Over the past week escalations in aggression between Iran and the United States has continued. Protests were carried out by supporters of the Iranian backed Hezbollah in Iraq against the US embassy. With fires being set and rocks being thrown into the compound.
The protests starting against the embassy in response to the recent attacks targeting the Iranian backed militia. These attacks were in response to a US contractor who was killed last week in an attack by Hezbollah rockets in Kirkuk province.
Iraqi television has now confirmed the death of a prominent military strategist, and leader of the Quds forces, Maj. Gen. Qaseem Soleimani.
Soleimani was a highly respected military officer that expanded Iran’s interests in the middle east with great success over the last decade. This legacy came to an end as his convoy was destroyed by US forces on their way to Baghdad. This and many other similar operations have severely limited the capabilities of the militia forces in the region, but has not yet diminished their determination.
The Iranian supreme leader has announced that there will be 3 days of mourning for Soleimani.
The Quds force is a detachment of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps responsible for extraterritorial and clandestine operations outside of Iranian borders. They also support non state actors including Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. As well as Yemeni Houthis, and Shia militias in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.
The importance of Soleimani to the Iranian regime is so great that this may be the tipping point before all out war in the region. Many Iranians themselves are worried about the outcome of these latest aggression’s. Some stating that a response by Iran is guaranteed.
US Foreign minister called for all US citizens to leave the region immediately. An indication that the outcome of this situation is still very much uncertain. Although it is certainly volatile enough to raise the alarm bells.
Leader of the Iranian backed militia, Qais Al-Khazali stated:
“This is a flagrant aggression, and aggression against Iraq sovereignty. It is a violation of all norms and values. This aggression wont pass unpunished.”
You can read about the protests that have been going on since October in our article here: https://politicalop.ca/international-affairs/protests-turn-deadly-in-iran-as-government-cuts-internet-to-silence-the-people/