Iran intensifies threats, heating up Middle East and Israel tensions - analysis

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Iran intensifies threats, heating up Middle East and Israel tensions - analysis
Missile attacks in Iran, IRGC members killed in Syria, reports of cyber incidents and "sabotage" prevented, are all part of the Iranian game plan amid the Ukraine crisis.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: MARCH 14, 2022

Iran’s regime looks to be moving toward a newly aggressive posture in the last week. This comes amid the Ukraine war as the West is distracted, an apparent breakdown in the Iran deal, an attack on the US in Iraq, reports of a cyber attack on Israel and Iran’s claims to have prevented “sabotage” of its Fordow nuclear facility. This matters because Iran has been relatively silent in recent weeks in terms of making new threats or trying to set the region aflame. In January and February Iran worked with its Houthi allies in Yemen to launch drone and missile attacks on the UAE.

Then Iran went silent for a bit, considering that it believed it might get sanctions relief and a new form of the 2015 Iran deal. Iran had been working closely with Russia and Russia was coordinating with the US. However, these talks appeared to go on the rocks as Russia launched a war in Ukraine and came under its own sanctions. Russia began messaging that it was going to demand its “rights” under any deal, which means its trade with Iran would be exempt from sanctions. Basically, Russia was manhandling the Iran deal talks.

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