Iran's Options Against the U.S. and Israel
Jun 9, 2018 | 10:00 GMT
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- Iran will retaliate against the United States and Israel as opportunities arise.
- To reduce the risk of incurring more sanctions and military action, or of alienating the European Union, Iran will defend itself by using cyberwarfare and other asymmetric means that can't be easily traced back to it.
- Iran will deploy its cybercapabilities against government institutions of the United States, Israel and the Arab Gulf states, as well as against businesses based in these countries that are engaged in the oil and gas and finance sectors.
- In the long term, both sides will find themselves pulled into a cycle of escalation, which will push Iran to use riskier options to retaliate against the United States and Israel.