Just this week, an Iranian-backed Shi’ite group rained down over a dozen rockets on an American military base in Iraq, killing a non-American civilian contractor and injuring several others, including US military members. Photos of the damage reveal blackened metal skeletons of structures, including barracks which house the US troops. See photos of the damage here.
Earlier today, another US base was targeted by rocket fire from Iranian-back militia. No casualties were reported and only minor injuries, but the Iranians are emboldened by the lack of strength of the US administration, and continued attacks on US bases is becoming very disturbing. (See a report on this attack here.)
Meanwhile, we know Iran has taken over the large T4 air force base in Syria, once occupied by Russian troops. Iran has also transferred missile launchers designed to be installed underground, but fitted with an elevator system that allows the launcher to rise above ground to launch before being lowered back underground. How long can Israel stand back and watch the Iranians develop attack capabilities right on their own border?
All this follows Iran’s announcement to the International Atomic Energy Agency (supposedly, the international watchdog of nuclear weapons) last week that they intend to install additional centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility, they are increasing enrichment of uranium, and they will no longer allow unannounced visits by IAEA inspectors. In essence: “Despite agreements, we are building nuclear weapons, and we won’t let anyone inspect what we’re doing!”