to keep on having the world in constant fear. What is good for the terrorists is bad for the USA. Just wondering.
19:02 July 9, 2011 by bolababu
Terrorism was created by imperialists because fear is the most effective way of control, if there was no terrorism today, the US would have much less influence on the entire world. Because America covers her tracks really well don't make her bettter than her enemies, both sides are profoundly guilty of wrecking havoc on our world and Isreal is somewhere in between them too.

I wish countries like Sweden would have remained neutral in all of these so we are assured that there's always someone to talk some sense into those warring idiots but thats not going to happen now is it?
20:16 July 9, 2011 by jackx123
bolababu: dude wake the f up and get of that pakistani wakki.

next time a terrorist strikes in sweden maybe one of your family members are one of the victims. luckily last time no one was hurt.

the terrorists have explicitly said they will attack sweden unless it withdraws from afghanistan. now sweden has a non combatant role, albeit attacked, and its presence safeguard peace.
00:31 July 10, 2011 by underskyofsweden
As an Iranian, I should say that these sanctions against Iranian government do not work properly because finally they will find some shortcuts to screw US sanctions and then just the Iranian people(not government!) are the victim of discrimination and exemptions!

Iranian passengers are already suffering from all European airlines sanctions not providing fuel for IranAir airplanes! Stop these stupid and blind sanctions!
02:34 July 10, 2011 by Boyfriend
American government policy is cancer for this world. thirsty for OIL, Power and keeps on plotting against countries who does not give a sshit.

Reporter: Why would you block Iranian from training? I believe that All humans are not thinking the same so Why you label all of them?

Sweden: O Ya, We know bla bla but what should we do, because US said so.
09:53 July 10, 2011 by Rebel
If you watch "The Power of Nightmares 3" you will understand why western governments want to keep up this whole us v. them mentality.
10:36 July 10, 2011 by Hagrid
Frankly, I'm surprised by this. I thought Neo-Liberal, America-hating Sweden was already under total Islamic influence, at least judging by its traditional stance on Middle East issues.

But I suppose this is just a token gesture on the surface, while under the table business is blooming as usual between Scandinavia and the axis of evil.
11:55 July 10, 2011 by johnny1939
America is often misguided and does things I do not approve of at all and I criticize a lot but at least I am allowed to do so. If I criticize Islamic nations for anything I am of course a racist. I may call Christians bastards but if I were to call non Christians the same I would be in deep dodo and probably arrested for a hate crime. Go and figure.

Right you are HAGRID the Swedes are indeed hypocrites!
22:04 July 10, 2011 by Truth Lover
hahaahhhahaha the whole Europe is slave of America ;).
04:44 July 11, 2011 by Bolante007
ok after reading lots of comments that had nothing to do with this article, I am stund to see how many people take things out of topic so here is my opinion on this matter. The US along with Boeing has put sanctions against many countries around the world, this is called the black list, also the EU has it, but in this case Iran Air has been sanction due to poor handling of the aircraft and poor maintenance. Now I do have to say the US is a bit harsh on this because now since Iran has many boeing planes they cant even buy parts due to the sanction so the only thing Iran Air has to do is find a way to get better management, I mean think about it, you dont want a 747 landing on top of many houses wouldn't you?
00:39 July 12, 2011 by J Jack
Who are 'The Americans'? Brazil? Panama? USA? I'm confused.
19:04 July 15, 2011 by Mark S.
Many of the comments seem to be missing a little history.

The Taliban invited Al Qaeda to Afghanistan and gave them supplies to train for terrorist attacks against the US. I suppose they considered that a nice way to show their appreciation after the US gave them training and weapons to drive out the Soviet Union.

After the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban government of Afghanistan was given an ultimatum: Stop helping the people who carried out the attacks and turn them over for prosecution. When they refused, the United States (quite unreasonably according to some) decided to fight back against the people who attacked them. Since the Taliban helped carry out the attack, they were a legitimate military target.

Now we hear about all the women and children getting killed, but nobody ever considers the alternative.

The women and children that you talk about are "collateral damage". That means they were standing next to somebody that the US was trying to kill. The US tries to minimize collateral damage, but it is impossible to do it perfectly, especially when the enemies do their best to make sure that there are always women and children nearby.

If you don't like drones and smart bombs, there is an alternative: Before drones and smart bombs were invented, you would ensure that you killed the guys you were after by a technique called "carpet bombing". You send a hundred airplanes to drop a thousand bombs on the city where the bad guys are. Since they are "dumb bombs" you aren't really sure where they will land, but since there are so many, you can be sure you hit somebody important.

You can also be sure that you will kill a LOT more women and children, because they don't have to be in the same BUILDING as the target -- they only have to be in the same CITY.

So, complain all you want about women and children, but consider the alternatives: should the US do nothing, so you can cry about how many US women and children are killed? If you lived in the US, would you want that? And if you could make it harder for people to kill your neighbors, would you?

Like the Taliban, IRAN (Persia) is helping people who want to kill people in the US. The US government does not like this, and wants to prevent it. So, they are saying to the government of Iran "We will not help you do _anything_". One of those things is "We will not teach your people to fly airplanes".

Is that such a bad thing? What should the US do? Wait for the terrorists to kill more people in the US? In fact, maybe Iran will be able to support terrorist attacks and US people will be killed anyway.

Maybe the US should go to war with Iran now. Why do you suppose they aren't doing that?
01:05 July 16, 2011 by Bolante007
@MarkS your stupid american propaganda should be taken some where else.. Al-Qaeda was founded by Osama whom was funded by who? the US it self so please, resume your answer next time..
18:58 July 17, 2011 by Larry Thrash
The Muslim world has openly and with a loud voice declared war on the West. Yet there are those who think they are joking? The moral equivalence argument by some on this board is so hypocritical. America is evil to defend civilization against those who live in the 12th century, with 12th century barbaric ways of treating others? America is not the aggressor in this war, but it will defend it's national interest. Likewise the leftist will join an evil philosophy because they just hate successful nations and people who enjoy life and freedom. It's oblivious who the haters are in this world.
19:25 July 19, 2011 by madadi

how you understood I'm living in 12th century, not 11th or 13th?
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