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Iran's options according to the beeb
« on: January 06, 2020, 08:06:25 PM »
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50987333

Since I can't for my life spell his actual name (one of 8775309 arabic variations on the name "Solomon"), I propose that we refer to him as Saruman, which is close enough.


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President Donald Trump's decision to kill Soleimani removes one of the most obdurate and effective enemies of the US, and delivers a blow to the heart of the Islamic republic of Iran. It is also a dangerous escalation in a region that was already tense and full of violence.

The killing at Baghdad airport has increased tensions sharply, creating fears of a slide into an all-out war. That is no certainty. Neither the Americans nor the Iranians want one. But the crisis brought on by the killing of Soleimani - and a senior Iraqi ally - amplifies the chances of a bloody miscalculation.

Iran has sworn vengeance. That threat has to be taken seriously.  Soleimani was at the core of the regime, and a talisman for Iran's hardliners. They will want to get even, perhaps more than that.

Any disagreements so far?

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An act of war to answer that of the US - for example attacking US ships in the Gulf - would risk provoking a devastating response. Iran's oil refineries are on the coast and would be easy targets for the vast firepower the US has in and around the Gulf.

When Iran retaliates, it is likely to follow Soleimani's own indirect tactics: so-called asymmetric warfare, spurning an attack through the front door for one through a side window.

Soleimani cultivated a range of well-armed militias, which give Iran options short of a head-to-head confrontation with the Americans which it would only lose.

The Americans will now be looking at their most vulnerable deployments in the Middle East. One is the small force in Syria.


Surprised that the article doesn't mention its development of nukes, dirty weapons, or attacks on Israel.  Their Syrian client has already used chemical warfare, and their agents in Hezbollah are in position to hurt Israel.

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Re: Iran's options according to the beeb
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2020, 08:37:49 PM »
Oh hello. Here's Iran's first revenge strike:

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-51008811

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[Juvenile picture of Trump getting punched in the jaw]
A group of hackers claiming to be from Iran hijacked a US government website and posted a pro-Iranian message on it.

Visitors to the Federal Depository Library Program's website on Saturday were met with a picture of a bloodied Donald Trump.

An accompanying message declared hackers were acting in retaliation for the killing of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani.

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Re: Iran's options according to the beeb
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2020, 09:20:07 AM »
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Visitors to the Federal Depository Library Program's website
  For a jab, that's kinda a backhanded compliment of targets.