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From Sudan to cyber, secret war with Iran heats up

•, By Peter Apps

Despite months of speculation, most experts and governments believe the risk of a direct Israeli strike on Tehran's nuclear program stirring regional conflict has eased, at least for now. But all sides, it seems, are finding other ways to fight.

  For the US and European powers , the main focus remains on oil export sanctions that are inflicting ever more damage on Iran's economy. 

But the Obama administration and Israel have also ploughed resources into covert operations - a campaign that now appears to have prompted an increasingly sophisticated Iranian reaction.

  With Iranian hackers suspected of severely damaging Saudi oil facility computers and a suspected Hezbollah drone shot down over Israel, tactics and tools once seen as the sole purview of the United States are now clearly being used on both sides. 

The mounting body count in Syria, some believe, is also in part a consequence of the proxy war being waged there. 

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