Last week, the world woke up to the death of Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force in Iran. He had died in a U.S airstrike on Iraqi soil. Iran isn’t a calm nation, and this prompted people to go on Twitter and suggest the coming of a third world war. It is unfortunate that most people think this is simply another “muscle-flexing” act of the U.S., but in fact, this is a conflict which has been brewing for a while now.
Well, the U.S. and Iran haven’t exactly been friends.
This particular conflict can be traced to 2018 when President Donald Trump of the United States pulled the U.S. out of the Iranian Nuclear Deal. He then imposed more rigid sanctions on Iran, claiming they sponsored acts of terrorism. Mr. Trump has also blamed Iran for several attacks on oil tankers and Saudi Oil refineries. The most significant was the shooting down of an American drone in 2019. Iran claimed that the drone violated their airspace, while the U.S. claimed the drone was in international airspace.
On December 27, 2019, several rockets in Northeastern Iraq killed an American contractor and injured four U.S. service members. Immediately, the U.S. blamed the attack on Iran, saying the attack had ties to Iran’s Quds Force which was led by the late Soleimani. The U.S. responded on the 29th of December by sending missiles to five different locations in Iraq and Syria and this caused the death of almost 24 military personnels. This attack was followed by protests by Shiite militias who stormed the U.S Embassy in Baghdad. The U.S. Secretary of State promptly tagged it an “Iran-backed terrorist attack.”
Then, just last Friday, the U.S. launched an attack at an airport in Baghdad; this was the attack that killed Soleimani and other eminent military officers. Officials said that they believed the General was plotting an attack on Americans in the Middle East, and he was a threat to the U.S. government.
Naturally, Iran is spited.
Meetings are held. Iraq, UN, Japan and other powerful voices stand up to stop a retaliation which could lead to a full-blown war. But Iran knew all those ones were okoto meow kututu meow.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamanei said: “Forceful retaliation awaits the criminal who have his blood on their hands.” In his gruff Arabic accent, he promised “harsh retaliation” on the U.S.
The harsh retaliation came this morning when Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at bases in Iraq which houses American troops. According to reports, there are no casualties except for minor injuries here and there.
Mr. Trump said in a tweet after the strike: “All is well.”
But is all really well?
In other news, an Ukrainian passenger jet crashed in the early hours of the morning and at least 170 people on board are reported to be dead.
May their souls find peace.