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Recent Attacks Bring Israel and Iran's Covert War to Light

MIN READMar 15, 2022 | 22:01 GMT

Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi is seen in Jerusalem on Nov. 29, 2021, after Israeli Prime Minister Bennett said Iran was re-entering talks on its nuclear program to seek sanctions relief in exchange for ''almost nothing.''

Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi is seen in Jerusalem on Nov. 29, 2021, shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Iran was re-entering talks on its nuclear program to seek sanctions relief in exchange for ''almost nothing.''

(GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP via Getty Images)

While it remains remote, the risk of a major war breaking out between Israel and Iran is slowly growing as the two rivals continue to trade tit-for-tat tactical escalations. On March 13, Iran claimed responsibility for a dozen ballistic missile strikes targeting a secret Israeli intelligence base in the Iraqi Kurdistan capital of Erbil. The following day, Israel's National Cyber Directorate declared a state of emergency after most government websites were temporarily taken offline in a large distributive denial of service (DDoS) cyberattack that Israeli media has since blamed on Iran. These recent incidents come a month after a still-unverified Israeli airstrike hit an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) base in the western province of Kermanshah in mid-February (Iran has not directly blamed Israel for this rumored attack, though coinciding reports published by the Associated Press of a fire at the same base and explosions heard by locals indicate some...

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