US sanctions firms involved in production and transfer of Iranian drones to Russia

US sanctions firms involved in production and transfer of Iranian drones to Russia

Washington CNN — The US Treasury Department on Tuesday unveiled additional sanctions on the entities involved in the production and transfer of Iranian drones to Russia. The sanctions target several aviation related companies and two individuals – Abbas Djuma and Tigran Khristoforovich Srabionov – who facilitated the Russian mercenary Wagner Group’s “acquisition of UAVs from … Read more

Iran is preparing to send additional weapons including ballistic missiles to Russia to use in Ukraine, western officials say

Iran is preparing to send additional weapons including ballistic missiles to Russia to use in Ukraine, western officials say

Washington CNN — Iran is preparing to send approximately 1,000 additional weapons, including surface-to-surface short range ballistic missiles and more attack drones, to Russia to use in its war against Ukraine, officials from a western country that closely monitors Iran’s weapons program told CNN. The shipment is being closely monitored because it would be the … Read more

CNN Exclusive: After Ukraine, Biden administration turns to Musk’s satellite internet for Iran

CNN Exclusive: After Ukraine, Biden administration turns to Musk’s satellite internet for Iran

Washington CNN — The White House has engaged in talks with Elon Musk about the possibility of setting up SpaceX’s satellite internet service Starlink inside Iran, multiple officials familiar with the discussions told CNN. The conversations, which have not been previously reported, come as the Biden administration searches for ways to support the Iranian protest … Read more

Biden ‘stunned’ by Iranian protests: ‘It’s awakened something that I don’t think will be quieted in a long, long time’

Biden ‘stunned’ by Iranian protests: ‘It’s awakened something that I don’t think will be quieted in a long, long time’

CNN — President Joe Biden said Friday he was “stunned” by how Iranians have reacted to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, saying the nation has been “awakened” by the women-led protests and won’t be quieted for “a long, long time.” While visiting Irvine Valley Community College in California, Biden made brief comments on the … Read more

Iran denies supplying Russia with weapons for use in Ukraine

Iran denies supplying Russia with weapons for use in Ukraine

CNN — Iran has denied supplying Russia with weapons for use in Ukraine, saying it “has not and will not” do so. The denial, reportedly made in a phone call between Iran’s Foreign Minister and his Portuguese counterpart on Friday, follows claims by Kyiv and US intelligence that Russia is using Iranian-made “kamikaze drones” in … Read more

How Iran exploited Rushdie’s Satanic Verses

How Iran exploited Rushdie’s Satanic Verses

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. CNN — Nearly 10 years after he was driven underground, Salman Rushdie believed he was free. The author had been living under heavy security and highest secrecy … Read more

US warns Iran’s recent actions could lead to a ‘deepening nuclear crisis’

US warns Iran’s recent actions could lead to a ‘deepening nuclear crisis’

CNN — US Secretary of State Tony Blinken said Thursday that it will “further complicate” efforts to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal if Iran removes cameras that monitor its nuclear program and could lead to “a deepening nuclear crisis and further economic and political isolation for Iran. ” The head of the International Atomic … Read more