The story: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Iran’s armed forces to "increase military preparedness" as the Islamic Republic continues to unveil new advances in weapons technology. Coming amid a rise in tensions with Israel and the US, Khamenei's remarks hint at Iran's short and long-term military goals. Meanwhile, several members of the Iranian military have been sentenced to prison for their involvement in the downing of a Ukrainian airliner in 2020.
The coverage: Khamenei in an Apr. 16 address told top commanders to "never grow complacent with any measure of progress" and to continue military advancements.
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