In the midst of fighting a pandemic and dealing with US sanctions, Iran has launched a military satellite to showcase its technological advancement.
The accidental downing of a Ukrainian commercial flight has turned the political tide in Iran.
Regional experts are ruling out the possibility of direct military conflict between Iran and the US but they also expect a strong retaliation from Tehran.
According to US media reports, the attack crippled computers used to control rocket and missile launches, while a spying group responsible for tracking ships in the Gulf was also targeted.
Designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a "terrorist" organisation could push reformists to the sidelines.
Experts say Iranian army chief General Mohammad Baqeri's statement from the island is "an open challenge" to the UAE, especially when the Gulf state has started cosying up to Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad.
Top Iranian military commanders also agreed on measures to establish border security and receive Iraqi forces stationed at border posts.
The Iranian military said the incident was "probably related to psychological problems of the soldier who suddenly started firing on his comrades".
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