The United States has leveled new sanctions on several individuals and entities found to be abetting Iran’s missile and nuclear programs, as well as its efforts to evade sanctions and support terrorism, the White House and Treasury Department announced early Friday.
Iranian military leaders say that they have begun weapons deliveries to Palestinian terrorists in the West Bank and elsewhere in the region after months of promising increased military support for Israel’s enemies, according to regional reports.
A U.S. Coast Guard boat fired a warning shot at an Iranian sailboat in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.
Iranian military leaders on Tuesday vowed that Tehran would take military action against Israel in response to an alleged Israeli drone that was shot down in Iran on Sunday.
Iran is threatening to sue the Israelis in the International Criminal Court following the alleged downing of an Israeli-made drone in Iranian territory Sunday.
Iran reportedly carried out the mass execution of 16 prisoners incarcerated in the Qezel Hessar Prison in Karaj early Monday, prompting outrage from dissident groups and bringing the total number of executions to over 800 since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani assumed office last August under the guise of being a moderate reformer, according to an Iranian opposition group.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei “categorically rejected” all negotiations with the United States, saying that talks are dangerous to Tehran and “won’t help anything,” according to the country’s semi-official Fars News Agency.
Iranian military leaders announced on Wednesday that Tehran is readying new mid-range and long-range missile defense systems reminiscent of Israel’s Iron Dome system, which destroys rockets in mid-air before they strike the ground.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) is seizing several facilities across regions of Syria and Iraq that are critical to public health and safety, potentially endangering hundreds of thousands of civilians, according to reports.
The al Qaeda offshoot has engaged in fierce battles in recent days with Kurdish forces after seizing cities and several small oil fields in northern Iraq. About 200,000 people, many of them members of the minority Kurdish Yezidi sect, have been forced to flee the region, the United Nations said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at Israel in vitriolic terms on Wednesday, referring to Israel as a “festering Zionist tumor.”
Rouhani, who has been championed by Western media as a moderate reformer who could change Iran’s extremist ways, appears to be adopting a violent tone similar to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has advocated for the complete destruction of Israel in recent days.