By Attacking Saudi Arabia, Iran Has Taken a Step Beyond Proxy Warfare

When the Iran-backed Yemenite Houthi rebels took responsibility for the attack on Saudi oil facilities, the claim at first seemed credible, as the Houthis have previously used drones against the Saudis. But further investigation suggests that Iran attacked the oil fields itself, with cruise missiles launched from its own territory, likely alongside drones. Dore Gold points to a single reason why the Islamic Republic would move from conducting a proxy war with Saudi Arabia to more direct conflict: the ayatollahs have not yet encountered retaliation, and they will continue to escalate until they do. (Video, 8 minutes. Text available at the link below.)

 

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Lessons for Israel from Iran’s Response to the Killing of Qassem Suleimani

Feb. 19 2020

On January 8, just five days after the U.S. killed the high-ranking Iranian general Qassem Suleimani in a retaliatory airstrike, Tehran responded by firing ballistic missiles at two American bases in Iraq. At first it seemed possible that the Islamic Republic deliberately aimed its rockets so as not harm U.S. soldiers, but, Uzi Rubin concludes, information made public since then strongly suggests that the lack of American deaths was “a matter of sheer luck.” Iran, which generally prefers to operate through proxies or in such a way as to maintain plausible deniability, not only took credit for the attack but boasted about its success.

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