Tension grows with Iran
The confrontation between Iran and its main enemies continues to take hold. Along these lines, Commander Hossein Salami, a division general of the Revolutionary Guards of Iran, has warned the United States and Israel that they will attack if they "make a mistake." Meanwhile, the US Navy seized weapons of Iranian origin in a vessel that sailed the waters of the Persian Gulf; just when US President Donald Trump has denounced that Iran was planning an offensive against four American embassies, something denied by the Iranian authorities.
The level of threats and hard messages between Iran and its main enemies, the United States and Israel, increases. In a new episode of the escalating tension developed in recent months, Commander Hossein Salami, a division general of the Revolutionary Guard (elite body of the Iranian Army), has alerted his main rivals about the attack that will be carried out by his nation if they get to "make a mistake."
"If they make a mistake, we will attack them," Salami said in words collected by the Tasnim news agency, just a month and a half after the hard blow received by the Revolutionary Guard with the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, head of the Quds Forces of the Revolutionary Guard itself and head of Iranian operations outside the country, in a drone operation materialized by the US Army near the airport of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad; operation in which Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, vice president of the Iraqi Shiite militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP), closely linked to the sphere of Persian influence, also died.
Qassem Soleimani was one of the most coveted pieces of Iran's political-military fabric and dealt a heavy blow to its Iranian rival with the elimination of the main figure that coordinated the movements of the Islamic Republic of Iran in countries such as Iraq and Lebanon.
Precisely, Iranian state television also issued statements by Hassan Nasrallah, top leader of the Shi'ite militias of Hezbollah in Lebanon, in which he defended the close link that existed with the head of the Quds Forces and how he had collaborated decisively in the Provision of Hizbullah's rocket arsenal and in the role developed in the 2006 war against Israel. Nasrallah also launched praise for the important role played by Soleimani in the battle carried out in Iraq against the jihadist terrorist group of Daesh.
The publication of the testament of the head of the Iranian Armed Forces overseas maneuver, which was read by General Esmail Ghaani during an official act in the capital of Tehran, has also coincided over time. A document that reflects how the legacy left by Soleimani was aimed primarily at requesting full adherence to the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, overcoming the possible differences that may exist in the national political arena.
A Jamenei who flatly rejected the latest plan proposed by the Trump Administration to settle the Palestinian conflict, which was harshly criticized by broad sectors of the Arab community.
This proposal provided for the establishment of a Palestinian State, but with a very limited sovereignty in practice and with a capitality located on the outskirts of East Jerusalem, and with the definitive annexation of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank; something inadmissible for the Arab and Palestinian environment, despite the economic offer that the plan entailed, of 50,000 million dollars for the launch of the new State.
Iran's threat to a possible Hebrew and American "mistake" can be fulfilled by the latest Israeli attack in Damascus, which has left four Iranians dead. In spite of the warnings, the Israeli and American pole has once again hit Persian targets which can trigger a harsh response from Iran.
The situation had already become even more complicated with the claims made by Donald Trump in an interview with the US network Fox News, in which he denounced that Iran planned to attack four embassies of his country, including Baghdad, an end that was denied by Hasán Rohaní, Iranian president. Precisely, the US diplomatic headquarters in the capital of Iraq was already besieged by Shiite militants after a US military operation against the Popular Mobilization Forces, which left more than 20 dead, and was carried out in response to the attack perpetrated on 27 December against a military base of the international coalition that fights terrorism based in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, which left an American civilian contractor dead.
Within the framework of this spiral of clashes, that same base in Kirkuk, north of Iraq and called K1, was attacked by several Katyusha model rockets on Thursday; although there were no fatalities, unlike the previous attempt at the end of December and that originated all the latest development of offensives.
At the root of all this spiral of confrontations between the United States and Iran is the nuclear pact signed in 2015 together with other nations such as Russia, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the European Union, called the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan (JCPOA) , which limited the Iranian atomic program, especially the issue of arms development, and its departure from the US in 2018 after denouncing defaults by Iran to end up imposing political and economic sanctions on the Persian country. Punishment measures among which the ones related to the oil trade, Iran's main source of financing, stood out.
Iranian President Hasan Rohaní responded to this strategy by threatening to continue trading with his crude oil, blocking the Strait of Hormuz, the world's main commercial oil crossing area, and minimizing his commitments to the nuclear agreement, especially in relation to uranium enrichment and heavy water treatment.
Following the exchange of warnings, there were incidents involving cargo ships in Gulf waters and attacks on oil and airport facilities located in Saudi Arabia (a large representative of the Sunni branch of Islam, a rival of the Shiite sponsored by Iran).
The regime of Ayatollahs and pro-Iranian agents, such as the Houthi rebels fighting in the Yemen war, were singled out for being behind these offensives, something that has been denied by the Persian authorities themselves.
In relation to this phase of the threat of maritime security in the Middle East, the US Navy seized this February 9 weapons of Iranian origin in a ship that crossed the Gulf, a flag not officially confirmed.
"On February 9, 2020, the USS Normandy, while conducting a maritime security operation in the area of operations of the US Central Command, boarded a sailboat in accordance with international law and discovered a large stash of weapons," he explained. the Navy on an official note.
Among the weapons requisitioned are 150 guided anti-tank Dehlavieh missiles, which are copies made in Iran of the Russian Kornet projectile. The US Navy also seized three air-to-air missiles, thermal sights, ammunition and advanced weapons, among others, all of them manufactured in Iran.
The US Army said that many of the weapons are "identical" to the weapons seized in a similar operation on November 25, which was intended for the provision of arsenal of Houthis in the context of the armed conflict in Yemen.