Three days ago, I wrote about how all hell is breaking loose in Iran. Inflation is near record highs, citizens can barely make ends meet, and the government morality police is beating to death citizens who do not conform to their rigid standards of dress. On September 13th, a 22-year-old woman was taken into police custody for wearing her pants too tight and her hijab improperly. On the way to a government “reeducation center,” she was allegedly beaten so severely that she had a brain bleed, fell into a coma, and died three days later.

This sparked rioting in the streets, primarily by students and millennial-aged Iranians outraged at the actions of their brutal government. According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, along with other high-ranking Iranian government officials, have been blaming the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel of fanning the flames of discontent among their citizens, thereby contributing to the civil unrest.

An analysis conducted by the Critical Threats Project (CTP) at the American Enterprise Institute with support from the ISW was published on October 6th; it stated, in part,Iran may attack the US, Israeli, and/or Saudi targets in retaliation for the role Iranian officials claim those countries have played in stoking the ongoing, anti-regime protests.” I don’t know about you, but this seems like pretty important news, and I’ve heard very little about it in the mainstream press.

Map showing the protest activity in Iran as of October 9th, 2022
Locations of protests in Iran on October 9th, 2022. Image used with permission from the Institute for the Study of War and AEI’s Critical Threats Project

Middle East Monitor (MEM) reports that, according to US military sources, this past Saturday, unknown forces launched a rocket attack on a camp in Syria hosting American troops. Reuters corroborated the report and stated that sources in the US armed forces told them a 107 mm rocket did not impact anything of value inside the Rumalyn Landing Zone US compound in northeast Syria. CENTCOM (United States Central Command) put out a brief statement noting that after an investigation, “Additional rockets were found at the launch site.” They would not speculate for the record who they thought was responsible for the unprovoked attack.