The Week in Review: March 1st – March 8th

March 8 – The UK government said that it believed Iran had supplied Russia with ballistic missiles, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entered its second year.

The UK’s Defense Minister Grant Shapps said Britain had received reports about the provision of surface-to-surface missiles from Iran to Russia, but would not provide further details.

The comments were made during an interview with House Magazine, a weekly political magazine which covers the work of the UK Parliament.

The FBI said it was looking for an Iranian man believed to be behind assassination attempts of current and former U.S. officials who the security service said was acting for Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence.

Majid Farahani has been accused of recruiting individuals in the U.S. to carry out the murders, as revenge for the killing of Iran’s Quds force commander General Qasem Soleimani.

Soleimani, who was believed to be the mastermind behind the Islamic Republic’s destabilizing activities in the Middle East, was assassinated in 2020 by a U.S. drone in Iraq.

And Amnesty International said Iran’s government had launched a “draconian campaign” to enforce mandatory hijab laws through mass surveillance and car confiscations.

The rights watchdog said tens of thousands of women had had their cars confiscated for breaching the country’s gender-focused dress code, with several experiencing distressing car chases and confiscations without warning leaving the women stranded on busy highways or in cities far from home.

Female passengers as young as nine have been targeted by Iran’s morality police for failing to wear the hijab or wearing it in an “inappropriate” way, according to Amnesty.

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