Conflict in Middle East is expanding - Center for Middle East Studies
Ihor Semyvolos, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, notes the U.S., through targeted strikes on proxy Iranian groups, sends a clear message to Iran about the severe consequences for attempting to harm Americans
He spoke about this on Espreso TV.
"The recent U.S. airstrikes on proxy Iranian groups in the Middle East are linked to the killing of American soldiers at a military base in Jordan. Responsibility for these killings was claimed by a Shiite group operating under the control and direct leadership of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. After appropriate preparation, Americans began targeting not only this group but also others affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard Corps operating in Syria and Iraq," commented the director of the Center for Middle East Studies.
According to him, the United States will continue such strikes, the main task being to inflict maximum damage on these organizations, destroying their weapons depots and logistics.
"Through such actions, the U.S. demonstrates readiness for decisive measures, signaling to Iran that attempts to harm Americans will face serious consequences. Similar incidents are occurring in the Red Sea, where Americans continue to strike weapon depots and underground bunkers of the Houthi rebels, who are also affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. In essence, we are witnessing the expansion of this conflict into other regions of the Middle East, although, frankly speaking, conflicts there have never truly subsided," noted Ihor Semyvolos.
What is known about the attack on the base in Jordan
On the night of January 28, 2024, a small American military base, Tower 22, located at the intersection of the state borders of Jordan, Syria, and Iraq, was struck by an unmanned aerial vehicle.
Later, Bloomberg wrote that as a result of an Iranian drone strike in Jordan that killed three American soldiers, the Biden administration is considering a strike against Iran, which could lead to an expansion of the regional conflict. However, Iran denies any involvement in the incident.
The U.S. The Department of Defense has named and ranked three soldiers killed and reported more than 40 wounded in a UAV attack on a base in Jordan.
On January 30, it became known that US President Joe Biden ordered the development of measures in response to the attack by pro-Iranian groups on the US military base in Jordan. Among the possible options are strikes against the Iranian military in Iraq or Syria. Meanwhile, Iran has called on the United States to engage in diplomacy.
The US response to the drone attack on the US military base Tower 22 in Jordan, which killed three US servicemen, will include targets not only in Iran.
After the strike on the US base in Jordan, Iranian leaders felt that they had crossed the line, so they are sending more conciliatory signals to the US to avoid direct war, but are preparing to respond to a possible strike.