The Trump administration is undertaking a critical review of Obama administration-era policies permitting the sale of American airplanes to Iran, which have been used in the past to ferry weapons to terrorists and conduct other illicit activities, according to U.S. officials familiar with the situation.
Iranian authorities have released a San Diego resident from prison who was serving an 18-year sentence on charges of “collaboration with a hostile government.”
The absence of U.S. military assistance to the Sunni Arab coalition fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen has emboldened the insurgent Houthis over the past two years, according to policy experts.
Sanctions on Iran are not enough to stop the country’s illicit ballistic missile program, according to senior State Department officials, who said on Thursday that a new package of sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic would not halt the country’s missile development.
Iran poses the “most significant threat” in the Middle East region, where its nefarious activities and support for terror organizations have only grown since the announcement of the landmark nuclear agreement, according to the top U.S. military commander in the region.
Iran would be hit with tougher sanctions over the ongoing development of its ballistic missile system under new legislation introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the House and Senate late Thursday.
Iran maintains a network of spies and lobbyists who clandestinely push the Islamic regime’s agenda in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, according to the head of Iran’s ministry of intelligence, who touted the pro-Iran network’s ability to spread its ideology to the West.
Iran is sending advanced weapons and military advisers to Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement, stepping up support for its Shi’ite ally in a civil war whose outcome could sway the balance of power in the Middle East, regional and Western sources say.
Iranian-backed Houthi rebels working to take power in Yemen are using a new weapon that is raising fears of seaborne attacks on both military and commercial shipping in the region.