November 2, 2021

IntelBrief: Iran Strikes U.S. Base in Syria

(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Bottom Line up Front 

  • Iran’s drone strike on the U.S. base at Al Tanf, in Syria last week, reflects Iran’s increasing willingness to take direct military action against its adversaries.
  • After U.S. actions in Afghanistan, Iran perceives that military pressure might compel the United States to withdraw entirely from Syria as well as from Iraq.  
  • The U.S. base at Al Tanf puts U.S. forces in position to monitor and block Iranian weapons shipments to Lebanese Hezbollah. 
  • The strike comes at a time when talks with the United States and major powers to restore the 2015 multilateral Iran nuclear deal are faltering.