What's going on with Iran? - VisualPolitik EN
- January 7th, 2020. Breaking news: about two dozen ballistic missiles hit United States facilities in Iraq. More specifically, the targets were military bases in Western Iraq where hundreds of American soldiers are deployed.
This was the escalation of the latest tension between Iran and the United States that had erupted on January 3rd. On that day, the US army launched a deadly strike against a convoy that was leaving Baghdad Airport.
Travelling in that convoy were two leading figures of Middle Eastern geopolitics. The first was Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, a special operations group within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.
He was one of the most important leaders of the Iranian theocracy. Next to him there was Aby Mahdi al-Muhandis, chief of Kata’ib Hezbollah or Hezbollah Brigades, an Iraqi militia founded in 2003 in order to fight US troops deployed in the country.
According to the Pentagon, this deadly strike was carried out according to orders given by Donald Trump himself, the President of the United States.
Now the question is... who was Qasem Soleimani? What does his loss mean to Middle Eastern politics? Why did Trump decide to end his life? Why and how is Iran reacting to this? And the most important question of all... What could happen next?
Are we about to witness a war between The United States and Iran? Let’s take a look.
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