Iran tensions September 2022 and onward
Updated: Sep 13
Our daily updates of Iran tensions in the region.
IranThe daily updates are compiled by Seth J. Frantzman, Executive Director of MECRA. For the previous installment which covers July 2021 to September 2022 click here.
The United States on Thursday placed sanctions on an Iranian company that helped to ship drones to Russia for use in Ukraine, and warned non-Iranian firms against becoming involved in the trade.
Iran claims to. be among top three countries in UAVs.
Aleppo airport says it will renew flights despite two rounds of Israeli strikes.
Kochavi says quiet in north is deceptive.
Iran announces new Arash-2 drone that can strike at Israel.
Fallout from the cyberattacks on Albania, FBI says: Emennet Pasargad, the Iranian cyber group associated with a cyber-enabled campaign against the 2020 U.S. presidential election, poses a continuing and even broader threat to U.S. networks.
US National Security Council: The United States condemns the September 9th cyberattack against our NATO Ally, Albania. This malicious activity against Albania follows the July 15 cyberattack conducted by the Government of Iran. The U.S. government is supporting Albania’s efforts to mitigate and recover.
Iran releases crews of Greek ships it seized 100 days ago.
Al-Mayadeen says that Israel doesn't know Nasrallah's next move.
Jpost wonders whether Nasrallah would order attack on Israel.
Report: London-listed Energean, which operates Karish gas field, says that the first gas from Karish is on track for delivery within weeks. In June, Israel moved a production vessel to the natural gas field that’s partly claimed by Lebanon. Belief that the deal is almost done.
Mossad head Barnea at ICT: '“Iran's leadership must understand that attacks against Israel or Israelis, directly or indirectly by proxies, will be met with a painful response against those responsible, on Iranian soil. We will not pursue the proxies, but the ones who armed them and gave the orders, and this will happen in Iran.”
Photos. of Iran cyber warfare officials.
Al-Mayadeen on how Israel is afraid of Nasrallah decisions.
Albania blames Iran for second cyber attack.
Israel hosts 25 military delegations, among them the Moroccan general Belkhir El Farouk; Between the 13th and 15th of September, the IDF will host the International Operational Innovation Conference with the participation of the Chiefs of Staff and commanders from dozens of different militaries from around the world.
Iran heading to SCO for meetings with China, Russia and Turkey; Azerbaijan and Armenia clashes.
Yair Lapid hints at Israel helped to slow down potential Iran nuclear agreement or postpone it for months.
Gantz says Iran could produce enough enriched uranium to make three nuclear warheads within a few weeks..."should Iran decide to do so, it can reach 3SQ (enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon) at 90% within a matter of weeks.” "Our intelligence confirms international reports about Iran’s steady progress," he added.
Syria says Israel bombed Damascus International Airport, Spyer looks at why air activity has increased. Russian Ministry of Defense says that five Syrian soldiers were killed and that Syrian air defense intercepted 6 of the missiles and guided projectiles. Syria used the Pantsir and Buk M2 system.
WSJ says Russia has used armed drones of the Shahed 136 type to target Ukrainian howitzers.
Iran has joined the SCO, attending with China, Russia, Turkey and other countries.
US base in Al-Shaddadi is targeted in rocket attack. Report of the attack: September 18th at 7:05 pm rockets targeted Green Village base, US Central Command said. Three 107mm rockets targeted the base. Rockets were launched from 5km away.
Syrian man shot approaching border near Golan.
Hezbollah continues to threaten Karish gas field.
Iran rocked by ongoing protests over death of Mahsa Amini.
Iranian president speaks at UNGA, slams US for killing Soleimani
Biden supports Iranian protesters.
IDF reports increase in Iranian cyber attacks.
INSS: To what extent is Israel ready for Iran UAV attacks.
Iran continues to face protests.
Iran launches attacks throughout Kurdistan region targeting PDKI in Koya, Komala near Suli; PAK near Prde; this comes after several days of similar bombardment near Choman; the US condemned the border bombardment and Iraq and the KRG condemned the Sept. 28 attacks. The attacks involved drones and rockets.
Reports of rocket attacks in Baghdad as Sadr backers protest.
Karish field: Energean said it would begin gas production at Karish by month's end but "there may be a hold-up of a few days, no more".... That production timeline has nothing to do with Israeli-Lebanese tensions over a disputed Mediterranean gas prospect, she adds.
US Central Command says it downed Iranian Mohajer-6 drone.
Maritime deal between Israel and Lebanon getting closer; US hopes it will happen, US Senator Ted Cruz and others such as former Ambassador Freeman slam the deal, concerned that Israel has appeared to give Lebanon everything it wanted.
Israel Defense Minister Gantz visits Azerbaijan.
Iran blames Israel and US for continuing protests.
Iran continues to bombard Kurdistan region of Iraq for 11th day.
Ukraine seizes Iranian-made Mohajer-6 drone.
UNAMI condemns Iran bombardment of Kurdistan region.
Iran protests ongoing, reports of crackdown in Sanandaj.
Israel accepts Maritime deal, sends it to Knesset after cabinet approval
KRG: This evening, at least 8 rockets targeted Khormor gas field in Chamchamal district of Slemani province. The attack didn’t result in any casualties, and operation is normal within the field. Investigations are ongoing by security forces at the moment.
More Iranian drones used by Russia, as Ukraine claims Russia acquired some 2,400 drones.
Nine rockets landed on Thursday around the Iraqi capital's Green Zone, home to government buildings and foreign missions, the military said.
Qatar meets Iran at CICA confab in Kazakhstan; Putin meets with Turkey's leader.
Senator Menendez warns about Saudi ties after Saudi Arabia cuts oil production at OPEC. MBZ also met with Putin.
Report says Israel giving intel on Iran drones to Ukraine.
More details emerge of Russia using Iranian drones; as more Iranian drones pound Kyiv. Ukraine turns to new app to down drones. Russia warns that if Israel sends Ukraine arms it will destroy relationship.
Wall Street Journal: Iranian drones pose increasing threat to Ukraine; NYT: Iran sends drone trainers to Crimea to aid Russia; Reuters: Iran may ship missiles as well as drones to Ukraine; US and UK say that Iranian drone exports to Russia could be sanctions violation, EU eyes sanctions on Iran for drone exports.
Israel concerned about Iran drones in Russia, fears that the type of drones used could target Israel next; this has led to more discussion about aiding Ukraine. Lithuania angered by Iran drone exports.
Israeli airstrikes reported in Syria for first time in a month, targeting areas south of Damascus.
Albania PM to meet Israeli officials about Iran cyber threats.
Leaked Iranian documents that were hacked into include information on Iran atomic energy organization.
Report says Israeli strike in Syria struck Iran drone manufacturing plant.
NYT- A Ukrainian official, speaking off the record, has said Israel has provided intelligence useful for targeting the Iranian drones.
Airstrikes reported in Syria.
Iran's Fars News discusses Iran-Russia and drone cooperation. Iran and Russia work on road and rail and energy links. CNN had said Russians first visited Iran in June. US sanctioned firms in September for sending drones.
Jpost: Lapid to ‘Post’: Israel will need to react to ‘dangerously close’ Russia, Iran.
Israel president Herzog in US speaks to Atlantic council, highlights Iran's drone threat and motors used in Iranian drones in Ukraine. He meets with Joe Biden on October 26.
New US sanctions on Iran, including a private school that teaches cyber.
Iran denies the Hashd and Lebanese Hezbollah involved in suppressing protests. Iran cuts off roads in Urmia and Mahabad as 40th anniversary of death of Hadis Najafi approaches. The 40th anniversary of the death of Amini was also confronted by the regime.
Israeli athlete competes in Saudi Arabia.
Iran to send hundreds more drones to Russia in November. CNN "Ukrainian military intelligence on Tuesday said Iran is planning to send more than 200 combat drones to Russia, including the Arash-2 touted by the Iranian military as one of the longest-range attack drones in the world."
Iran may send another 1,000 weapons, included ballistic missiles to Russia.
Zelensky again slams Israel for not supporting Ukraine with air defense in Uvda program.
Saudi Arabia on alert over Iran threats; shares intel about threats; Erbil also threatened.
Fox News: The Paris-based dissident organization National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) accused the Iranian regime of furnishing Russian strongman Vladimir Putin’s army with more than 3,500 drones for his scorched-earth war against Ukraine.
Iran seeking Russia's help on nuclear program.
EU official Borrell says Iran deal talks at stalemate as Iran sends team to Vienna and demands West stop double dealing.
Reports of airstrike on Albukamal border area around midnight.
Interview with Lahur Talibany.
Ynet: Qatar arrests 8 Indians suspected of spying for Israel.
Reports of airstrike at Shayrat air base.
Iran media complains about Bahrain ties with Israel and Azerbaijan ties with Israel.
Israel to conduct drills in north and south.
Israeli companies at Bahrain Air Show. IAF commander Grinboim went to Bahrain.
Iran says Hezbollah and Nasrallah helped secure maritime deal with Lebanon and Israel.
U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is sanctioning firms involved in the production or ongoing transfer to Russia of Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which Russia has used in devastating attacks against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
US Navy seized 70 tons of missiles destined for Yemen, likely from Iran, found on unnamed Dhow.
Official says oil tanker Pacific Zircon hit by bomb-carrying drone off Oman. Background on the attacks on other vessels such as Mercer Street, Tyndall, Lori, Hyperion Ray and Helios Ray. “This unmanned aerial vehicle attack against a civilian vessel in this critical maritime strait demonstrates, once again, the destabilizing nature of Iranian malign activity in the region” - General Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command. Reports say the tanker is owned by an Israeli.
Israel thinks Iran is 2 years from being able to detonate a nuke. "A two-year breakout time it believes Iran would need to master nuclear weapon detonation and delivery, which means that a large-scale attack on Iranian nuclear facilities is not likely in the cards, even to prevent Tehran from crossing the threshold of 90% weaponized uranium enrichment."
Israel announces latest test of naval version of Iron Dome.
Rocket targets US forces in Syria "green village."
Israel Chief of Staff meets US counterpart Milley: "The two military leaders discussed regional security issues, opportunities for greater bilateral cooperation and coordination to defend against a wide range of threats posed by Iran across the region and other items of mutual strategic interest."
KRG: Today the Islamic Republic of Iran targeted Iranian opposition groups in two areas in the Kurdistan Region with rockets. The areas targeted were Perdi town in southern Erbil province & Degala area in eastern Erbil province. The aftermath of the attacks are being investigated.
Iran increases threats to Iraq regarding Kurdish groups.
Iraq and Peshmerga will increase presence on border.
Mohammad Pakpour, commander of #Iran's IRGC-GF, said today “armored and special forces” units had been deployed to west and northwest provinces to bolster existing border security amid increased Iranian attacks on Iraqi Kurdistan.
Rocket attacks target US patrol base in Shadadi area in Syria-CENTCOM.
Iran deploys air defenses at airport in Syria.
More details about Jafari funeral and his work in Syria. "The IRGC-affiliated Tasnim News Agency reported that Jafari served as an adviser for the IRGC Aerospace Force in Syria and was among one of the Iranian officials responsible for the seizure of two US Navy command boats carrying 10 US personnel in the Persian Gulf in January 2016."
The Israel Air Force this week will hold one of its largest drills in years with the United States Air Force simulating offensive strikes against Iran’s nuclear program. Details of the joint drills here and here. "After joint planning, the exercise began yesterday (Tuesday) with joint flights, which included four IAF F-35i 'Adir' aircraft that accompanied four American F-15 fighter jets through Israel’s skies...an American KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft refueled a number of IAF F-16 "Barak" fighter jets as the IAF and the U.S. Air Force performed aerial refueling."
IDF chief Kohavi at BGU: "Kohavi also hails the IDF’s 'high level of professionalism' and says it prevented the formation of 'a Hezbollah 2' in Syria that would have had thousands of missiles pointed at Israel.
ISIS leader killed in Dara'a.
Airstrike in Tel Khalib near Suwayda, southern Syria.
Protests in Suwayda (Sweida) from Dec 4-11 condemned Iran's presence in area.
Alma spotlights Beirut airport. Alma also notes "Iranian-made missiles and rockets were recently moved to an underground storage site in the As San area east of Hama. The construction of the site was completed a few weeks ago."
Alma spotlights Mahan air and trafficking drones or systems to Beirut and Damascus.
Asharq al-Awsat: Israel allegedly warned Lebanon on Saturday that it could bomb Beirut International Airport, after reports that Iran had recently transferred weapons to Hezbollah via civilian flights.
Israel airstrike last month targeted convoy at Iran-Iraq border, reports say. "Israel struck a convoy of trucks carrying Iranian weapons along the Syrian-Iraqi border last month, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi confirmed on Wednesday."
Irish peacekeeper killed in Lebanon.
Airstrikes near Damascus reported.
ABC: "Israel’s military fired missiles toward the international airport of Syria's capital Damascus early Monday, putting it out of service and killing two soldiers and wounding two others, the Syrian army said."
Syria receives UAE's Abdullah Bin Zayed.
Iran media claims that an attack was carried out on US forces in Syria.
The US Navy seized a shipment of 2,116 AK-47 assault rifles smuggled aboard a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman last week.
Iran's foreign minister in Damascus as Iran says it supports Turkey-Syria reconciliation.
Al-Arabiya: Iran will receive a number of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets by March as part of a military order that includes defense systems, missiles, and helicopters, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, citing an interview with a lawmaker.
Sullivan lands in Israel for Iran talks.
US moves munitions to Ukraine from Israel but they will be replenished and won't affect Israel's ability to defend itself.
TOI: "The steering committee of the Negev Forum — bringing together Israel, its Abraham Accords partners, Egypt and the US — met Monday in Abu Dhabi to prepare for its second multilateral summit, scheduled for the spring in Morocco."
Three drones target Al-Tanf base.
Major CENTCOM-IDF drill Juniper Oak begins with 140 warplanes participating.
Iran reports drone attack overnight, drones struck in Isfahan at Ministry of Defense facility. Initial reports mentioned Iranian air defenses active as well. Rumors said the drones struck a drone manufacturing facility. Iran claimed it was an unsuccessful attack. Jpost: Drone attack was phenomenal success. WSJ: "Israel carried out a clandestine drone strike targeting a defense compound in Iran, according to U.S. officials and people familiar with the operation."
Blinken: All options on table regarding Iran.
Airstrike reported at Albukamal
Iran air defense chief says Iran is prepared.
Iran accuses Israel of attack on Albukamal cargo.
TASS: Moscow condemns the drone attack on Iran and Russian intelligence is trying their best to get a full picture of what happened, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Monday. Blinken flies from Cairo to Israel.
Third airstrike reported at Albukamal.
Iran attacks ship in the Indian Ocean. (incident not revealed until February 18).
Guardian: Iran has used boats and a state-owned airline to smuggle new types of advanced long-range armed drones to Russia for use in its war on Ukraine, sources inside the Middle Eastern country have revealed.
On February 14th, at approximately 2:30 PM local time, US forces in Syria engaged and shot down an Iranian-manufactured UAV attempting to conduct reconnaissance of Mission Support Site Conoco, a patrol base in northeast Syria.
At least one Iranian drone targeted an Israeli-linked commercial shipping tanker in the Arabian Sea on Feb. 10, causing minor damage, a US military official familiar with the incident confirmed to Al-Monitor on Friday. Eletson confirms an incident involving our managed vessel, the Liberian flagged product tanker, CAMPO SQUARE. The vessel, free of cargo in ballast transit, was hit by an airborne object while in the Arabian Sea approximately 300 nautical miles off the coasts of India and Oman at about 2230 GMT on 10 February 2023. We can confirm that both the vessel and crew are safe and proceeding as per planned passage. There is minor damage to the vessel.
Ynet: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that Iran was responsible for a reported attack on an oil tanker last week.
Israel blames Iran for expulsion of diplomat from African Union event. France24: The ministry spokesman said it was "saddening to see the African Union taken hostage by a small number of extremist states like Algeria and South Africa, which are driven by hatred and controlled by Iran".
Explosions reported in Karaj, Iran.
Iran acknowledges enriching uranium to 84 percent.
US Senate delegations in Israel.
Jpost: A credible military threat is the best way to deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but it becomes harder to do so the longer one waits, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Hertog National Security Conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday night.
TOI: TV report says Israeli PM held 5 meetings with defense minister, IDF chief, Mossad head, Military Intelligence chief; he tells conference world must back up promise to thwart nuclear drive.
Mohammed Bazzi, alleged Hezbollah financier, detained in Romania.
Iran could join Iraq's armed forces, Iraqi Defense Min and IRGC say in meeting
Iran brags about cyber capabilities.
Iran shows off underground air defense tunnels.
Iran enrichment at 84 percent.
British navy says it stopped a shipment of anti-tank missiles bound for Yemen. Also at INSS conference in Israel Iran is accused of two attempts to strike ships in last months.
Airstrikes reported on Aleppo airport, satellite images the next day show damage and repairs, Iran accuses Israel, quake aid rerouted.
US Defense Secretary Austin in Israel. General Mark Milley visited Syria as well. Austin had been in Jordan and Iraq.
Resolution to get US to withdraw from Syria doesn't pass in Congress despite support for far right and far left progressives and former ambassador Ford.
Iran-Saudi rapprochement signed in China deal. Iran celebrates a "big blow" to US and "Zionists." A lot of discussion about the ramifications of the deal, here and here and here. And here and here. Supporters say the deal can bring stability to the region.
CNN: Russia sending US munitions found in Ukraine, to Iran.
Syria accuses Israel of rare daytime airstrike near Masyaf. Several reported killed. Underground tunnels were reportedly targeted. "An intelligence report by satellite and intelligence solutions company ImageSat International (ISI) was able to determine that based on satellite images, an attack in Syria on March 12 included attacks on entrances to underground tunnels. According to intelligence estimates, these tunnels contained the means for the production of surface-to-surface missiles."
Israel participates in Red Flag drill in Nevada sending seven F-35s and 2 F-15s and refueling US planes.
Iraqi PM Al-Sudani receives the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Muhammad Kazem Al Sadiq The Iranian ambassador conveys the Iranian leadership's appreciation for the efforts made by Iraq facilitate the efforts that led to the recent understanding between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
A Naher Media reporter : The Iraqi authorities closed the land crossing with Syria (Al-Qaim - Al-Bukamal), after thwarting an attempt to smuggle more than 3 million narcotic pills, in a bus of the 'Iranian Revolutionary Guard' [IRGC-QF] militia.”
Palestinian Islamic Jihad issued a communique formally accusing Israel of a targeted killing on Ali al-Aswad in the Damascus countryside today. Aswad was a commander belonging to the organization living in Syria.
The Israeli Air Force allegedly carried out an airstrike at the airport in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to Syria’s state-run media outlet.
Iranian drone attack kills US contractor and wounds others in eastern Syria. US carries out retaliatory airstrikes. Syrian regime condemns the US. White House warns that it will protect Americans. Five US servicemen were injured. The US used F-15s in retaliatory strikes.
Al-Arabiya: For the first time, the military publicly disclosed the frequency of these attacks. Gen. Kurilla told lawmakers that the number of attacks since January 1, 2021, was “about 78 times.” “What Iran does to hide its hand is they use Iranian proxies - that’s either UAVs or rockets to be able to attack our forces in Iraq or Syria,” he said. Asked if these were considered acts of war, Gen. Kurilla responded: “They are being done by the Iranian proxies.” In June 2022 NBC noted that "there were seven attacks in May, as many attacks that month as February, March and April combined, and there have been a total of 29 since October without a kinetic U.S. response. "
Pro-Iranian groups target three sites in eastern Syria, wounding one US service member.
Al-Jazeera; Pro-Iranian forces in Syria have said they have a “long arm” to respond to further United States air strikes on their positions, after tit-for-tat missile and drone attacks in Syria over the last 24 hours.
Israeli strike on Thursday-Friday night March 31 near Damascus allegedly killed IRGC advisor, Iran says the attack will not go unanswered. The slain officer was identified as Milad Heydari, an IRGC "military adviser" who the IRGC public relations division said was killed in a "criminal attack."
Iran media accuses Israeli of strike in Homs in Syria. Initial reports indicated that the Dabaa airbase near al-Qusayr was targeted by the strike - Jpost. ImageSat International publishes satellite images of UAV capability that is assessed to have been struck, including a shed, communications and control facility and communications vehicle at Al-Dab'a airbase. This is considered the third airstrike in a week. An unidentified aerial vehicle or object is brought down near the Kinneret after entering Israel's airspace, in Hebrew it is called a "Cli Tiis" meaning it is likely a UAV. It was brought down using a "soft" method such as jamming or cyber and EW, Ynet says.
Fourth alleged Israeli airstrike reported near Damascus overnight between Monday April 3 and 4.
Cyber attack reported in Israel; the websites of multiple major universities in Israel were also attacked by the same group, and were down for several hours. cyber threats also hit United Htzalah and media websites. The Israeli National Cyber Directorate (NCD) issued a warning on Monday that there is an increased risk of cyberattacks against Israel in the upcoming weeks, especially during the holiday season.
Tensions grow after Israeli police seen clearing Al-Aqsa mosque of protesters.
Hamas fires rockets. IDF: Initial report - a report was received regarding sirens sounded in the surrounding of the Gaza Strip. Israel retaliates with airstrikes. More rockets fired throughout the day.
Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh arrives in Beirut. PIJ had condemned Azerbaijan as well.
Azerbaijan-Iran tensions rise.
Assad on way to more normalization in region.
China hosts Iran-Saudi diplomats.
Around 2:30 a report was received regarding sirens sounded in the town of Shlomi and Moshav Betzet. Following the reports regarding the sirens which sounded in the western Galilee region, an initial inquiry identified 34 rockets that were fired from Lebanese territory into Israeli territory. 25 rockets were intercepted by the IDF Aerial Defense Array. Five rockets landed in Israeli territory. Video. Rockets were fired from an area southeast of Tyre.
Mortars are followed at sunset near Metulla.
Israel blames Hamas for rocket fire.
Netanyahu convenes cabinet. "The internal debate in Israel will not prevent us from acting against [our enemies], in any place and whenever necessary. We will strike our enemies and they will pay a price for any act of aggression." Herzog: "The State of Israel will act on all levels to safeguard its security and its citizens' security. I demand that the international community forcefully condemn the blatant violation of international law and not lend a hand to terror and attacks on innocents." Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant recently completed a situation assessment with senior officials in Israel’s defense establishment.
Continued airstrikes in Gaza and rocket fire from Gaza. Iran brags about Palestinian "resistance" targeting Israel. Israel also targets Lebanon in retaliation. Overnight (Friday), the IDF struck targets including terror infrastructures belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in southern Lebanon.
IDF: Following previous reports regarding sirens that sounded, three rockets were launched from Syria into Israeli territory, one of the rockets crossed into Israeli territory and landed in open areas in the southern Golan Heights.
IDF strikes Syria after rocket fire. IDF: Following the previous reports regarding sirens that sounded in northern Israel, three rockets were launched from Syrian territory towards Israel, two of them crossed into Israeli territory, one fell in open areas, while the second one was intercepted by the IDF Aerial Defense Array.
New group called Al-Quds takes responsibility for rocket fire.
Coalition Forces responded to a rocket attack in Dier ez-Zor, Syria at approximately 5:51 p.m., April 10, 2023. "These attacks are reckless and needlessly endanger the people of northeast Syria,” said Maj. Gen. Matthew McFarlane, CJTFOIR Commander.
Pro-Iran Nujaba threaten drone attacks on Israel from Iraq.
Iran Quds day coverage, claims the Red Sea won't part again for 'Zionists'
“Israel has regularly requested ATG [Al-Tanf Garrison] overflights to support strikes in Syria,” the document reads, in reference to a remote US military outpost in south-central Syria.
Iran's Raisi speaks to Gaza.
Report that Israel trained for Iran attack in February.
JPOST: Indictments were filed against two Palestinian West Bank residents after they had been recruited in recent months to conduct operations on behalf of Hezbollah and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, the Shin Bet announced on Monday.
Strong United States-Israel coordination is needed to prevent a nuclear Iran, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen told the senior American Republican Senator Lindsey Graham who arrived in Israel from a visit to Saudi Arabia.
Iran Russia ties highlighted in leaked Pentagon documents.
Iran leader Raisi addresses Gaza and seeks to undermine Palestinian Authority, meanwhile Hamas leaders on Haj to Saudi and PA President Abbas also goes to Saudi.
Bahrain Qatar agree normalization.
Israel's Shin Bet says it foiled IRGC plot to recruit in West Bank.
Israel drone crashes near Golan, artillery fire reported after.
US sanctions Iran drone program, again. The United States has imposed sanctions on a network of companies and suppliers -- mostly based in China -- that the Treasury Department says support Iranian drone manufacturing.
Reza Pahlavi visits Israel
Lindsey Graham visited Israel, says window for Saudi deal closes by 2024, Cohen meets with him and discusses coordination on Iran.
WSJ: Iran recruiting militant allies to attack Israel.
Pentagon leaks, Iran/Russia ties. Israel FM Cohen travels to Azerbaijan and then Turkmenistan where he opens an embassy 17km from Iran border.
Cohen also says a visit to Saudi Arabia could happen.
Saudi FM in Damascus.
Iran's IRGC Salami: The unseen hands armed the West Bank and you see modern automatic rifles and automatic weapons in the hands of the Palestinian
Leaflets reportedly dropping in Syrian side of Golan warning of Hezbollah presence.
Gallant: Israel increasing Syria attacks to prevent Iran weapons deliveries.
Israel seeks US support for weapons build up in regards to possible Iran strike.
Truzman: Iraqi front group Ashab al-Khaf have increased threats to act against American military operating in Iraq. The group claims the US military in Iraq is supporting Israel. In one post, the group says an Israeli helicopter was identified over Baghdad.
VivaRevolt: The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp has supplied its proxies in IRGC-controlled Deir Ez Zor province from Deir Ez Zor city, Al-Mayadin, Al-Bukamal with Iranian Made Mithaq-1 Anti-Aircraft Missiles, with Hezbollah trainers training the Iranian-backed Militias on the weapon.
Houthi drones helped Iran prep to arm Russia.
Kais: The Russian Sputnik agency and the Assad regime-affiliated Sham F Am station report an Israeli artillery strike in northern Quneitra, southern Syria. Joins another artillery attack reported in southern Syria in recent days...In the procedure, Israeli aircraft scattered leaflets in southern Syria after the attack on the position in northern Quneitra, in which they warned the Syrian army against continuing cooperation with Hezbollah. The interesting thing is the publication of the names and photos of Samer al-Dana, the head of Syrian intelligence, as defined, and Tarek Maher, the commander of Hezbollah's intelligence headquarters in Syria. signal.
Jpost: The Sa’ar 6 missile boat’s highly advanced radar systems were used successfully in March 2021 to help track an Iranian attack drone and to facilitate assigning a specific F-35 aircraft to shoot down the incoming drone.
CENTCOM head Kurilla visits Israel: "During the visit, Kurilla, IDF Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi, and senior IDF officers, observed maritime operations with Flotilla 13, Israel’s Navy commando unit. Kurilla and Halevi also discussed ongoing security operations, land and maritime border security operations, planned joint training events, and opportunity."
Iran Foreign Minister visits southern Israel views Israel border.
Iran seizes Turkish run ship that was on way from Kuwait to US city of Houston. Al-Jazeera: In a statement issued earlier, the US Navy had said Iranian naval forces had seized the Advantage Sweet oil tanker while it had been “transiting international waters” in the Gulf of Oman.
WSJ says US put bunker buster 250lb bombs on the A-10 in message to Iran.
Around 1am reports say airstrikes near Homs, between Shinshar and Dabaa areas.
Syria in Jordan for pan-Arab meetings. Petra news "[Jordan FM] Safadi held discussions with the foreign ministers of Qatar, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Morocco, Algeria, Turkey, Tunisia and Lebanon. He discussed the meeting outcomes with the Arab League secretary-general and the UN special envoy for Syria."
Airstrikes on Syria overnight near Aleppo, Safirah. TRT: "An Israeli attack has killed one Syrian regime soldier, wounded seven others including two civilians and put Aleppo International Airport out of service, Syrian regime state media reported citing a military source." Al-Mayadeen correspondent reported that the Israeli aggression targeted the vicinity of Aleppo International Airport and the town of As-Safira in the southern countryside of Aleppo.
PIJ leader Adnan Khader dies in hunger strike, rockets fired at Israel.
Over 100 rockets fired at Israel by PIJ.
CNN: Russia on Wednesday launched another wave of drone attacks against multiple regions of Ukraine, including the capital, Ukrainian authorities said. Ukraine’s Air Force Command said 21 of 26 Iranian-made Shahed fired by Russia had been destroyed, with no casualties or extensive damage reported yet.
Iran seizes a tanker using IRGC fast boats from Qeshm island. US Navcent: "On May 3 at approximately 6:20 a.m. local time, Panama-flagged oil tanker Niovi was seized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) while transiting the Strait of Hormuz." Second incident in weeks.
Arab states invite Syria back to Arab league with conditions.
Jordan carries out airstrike on drug dealer linked to Shi'ite militias in south Jordan.
Israel strikes three PIJ commanders in Gaza
Shield and Arrow Operation in Gaza enters Day three.
Shield and Arrow ends, more than 1,000 rockets fired. David's Sling used successfully to intercept rockets. Hundreds failed and fell in Gaza Strip, around 400 intercepted.
US proposed joint training with Israel on Iran.
Biden admin pushing for Saudi-Israel deal over next months.
Assad travels to Saudi Arabia for Arab League meeting.
Iran may pay salaries of more than 200,000 Hashd/PMU members under new budget.
While Russia tries to target Patriots in the US, Iran was focused on Israel's use of David's Sling; and Russia wants more Iranian drones, potentially knitting together both conflicts.
The heads of US navy in the Gulf and commanders of UK and France navies transit Strait of Hormuz in show of strength.
Ynet: Israel Defense Minister Gallant discusses Iran floating terror bases. Gallant shows off five ships Iran uses and also said Israel “doubled the attacks on Iran in Syria” during his several months in office.
Jpost: A report by the AP and multiple think tanks that Iran is building a new nuclear facility deep underground in the area around Natanz is not new in and of itself.
Jpost: Iran’s continued nuclear advances could leave Israel with no choice but a preemptive attack, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Herzi Halevi said Tuesday.
Jpost: IDF Intelligence Chief Maj.-Gen. Aharon Haliva said on Monday that Iran has not yet decided to break out to a nuclear weapon, on either the uranium enrichment or weapons group fronts....Haliva said that Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah now views his group’s roadside bomb attack on March 13 near Megiddo as a mistake because he realizes that it could have led to a much wider conflict.
Discussion in Al Ain about whether Israel-Saudi relations will happen.
Airstrikes overnight near Damascus.
Iran slams Zelensky.
AJE: The United Arab Emirates has withdrawn from a United States-led maritime coalition after an extensive evaluation of its security needs, its Ministry of Foreign Affairs says.
“As a result of our ongoing evaluation of effective security cooperation with all partners, two months ago, the UAE withdrew its participation in the Combined Maritime Forces,” the ministry said on Wednesday in a statement quoted by state news agency WAM.
Iran says it could form naval alliance.
AJE: "The United States Navy has said its sailors and the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy came to the aid of a ship in the crucial Strait of Hormuz after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard allegedly “harassed” it....While the Navy did not identify the vessel involved, ship-tracking data from MarineTraffic.com analysed by The Associated Press showed the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Venture erratically changed course as it travelled through the strait at the time of the incident."
IAEA to hold meeting this week about Iran's nuclear program, Israeli politicians such as Katz and Erdan have expressed concern, after reports that McGurk went to Oman and US could return to Iran deal.
Netanyahu statement from security cabinet meeting at Kirya regarding Iran and Israel's multi-week drill called 'Firm Hand' that envisions a prolonged conflict on multiple fronts.
Al-Mayadeen makes light of attack on Egyptian border that killed 3 Israeli soldiers.
Iran unveils Fattah hypersonic missile threat.
AP: "Israeli soldiers fired tear gas to disperse scores of protesters who pelted the troops with stones along the border with Lebanon Friday, leaving some Lebanese demonstrators and troops suffering breathing problems. The tension on the edge of the Lebanese border village of Kfar Chouba began earlier this week over the Israeli military digging in the area that Lebanon claims. On Wednesday, a Lebanese villager tried to stop an Israeli bulldozer from digging a trench along the border. Once the villager’s legs were covered with sand as the bulldozer moved ahead, U.N. peacekeepers jumped in and convinced the driver to move back. Videos of the elderly man with his legs stuck in the sand dune went viral on social media."
Reporters of airstrikes near Damascus and Kiswah.
Israel record defense sales of $12 billion; 3 billion to Abraham Accords countries, new Arrow sale to Germany and Sky Sonic Rafael interceptor for hypersonic threats.
US Congress pushes for Abraham Accords envoy.
Iran media showcases meeting with PIJ and "Supreme Leader" and an interview with Hashim Safiuddin where he warns Hezbollah will enter 'Palestine' .
Rafael unveils Skysonic interceptor to stop hypersonic missiles
Massive clashes in Jenin, terrorists use bomb to target vehicle.
Israel uses Zok Hermes 450 drone to strike terror cell in West Bank.
IDF reveals Hezbollah post on Mount Dov.
Iran's Supreme Leader hosts Hamas leader Haniyeh
Iran claims to seek to increase range of hypersonic Fattah missile to up to 2,000km
UAE welcomes Iran foreign minister.
"Rob Malley, the US special envoy on Iran, has been placed on leave without pay, which occurred after his security clearance was suspended earlier this year amid an investigation into his handling of classified material," multiple sources told CNN.
Syria reports air strikes near Homs, Syrian air defense missile falls near Rahat, Israel strikes the battery that fired the missile.
INSS publishes report calling for Israel to remove Hezbollah tents in Mount Dov.
Iran describes ties with Russia and China as strategic.
Jordan FM in Damascus for meeting with Assad, discusses drug smuggling.
Iran joins and addresses SCO meeting in India via video.
Iran seeks BRICS ties, FM speaks to South Africa counterpart.
Israel ends Jenin operation after two days.
The US Navy intervened to stop Iranian Navy ships attempting to seize two oil tankers in separate incidents in the Gulf of Oman early on Wednesday morning, according to a US defense official. An Iranian ship opened fire at the tanker in the second seizure attempt, according to the official. In the first incident, an Iranian Navy vessel approached the TRF Moss, a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker, in international waters in the Gulf of Oman at approximately 1 am local time, the official said. The tanker was through the Strait of Hormuz and heading toward the Arabian Sea when the Iranian vessel approached.
Clashes in Tafas near Dara'a.
IRGC Quds Force head Qaani says that Jenin operations shows Israel can be defeated.
Kataib Hezbollah accused of kidnapping Israel-Russian researcher Elizabeth Tsurkov.
Russian fighter jets target US drones over Syria twice in two days, harassing them.
"The Israeli Air Force carried out an airstrike on Iranian advanced arms depots in Damascus overnight Thursday, but Syrian air defense systems were not activated, Ynet has learned."
IDF: "Following the launch earlier today (Thursday) from Lebanese territory, after an assessment of the shrapnel located adjacent to the town of Ghajar, it was found to be an anti-tank missile launch."
This evening Israel Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant spoke with his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Threats to kidnap UK nationals by Iran revealed.
US CENTCOM air chief in discussion with 'Post'.
Hezbollah's Nasrallah prepares for 2006 war speech, indicates tent will remain in Mount Dov and Israel must dismantle fence near Ghajar. Appears to be repeat of maritime deal. “Change MPs Melhem Khalaf, Najat Aoun, Elias Jradi and Firas Hamdan will head Sunday to the Ghajar village that is besieged by the Israeli enemy,” a Lebanese media outlet reported.
Juniper Oak: U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Generation Squadron support a mission during Juniper Oak 23-3 at Ovda Air Base, Israel, July 10, 2023. U.S. personnel partnered with the Israel Defense Forces to strengthen comprehensive interoperability through Exercise JO23-3. The exercise focused on sharpening rapid deployment and integration across the forces well as furthering security by demonstrating capabilities in the region. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Emily Farnsworth)
A group of Lebanese suspects, identified as members of the Hezbollah terror group, attempted to damage Israel’s northern frontier border fence on Wednesday afternoon before fleeing after the military set off a non-lethal blast. -TOI
The Israeli Defense Forces said on Saturday that “IDF soldiers fired warning shots and used riot dispersal means in order to distance a number of suspects who crossed the Blue Line in the area of Mount Dov, after they refused to withdraw from the area. The suspects returned to Lebanese territory.” Lebanese MPs visit border area. Qassem Hashem, a member of the Development and Liberation Bloc in the Lebanese Parliament, on the outskirts of the Shebaa Farms. Later MPs say they will continue to go.
Hezbollah releases video showing attack on mock Israeli outpost, "capturing" Golani flag. It uses Shahed drone and others weapons.
Al-Mayadeen reveals Hamas has EFPs with Iranian support, links to 2006 war and Iraq.
Al-Mayadeen reveal's Syria's role in 2006 war during anniversary of the war.
Erdogan went to Saudi and signed drone deal. Same day WSJ says MBS and MBZ are not on good terms.
Suspected airstrike near Damascus. Casualties reported.
IDF throws smoke grenades near border.
UAE leader visits MBS.
Herzog in Washington for Congress speech.
Saudi and Turkey condemn Israel's actions in West Bank.
Iran media discusses sanctions on missile R and D and import/export ending in October.
IDF Chief of Staff visit to northern border filmed from Lebanon.
A local mayor claims he is bulldozing a new road near the Blue Line near Mount Dov, at the village of Kfar Shuba (كفرشوبا) not far from Mount Hermon; the area he is moving the road into hasn't been used since 1978 reports say. The event was orchestrated with pro-Iran media such as Al-Mayadeen and Al-Manar and journalists came to watch and tear gas was fired.
Exercise "Juniper Spartan" has come to an end, JS is a joint exercise of Flotilla 13 ,the Israeli Naval Commando Unit and the US Armed Forces, led by the IDF Depth Corps. The forces held different maritime security training scenarios.
Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant to his Turkish counterpart, Minister of Defense Yaşar Güler: “Strengthening the ties between our countries is a mutual security interest and will contribute to stability in our region.”
Iran claims to arrest 'Zionist' network.
Iran boasts of new Abu Mahdi cruise missile.
Palestinian groups again show case rocket "fired" in West Bank.
CENTCOM head Kurilla arrives in Israel.
Nasrallah gives speech warning Israel, at Ashura events Hezbollah shows off counter-drone and other weapons.
Lebanese backed by Hezbollah enter area near Ghajar that they say no Lebanese has entered since 2006.
Israel begins Intrinsic Defender drill with US 5th Fleet.
Iran slams potential Israel-Saudi normalization; Iran FM hosts Syrian FM and discusses Israel's airstrikes in Syria.
New photos of Hezbollah tent released by Israeli photographer.
Explosion or airstrike reported in Damascus
Former Israel Air Force head Norkin interview discusses air defense threats in Lebanon and Iran's multi-arena challenge.
Attack near Hebron blamed on Iran influence and weapons by Gallant and Netanyahu. "On behalf of Israel's defense establishment, I would like to send my sincere condolences to the families of those who were murdered [in the terror attack that took place today]. It is important to understand the significant change that is taking place on the ground - it is related to Iranian funding, and to the proliferation of weapons under the Iranian directive. Iran seeks every means to harm the citizens of Israel," said Gallant.
Iran boasts of harassing US ships in Gulf, the Bataan and others. Iran also boasts of defense exports and technology. Also boasts of Palestinian, Hezbollah success and attacks. US F-35s to deter Iran in Gulf.
After Iran FM was in Saudi Arabia he speaks to China counterpart and China backs JCPOA.
Criminals in Lod and Kfar Qasim accused of trying to bring in explosives linked to Hezbollah.
Israel's Rafael says it will have lasers in a year.
Israel crime wave could spillover to terror cooperation.
The July smuggling attempt at Ashdot Yaakov was linked to Iran.
Israel destroyed Iranian shipment containing “sensitive equipment” in strike on Syrian airport, says Saudi channel Al-Hadath; strike likely targeted Iranian radars & other anti-aircraft gear, according to military journalist Ron Ben-Yishai (via ynet).
Syrian backed cartels use drones in Syria on Jordan border.
Iran threatens Kurds in Iraq, demands US leave Syria in comments from Iran's foreign ministry.
Russians detained in Beirut accused of being linked to Israel.
Walla claims that IDF jeeps are vulnerable to Iranian-IEDs.
Iran FM in Syria warns US to "go home."
Iran looks at lessons from ballistic missile strike on Al-Assad base in 2020.
Iran points to defense acquisition and tech as key to region security.
Rockets target Khor Mor gas field in Sulimaniyah region.
MEMRI: Signs of conflict in Sept. and Oct.
Eran Lerman: Is Israel's military fraying.
BESA: Crisis in IDF.
Alma: Is Iran trying to trigger a new crisis.
Iran FM in Lebanon meets Nasrallah and Hamas.
Iran threat grows with Nablus IED bombing night before.
Clashes in Dier Ezzor as tribes target SDF.
Iran claims it monitors US F-35s.
US approves military aid to Taiwan, a message to region.
Lavrov complains about Jeddah summit on Ukraine.
Iran showcaes Russian Yak-130 trainer aircraft.
Nasrallah meets PIJ and Arouri of Hamas.
Suwayda protests against regime continue.
In recent months, the threat of IEDs has deepened, and with Iranian funding and direction - the terrorist organizations are investing their best efforts in producing more IEDs and smuggling standard IEDs through the borders. According to the officers, not only does the IDF lack armored vehicles, but the level of their technical availability is also declining, which is why quite a few arrests in Judea and Samaria are carried out on foot and not in armored jeeps.
Israel's Mossad Director Barnea says 27 Iranian attacks thwarted. "The time has come to exact a price from Iran in a different way. Harming Israelis and Jews in any way, by proxy or Iranian weapons smuggled into Israel, will lead to activity against the Iranians, from the operative to the highest rank. These prices will be exacted in the depths of Iran, even in the heart of Tehran," Barnea warns.
Iran highlights its tactical air defense.
Rocket fire from near Jenin at Israel. "IDF: A short while ago, a failed rocket launch attempt was carried out in the area of the Menashe Regional Brigade. The improvised launcher was located adjacent to the town of Silat al-Harithiya."
Iran talks up its tactical air defense.
Hezbollah accused of building airfield in southern Lebanon.
Israel accused of airstrikes in Tartus.
IAI Barak MX test reported in Azerbaijan amid Iran-Azerbaijan tensions.