08 Jan 2021

Iran ramps up uranium enrichment and seizes tanker as tensions rise with US

Amid heightened tensions with the US, Iran announced on Monday that it had resumed enriching uranium to 20% purity. This is prohibited under the 2015 nuclear deal forged with the US and is likely to further escalate tensions between the two countries. Iran also allegedly seized a South Korea chemical

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06 Jan 2021

Chilling threat sent to air traffic controllers vowing revenge for killing of Iranian general is under investigation

On Monday, an audio containing a threat was heard by multiple air traffic controllers in New York. The audio stated “We are flying a plane into the Capitol on Wednesday, Soleimani will be avenged.” Qassem Soleimani was an Iranian general who was killed last year in a drone strike and

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05 Jan 2021

Iran denies seized Korean ship and crew are being held as hostages

On Tuesday, Iran denied claims that it was using a South Korean ship and holding its crew as hostages. However, Iranian forces did seize the tanker in the Gulf and pressed Seoul to release $7 billion in frozen funds. The ship, MT Hankuk Chemi, was near the Strait of Hormuz

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23 Dec 2020

Iran Pushed Online Effort to Incite Violence Against Officials Defending U.S. Election Result

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claims that Iran launched a campaign to undermine public confidence in the US election and incite violence against FBI Director Chris Wray and other officials who denied election fraud claims. These claims were pushed by sitting President Donald Trump and many of his supporters

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15 Dec 2020

U.S. Sanctions Iranian Intelligence Officers Over Abduction of Former FBI Agent

On Monday, the Trump administration announced sanctions against two Iranian intelligence officers, Mohammad Baseri and Ahmad Khazai, known to be high-ranking officers in the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, for their involvement in the abduction and probable death of Robert Levinson. Levison was a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent

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09 Dec 2020

Top nuclear scientist was assassinated with help of ‘satellite device,’ Iranian media reports

The recent assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, has created waves throughout Iran as they seek to hold the party responsible accountable for the death. Iran has now claimed that the assassination was carried out remotely with the help of satellite guidance, facial recognition, and artificial intelligence. Mr.

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08 Dec 2020

CISA Warns About Iran’s Offensive Cyber Capabilities

The CISA recently issued a warning centered on the capabilities of Iranian hackers, advising companies to stay alert in terms of detecting suspicious activity. The alert states that Iran continues to engage in more conventional offensive cyber activities, such as website defacement, distributed denial of service attacks, information theft, destructive

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30 Nov 2020

Iran Says Its Top Nuclear Scientist Killed in Attack

On Friday, a top Iranian nuclear scientist and father of the country’s nuclear weapons program Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was shot and killed while traveling through the suburbs of Tehran, the nation’s capital. Iran’s foreign minister blamed “terrorists” for the attack and claimed that there were indications of Israeli involvement. The Israeli

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23 Nov 2020

Iran Resorts to Its Strictest Lockdown Yet to Stem Covid-19

Iran is currently preparing to enter a lockdown that will impact more than 300 cities and towns and include strict restrictions that are likely to negatively impact its economic stability even further. The Iranian government imposed. a lockdown in Tehran in October, but had been hesitant to enforce restrictions on

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18 Nov 2020

Israel strikes ‘Iranian military sites’ in Syria after bombs found in Golan

Israel has launched airstrikes against what it calls Iranian military targets in Syria. The strikes come just days after Israel allegedly discovered explosive devices in Golan Heights, which is currently occupied by Israel. A Syrian state news agency reported that a number of missiles were downed, saying that three Syrian

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