27 Jan 2021

U.S. B-52 Bomber Flies Over Persian Gulf, in Show of Force Against Iran

The US sent a B-52 bomber to flu across the Persian Gulf region on Tuesday in a display of power seemingly conducted to deter Iran amid high tensions. This marks the sixth time the Pentagon has sent a fighter jet to assert dominance since last fall. The long-range heavy bomber

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26 Jan 2021

Iran arrests US dual national on spying charges

Iran has allegedly arrested a dual US-Iranian national on spying charges. The individual has not been identified but was attempting to leave the country upon his arrest. According to Judiciary Spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili, the individual is now free on bail. Last week, Iran reported that another US-Iranian national named Emad

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21 Jan 2021

Iran’s Rouhani hopes Biden will return to Obama-era nuclear deal as he dubs Trump a ‘tyrant’

Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, has called on the recently inaugurated US President Joe Biden to return to the 2015 nuclear deal and to lift sanctions imposed by the Trump administration. Rouhani stated that he has placed the ball in the US’s court during a televised cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

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20 Jan 2021

Iran Sanctions President Trump in Parting Shot at Departing Administration

Iran put into effect sanctions against US President Donald Trump and nine other top US officials, claiming to be enforcing threats regarding US officials’ role in terrorist activities against Iran including last year’s killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. The Trump administration has repeatedly placed sanctions on

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13 Jan 2021

Iran unveils its largest military vessel during missile drill

During a mari-time missile drill, Iran’s navy officially inducted its largest military vessel into its fleet. The forward base ship IRIS Makran is said to be able to carry up to five helicopters. The ship joined the fleet with another one capable of firing missiles at a time of tension

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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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