Recently, conflict has risen between Iran and the United States after President Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Iranian major general, Qasam Soleimani, early this year.
“It was the time to take this action,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “The risk of doing nothing was enormous.”
Tensions between the Middle East and the United States have been significant for many years. This animosity between the two countries has led to ruthless killings of Americans and their allies, often credited to Qasam Soleimani. Soleimani was the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force which has been recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S.
“He’s been in combat his entire life. His soldiers love him. He’s a quiet, charismatic guy, a strategic genius and a tactical operator,” said Lieutenant General Mark Hertling.
In Iran, however, he was beloved because of his charm and his popular beliefs, such as a hatred for the United States. He became a very well-known man around the world after American officials called for his death. Soleimani ordered the killings of many American troops in surrounding countries, and supported controversial Syrian President Bashar Assad, says AP News writer Nasser Karimi.
“I can’t talk too much about the nature of the threats, but the American people should know that President Trump’s decision to remove Qassem Soleimani from the battlefield saved American lives,” said Pompeo.
Because of his large and recognized importance to the country and its military, anti-American protests erupted throughout Iran. A member of the Iranian parliament even went as far as to offer a $3 million bounty for Donald Trump’s death.
“Trump through his gamble has dragged the U.S. into the most dangerous situation in the region,” said Hessameddin Ashena, adviser to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.
The assassination on the third of January also set off many other unexpected consequences, which ended up benefitting dangerous extremist groups in the Middle East. All fire has been turned to American Soldiers stationed in the area, and an order has been issued by the Iraqi parliament that the Americans must withdrawal. This leaves opportunity for many militias to proceed in acts of violence with little resistance from the U.S.
“IS militants have something else to celebrate. When Mr. Trump decided to kill Soleimani they were gifted the spectacle of one of their enemies, the US president, assassinating another,” said Jeremy Bowen, BBC News writer.
However, public opinion in both Iran and Iraq has recently swayed in its desire for war with America, as they begin to turn their anger to the Iranian government. According to Aljazeera News, raised fuel prices and other political actions in Iran have citizens calling for the overthrow of the government, and it has become obvious that a country in such a position is not prepared for a large-scale war with America, as such a powerhouse of a country. Iraq, on the other hand, is hoping for the tensions to ease to avoid being caught in the middle of the battleground.