News Digest: Week of December 7

December 7

Natural disaster: Major floods in killed at least seven people in southern Iran. The flooding affected six provinces: Isfahan, Bushehr, Tehran, Fars, Hormozgan and Yazd.


Nuclear: An IRGC deputy commander claimed that a "satellite-controlled" machine gun using "artificial intelligence" and "facial recognition" technology was responsible for the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a leading nuclear scientist. 


December 8

Judicial: Iran's Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of reformist cleric who had been living in France. The cleric was abducted by the Revolutionary Guards during a trip to Iraq in September 2019 and returned to Iran. 

Nuclear: Culprits in the assassination of Fakhrizadeh were arrested, according to an advisor to Majles Speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf.

Sanctions: Banks that processed funds used exclusively for humanitarian aid to Iran would not be sanctioned, the U.S. Treasury said


December 9

Sanctions: Iran blacklisted the U.S. ambassador to Yemen, one day after the Trump administration sanctioned Iran's diplomatic envoy to the Houthi rebels.