Members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Aerospace Force stand at an underground missile base with launcher units in an undisclosed location, in this undated handout photo courtesy of Fars News. REUTERS/farsnews.com/Handout
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As Iran's government promises a new age of prosperity after sanctions, many Iranians are hoping for the best.At the same time, the armed forces have loudly advertised developments to Iran's missile deterrent and other defense capabilities, proclaiming they are still prepared for an attack by the Islamic Republic's enemies. Tehran is wary of the U.S. and Israel, some of whose commentators have called for military attacks on the Iran even after the nuclear deal, and also of Gulf Arab powers who are fighting a proxy war with Iran's allies in Syria and waging a direct conflict against them in Yemen.The IISS noted in its 2015 Military Balance report that Iran's regular forces, while large, are poorly equipped compared to its rivals and would be unlikely to prevail in a conventional conflict waged outside Iran's borders.By contrast, Iran's missile arsenal is the strongest in the region and, while conventional missiles alone do not win wars, potential strikes on population centers or oil facilities are a cause for concern in Arab countries.
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