Headline RoundupApril 18th, 2024

US Imposes New Sanctions on Iran Following Attack on Israel

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The United States imposed new sanctions on Iran's drone program and sixteen associated individuals.

For Context: Last week, Iran launched an unprecedented attack on Israel, firing 185 drones, 110 surface-to-surface missiles, and 36 cruise missiles, the bulk of which were intercepted by the efforts of Israel, with help from the United States, United Kingdom, and Jordan. The attack was widely regarded as a failure. Following the attack, President Joe Biden reportedly dissuaded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from retaliating, telling him that the U.S. would not support a counterattack.

Key Quotes: In a statement released by the White House, Biden said the sanctions target entities affiliated with the “Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s Defense Ministry, and the Iranian government’s missile and drone program.” Biden concluded, “Let it be clear to all those who enable or support Iran’s attacks: The United States is committed to Israel’s security. We are committed to the security of our personnel and partners in the region. And we will not hesitate to take all necessary action to hold you accountable.”

How the Media Covered It: CNN (Lean Left bias) framed the new sanctions as a sign of the U.S.’s commitment to supporting Israel's security against Tehran's aggression. The New York Post (Lean Right bias) focused on Biden’s decision not to impose sanctions on oil, Iran’s “top export.” The article noted, “Higher US gas prices could undermine Biden’s bid for a second term in November.” This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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