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Karun Mukherji asked: Is Israel planning to attack Iran? Very little is known about Tehran's military capability. Does it have the ability to strike back?

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  • Arvind Gupta replies: It seems unlikely that Israel will attack Iran at the present moment. An Israeli attack on Iran will open an entirely new front for the US and complicate matters at a time when it wishes to extricate itself from Iraq and Afghanistan. Israel falls within the striking range of Iranian missiles. Iran can also block the Strait of Hormuz and disrupt oil supplies from the Persian Gulf.