Daring missile strike by Iran signals it could become more aggressive and do everything it can to skirt US sanctions

May 11, 2018


Iran’s bold rocket assault on Israeli forces Thursday signals an unwillingness to just take a diplomatic approach to the U.S. exit from the nuclear agreement, and it’s likely to do everything it can to get around sanctions.

Israeli jets struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria, following the Iranian rocket attack on Israeli forces in the Golan Heights, which Israel described as unsuccessful. The incident, however, was the first direct military exchange between the two countries ever and could be a warning of escalating interactions.

Whether a direct response or not to President Donald Trump’s abandonment of the nuclear agreement, Iran’s action may also be a sign of a divide in Iran. While President Hassan Rouhani has said Iran will seek to stay in the nuclear agreement if it can, the attack on Israel was carried by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who take orders from the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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