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Academy blocks Iranians from flight training

An aircraft pilot training academy will no longer teach students from Iran Air following recent sanctions brought by the Americans against the airline.

Academy blocks Iranians from flight training

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.

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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Swedish prosecutors upgrade Almedalen knife attack to terror crime

Prosecutors in Sweden are now treating the murder at the Almedalen political festival as a terror crime, with the country's Säpo security police taking over the investigation.

Swedish prosecutors upgrade Almedalen knife attack to terror crime

In a press release issued on Monday evening, the Swedish Prosecution Authority, said that the 32-year-old attacker, Theodor Engström, was now suspected of the crime of “terrorism through murder”, and also “preparation for a terror crime through preparation for murder”. 

Engström stabbed the psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren last Wednesday as she was on her way to moderate a seminar at the Almedalen political festival on the island of Gotland. 

Although he was a former member of the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, police said his motive seemed to be to protest against Sweden’s psychiatry services, who he felt had treated his own mental illness badly. 

The release gave no details as to why the 32-year-old was now being investigated for a more serious crime, but terror expert Magnus Ranstorp told the Expressen newspaper that the shift indicated that police had uncovered new evidence. 

READ ALSO: What do we now know about the Almedalen knife attack? 

“The new crime classification means that they’ve either found a political motive for the attack which meets the threshold for terrorism, and that might be a political motive for murdering Ing-Marie Wieselgren,” he said. “Or they might have discovered that he was scouting out a politician, or another target that could be considered political.” 

Engström’s defence lawyer said last week that his client, who he described as disturbed and incoherent, had spoken in police interrogations of having “a higher-up target”. 

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