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On Friday, the Washington Post published an article highlighting the potential impasse faced by European leaders and the United States government as they struggle to address perceived flaws in the Iran nuclear deal.

On Monday, the New York Times published a feature which highlighted the clash between Israeli and Iranian forces based in Syria which took place earlier in February and reportedly brought new attention to the issue of Iran’s deepening and potentially permanent foothold in the Arab nation just across the border from the Jewish state.

On Thursday, the United Nations Panel of Experts released a 329-page report detailing the evidence behind recent accusations levied against the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding its provision of advanced weapons to regional proxies, in violation of UN sanctions. The document was eagerly welcomed by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the international body, who said that it corroborated much of what the White House has been saying about Iranian misbehavior for several months.

 On Tuesday, it was widely reported, and with a tone of some ridicule, that the top military adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had accused Western intelligence services of using lizards to spy on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The New York Post was among the outlets to quote Hassan Firouzabadi as saying that “a variety of reptile desert” had been found in the possession of visitors who planned to use the creatures’ skin to “attract atomic waves” in order to discover information like the location of uranium mines.

On Monday, international media began reporting upon the death of Kavous Seyed-Emami, a university professor and environmental activist who held dual citizenship in Iran and Canada and was caught up in a sudden crackdown on environmentalists which had been initiated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

On Tuesday, the CHRI published excerpts from the latest open letter written by the imprisoned Iranian-American dual national Karan Vafadari. The letter details some of the mistreatment that he and his wife Afarin Neyssari have been subjected to since their arrest in July 2016. It also provides the first account of the exact charges underlying the 56-year-old art gallery owner’s 27-year prison sentence.

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