Iran tensions July 2021 and onwards
Updated: Sep 9, 2022
IranThe daily updates are compiled by Seth J. Frantzman, Executive Director of MECRA. For the previous installment which covers March 2021 to July 2021, click here.
July 1, 2021
Arash solid propellent test.
Ship targeted allegedly by Iran making its way from Gulf to India, rumored to be owned by Israeli firm, but this is denied in Israel.
US denies reports of attack in Syria by pro-Iran groups.
Bennett meets cabinet to discuss possible US return to Iran Deal, phones Putin and also agrees to meet.
Kohlmann: Unspecified Iraqi Shiite insurgents have allegedly carried out a new IED attack targeting a convoy supplying the U.S. military as it passed through the Taji area north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
At 2:45pm three. rockets target Al-Asad base
Kataib Hezbollah shows message with hidden missiles.
Quadcopter found that set off alarms near embassy several nights ago.
Fire in Iran at solid fuel plant.
Just after midnight on the evening of July 5, drones target Union III in Baghdad.
The night of July 6/7 drone and rocket attack on Erbil airport.
Rocket attacks on Al-Asad base and Omar field in Syria. Telegram channels linked to militias claim that the counterattack has happened near Baghdadi (close to Ain Al Assad). Col. Marotto: "Initial report: At approx. 12:30 PM local time, Ain Al-Assad Air Base was attacked by 14 rockets. The rockets landed on the base & perimeter. Force protection defensive measures were activated. At this time initial reports indicate 3 minor injuries. Damage is being assessed." Sheep killed in airstrike. Cavell: "Iraq: Reports militia HGV mobile launchpad for rocket attacks was targeted in open ground near the Mosque. This would be in range of the airbase attacked this morning." UAVs said to be involved in the Syria attack.
Kohnavard: It is believed that at least two rockets have landed inside Green Zone Baghdad. One close to US embassy Baghdad and the other one just a few metres away, military sources at GZ say.
Wayne Marotto: "Each attack against the GoI, KRI and the Coalition undermines the authority of Iraqi institutions, the rule of law and Iraqi National sovereignty. These attacks endanger the lives of Iraqi civilians, & the partner forces from the ISF, Peshmerga & Coalition."
Iraq’s Kataib Hezbollah denies involvement in the rocket attack on US Embassy, Baghdad. “Iraqi resistance rejects attacks on diplomatic locations and it had decided that it’s not going to attack even the US embassy’s military base in Baghdad” KH leader says in a statement
Cyber attack his Iran rail.
Lebanon in crisis as power cuts grow, currency drops.
Guns smuggled into Ghajar in Israel from Lebanon are found by security forces.
Attack on Conoco, Syria.
US envoy McGurk in Iraq and then goes to Suli after Lahur Talabani was sidelined.
AANES launches campaign for status.
Israel and Egypt discuss Ethiopia dam.
Lapid to visit Morocco.
Gantz denies New Yorker report about push to strike Iran last year and that he was sidelined on discussions.
Claims that a "U.S. drone attack targeted a truck for an Iran-backed militia in eastern Syria on Sunday, destroying the vehicle without causing any casualties, two Iraqi militia officials said" but it apparently didn't happen.
Airstrikes in Syria reported near Safirah near Aleppo, Lebanon complains Israel used its airspace.
Wash Examiner: US investigates Qatari funding IRGC.
Houthi drones target Saudi Arabia.
Hashd threatens US in Iraq.
Russia could upgrade Syrian air defenses amid Israeli airstrikes, says the US opposes Israel strikes also.
Fatemiyoun member killed in recent airstrike in Syria.
US withdrawing from Iraq? Diplomatic theater to give Kadhimi political cover: the "Pentagon and other administration officials say they will achieve this not by removing any of the 2,500 American forces currently stationed in #Iraq, but by reclassifying their roles on paper."
PMU Najaf tasin Iraq.
Ahrar Sharqiya and Syrian regime sanctioned by US.
China meets Taliban.
IRGC Quds Force head Qaani in Baghdad. Kohnavard: "IRGC Qods Comdr. Qaani has told top Iraqi officials that Iran wants to evaluate the outcome of Iraq-US strategic dialogues “positively”, sources tell me."
Rocket attack on Green Zone in Baghdad.
Clashes in southern Syria near Dara'a.
Video of alleged attack on logistics convoy in Iraq by Ashab Al-Kahf.
Jpost: A ship managed by Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer's shipping company was suspected of being attacked by pirates in the Northern Indian Ocean on Thursday night, Zodiac Maritime announced. Mercer Street oil tanker was heading from Africa to the Gulf, it was empty, drones reportedly struck at living quarters, bridge and other areas, it is Japanese owned by said to be operated by Israeli-owned company.
Iran's Al-Alam TV says the attack on the Israeli ship was revenge for the July 22 airstrikes.
Associated Press: "US confident Iran was behind attack on oil tanker in Arabian Sea (CORRECTS tanker site and that Israel didn't own ship)"
UK PM Johnson says #Iran must face up to consequences of "outrageous" ship attack. Al-Jarida says Israel has drawn up list of targets. Quotes IRGC saying attack was retaliation. Raisi to be sworn in on August 3.
US plans sanctions on Iran drones. Haynes: UK government held a Cobra emergency meeting at the level of officials over the weekend in a sign of the serious focus on the tanker attack & how to respond, SkyNews understands There's not yet been a Cobra attended by ministers, which is what happens in gravest of crises.
First photos, some say Shahed UAV caused the damage.
Blinken condemns Iran and one-way explosive UAVs.
Gantz says Israel will respond. UK and US appear to back response. Bennett says Netanyahu failed to deter Iran. UK seaman was one of those killed. Details. Elijah Magnier analysis on how Iran drew new red line in Gulf of Oman. Blinken says "I want to condemn again the attack on Friday against the commercial ship...We've conducted a thorough review and we're confident that #Iran carried out this attack." CENTCOM head speaks with Israel.
Asphalt Princess ship is briefly hijacked by Iran.
Israel fires 100 shells into Lebanon after one rocket fired into Israel.
IDF: More than ten rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory.
Most of the rockets were intercepted by the IDF Aerial Defense System while the rest of them landed in open areas adjacent to Har Dov. Iran's Pre-Emption doctrine.
US holds Iran responsible for Mercer Street attack, but mixed messages from Pentagon on where drone came from.
Saeed Aghajani, the man behind the drone attack, according to Israel.
Iran hosts Hamas, Hezbollah and other terror groups during inauguration for Raisi, Shamkhani and Hossein Salami meet them as well.
US CIA head arrives in Israel.
Nour news claims that Israeli ships and sub arrived in Red Sea.
Desert Eagle exercise in Israel: The exercise was led by the IAF's 133rd (“Knights of the Twin Tail”) Squadron, which operates "Baz" (F-15) fighter jets, alongside F-15s from the U.S. Air Force’s 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron under AFCENT. The forces deployed to “Uvda” AFB, where they took off for the exercise. The 115th (“Flying Dragon”) Squadron, which operates F-16 fighter jets, simulated enemy forces throughout the exercise.
Bahrain officials in Israel with high level delegation. Lapid flies to Morocco.
Reports of CRAM detecting drone near Erbil.
Iranian air defenses fired a warning shot at a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper belonging to the US military near the Strait of Hormuz near the Iranian border on Thursday, according to the Iranian semi-official Nour News.
Airstrikes reported near Quneitra.
Ravid: Egyptian Intelligence chief Abbas Kamel is visiting Israel today. He met this morning with Prime Minister Bennett and will meet tonight with Minister of Defense Gantz.
Qatari aid approved for Gaza. From next week, 10 million USD will be transferred to the UN. The UN will then deliver the funds to Gaza residents by distributing cards for the withdrawal of the money. The initial process, including the distribution of the cards, is expected to be completed by the end of September. Starting in October, the delivery of funds will be immediate.
Fabian: A Syrian air defense missile exploded over Israeli airspace near the border with Jordan near the Dead Sea amid the strikes last night near Damascus and Homs. No alert was activated. Residents reported an explosion heard in the region at around 23:17 last night.
Qarah, Syria believed to be one of the targets of airstrikes in Syria. Reports said airplanes over Lebanon.
Syrian air defense forces have shot down 22 missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during an airstrike against targets in Syria, the Russian military said Friday. "Jets (possibly Israelis) over Dahieh, Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut & also Southern Lebanon."..."During the air strike, a plane belonging to Lebanese carrier Middle East Airlines coming from Abu Dhabi had to hold in Syrian airspace for about 10 minutes before landing in Beirut, as did a plane from Turkey's Pegasus airlines." Syrian air defenses also fired wildly, with shrapnel and debris falling over Jordan and Israel, according to varying reports. This was apparently debris from a Syrian S-200. Two commercial airliners also had to divert during the Syrian air-defense operations
Turkey's leader meets UAE leader.
Riots on Gaza border.
Bennett to go to Washington.
A US warplane shot down a drone in Syria on Saturday. It is a rare occurrence when fighter jets are used to shoot down drones, although Israel has shot down drones with warplanes, and a US F-15E Strike Eagle shot down a drone in June 2017 in Syria, one of two US downings of Syrian regime drones.
Leaked images show Iran's Evin prison.
Vehicles damaged in convoy in Iraq.
Attack on US convoy in Iraq reported. "Friday's rocket attack in the Iraqi city of Basra was not carried out against the US base near the borders with Kuwait, a source revealed on Saturday, explaining that it targeted a convoy of the Global Coalition forces in the region."
Reuters: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian met his counterparts from Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, officials from the two Gulf Arab states said, but provided no further details. There was no indication of any direct meetings between Iran and Saudi Arabia, but Iraq said talks between the two countries, which began in April, were continuing.
Heads of state attending included Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, King Abdullah of Jordan, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Macron. Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates sent their heads of government, and Turkey its foreign minister.
Syrian official news agency SANA: Syria's Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, center left, receives Iran's new Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, left, in Damascus, Syria. Pledge to confront US sanctions. "Syria's Foreign Minister: The resounding #US defeat in #Afghanistan will also mean its defeat in #Syria."
Houthi missile attack kills dozens in Yemen. A ballistic missile landed in the base's training area, where dozens of soldiers were doing morning exercises, officials said. Drones may have been involved.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said earlier that it intercepted a Houthi drone that was targeting Abha International Airport
Iran and Russia media see new 'Vietnam Syndrome' for US after Afghanistan.
Col. Marotto: "There are no U.S./Coalition logistic convoys in Iraq - it is disinformation & propaganda. Equipment divested to the #ISF in support of its #DefeatDaesh mission through the CTEF Program is transported by Iraqi Civilian Logistic Convoys."
Quoting an anonymous Syrian military source, #Iran's Al Alam TV claims US troops have "evacuated three bases" in Syria: One in Deir al-Zour and two in Hassakeh.
Local reports said pro-Iran militias fired rockets at US base in Syria.
Iran media says that four ship with oil and gas has arrived in Syria, in fact it appears the first ship had only oil for Syria, not gas for Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Gulf Sky details revealed.
US Coalition says it has not added or closed bases in NE Syria. Civilian supply convoys regularly visit U.S. temp outposts. We remain committed to the #defeatdaesh mission & follow on operations to increase regional stability.
Overnight, the IDF said on Friday that explosions heard over central Israel overnight were caused by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile that exploded off the coast. Debris fell in Tel Aviv.
Israel Defense Minister Gantz warns Iran training proxies at UAV base in Iran.
New York Times reveals more details of Fakhrizadeh assassination with remote controlled AI weapon.
#ISI reveals: On Monday, 27 September 2021, a mysterious #explosion shook western #Tehran, #Iran. According to #ISI intelligence report, the explosion occurred at an #IRGC secret missile base of Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group.
Jake Sullivan travels to Cairo and Riyadh and meets Israel counterpart Eyal Hulata.
Israel accuses Iran of plot to assassinate businessman in Cyprus.
WSJ: Iran drone program increasing
Iran says Israel presence in Azerbaijan is concern.
Israel Military intel says Iran not getting bomb soon.
Iran says fast boats intercepted US vessel, Coast Guard warns them off.
Will Iran attack US Al-Harir base in Iraq, Shafaq and National Interest ask.
Two reported killed in Israeli airstrikes in Syria, T-4 and other locations.
Guardian: Albukamal, Iran increases presence.
Report says Israel seized general jogging in Damascus as part of search for Ron Arad.
Merkel says Iran deal talks nearing new stage while in Jerusalem.
Iran claims 80% material needed to build bomb.
Iraq elections see low turnout, decline in seats for PMU-linked Fatah.
Bennett: Iran aspires to build an army on Israel's borders.
Yossi Cohen: Iran not close to getting nuclear bomb.
Meeting between Lapid and his US and UAE counterparts in Washington, Iran issue is discussed.
US Iran envoy Malley said all options on table regarding the resumption of talks.
Turkey detains Iranians linked to plot to kidnap Iranian in Turkey.
Hezbollah seeks removal of Beirut blast judge Bitar.
In Cyprus a 27-year-old Pakistani man was arrested on suspicion of being an accomplice to the Azeri man who was arrested last month.
Iran shows off new air defenses.
IRGC pressures Iraq to form government with Fatah Alliance even though it performed badly in elections.
Israel prepares to host Blue Flag that continues until October 28. United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Greece and India will participate in the biennial Blue Flag exercise.
Attack reported on Tanf garrison by drones.
Iranian missile found in Iraq.
Putin-Bennett meeting, Russia agrees not to hamper Israeli efforts in Syria.
Reports of airstrikes near Quneitra.
First Saudi flight to Israel reported.
Iran envoy Malley says US running out of patience.
US says that Tanf attack was done by Iran and involved 5 drones.
Iran under cyberattack that targets gas stations.
Iran expands nuclear enrichment at Natanz.
Egypt-Greece joint air exercise.
Iraq post-election tensions continue.
IRGC Quds Force head rumors that Qaani is in Lebanon.
US Treasury targets Iran drone program with sanctions. Rawnsley: "Treasury sanctioned the head of the IRGC drone unit who was responsible for the delta wing drone attack on the Mercer Street ship in the Gulf a few months ago. But they also hit my dude Yousef Aboutaleni, the CEO of Mado, the company that powered Iran's drones (they make engines)." Blinken "The United States is imposing sanctions on two corrupt Lebanese businessmen and a member of Parliament – an important step in promoting accountability in Lebanon. Lebanese officials must end corruption and take urgent action to address the crises the Lebanese people face."
Rare midday attack reported in Syria targeting Hezbollah. Vicinity of Al-Dimas, Qudsayya and Al-Mezzah Airbase, all three areas known to have Air Defense facilities. Details. Ynet "A midday attack outside Damascus that was attributed to Israel by the Syrian military targeted a shipment of advanced weapons intended for Hezbollah as it was making its way to the border between Syria and Lebanon, Syrian media reported Saturday evening."
Israel fighter jets escort US B-1 bomber in possible message to Iran.
Jordan planes seen at Blue Flag drill.
Israel begins nationwide drill prep for conflict with Hezbollah.
US sanctions Iran drone program.
Ynet: Israel on Sunday for the first time released footage of its secret fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile, just hours after Syria claimed the weapon was used in alleged Israeli attack in the country.
US Marines arrive in Israel for joint training from CENTCOM
Gantz speaks with his US counterpart about Iran.
On COP26 sidelines, Bennett said to hold talks with Jake Sullivan amid Iran tensions.
Iran claimed it fended off "piracy" in Gulf of Oman.
Iran media reports "hacking" of several "Zionist" engineering companies.
Israel launches giant aerostat blimp on northern border.
Iran says its IRGC has some new accomplishment at sea.
Iran claims it stopped US from "piracy" at sea, seizes Vietnamese vessel with its own oil. US rejects the claim.
Mayadeen reports, based on Israeli reports, say Hajizadeh could be a target of Israel.
Israel Ministry of Defense signs defense agreement with the Cypriot Ministry of Defense.
Protester killed in Baghdad during pro-Iran militia sit-in.
New Arab: Hundreds of supporters of pro-Iran factions have held a new demonstration in Baghdad a day after at least one protester was killed in clashes with police.
Riots seen in Baghdad.
Drone targets Iraqi PM Kadhimi's house in Green Zone. Several drones reportedly used.
Israel's preferences in Sudan, and Haftar's son allegedly visits Israel.
Biden condemns drone attack on Iraq's Kadhimi.
US Marines arrive in Israel for joint drill with Israeli commandos and NAVCENT.
Iran condemns drone attack on Iraq PM.
Witty: "In Iraq, the day after assassination attempt on PM Kadhimi, Commander of Quds Force of Iranian Revolutionary Guards arrives in Baghdad for unannounced visit to meet with Shia militias." Belief that drone was Iranian. Details. Brodsky: "Reuters reported earlier today that #Iran knew about the attack on #Iraq's prime minister before it occurred. But the US administration still appears to have difficulty talking about the role of Tehran or its militias, and punts to an Iraqi investigation."
Zolfagar 1400 drill in Iran showcases drones.
Morocco may want air defense, Iron Dome.
Iraq says its force can secure country after drone targeted PM.
Israel-Egypt military defense officials meet.
Jpost: The IDF is planning to significantly increase the number of precision munitions in its arsenal in the coming years now that a state budget has been finalized.
UAE foreign minister meets with Assad.
New images of the November 8th strike on warehouse near Tartus.
Was an IRGC commander removed on Assad's request.
New details on damage caused in October 13 strike on "Qatari villa, IRGC site" near Palmyra.
Rumors of S-300 in Tabqa probably false.
Attack on US Tanf garrison by Iran was response to Israel airstrikes.
US warns Israel that attack on Iran nuclear facility could be counterproductive.
US base in Syria near Kharab al-Jir may have been targeted in attack.
Gantz warns about Iran drone bases at Qeshm island and Chabahar and Iran using a drone in Feb, 2018 to try to fly munitions to West Bank.
Bennett says Israel would not be obligated by any new US-Iran deal.
Reports say IAEA head going to Iran.
Pardo warns Israel has no strategy on Iran, while Yossi Cohen said under former deal Iran was constrained.
Iran wants new deal, end to sanctions, not return to old deal.
BBC says threat of Israel strike on Iran grows.
Johnson tells Herzog that time is running out on Iran.
US weighs "grim option" if Iran talks fail, Al-Jazeera: The United States must “accept reality” and agree to lift its sanctions on Iran during next week’s nuclear talks in Vienna, according to Tehran’s top negotiator.
Iran looks to China and Russia for economic support, while US seeks their support in Vienna.
Syrian air defense missile fired at Israeli warplane flies over Lebanon and lands in the sea.
UK and Israel to work together on preventing Iranian nuclear weapon.
Jewish Chronicle: Mossad recruited a team of Iranian nuclear scientists to carry out a covert operation which blew up one of the regime's most secure nuclear
Iran talks halted in Vienna. Israel says Iran must halt enrichment for talks to continue.
Explosions reported near Natanz. Iran says it was controlled air defense drill. Iranian drone crashes.
UAE National Security Advisor in Iran, Syria Foreign Minister in Iran also this week.
1:30am airstrikes reported in Latakia on containers at the port.
Israel Defense Minister. will head to US on Thursday.
Washington Post reports that March 5, 2020 and June 8, 2021 airstrikes on Syria by Israel targeted a "targeted a villa and compound in a suburb southeast of the city of Homs, about 100 miles north of Damascus (March)" and the June strike "targeted a military storage bunker near Nasiriyah, a desert village north of Damascus, and two additional sites near Homs. Of those two, one was described as an auxiliary facility for the SSRC’s military laboratory in Masyaf, about 40 miles northwest of Homs."
Airstrikes reported in Syria.
Iran media says there was an attack on logistics convoy in Iraq.
US chose not to respond to Al-Tanf attack.
Iran showcases Shahed-136 multiple drone launcher as it threatens attack on Dimona at Great Prophet 17 drill.
Hasan Irloo, the Iranian "ambassador" the Houthis is evacuated to Iraq and said to be dead of Covid.
Rockets fired at Turkish base.
Airstrikes on Latakia by Israel reported.
Drones with "Soleimani revenge" target US forces in Baghdad.
US says it has ended combat role in Iraq.
A ship headed for UAE has been hijacked by Houthis, claim says.
Saudi Arabia targeted by Houthis.
Drones targeting US forces in Al-Asad base downed by CRAM.
Video shows pro-Iran militia in Iraq launching drones against camp Victory on January 4.
CRAM activated in Baghdad at US embassy.
Houthis threaten to escalate against UAE after taking UAE vessel.
Iran FM in China.
Iran-backed groups threaten to attack UAE.
US denies secret deal between Israel-Lebanon to supply gas via Jordan
Houthi attack UAE's Abu Dhabi kills three. Missiles intercepted by THAAD but drones, missiles and cruise missiles get through.
Houthi attack targets UAE, missiles intercepted.
Rocket attack on Baghdad airport damages plane with 107mm rocket
Missile intercepted from Yemen to UAE as Israel's President visits.
Report says Israel airstrike near Damascus confronted by air defenses.
Report based on a few analysts says Israel may supply Israel with air defenses.
Israel DefMin Gantz in Bahrain, signs MOU, visits US Fifth fleet.
Israel to take part in the International Maritime Exercise 2022 (IMX 22) "includes around 60 countries and comes amid heightened Gulf tensions after missile attacks on the United Arab Emirates by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement, including a foiled attack aimed at a base hosting U.S. forces."
Alwiyat al-Waad al-Haq (True Pledge Brigades), which is believed to have ties with pro-Iran armed factions in Iraq, said it launched four drones at dawn on Wednesday targeting the wealthy Gulf state of the UAE-France24.
Iranian prison hacked, after hack of TV.
Syrian air defense claims they intercepted Israeli airstrikes, air defense missile fired by Syria triggers sirens-warnings in Israel.
Israel to participate in large US-led naval drill with 60 countries.
Israel Navy officer to be based in Bahrain as liason with Navcent.
Turkey says it foiled Iran plot against Israeli businessman.
“Yesterday evening, radar systems detected multiple low-flying drones, flying westward, originating from Iraq's eastern border region. One of the systems crashed south of Tikrit, Iraq & was recovered by Iraqi Security forces” a coalition official says..."“The drone is now in custody & is being analyzed by Coalition forces.” a coalition official says adding that the type have been used by “malign actors” as improvised cruise missiles against the UAE & Saudi Arabia."
Free Beacon: "Iran and Iran-aligned militias continue to have strong ties to some elements of Iraq’s traditional security forces," the Pentagon’s inspector general informed Congress in a new report on U.S. military operations in the region. Iraq’s federal police and emergency response division, both overseen by Iraq’s Interior Ministry (MOI), as well as the Iraqi Army’s fifth and eighth divisions "are the units thought to have the greatest Iranian influence." However, "officers sympathetic to Iranian or militia interests are scattered throughout the security services."
Kan: "First publication: The defense establishment is preparing for an Iranian drone attack. On Tuesday, American forces shot down two Iranian drones in Iraq - and it cannot be ruled out that they were intended to explode in Israeli territory."
Two drones shot down in Iraq. Later report say US warplanes downed the Shahed 136 drones that were headed for Israel.
IDF "Today (Thursday), IDF troops downed a drone belonging to the Hezbollah terrorist organization that crossed from Lebanon into Israeli airspace. The drone was monitored by the IDF throughout the incident."
Later that evening, the IDF announced that they had also shot down a Hamas drone that had entered the border area of the southern Gaza strip. The drone crashed in Gazan territory.
"IDF:Earlier today, a radio-controlled aircraft crossed into Israeli territory from Lebanon and was tracked by the Israeli Air Force." Israel used Iron Dome to try to shoot down the UAV. It returned to Lebanon and Hezbollah says it flew "deep" into Israel. Drone was called "Hassan" by Hezbollah.
Ynet: U.S. fifth fleet Commander Vice Admiral Brad Cooper says some 100 unmanned drones, both sailing, and submersible, would dramatically multiply the surveillance capacities in the region; says Israel likely to join in the Navy's unmanned naval drone task force...comes amid "The International Maritime Exercise 2022 (IMX 22) includes around 60 countries and comes amid heightened Gulf tensions after missile attacks on the United Arab Emirates by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement, including a foiled attack aimed at a base hosting U.S. forces."
Israel HaYom: Israel and its neighbors across the Middle East are considering forming a defense alliance against suicide drones, Channel 12 News reported on Saturday.
Several Israeli companies at UMEX in UAE, although turnout was small.
Israel's Benny Gantz accuses Iran of providing Iran with attack drone know-how. "Our assessments show that Iranian PGMs (precision-guided munitions) are being delivered for these UAVs and other similar models," -Gantz said.
Israel says it successfully tested C-Dome on a new Sa'ar 6 ship.
Reports of Israeli airstrikes near Damascus. Syria says three soldiers killed.
Israel's PM flies to Russia and then Berlin amid rumors of Iran deal and Ukrainian fighting.
Iran shows off underground base for missiles and Shahed drones.
Israel says last year it intercepted Iranian drones using F-35s. The drones were headed to Gaza.
Jpost report says Iran deployed advanced air defense to Syria and has sought to challenge Israeli pilots.
Alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria Damascus area. Two IRGC members believed killed in the attack.
Israel's Herzog visits Turkey.
Boris Johnson visits UAE.
Syria's Assad visits UAE.
“I do worry about these exchanges between Iran and Israel because many times our forces are at risk, whether in Iraq or in Syria,” CENTCOM chief Gen. Frank McKenzie said.
Two Iranian drones shot down over Iraq were headed for Israel in February.
Israel PM Bennett, Egypt's Sisi and UAE's MBZ meet in Sharm al-Shaykh.
US Secretary of State Blinken to visit Israel, West Bank, Morocco.
"Yemen's Houthis said they launched attacks on Saudi energy facilities on Friday and the Saudi-led coalition said oil giant Aramco's petroleum products distribution station in Jeddah was hit, causing a fire in two storage tanks but no casualties."
Egypt will join Abraham Accords summit of US, UAE, Israel, Bahrain on March 27.
Rockets target Turkish base.
Gantz says Israel can continue striking Iranian targets in Syria.
The Kurdistan Region of Iraq was hit by another attack last night, likely by #IRGC-linked groups: last month their supporters attacked a KDP office and Iranian missiles hit Erbil. Reports that the rockets fell near Khabat area oil refinery Kawergosk. More details.
Rockets targeted Turkish base.
Airstrikes reported overnight April 26-27 in Damascus, four killed.
Chinese Defense Minister in Iran.
Expert warn time running out for nuclear deal; concerns Iran could get nuclear weapons, US refuses to remove IRGC from FTO, but Blinken says it's mostly symbolic.
Two rockets target coalition troops in Iraq Al-Asad base.
Mossad foils Iran plot to target Israelis in Turkey.
Israel airstrike near Quneitra reported.
US Vice-Admiral Brad Cooper of Navcent says unmanned vessels and AI will be important in Red Sea.
Airstrike at Masyaf shows sit completely destroyed Image Sat image shows in wake of airstrike in Syria. "It reportedly was the 12th Israeli attack on Syrian territory since the beginning of the year and came after the Israeli Air Force struck the SSRC." Report at Jpost "A five-man crew of a Pantsir missile-defense system was killed after firing toward Israel Air Force jets. Another seven civilians were injured. According to SOHR, it was the 12th Israeli attack on Syrian territory since the beginning of the year. The report by ISI said that the strikes came after the IAF struck Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) east, north and west on April 9."
Alma: "The base, which was attacked on May 13, where the S300 batteries are located, is located about 13 km northwest of the city of Matzaf in northwestern Syria. The base also has S200 batteries. The S300 batteries were transferred from the Russians to the Syrians from a warm base in February 2018. The territory of Syria. The pantsir secures the base."
Gantz speech at Reichman University highlights the two Iranian drones downed over Iraq in February. Also warns about Iran nuclear, missile and drone advances and weapons transfers to Lebanon. "Israel will continue to block the transfer and production of Iranian precision weapons in Syria in order to protect its citizens."
IDF says Hezbollah drone penetrated Israel airspace on night of May 16-17. This came after Hezbollah performed badly in Lebanese elections. The drone was downed by Israel.
CENTCOM head Michael Kurilla visits Israel, days after Israel said that Scott Benedict, Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) visited the State of Israel.
Iranian IRGC Col. Khodayari assassinated in Iran. He was allegedly behind plots against Israelis abroad.
UAV downed in Iraq that was targeting Mohammed Ali base.
US seizes Iran oil off Greek island. "The United States has confiscated Iranian oil held on a Russian-operated ship near Greece and will send the cargo to the United States aboard another vessel, three sources familiar with the matter said." Some 600,000 barrels were seized.
Parchin targeted in Iran in alleged drone attack.
US media reports that Israel was behind assassination of Khodaei.
Iran seizes two Greek ships in Persian Gulf. "Iranian forces seized two Greek tankers in the Gulf on Friday, Iranian state media reported, shortly after Tehran warned it would take “punitive action” against Athens over the confiscation of Iranian oil by the United States from a tanker held off the Greek coast."
Lebanese Forces says Hezbollah had setback in elections.
UAE-Egypt-Jordan investment deal.
Israel seeks to double trade with Egypt, Israel-Bahrain trade increases as Israel holds ceremony in Bahrain; US quietly pushing Israel-Saudi ties.
Rockets fired near oilfield in eastern Syria. "Rockets were fired at the US-controlled Al-Omar oil field in eastern Syria early on Monday."
France denounces Iran seizing Greek ships. Iran says it has not arrested the crews. Athens accuses Iran of "piracy." US Sec. of State Blinken condemns Iran. "The United States calls on Iran to immediately release the two Greek vessels, along with their cargoes and their crews. Iranian and IRGC threats to regional and global security are unacceptable." Bloomberg news says the tit-for-tat seizing of ships ups risks in Gulf.
Israel simulates war on Hezbollah, Iran, in Cyprus.
Israel confirms Iran stole IAEA documents. BBC "Western countries suspect Iran might be seeking to build nuclear weapons in violation of conventions - something Iran strongly denies. Israel considers Iran, which does not recognise Israel's right to exist and calls for its elimination, a major threat to both Israel and the wider world."
Negev summit countries to convene in Bahrain next month.
Iran says Israel concerned about revenge for Khodorai killing.
Iraq criminalizes "normalization" with Israel.
Israel says it intercepted drone over Negev. "IDF: Israeli Air Force fighter jets intercepted a UAV in the airspace over the Negev, adjacent to Mount Saggi, earlier this week (Monday). The UAV was identified, monitored and intercepted after it crossed into Israeli airspace."
Israel PM Bennett visited Rafael to see progress on laser interceptor, he added that, until now, an Iron Dome interceptor cost tens of thousands of dollars each to intercept a single incoming enemy projectile. With the laser system, “the enemy will invest tens of thousands of dollars and we will invest just two dollars of electricity,” he said.
Israel drills in Cyprus include joint drills and simulated conflict with Hezbollah.
Jpost: "American and Israeli security figures met on Wednesday to coordinate their efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and deter its "aggressive regional activities," according to a White House press statement. At the meeting were, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Israeli National Security Advisor Eyal Hulata and other representatives."
Lebanon threatens Israel over Karish gas field.
Quoting an unknown official, the early morning report by the official IRNA news agency said Col. Ali Esmailzadeh died during an “incident in his residence” days ago in city of Karaj, some 35 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of the capital Tehran.
Saudi Arabia moving towards relations with Israel, even as Biden reconsiders trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Syria says it intercepted Israel airstrikes.
Israeli tanks targeted positions belonging to the Syrian military near El Malgah in the Quneitra region of southwestern Syria early Wednesday morning, according to Syrian reports.
Bennett says Israel is acting everywhere against Iran, against its tentacles and targeting the head of the octopus in a shift in doctrine and strategy, shifting gears.
IAEA Board of Governors slams Iran, calls for it to comply with obligations. Russia and China oppose vote, Libya, Pakistan and India abstain. Iran condemns the decision; "The resolution adopted by IAEA Board of Governors which is based on Israeli fabricated information, will yield no result but undermining trend of Iran's cooperation & interactions with IAEA, & Tehran will adopt reciprocal measures in response."
Drone attack near new US consulate site in Erbil on road to Shaqlawa in Shawes. "An explosive drone attacked Erbil - Pirmam road tonight at 9:30 pm. The aftermath of the attack resulted in wounding three civilians and damaged several civilian vehicles." Iran discusses the attack.
Iran linked groups accused of more drug smuggling into Jordan.
Early morning reports of attack in Syria. Satellite images released of airstrike on Damascus on June 9. Details of the airstrike. Russia condemns Israel airstrike. Syria allegedly stopped flights due to the attack, which is said to be the second in a week. Details.
Reports of overnight attack from Nineveh targeting the Zilikan Bashiqa base.
Concerns grow about Iran enrichment.
NBC report: "There were seven attacks in May, as many attacks in May as February, March and April combined, and there have been a total of 29 since October without a kinetic U.S. response." US seeking reset in Saudi relations.
Israel thwarts Iranian threat in Turkey.
Biden to visit Israel and Saudi Arabia on July 14.
Details of Egypt's army capabilities.
Mayadeen: France to expand its role in Asia.
Iran regime brags of chaos in Israel.
Erbil censors coverage of the recent drone attack.
Iran hints at its role in drone attack on Erbil.
Two more Iranian IRGC members killed. The scientist, identified as Mohammad Abdous, reportedly worked on the Islamic Republic's satellite program, in addition to developing UAVs and ballistic missiles as part of his work in the air force. The news of Abdous' death comes less than 24 hours after Ali Kamani, another member of the air force's Aerospace Unit, died in a car accident in the city of Khomein.
Report: Israel increases threats to Assad regime as situation deteriorates due to Russia opposition to Israel strikes. Russia not keeping Iran 80km from border.
WSJ warns of Russia-US tensions over Tanf.
WSJ reports US monitors and secretly reviews Israel strikes in Syria.
A U.S. Navy warship fired a warning flare to wave off an Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat coming straight at it during a tense encounter in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
WSJ: Israel targeting more Iranians.
Russia may prepare UN resolution against Israel after Damascus airport attack.
Syria, Egypt, Lebanon sign gas supply agreement.
Iran implies it is behind another cyber attack on Israel.
Bahrain and Israel naval commanders in article on cooperation.
Lavrov in Tehran.
Hossein Taeb steps down as head of IRGC intel unit. "Taeb’s dismissal might be related to the Iranian failure up to now. According to intelligence officials, he is considered a representative of the old generation of the Iranian security establishment." Mohammed. Kazemi took his place and it appears Majid Kadhemi was then chosen to head the IP unit. Details.
Tamir Hayman: In the wake of the series of changes in the intelligence and special operations of the Revolutionary Guards in Iran, I caught the attention of the appointment of Juad Gafari. It is very worthwhile to pay attention to this appointment for a number of reasons that I will expand on here.
KRG: The Kormor gas field - operated by Dana Gas - in Chamchamal town in the Kurdistan Region has been targeted by rockets today evening for the third time since Thursday. The attacks has not resulted in any casualties or material damages, and the operation at the field is normal.
WSJ: The U.S. convened a secret meeting of top military officials from #Israel and Arab countries--including #SaudiArabia--in March to explore how they could coordinate against #Iran’s growing missile and drone capabilities.
After MBS meets Turkey's President, the Iraqi PM Kadhimi goes to Saudi and then Iran for meetings. Borrell goes to Iran while Iran's leadership previously postpones trip to Turkey but it is now on. Israel's FM was in Turkey. Lapid slammed the Borrell trip: "Lapid told Borrell “this is a strategic mistake that sends the wrong message to Iran...Talking about the great potential in the Iranian context, while Iran is trying to murder Israeli citizens throughout the world and especially in Turkey, indicates a worrying lack of care..."
Turkey's Bashiqa base again targeted.
Iran has carried out a second test of its Zuljanah satellite launcher, Iranian state TV reported.
US condemns attacks on KRG: "The repeated attacks directed at the oil and gas infrastructure in the #Iraqi_Kurdistan_Region are designed to undermine economic stability, sow division, and attempt to intimidate—and should be investigated & prosecuted. We stand with the #Iraqi people."
Foreign Minister Director-General Alon Ushpiz will participate Monday 27/06/22 in the Negev Summit’s Steering Committee in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, with the participation of senior representatives of the Foreign Ministries of the Negev Forum members of Israel, Bahrain, the US, the UAE, Egypt, and Morocco.
WSJ: U.S. held a secret meeting of Israeli and Arab military chiefs to discuss how to defend against a common threat: Iran’s growing missile and drone capabilities.
NYT reports on Iran intel official who was pushed out.
Yair Lapid takes over as Israel PM.
Israel-Saudi-Egypt discussions on islands.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday ordered his ministry’s security department to conduct an investigation into recent media leaks that harmed Israel’s “ambiguity policy,” shortly after Hebrew-language television strongly hinted that a Military Intelligence unit was responsible for a cyberattack in Iran.
Israel accused by Syria of daytime airstrikes in Syria's Tartus.
Hezbollah launches three drones toward Israel, they are all shot down, two by Barak missiles and the third by an F-16; Hezbollah says it accomplished its mission.
An airstrike Saturday in #Syria by #Israel targeted #Iran's attempt to bring “game changing” air defense systems. Channel 12 revealed this “new effort” is led by IRGC's Farid Mahmads Sakai, saying “it’s no coincidence his name is being published now.”
Alleged Israeli "drone strike" in Golan. 7
A British Royal Navy vessel seized a sophisticated shipment of Iranian missiles in the Gulf of Oman earlier this year, officials said Thursday, pointing to the interdiction as proof of Tehran’s support for Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the embattled country.
Biden trip promotes Israel-Gulf ties: “Already this year, robed Gulf Arab princes and other dignitaries watched from the deck of a warship as the U.S. launched training that had Israeli frogmen, sailors and defense technology splashing through the Red Sea…”
Biden pens oped in Washington Post about Iran JCPOA return.
Putin to visit Iran in third week of July.
After Gantz revealed scope of Israel arms sales to Gulf, the Israel Ministry of Defense will host Biden at airport to show off air defenses.
Israel and US will declare strategic partnership during visit. Pres. Biden and Israel's Prime Minister Yair Lapid will sign a new declaration on Thurs. outlining US-Israel strategic relations for the coming years, per two Israeli officials.
Iran concerned about Israel, upgrades its missiles. Iran is concerned about any defense pact the US might be pushing, which could involve Saudi Arabia. Congress backs this partnership through DEFEND act. The partnership may already be in action. Biden visit could help Israel sell missiles abroad. "In a recent briefing to journalists, Gantz said since the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020, Israel has been working with countries in the region and has increased its military-to-military ties. Israel has signed more than $3b. worth of defense deals, he said. Biden and Gantz are also expected to discuss the idea of a regional air-defense alliance, which Gantz has touted in recent weeks as already having had success in downing Iranian aerial threats. Gantz has said Israel is building a US-sponsored “Middle East Air Defense Alliance” (MEAD), which has already thwarted threats and “will strengthen the cooperation between Israel and countries in the region.”
Israel drones, Bahrain's skies.
Putin in Iran next week.
Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, told reporters the US had information indicating Tehran was “preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred UAVs, on an expedited timeline”.
Saudi Arabia on Friday opened its airspace to all civilian carriers, including all flights to and from Israel, in a step toward normalizing relations between the two nations as US President Joe Biden tours the Middle East.
Several Syrian soldiers killed in Israeli airstrikes, Syrian media claims.
IRGC general killed in Iran.
KRG: At least three Katyusha rockets targeted the vicinity of Khormor gas field in Chamchamal town. No casualties or damages reported due to the attack. The investigations by the security forces are ongoing at the moment.
Protesters linked to Sadr storm Iraqi parliament.
Kohnavard: Four rockets were fired in the vicinity of Patrol Base Shaddadi, Northern Syria, hosting US troops. The attack happened at around 2300 last night. "No casualties; all coalitions personnel are accounted for. No damage reported.” A senior coalition official confirms.
Rudaw: Turkey on Wednesday called on the Iraqi government to protect Ankara’s diplomatic missions in the country following a rocket attack that targeted the Turkish consulate in Mosul.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday confirmed that Russian forces opened fire on Israeli jets in May using advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, at the end of an Israeli Air Force attack on targets in northwestern Syria.
Turkish military base in Bamarne district of Duhok, Kurdistan Region, came under an artillery shelling.
Syrian media: The IDF air force attacked targets in the province of Tartus, as well as in the area of the Qalamoun mountain range, on the border with Lebanon. SOHR: Three Syrian soldiers were killed, damage was caused to the base of pro-Iranian militants.
Pro-Iran militia rocket attack on Al-Omar field and Iranian drones from Iraq target Tanf.
Hassan Nasrallah threatens Israel amid Iran-deal talks, says Hezbollah reserves right regarding Karish energy field.
IRGC head Salami lays out strategy against Israel in wake of conflict with PIJ.
Pro-Iran militia claims it targeted Ali Salem base in Kuwait using drones on August 12.
US says it is deeply concerned about recent attacks in Syria, referencing the "northern border" which appears to.mean Turkey. US Central Command had condemned a drone attack that killed four teenage girls.
US Central Command says it carried out airstrikes against IRGC affiliates in Deir Ezzor.
US conducts second round of airstrikes against Iran-affiliated militias in Syria, after the militias also allegedly fired at Conoco base.
An airstrike Thursday on the Syrian city of Masyaf that was attributed to Israel struck a missile warehouse containing more than 1,000 Iranian-made missiles, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Saturday.
At least 25 dead in clashes in Iraq between Sadr and other forces after he announces retirement and his supporters storm Green Zone.
Rockets allegedly fired at Green zone.
Report claims US contractors leave Khor Mor oil field
GPS jamming observed around Israel.
Iran IRGC navy tries to steal and tow away US unmanned vessel saildrone. The Shahid Baziar ship tried to tow the drone by the USS Thunderbolt intervened.
Iran FM leaves for Moscow.
Drone Attack on Syria Base in mid-August came from Iraqi militants, US Officials say.
US says Russia now has Iran drones including the Mohajer 6, Shahed 191 and Shahed 129.