Sunday January 19, 2020

Assassination could spell death for US’s Middle East ambitions

While the death of Soleimani led to retaliation and a word of wars between Iran and the US, the vote to expel US soldiers from Iraq was a sign that the US could be starting to lose its grip on the region

12th January, 2020
The assassination of Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike has raised fears of increased instability in the Middle East. Picture: Getty

The recent assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike has raised fears of increased instability in an already volatile Middle East.

While some have prognosticated on the possibility of outright war between Iran and the US, this seems unlikely. Despite what US critics might believe, the Iranian regime is rational and driven by an underlying concern for self-preservation in a deeply threatening regional environment.

Soleimani was little known until recently other...

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