Iran’s recent military provocations against the US and its western allies in the Gulf are straight out of Tehran’s old strategic playbook: provocations for concessions, and military adventurism designed to prop up the regime’s image at home while deliberately stopping short of an escalation that would lead to a devastating response from the US and its allies.
Images distributed by the US military allegedly show the hit that was carried out by the United States on the 29th of December 2019 on the headquarters of the Iran-backed Iraqi Hezbollah militant group in Iraq and Syria, following a rocket attack in Iraq that killed a US civilian contractor. (AFP)
Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, the newly appointed commander of Iran's Quds Force, reads the will of Major General Qassem Soleimani during the forty day memorial at the Grand Mosalla in Tehran. (Reuters)
Pedestrians wear masks and gloves to help guard against the coronavirus in downtown Tehran on Feb. 25, 2020. (AP)