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Iran Vows Revenge For Drone Attacks

Politics, Geopolitics & Conflict

The above-mentioned attack on Iran’s Isfahan ministry of defense facility earlier this week was conducted using drone parts that Tehran claims were smuggled into Iran via the Kurdistan Region of Iraq by a Kurdish dissident group on behalf of a “foreign intelligence agency”. This will give Iran another (easier) target for revenge, Iraqi Kurdistan, which it has already been targeting for its alleged role in spurring protests in Iran. A day later, Tehran officially identified the “foreign agent” as Israel, vowing revenge “whenever and wherever”.

Another item of interest to keep an eye on in the coming months in relation to Russia’s war on Ukraine is the status of the head of the Wagner Group–Russia’s private mercenaries who have been playing a leading role on the Ukraine battlefield. There are some indications that Wagner chief Yevgeny Prighozin has overstepped and moves may be underway to sideline him to some extent. Prigozhin has been taking credit for Russia’s minor victories on the battlefield, suggesting that his mercenaries are better organized and more adept than the Russian military, putting Prigozhin in direct competition with the Ministry of Defense.

Turkey continues to up the ante in its negotiations with the U.S. over F-16 fighter jets, which Washington has so far refused to supply due to Turkey’s refusal to approve Sweden’s NATO membership…

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