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Iran's Escalation Phases Since May 2019

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 6:52pm

Iran's Escalation Phases Since May 2019

This analysis is co-published by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) at the American Enterprise Institute.

Iran has been escalating its attacks on American and allied targets since May 2019. Iran has shot down an American drone, attacked American bases with rockets culminating in the death of an American contractor, and assaulted the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. These Iranian attacks established the context for the U.S. drone strike that killed Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force (IRGC-QF) commander Qassem Soleimani and leading Iranian proxy in Iraq Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis on January 3, 2020. Iran’s escalations occurred in phases and were part of an orchestrated campaign to achieve its strategic objectives, including sanctions relief and the ouster of the U.S. from Iraq and the region. 

A new ISW-CTP graphic by Nicholas Heras, Frederick Kagan, Kyra Rauschenbach, and Jason Zhou illustrates the phases of Iran's campaign.

View the detailed graphic here.


Henry Fielding

Wed, 01/26/2022 - 10:42am

The Trump administration has called for new sanctions on Iran after it shot down a US surveillance drone, marking an unprecedented escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran. I would love to visit website to get help in my essay that I am writing about this topic. The Pentagon said one of its unmanned aircraft was downed off the coast of Iran by an Iranian surface-to-air missile while operating in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz Friday morning local time. “Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false,” Navy Capt. Bill Urban said in a statement.

Keeley Hauck

Tue, 11/23/2021 - 4:02am

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