US base rain rocket

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After the assassination of General Haj Qassem Soleimani, many political experts believed that the Islamic Republic of Iran would pursue a strategy of strategic patience and would not respond to this terrorist act any time soon. But what actually happened to the missiles fired at the Ain al-Assad base, one of the main bases for US troops in Iraq, is a prelude to new developments in the region. The move by Iran can be seen as a prelude to hard revenge, which is to drive the United States out of the region. Now, with the anniversary of Iran’s missile response and the smashing of the Ain al-Assad base, it seems that more attention can be paid to the new dimensions of this action.

Attack on Ayn al-Assad

On the morning of Wednesday, January 9, 2017, the air force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps fired a missile at Iraq’s Ain al-Assad base in response to Iran’s first response to the assassination of Sardar Qassem Soleimani, carried out by American terrorists five days earlier near Baghdad airport. Ein al-Assad is located 108 km west of Ramadi. In 2003, the US Marines occupied the base and remained there until 2011 [2]. Ain al-Assad is the second largest air base in Iraq. In 2014, the Americans reoccupied the base under the pretext of fighting ISIS.

Ain al-Assad is one of the most important US bases in Iraq, which, according to the Iraqi army, was hit by 17 missiles in the Iranian missile strike, and the base’s headquarters, communications systems, drones and important information and electronic warfare infrastructure were severely damaged. شد. At the same time, there were reports that the Erbil base, which houses the latest US spy systems in the region and is the center of US intelligence and espionage activities, was also targeted by at least five missiles. [3] The selected points are among the critical points of the Americans in Iraq.

Hours before the Supreme Leader’s live speech and the significant silence of US officials after the Trump administration’s initial and blatant threat to attack 52 cultural centers in Iran, the Ein al-Assad base rocket took on a new shape in the region.

Messages of attack on Ayn al-Assad

What happened after Iran’s attack on Ayn al-Assad in the political literature of the region can be examined at three levels: security-political, military and economic. Before addressing these issues, there are some points to consider about this attack. First, from World War II onwards, even at the height of the Cold War, such an action on such a level against American military bases was unprecedented. The Islamic Republic of Iran fired rockets at its bases and formally claimed responsibility for the attack, and the silence of US officials on the move showed a weakening of the country’s hegemonic position in the international arena.

The importance of this issue is while the senior officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran, along with the people, consider the attack on Ain al-Assad as a prelude to severe revenge, and the United States is still waiting for Iran’s next steps in this direction and unaware of the time, place and severity of Iran’s revenge. Patriot anti-missile.

The attack on Ayn al-Assad is the beginning of new regional developments

The most important development that the Ain al-Assad missiles brought to the Islamic Republic is the increase in the level of deterrence of Iran in the face of regional and supra-regional powers. If we consider the Global Hawk strike in June 1398 as a prelude to stabilizing the deterrence phase, we can see the US-based Ain al-Assad missile launcher as the endpoint of the future threat literature literature of regional and supraregional powers.

“With this missile strike, the Iranians have shown that they can respond to the United States. The Iranians have also shown that they have built very advanced weapons that can be used for these purposes,” said Frederick Plitgen, a correspondent for CyanN in Tehran after Trump’s speech on the attack. Aim abroad.

The culmination of the success of the deterrence of this attack is clearly understood in Trump’s speech, he called on Tehran to cooperate against ISIL after the missile attack on the Ain al-Assad base. “Baghdadi was a monster trying to rebuild the ISIL caliphate,” he said. But he could not. ISIS is a natural enemy of Iran and its elimination is good for Iran, and we must work on this issue and another common priority. America is ready to embrace peace.

In the military analysis of this action by Iran, we can also refer to the words of Wade Schmerler, an expert of the James Martin Center Institute, who said: “Iran’s missiles were more accurate than expected.”

The Middlebury International Studies Foundation, as a prestigious military publication, also published satellite images of hangars destroyed by Iranian missiles. [9] The Wall Street Journal also wrote that Iran’s attack on US bases in Iraq … introduced a missile arsenal that is fully mature, accurate, and capable of threatening and deterring Iran’s regional enemies.

From an economic point of view, the attack on Ayn al-Assad guaranteed the security of Iran’s economy. After the attack, Iranian oil tankers with the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran crossed the Caribbean Sea in front of US warships and delivered their gasoline shipments to Venezuela, which could not interfere with Iran’s export shipments.

This issue also increased Iran’s influence in the region. The failure of US officials to respond to the attack undermined US influence among its allies. US allies towardsThe future of their relationship with Washington was in doubt, which meant a reduction in US power and influence in the region. In fact, what is taking shape in the international arena and the political environment in the region can be seen as a prelude to Iran’s harsh revenge, which began with the Ain al-Assad missiles and will end with the expulsion of the United States from the region.

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