Iran's "Terrorism by Proxy" Strategy

(Foreign Policy) Afshon Ostovar - Despite their rhetorical enunciations of confidence, Iran's leaders understand their country is steadily losing influence across the Middle East. Iran cannot directly attack U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf without risking an open war with the U.S. Enter Hizbullah. Terrorism by proxy affords Iran the only retaliatory option that does not necessarily bring it to the brink of war. The writer is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.

2012-07-27 00:00:00

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