ISIS in Iran Could Lead to a Battle of Two Great Evils

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ISIS efforts in Iran may take the battle between Sunni vs. Shia to a whole new level…


Recent attacks claimed by ISIS in Iran against the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini could signify a significant escalation in the group’s effort to expand its territory, and ideology.
 
And in doing so, may also invite added engagement by one of the world’s most unpredictable nations into the Middle East. Most notably, Syria where allegiances between Iran and the Assad regime are strong, and Iraq, whom Iran has had in its crosshairs as a means to grow its territory and control over oil reserves.
 
Knowing that Iran continues to pursue nuclear capabilities and the influence it wields via Shia rulers in other parts of the world, escalation of conflict with the likes of ISIS could present a scenario where two of the world’s greatest evils meet head on.

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Brandon Blackburn
Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business. During his time with the CIA, Brandon served multiple tours in the Middle East, to include Iraq and Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Brandon consults with businesses and media on national security related issues with his consulting firm B4B Enterprises. Blackburn is also a consulting producer for Live PD on A&E. He can be followed on Twitter @Bran_Blackburn.

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