Trump may launch ‘reckless’ attack on Iran, experts fear

Trump may launch ‘reckless’ attack on Iran, experts fear
Experts say the threat of a wider war between the United States and Iran remains in the final weeks of President Donald Trump's administration Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: Experts have warned that Donald Trump could take “reckless” military attack against Iran in his final days in office, as tensions between Washington and Tehran mount on the eve of the first anniversary of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani’s assassination.

In the past month, the US flew B-52 bombers, most recently on Wednesday, in what the US administration called a deterrence measure to keep Tehran from retaliating on January 3, the first anniversary of Qassem Soleimani’s killing in a US drone attack.

But with less than a month left in the White House, President Donald Trump is under pressure from key allies in the Middle East – namely Saudi Arabia and Israel – to take action on Iran, said Danny Postel, an expert on Iran and US foreign policy.

“Trump is a very wounded and very cornered animal in an end-game scenario. He’s got a few weeks left, and we know that he is capable of extremely erratic behaviour,” Postel, assistant director of the Center for International and Area Studies at Northwestern University, told Al Jazeera in an interview.

“It may be the case that his most erratic, most reckless lashing out is yet to come,” he added.

New intelligence from Iraq indicate[s] that Israeli agent-provocateurs are plotting attacks against Americans – putting an outgoing Trump in a bind with a fake casus belli, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday.

Without providing evidence to back up his claims, the Iranin foreign minister warned Trump to “be careful of a trap”. “Any fireworks will backfire badly, particularly against your same BFFs [best friends forever],” he tweeted.

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