There have been two crucial shifts in Iran’s foreign policy: increased diplomacy with the West, and unprecedented use of hard power with Middle East governments. Tehran is also persuading its allies to increase their military interventions.
Iran’s application of hard power in the region is likely to escalate in the wake of the nuclear deal and intensified diplomacy with the West.Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
The official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) removed the news from its site after it reported an unidentified flying object on Thursday morning in the province of West Azerbaijan, which is close to the Syrian and Turkish borders. A video released by the Russian Defense Ministry displays the route of the cruise missile launch, and clearly shows that they pass West Azerbaijan en route to Syria.