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Iran Issues Questionable Response to Terrorist Attack

By INU staff

INU- On Wednesday, Paris was struck by a shocking terrorist attack when militants opened fire with pump action shotguns and Kalashnikovs in the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people and wounding several others. The attackers, who remain at large and have not been claimed as members by any terrorist organization, were heard to shout that they had “avenged the Prophet” during the attack. Charlie Hebdo had already been the subject of threats and attacks by Islamic extremists in the past, related to publications such as cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad.

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‘Suicide Drones’ Launched By Iran, US Warship Scrambled Off Says Navy Chiefs

By Athena Yenko 

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES- Iran flew its "suicide drones" for the first time as part of its massive military drill dubbed as "Mohammed The Delegate of G-d" scheduled to run from Dec 25-31. A reconnaissance U.S. aircraft scoured off the war games zone after being warned by Airborne's Division of Iran's Navy.

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Iranian Extends Influence in Iraq Despite Financial Strain

By INU staff

INU- On Tuesday, Business Insider published an in-depth look at Iranian influence in Iraq to date, giving particular emphasis to the Shiite militia Kataib al-Imam Ali, which grew out of the Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr after a crucial period of Iranian outreach to Sadr and other local insurgents and Shiite groups in Iraq.

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Iran-From Yemen to Iraq to Lebanon, IRGC Expands its Presence

By INU staff

INU-While Twitter has proven to be a good tool for monitoring the Iranian regime’s official communications and striking back against them, it is also a source of information for those monitoring the regime’s expanding influence. This fact was on display on Friday when a Twitter account associated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed to show Iranian forces alongside Lebanese Hezbollah near the Israeli border.

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Sources Close to Hezbollah Say Group is in “Difficult” Situation

The Tower- Hezbollah is in a state of frustration in recent weeks, mainly because of the complications due to its involvement in Syria. Sources close to the organization told al-Arab (Arabic link) that the heavy manpower losses the organization had suffered in the Syrian arena, where it helps the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, led the organization to reveal the existence of a spy in its ranks.

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Iran targeted at least 50 U.S. companies and government organizations.

By INU staff

INU- Roughly over the course of the past year, there have been various stories warning the international community about the escalation in Iran’s hacking capabilities. In addition to becoming more sophisticated, these efforts have apparently been becoming more organized, as well, and have been directed against US nuclear installations, among other things. While Iran’s cyberespionage and cyberterrorism capabilities haven’t been regarded as a direct threat to the Islamic Republic’s Western adversaries, it has been acknowledged that those capabilities could become a threat in the near future if they continued to grow.

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