It would seem that Iran has chosen the war path in relation to the Trump administration, verbally and militarily. In the most recent missile attack Iran launched in Syria, supposedly against ISIS due to their twin attack in Tehran, the messages coming out of Iran were more anti US than anti ISIS.
As reported in freebeacon, a top military aid to the supreme leader, Yahya Rahim Safavi, was quoted stating: “This reaction has a clear message for the American enemies and certain regional states that think that if they attack Iran, their aggression will remain unanswered”. Iranian diplomat Hossein Sheikholeslam affirmed that the missile strike is a direct warning to the U.S. and Israel, stating: “It is crystal clear that it is a message not only to terrorists but to their sponsor—Israel, the U.S., and the ruling monarch dynasty of Saudi Arabia”. Furthermore, a leading Iranian politician, Mostafa Tajzadeh, regarded as an ally to President Hassan Rouhani, increased the heat by asserting that the Trump administration is too fragile to confront Iran and that if U.S. officials do anything unwise against Iran then “the Islamic Republic will see that Trump is deposed” (According to Farsi-language comments independently translated for the Washington Free Beacon).
In response to the US supreme court upholding the travel ban on some Muslim countries, Iran threatened it would take reciprocal action, as reported in reuters. In addition, Following the release of the U.S. Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, according to which Iran was placed on Tier 3 alongside China, Russia, North Korea and Syria among others, as “governments of countries that do not fully meet the TVPA’s (the Trafficking Victims Protection Act) minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so”, Iran responded by accusing the US for being the root cause of human trafficking (see tehrantimes). This is only to be added to the Iranian accusation that the US is founded on terror and the cause of regional instability. Verbal war path is not far from action. It has already crossed from talk to action.
As reported in al-monitor, citing the US threat to Iran, Iranian parliament introduced legislation to increase the military budget by 540 million dollars, as a response to “America’s aggressive behavior”. Just a few days after the missile strike, Iranian drones targeted U.S. forces in Syria for a second time. The attack was similar to one earlier this month in which an Iranian drone shot on U.S. forces in Syria. U.S. military officials confirmed that they brought the drone down after it had fired. Already in our piece from May 28 titled beware – collision course ahead, we warned of a possible collision course between the US and Iran. It would seem that the danger is only increasing. In the Iranian context, the distance between verbal violence and military action is not that great.