Baghdad relies heavily on American military and economic aid, and the fall of Kabul demonstrates the inherent instability of US client states.
In a sophisticated phishing campaign, the group TA453 masqueraded as British university scholars to covertly target individuals of intelligence interest to the Iranian government.
Iranian authorities had detained the chemical tanker Hankuk Chemi and its multinational crew of 20 sailors in the Strait of Hormuz off Oman in January alleging it was polluting the waters with chemicals.
The sanctions, which forbid Americans and US entities from doing business with five Iranian entities, will likely have little impact, as some of the groups are already subject to other sanctions.
The judiciary in June said Mahmoud Mousavi Majd, who was arrested in 2018, had spied on various security fields including the Quds Force which was headed by former Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani.
The inept handling of the coronavirus crisis has reinforced the political bankruptcy of the regime in the eyes of the Iranian public.
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