The next day, one of the largest ships in Iran’s navy, the IRIS Kharg, caught fire and sank, and several storage tanks blazed for hours at a state-owned oil refinery in Tehran. Although both could easily have been accidents, multiple claims to the contrary on social media reflect the ongoing Iranian-Israeli covert war.
- Whatever the nuclear deal outcome, Tehran will maintain efforts to force Washington out of the Middle East, especially in Iraq.
- Iran will venture further into the Arabian Sea and Red Sea with its newly operational advanced sea bases, Makran and Shahid Roudaki.
- Iran will pursue its goal of deploying a mobile air defence system in Syria with the potential prize of downing an Israeli combat aircraft.