The Iranian regime is showing new signs of stress from President Trump’s recent round of sanctions this week; with declassified documents revealing the Islamic Republic is “lacking cash” to finance terror groups across the Middle East.
“Newly declassified intelligence shows that Palestinian terror group Hamas had to introduce ‘austerity plans’ due to lack of funding from the Iranian regime,” reports Fox News. “State Department officials say the intelligence that was shared exclusively with Fox News reveals Tehran’s diminishing resources and influence within the region, prompting cutbacks among groups backed by the regime.”
“Due to lack of funding from Iran, Hamas had to introduce ‘austerity plans’ while other Shia militia groups were told by Iran that they need to find other sources of revenue as Iran is no longer in a position to provide them the funds,” adds the author. “This coincided with Lebanon-based Hezbollah’s calls on social media to donate to piggy banks. The group apparently used even children to attract contributions.”
President Trump ratcheted up pressure on Tehran last week; deploying an additional US aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf after intelligence reports showed Iran was planning attacks on American interests in the region.
In response, Iranian officials reportedly ordered a massive increase in the production of enriched Uranium; openly defying the Trump administration as tensions between Tehran and Washington rapidly escalate.
“Iran has quadrupled its production of enriched uranium amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran’s unraveling nuclear accord, two semi-official news agencies reported Monday, an announcement that came just after President Donald Trump and Iran’s foreign minister traded threats and taunts,” reports the Associated Press.
“This follows days of heightened tensions sparked by the Trump administration’s deployment of bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf over still-unspecified threats from Iran. While Trump’s dueling approach of flattery and threats has become a hallmark of his foreign policy, the risks have only grown in dealing with Iran, where mistrust between Tehran and Washington stretch back four decades,” adds the author.
President Trump issued a dire warning to Iranian officials last weekend; telling leaders in Tehran any future acts of aggression against US interests would bring about the “official end” of their regime.
“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!,” posted the Commander-in-Chief on social media Sunday.