Joe Biden is facing the first real “test” coming from Iran when it attacked a US military base in Iraq with 15 missiles on Feb. 15, killing a contractor. military and wounded a soldier, according to The Guardian. Observers said that this move by Iran seems to be aimed at testing the “courage” of the new president as well as causing damage to the US side.
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Hours after the attack on Erbil airport, home to the majority of the remaining US presence in Iraq, a group of Shia loyal to Iran declared victory.
The Iran-backed Shia militant group known as the “Brigade of the Blood Guardians” claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, but gave no evidence of its role in case.
No one doubts about the person behind the first “face-to-face” case since Mr. Biden took office.
The move is very different from the final months of Donald Trump’s presidency, when Iran and its nearby forces are mostly quiet and careful step by step. This time, the attack is dedicated to commemorating Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, former leader of the pro-Iranian organization Kata’ib Hezbollah, and Qassem Soleimani, the most powerful Iranian in Iraq for more than a decade until. when both were killed in a lightning strike ordered by Mr. Trump 13 months ago.
Within hours, the vehicles used to launch the missiles and their location from where they were launched were found – only about 7km (4.3 miles) from Erbil airport, and within an area managed by the Kurds. physical. The message is clear: the safe zone has been compromised and such an attack can happen again. One of the last garrison positions in Iraq has now been easily attacked. All of them are looking at Mr. Biden’s moves now.
Biden and his senior officials condemned the regulatory attack, pledged to unite with Iraq’s Kurdish leadership and vowed to identify the group that attacked with the missile.
The White House said it was “outraged” at the attack, but Press Secretary Jen Psaki still said Mr. Biden “The right to react according to time and the way we choose”.
Psaki and other administration officials declined to say whether the United States believed Iran was involved in the incident, highlighting US support for the investigation that the Iraqi side was beginning to conduct. Psaki said: “We are still working with Iraqi partners.”
When asked about Iran’s responsibilities, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the US “Will not act in advance while the investigation is underway. We take this extremely seriously. We are assisting our Iraqi partners in their efforts to investigate the attack, whether they were conducted by Iran or “Iran-backed forces.”
On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh denied any connection with Monday’s attacks in Erbil, according to CNN.
According to analysts, the attack could complicate the Biden administration’s stated plans to return to the nuclear deal with Iran, as long as Tehran continues to comply with the treaty.
Mr. Biden will almost certainly return to the same policies with Iran as the Obama era, believing that signing a nuclear treaty will help Iran ease sanctions and in exchange for the country to narrow its efforts. the force of enriching uranium to make nuclear weapons.
This Obama policy was signed in 2015, and by May 2018, President Trump formally withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal with Iran and reinstated even harsher sanctions. Mr. Trump said this is “Bad one-way deal that shouldn’t have gone through.” Trump’s view is that he has zero tolerance for terrorism, the need to weaken Iran, destroy its leader, and that it is possible to end Iran’s aggression without spending a war.
Trump also threatened Iran “pay a heavy price” if it launched any attack on the US side.
Trump’s actions at that time were heavily criticized by many officials and allies, however, the reality proved that they were of great effectiveness in restraining Iran.
However, by the time of the Biden administration, a series of moves showed that the US would return to the “soothing” strategy as it used to. Not only returning to the nuclear deal, the US recently overturned Trump’s decision to designate Houthi rebels, who are sponsored by Tehran, as a terrorist organization.
The US is also cold to Saudi Arabia when it comes to reconsidering whether this is a close ally under President Trump. Just three days after Biden took office, missile-carrying drones entered the country’s airspace and bombed at least one palace.
US intelligence officials believed the attack could have been launched by the Iranian proxy and served as a test of Biden and Riyadh solidarity. Three weeks after taking office, there are still no calls from the new US leader with Saudi Arabia, it seems Iran is feeling that they have the answer and is currently testing Mr. Biden a “post check other ”before sitting back at the negotiating table.