The U.S. and Iran

(Center for Strategic and International Studies) Anthony H. Cordesman - It still remains far from clear that sanctions and negotiations can stop Iran from moving toward a nuclear weapons capability. Iran is building up its long-range missile forces and is steadily building up its capabilities for asymmetric warfare in ways that can be used to deliver a wide range of attacks. It also continues to use its Al Quds force, intelligence services, and diplomats to pose a growing threat to the Arab states and Israel and to seek an axis of influence that includes Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. Accordingly, the U.S., its Arab allies, and Israel may still face a point where they will have a grim choice between preventive strikes and forming a de facto coalition to contain Iran.

2013-12-17 00:00:00

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