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Iraq: Iran Giving Ballistic Missiles to Shiite Proxies

1 MIN READAug 31, 2018 | 14:41 GMT

What Happened: Iran's government has been giving short-range ballistic missiles to Shiite militias in Iraq, Reuters reported Aug. 31.

Why It Matters: By giving ballistic missiles to proxies in Iraq, Iran is building up deterrents against a first strike from Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States. If these missiles were deployed from western or southern Iraq, they could potentially reach Riyadh or Tel Aviv.

Background: The United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel have increased pressure against Iran since the United States left the Iran nuclear deal in May. To deter further pressure or even a military strike against it, Iran has built up its asymmetric capabilities in the region.

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