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Despite the 2015 so-called nuke deal aiming to curb Iran's nuclear power and to lift international sanctions against the country, the U.S. and Israeli governments are worried about Iran's recent activities as the Tehran administration flaunted its military force in a parade.
The recently inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump, who had accused his predecessor Barack Obama of being too tolerant with Iran, has vowed to take tougher measures against the Tehran administration while Israel considers Iran an existential threat and is worried by its expanding influence in the region, primarily in Syria.
During the Obama era, Iran enjoyed the opportunity to fill the vacuum in the Middle East after the White House abandoned its traditional allies, like Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The Ankara government has warned its counterparts in the U.S. repeatedly over the expansion of the PKK's Syrian branch, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is explicitly aiming to create a Kurdish corridor to establish an autonomous area by neutralizing both Kurdish and Arab dissidents.
However, the U.S., failing to ally with Turkey against the group, has increased its military support for the PYD under the pretext that it is the "only group fighting Daesh on the ground."
As part of Trump's toughening policy in the region, the U.S. fired missiles to target Bashar Assad regime positions in Syria two weeks ago. It was considered a direct message to Iran and it was backed vehemently by Israel.
2017.04.20 / 09:59