Iranian saber-rattling continues to cast unrest in the Middle East. This could have serious consequences for America’s military in the months and years ahead.

The age-old conflict between the Sunnis and the Shiite rages on. After 18 years of continuous combat operations in Iraq, the United States could be on the brink of being dragged into yet another Middle Eastern conflict, and continued military escalation carries with it potentially devastating consequences.

The Iranian regime already possesses intercontinental ballistic missiles. These will be enhanced by importing advanced targeting systems if current sanctions on Tehran are removed. Iran continues to build its nuclear weapons program and is constructing laboratories and centrifuges deep underground that would be unaffected by even the most powerful munitions of the United States.

Iran’s dangerous proxies, which are led by the Quds Force, are spread across the world. Iran has already demonstrated the willingness to employ unconventional combat tactics, committing large-scale acts of terrorism against both American soldiers and civilians and those of other countries.