DUBAI: American authorities seized a range of Iran's state-linked news website domains they accused of spreading "disinformation" on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), a US official said, a move that appeared to be a far-reaching crackdown on Iranian media amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case had not yet been officially announced by the American government, said the United States had effectively taken down roughly three dozen websites, the majority linked to Iranian disinformation efforts.

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