Iran’s Strategy: ‘Attack and Demand Ceasefire’ Unfolds in Iraq

The Iranian terror group Kataib Hezbollah allegedly carried out the drone attack that killed three US service members in Jordan recently. On January 30, the group claimed it would halt attacks on US forces, but the Pentagon is skeptical. Similar to Iran’s policy with Hamas, Kataib Hezbollah carries out attacks, then seeks a ceasefire. This strategy aims to wear down opponents over time. The long-term goal for Iranian-backed groups like Kataib Hezbollah is to remove the US from the Middle East. Iran encourages these groups to escalate attacks, then portrays any US response as “widening the war.” The process seems transparent, but Iran creates layers of complexity to obscure its actions. The US faces a critical decision on how to confront Iran’s ongoing aggression.