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19 Jan 2024

“It has to do, I think, with Iran's overall threat perception in the region rising. And at the same time, feeling the need - as a result of domestic and external pressure - to respond. If you look at the series of incidents these had projected the image of Iran's intelligence weakness and lack of seriousness and will to respond. So the calculation in Tehran might have been that by allowing this to continue, their very credibility would be at stake. And that was why they decided to show a response all at once.”

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Visiting fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
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