US-Iran mutual retaliation elevates tensions in Middle East

US-Iran mutual retaliation elevates tensions in Middle East

NDO – A recent US report said Iran possesses the largest ballistic missile power in the Middle East, stating that “Iran’s desire to have a strategic counterbalance with the US motivates their launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs)”. In fact, the “threat” from Iran has been repeatedly touched upon by the US and its Western allies. In reply to this message, Iran has taken equally tough steps, leading to increasing tensions between the two sides.  (14 hours ago)

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