‘No longer a shadow war’: Iran says attack on Israel marks strategic shift

SpaceWar.com reports: “Iran’s missile and drone barrage against Israel was the first act of a tough new strategy, Tehran says, warning arch foe Israel that any future attack will spark ‘a direct and punishing response’.

This spells a dramatic shift from past years in which the Islamic republic and Israel have fought a shadow war of proxy fights and covert operations across the Middle East and sometimes further afield.

Iran from late Saturday launched hundreds of drones and missiles, including from its own territory, directly at Israel, to retaliate for a deadly April 1 strike on Iran’s consulate in Damascus.

Israel’s military said it intercepted 99 percent of the aerial threats with the help of the United States and other allies, and that the overnight attack caused only minor damage.

Iran said it had dealt ‘heavy blows’ to Israel and hailed the operation as ‘successful’.

‘Iran’s victorious… operation means that the era of strategic patience is over,’ the Iranian president’s political deputy, Mohammad Jamshidi wrote on X…”

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