News Briefs

December 7, 2011
Iranian officials claimed that a stealth drone operated by the C.I.A. crashed inside Iranian territory, nearly 140 miles from the Afghan border. The RQ-170 Sentinel drone was reportedly part of a U.S. effort to collect intelligence on Iran's suspected nuclear sites. U.S. officials have only confirmed that a reconnaissance drone was lost while on a mission in western Afghanistan.
-- New York Times
December 1, 2011
The European Union imposed sanctions on 180 new Iranian entities, including members of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, businesses associated with the Revolutionary Guards, the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line, and entities directly involved in Iran's nuclear program. The sanctions bar these entities from doing businesses with the European Union.
-- Washington Post
November 29, 2011
A group of demonstrators led by the Basij volunteer militia stormed the British Embassy and an Embassy residential compound in Tehran and pillaged both sites. Iranian security forces failed to intervene immediately.
-- Washington Post
November 28, 2011
Three Ghadir submarines have entered Iran's naval fleet. According to Iran, the vessel is able to launch torpedoes and performs well in shallow waters. Iran's fleet already has 11 Ghadir submarines in service.
-- Press TV
November 21, 2011
The United States, Britain, and Canada announced coordinated sanctions targeting Iran's central bank and commercial banks, aimed at shutting off Iran's access to foreign banks and credit. The United States designated Iran's entire banking sector as a "primary money laundering concern." The United States also imposed sanctions on companies supporting Iran's nuclear activities as well as on Iran's petrochemical and oil sectors.
-- New York Times
November 20, 2011
U.S. officials are investigating whether chemical weapon-capable artillery shells found in Libya were provided by Iran. The shells, which Libya filled with mustard gas, were found at two different sites in central Libya. Iran has denied supplying the shells to Libya.
-- Washington Post
November 18, 2011
Switzerland sanctioned 116 Iranian entities (five individuals and 111 organizations) in response to mounting concern over Iran's nuclear program. The sanctions take effect immediately.
-- Reuters
November 13, 2011
Brigadier General Hassan Moghaddam, a commander in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was killed in an explosion at a military site outside of Bidganeh, about 25 miles from Tehran, along with 16 other Revolutionary Guards members. The explosion took place while soldiers were transporting munitions, according to Iranian officials. General Moghaddam was a top commander in Iran's missile program; he oversaw the development of the Shahab-3 missile.
-- New York Times
November 8, 2011
The International Atomic Energy Agency reported new evidence that Iran has undertaken activities relevant to the production of a nuclear weapon, some of which may be ongoing.  The evidence came from more than ten countries and from independent sources.  According to the IAEA report, Iran created computer simulations and built a testing site to study how conventional explosives can be used to trigger a nuclear device.  The report also says that Iran may have sought uranium for an undisclosed enrichment program, obtained nuclear explosive design information, and explored a number of missile warhead designs suitable for delivering a nuclear payload.  Iran has rejected the report's findings.
-- New York Times
October 25, 2011
Russia has delivered Avtobaza truck-mounted radar jammers to Iran in a move that the Russian government argues does not contravene United Nations sanctions. It is unclear when and how many jammers were sent.
-- Agence France-Presse via Defense News