Iran Strikes Targets in Pakistan

Iran killed two children and wounded three others in a missile strike on Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan on Tuesday. Iran claimed it was targeting the Sunni militant group, Jaish al-Adl.

This followed a suicide car bombing that killed 27 elite members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (irgc), which Iran blames Jaish al-Adl for. The group has been responsible for attacks along the southeastern border of Iran in recent years.

Retaliations: Mohammed Ali Jafari, commander in chief of the irgc, told Iranian media, “If Pakistan fails to punish them [Jaish al-Adl] in the near future, Iran will do so based on international law and will retaliate against the terrorists.”

Pakistan responded by saying it “strongly condemns the unprovoked violation of its airspace by Iran” and that it may result in “serious consequences.”

The missile strike on Pakistan also comes after two suicide bombings, claimed by the Islamic State, during commemorations of an Iranian general killed by a 2020 drone strike by the United States.

Pushing: The strikes show Iran isn’t afraid to strike within the sovereign territory of the countries around it. It demonstrates Iran’s pushy nature.

For years we’ve said that Iran fulfills the role of “the king of the south” described in Daniel 11. This describes Iran “pushing” against a king of the north. Iran’s attack on Pakistan highlights this increasingly pushy foreign policy.

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