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Jordan attack presents Biden with a dilemma

Posted by: The Conversation

Date: Tuesday, 30 January 2024

Since the current war between Israel and Hamas began in early October there have been warnings of the conflict spiraling and igniting proxy wars in the Middle East

Sporadic fighting on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon and Houthi raids in the Red Sea ratcheted up the tension. But until Sunday, the US administration had avoided the need to address a deadly attack on any of its personnel in the region. Then a drone attack in Jordan killed three American troops and injured dozens more, forcing President Joe Biden’s hand. He immediately blamed Iran-backed militias; Tehran denied having any involvement.

The relationship between Iran and the group that claimed responsibility is not straightforward, as Sara Harmouch, an expert on asymmetric warfare and militant groups in the Middle East, explains. And that complicates the calculus in front of Biden as he prepares a retaliatory response.

Is the International Court of Justice’s ruling against Israel’s war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip a game changer, or will it turn out to be a hollow victory? This is a question political analysts have been considering since the court’s landmark ruling in a genocide case brought by South Africa. International affairs security expert Anthoni van Nieuwkerk argues that the judgment is more likely to end up being a hollow victory, with prospects for peace shaped by shifting and intractible global forces.

Matt Williams

Senior International Editor

Drone attack on American troops risks widening Middle East conflict – and drawing in Iran-US tensions

Sara Harmouch, American University

Three American troops were killed and dozens more injured in an attack on a base in Jordan. How the Biden administration responds could determine if conflict in the Middle East widens.

UN genocide ruling won’t change Israel’s behaviour: three reasons why

Anthoni van Nieuwkerk, University of South Africa

A changing world order and global battles for power will derail the quest for peace in Gaza and the Middle East.

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