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US takes down Iran-linked news sites, alleges disinformation

Posted at 4:45 PM, Jun 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-22 16:45:27-04

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — American authorities have taken down a range of Iran’s state-linked news websites they accuse of spreading “disinformation."

The move Tuesday appears to be a far-reaching crackdown on Iranian media amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

A U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case had not yet been officially announced by the American government, said the U.S. had seized roughly three dozen websites, the majority of which are linked to Iranian disinformation efforts.

Iranian state-run news agency IRNA announced the U.S. government seizures of the websites, without providing further information.

The takedowns come as world powers scramble to resurrect Tehran’s tattered 2015 nuclear deal.