27 July 2021

The US/Iran (Unconventional) War

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Have you ever heard of "The Persian Gulf Crisis"?  No, I'm not talking about the Persian Gulf War of 1991.  This is the name that Wikipedia has given to the unconventional warfare that has been taking place between the United States and Iran since 2019.

The Persian Gulf crisis is the ongoing state of heightened military tensions between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States and their allies in the Persian Gulf region. Starting in early May 2019, the U.S. began a buildup of its military presence in the region to deter an alleged planned campaign by Iran and its non-state allies to attack American forces and interests in the Persian Gulf and Iraq. This followed a rise in political tensions between the two countries during the Trump administration, which included the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the imposition of new sanctions against Iran, and the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. In response, Iran designated the United States Central Command as a terrorist organization.

...The crisis escalated in late 2019 and early 2020....
When Trump had Soleimani assassinated and then COVID-19 came along and the whole world became distracted by a more clear and present danger. (Ahem.)

[See the details here.]
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 ChinaForeign Minister Wang Yi said regarding the ongoing situation between the U.S. and Iran, "China resolutely opposes the U.S. implementation of unilateral sanctions and so-called 'long arm jurisdiction', understands the current situation and concerns of the Iranian side, and supports the Iranian side to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests."

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