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Iran tensions September 2022 and onward

Updated: 6 days ago

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.

September 6

Airstrikes reported in Aleppo, days after ImageSat International said airport was already being repaired.

September 9

US imposes sanctions on Iran's ministry of intelligence after July cyberattack on Albania. Albania expels Iranians diplomats and severs ties.

Iran ups rhetoric against Gulf states and Bahrain. During ground forces drills video from Press TV slams the Gulf.

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.

As maritime border talks continue with US, and Lebanon; Karish energy field could be ready soon. Reports also say Energean have started drilling the Hermes-01 well offshore Israel.

September 11

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.

Herzliya ICT conference: Shin Bet chief Ronan Bar says “Iran is the cause of much of the problems we are facing now in the West Bank, and the recent fighting in the Gaza Strip.”

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.

Iran deal supposedly delayed until after US mid-term elections.

September 12

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.”

September 13

Photos. of Iran cyber warfare officials.

Al-Mayadeen on how Israel is afraid of Nasrallah decisions.

Ukraine says it shot down Iranian Shahed 136 drone. The drone says 'Geran-2' on it in Russian.

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.

September 17

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.

September 18

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.

September 19

Syrian man shot approaching border near Golan.

Hezbollah continues to threaten Karish gas field.

September 21

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.

September 28

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.

October 2

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.

October 4

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.

October 12

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.

October 13

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.

October 17

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.

Russia seeks Shahed 131 (Geran-1), after acquiring Mohajer 6 and Shahed 136. Russia may be seeking Arash drones as well.

October 18

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.

October 22

Israeli airstrikes reported in Syria for first time in a month, targeting areas south of Damascus.

October 23

Albania PM to meet Israeli officials about Iran cyber threats.

Leaked Iranian documents that were hacked into include information on Iran atomic energy organization.

October 24

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.

Israel High Court gives go-ahead to Lebanon border deal, rejecting petitions against it. Signing will be Thursday, Hochstein says.

Jpost: Lapid to ‘Post’: Israel will need to react to ‘dangerously close’ Russia, Iran.

Iran had reportedly sent 2,4000 drones and IRGC members to Russia, Zelensky blames Israel for Russia-drone alliance, claims Russia bought 2,000 more drones.

October 25

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.

October 26

New US sanctions on Iran, including a private school that teaches cyber.

October 30

Hezbollah claims it defeated Israel in maritime deal; Aoun says it was Hezbollah's idea and an expert says that Hezbollah drones made it possible.

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.

November 2

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.

Video appears to show imagined Iranian drone swarm of Shahed 136s targeting Shaybah oil field (which was attacked in Aug 2019).

November 4

G7 supports Iran protesters. Details.

Biden vows to free Iran. Questions what he meant.

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.

November 8

Reports of airstrike on Albukamal border area around midnight.

Interview with Lahur Talibany.

November 10

Ynet: Qatar arrests 8 Indians suspected of spying for Israel.

November 13

Reports of airstrike at Shayrat air base.

Iran media complains about Bahrain ties with Israel and Azerbaijan ties with Israel.

Israel, US working to counter hypersonic missiles. Syria says it intercepted "targets" over Homs province.

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.

November 15

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.

November 16

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.

November 17

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."

Drone that struck the Pacific Zircon thought to have been launched from Iran's Chabahar base. Israel blames Iran for the attack.

Israel announces latest test of naval version of Iron Dome.

Rocket targets US forces in Syria "green village."

November 21

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."

November 22

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.

November 25

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.

EU continues to talk about JCPOA. Iran enriching beyond 60% uranium purity, bringing it closer to nuclear quality.

Rocket attacks target US patrol base in Shadadi area in Syria-CENTCOM.

November 27

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."

November 28

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 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."

November 30

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.

December 11

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."

December 12

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.

December 14

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."

December 15

Irish peacekeeper killed in Lebanon.

December 20

Airstrikes near Damascus reported.

January 2

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."

January 4

Syria receives UAE's Abdullah Bin Zayed.

January 5

Iran media claims that an attack was carried out on US forces in Syria.

January 10

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.

January 15

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.

January 18

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.

Iran media outlines new Iran military doctrine and also threatens Suez, Hormuz and Bab al-Mandeb, brags about recent cruise missiles, slams Israel raids in West Bank.

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."

January 20

Three drones target Al-Tanf base.

January 24

Major CENTCOM-IDF drill Juniper Oak begins with 140 warplanes participating.

January 29

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

January 30

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.

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