The Islamic Republic of Iran today is a Shiite Islamic republic with a Sunni minority under a theocratic regime which is ruled by President Hassan Rouhani since 2013. Historically, it is home to some of the world's oldest civilizations including the Persian empire. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution Iran has become more and more conservative.
The 3ackd0or hacker group revealed what it said was the personal information and photos of the officers who beat Mahsa Amini.
The protests, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini from Iranian Kurdistan, have spiraled into the biggest show of opposition to Iran's authorities in years.
The Iranian commander was identified as Ali Mousavi, chief of the intelligence unit in Sistan-Baluchestan.
The strikes were reported after Iranian authorities accused armed Iranian Kurdish dissidents of involvement in unrest now shaking Iran, especially in the northwest.
The recent incident came as protests continue in Iran and the regime appears to be resorting to more force against the protesters.
Kylie Moore-Gilbert delves into the psyche of the wild conspiracy theories that occupy the minds of the ruthless men who wield power in the theocratic state of Iran.
BEHIND THE LINES: Protesters accuse regime of using Arab militiamen to suppress mounting demonstrations.
IRANIAN AFFAIRS: Why the US and West have been more critical of Tehran’s brutal crackdown on internal dissent than in 2009.
Protests continued throughout Iran on Thursday night, with demonstrations reported in multiple cities.
The new sanctions will be reversed if Iran returns to the JCPOA nuclear deal.