Al Queda’s No. 2 Leader Killed in Iran; Craft Blasts Iran Over Zarif Tweets; U.S. Imposes More Sanctions of Tehran

Al-Qaeda suffered another blow in August when its number two man, Abu Mohammed al-Masri, was killed in Tehran. Al-Masri was widely believed to have taken part in the planning for the bombing of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Aug. 7, 1998. He was killed on the anniversary of the bombings. Israel and the U.S. are believed to have jointly worked together to track al-Masri and kill him. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

After Iran criticized the U.S. election, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Kelly Craft, ripped into Tehran’s government, accusing it of “fanning the flames” of violence and instability in the Middle East. She had special words directed at Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif. “I am reminded of the regime’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, sending out a preachy tweet on Sunday about the need for multilateralism and Iran’s record as a practitioner of ‘responsible diplomacy,’” Craft said. “It is so ironic, and it would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. A diplomat using Twitter to spread propaganda on a platform that his own people are forbidden to use to profess innocence, and claim that his government is fighting for peace.” Craft made the comments during a U.S. Security Council meeting on Yemen. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

On November 18, the U.S. imposed more sanctions on Iran, targeting a foundation controlled by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The sanctions were fueled in part by what the Trump administration called Iran’s human rights abuses a year after a crackdown on anti-government demonstrators. The sanctions are part of Trumps “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. Reported by Reuters. Read more…