American-Iranian Tensions Heating Up Fast

Kukis, M. 2007. A deadily U.S.-Iran firefight. Time. March 30, 2007. Available online: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1605487,00.html.

Saba, S. 2007. Iran crisis reflects growing isolation. BBC News. March 29, 2007. Available online: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6507451.stm.

Apparently, the Iranians attempted to abduct Americans before they snagged the Brits:

A moment later, U.S. and Iraqi forces came upon a third Iranian soldier on the Iraqi side of the border, who stood his ground. As U.S. and Iraqi soldiers approached the Iranian officer and began speaking with him, a platoon of Iranian soldiers appeared and moved to surround the coalition patrol, taking up positions on high ground. At that point, according to the Army’s statement, the Iranian captain told the U.S. and Iraqi soldiers that if they tried to leave they would be fired on. Fearing abduction by the Iranians, U.S. troops moved to go anyway, and fighting broke out. Army officials say the Iranian troops fired first with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, and that U.S. troops fell further back into Iraqi territory, while four Iraqi army soldiers, one interpreter and one Iraqi border guard remained in the hands of the Iranians.

Besides attacking Americans and British citizens, Tehran has also isolated herself on other fronts:

Earlier this month the UN Security Council passed a resolution against Iran over its nuclear programme.

Iranian diplomats worked very hard to convince some members of the council, such as South Africa, Indonesia and Qatar, to support Tehran’s case.

But it failed, and the vote in favour of the resolution was unanimous, further convincing the Iranian leadership that they have few friends left at the UN and that diplomacy is not working in their favour.

Iran is now also militarily encircled by the US forces. American troops are based in almost every country bordering Iran – Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, Pakistan and Azerbaijan.

The US Navy has been conducting a series of exercises in the Gulf – the biggest war

Perhaps Iran will manage to turn this around. But the Islamic Republic has thrown away any expectation of peace.

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