Pfeil nach rechts

The U.S. Versus Iran A Dangerous New Era in the Middle East

By killing top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the U.S. has injected even more unpredictability into an already unstable region. Both sides have insisted they don't want war. But the conflict is likely to continue in the shadows.
Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week.

Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week.

Naif Rahma/ Naif Rahma/ REUTERS
Commander in Chief Trump and other senior officials in the Situation Room of the White House: The decision to assassinate Soleimani was the most important foreign policy move of his tenure thus far, and one with deep and unpredictable implications for the Middle East and beyond.

Commander in Chief Trump and other senior officials in the Situation Room of the White House: The decision to assassinate Soleimani was the most important foreign policy move of his tenure thus far, and one with deep and unpredictable implications for the Middle East and beyond.

Handout/ Getty Images
Strategist Soleimani on the front in Aleppo, Syria, in 2015

Strategist Soleimani on the front in Aleppo, Syria, in 2015

Balkis Press/ABACA/ picture alliance / DPA
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (center) at Qassem Soleimani's funeral ceremony.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (center) at Qassem Soleimani's funeral ceremony.

Anadolu Agency/ Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
A demonstration in Tehran on Jan. 3 following Soleimani's killing: Soleimani had been popular in his life, but with his death, he has become a popular hero.

A demonstration in Tehran on Jan. 3 following Soleimani's killing: Soleimani had been popular in his life, but with his death, he has become a popular hero.

Ebrahim Noroozi/ picture alliance/dpa
So far, Iran's response to the killing has been measured, but it's possible the country will conduct further attacks through proxies.

So far, Iran's response to the killing has been measured, but it's possible the country will conduct further attacks through proxies.

NurPhoto/ NurPhoto via Getty Images
Americans are suffering from war fatigue, but additional troops are still being dispatched to the Middle East from bases like the one at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Americans are suffering from war fatigue, but additional troops are still being dispatched to the Middle East from bases like the one at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Andrew Craft/ Getty Images
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in June

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in June

POOL New/ REUTERS