14 Nov 2018

Iran prepares cryptocurrency as US cuts SWIFT services

Iranian access to the SWIFT financial system has now been cut off as part of US sanctions against the regime. While the SWIFT system is supposed to be an independent entity, the US has demonstrated its influence and control over it in this instance, leading critics to more actively support

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09 Nov 2018

US will push back at Iran activities in region, says US envoy to Syria

In addition to the sanctions regime and other diplomatic efforts to counter Iran, U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey has announced that it will also contest “more actively Iran’s activities particularly in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.” Isolating efforts against Iranian activity from Russian activity and others that work with it could prove

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08 Nov 2018

Tehran keeps probing crypto in search of sanction relief

Iran employs a variety of methods, including cryptocurrency transactions, to avoid international sanctions. In an October advisory statement, the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network stated that “with the full re-imposition on November 5th of sanctions lifted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, FinCEN expects that Iranian financial

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07 Nov 2018

Iran accuses Israel of failed cyber attack

“Iran’s telecommunications minister accused Israel on Monday of a new cyber attack on its telecommunications infrastructure, and vowed to respond with legal action. This followed comments from another official last week that Iran had uncovered a new generation of Stuxnet, a virus which was used against the country’s nuclear program

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02 Nov 2018

New Stuxnet Variant Allegedly Struck Iran

An Israeli news bulletin is reporting that Iran “has admitted in the past few days that it is again facing a [Stuxnet-like] attack, from a more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated virus than before, that has hit infrastructure and strategic networks. The head of the Passive Defense Organization in

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02 Nov 2018

Iran Sanctions Kick In, With Biggest Oil Disruption in Years

“Midnight on Sunday will mark a dividing line in the world of oil. Beyond that point, anyone unloading a tanker from Iran risks the full wrath of the U.S. government. The Middle East’s third-biggest oil producer has already seen many buyers flee, with sales tumbling 37 percent since President Donald

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01 Nov 2018

Denmark accuses Iran of activist murder plot

“Denmark has accused Iran’s intelligence agencies of planning to assassinate an Iranian activist on Danish soil. The target was believed to be a member of an Arab separatist movement, Denmark’s intelligence service said. Denmark has recalled its ambassador from Tehran and is consulting other EU countries about imposing new sanctions

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17 Oct 2018

Iranian Drone Overflights of U.S. Warships in Persian Gulf Now Common

U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf now expect regular flyovers from Iranian drones, as well as Iranian monitoring from small watercraft. While ships are equipped with expensive high-tech equipment to provide early warning alerts, it can be difficult to find out whether or not an approaching drone is armed. Systems

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17 Oct 2018

Iran says it has killed mastermind of parade attack: was he with ISIS or a secession movement?

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard announced that they have killed the alleged “mastermind” of the recent military parade attack that killed 25. “Both Islamic State and an Iranian ethnic Arab opposition movement called the Ahwaz National Resistance, which seeks a separate state in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province, have claimed responsibility for

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08 Oct 2018

Under US pressure, Iran passes anti-terror financing bill

Iran has passed a law against terrorist financing in order to maintain international economic ties with partners, as the U.S. increases economic pressure and sanctions removed under the Nuclear Deal return. The law is an attempt to satisfy the October 2018 deadline for increased regulations against terror financing given to

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