Rising Tensions Between U.S. and Iran Amid Assassination of Top Iranian General


Tate W., Sports Editor

On Friday, Jan. 2, an unmanned U.S. drone launched an airstrike on a car outside of Baghdad International Airport holding top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The airstrike, which came as a surprise to both Iran and the international community, escalated tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

Perhaps the most perplexing thing about this move from the U.S. military is that, despite a lack of evidence supporting the State Department’s assertions that Soleimani was an imminent threat to U.S. security, there is no verifiable information that Soleimani was, in fact, plotting to attack the U.S. In fact, according to the New York Times, as of Jan 12, defense secretary Mark T. Esper revealed that there were no intelligence indications that Soleimani was planning to attack U.S. embassies. Another frequently untold fact about the incident is that at the time of his assassination, Soleimani was on a diplomatic peace mission to ease tensions between Iran and Iraq.

Since Soleimani’s assassination, Iran has been in disarray, as he was one of Iran’s most revered leaders. Many claim that Soleimani was next in line to become ayatollah of Iran, which essentially means that he would be the political and religious leader of Iran. Soleimani was actually so revered by the Iranian people that as a result of his death there was a public funeral held in Tehran which drew several million people. According to www.foxnews.com the funeral caused a stampede that resulted in over 50 deaths and 200 injuries

The U.S.’s move to take out Soleimani was feared to have grave political consequences, and there has already been evidence of that. Just recently, Iran launched an airstrike on U.S. embassies in Iraq as an act of retaliation. The airstrike resulted in no casualties and little damage as U.S. missile defense systems were well prepared for an attack, as some act of retaliation was indicated by many prominent political and military leaders in Iran.

As of now, the state of affairs between the U.S. and Iran is almost entirely up in the air. While some members of Congress are attempting to pass legislation that limits President Trump’s power to make another move against Iran, other members of Congress are giving him praise for his actions. What is known, however, is that American involvement and military action in the Middle East is far from over, and there does not seem to be an end in sight.