On Wednesday night, U.S. forces again launched air strikes near Baghdad, killing six people and seriously injuring three, following an early morning air strike by U.S. forces at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq that killed Iran's top general, Suleimani, CCTV news reported.
Although the Sulaimani rank is only a brigadier, but in Iran has a strong influence and popularity. The \"holy city brigade\" he commanded was not a simple combat force, but a special unit dedicated to overseas \"proxy wars \", overseas training and covert operations.
In recent years, Iran has gradually expanded its influence in Iraq through the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), assisting the authorities in Damascus to \"reward \"and a series of impressive performances in Lebanon and Yemen, all of which are believed to be linked to him.
Because of his repeated defeats of spies such as the u.s. and israel, he enjoys a high reputation among iranians as a key figure in both \"power\" and \"idolatry \".
President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were quick to say \"this is a well-crafted\" targeted clearance \"operation by the US military.
Mr. Trump also tweeted with excitement that \"he should have died long ago,\" with Mr. Pompeo saying that Mr. Suleimani was preparing to pose\" a major threat to the lives of hundreds of American citizens in the region,\" and that \"in view of the imminent situation, we have taken such action based on intelligence assessments.\"
U.S.\" targeted killings \"are thought to be in retaliation for earlier Iraqi Shi'ite protesters who surrounded and stormed the U.S. embassy in Iraq, while the latter responded to U.S. indiscriminate bombing of Iraq's Shiite communities that killed dozens of people.
The conflict between Iran and the United States since Trump allowed the United States to unilaterally tear up the Iran Nuclear Agreement, during which Iran has even shot down high-value U.S. drones, has not been so aggressive.
There are signs that Trump wants to use this extraordinary measure to exert his favorite "extreme pressure "on Iran to force the latter to do so – even if he returns to the negotiating table on US terms, so that Trump can claim "I have won again "and withdraw more US military power from the Middle East as he likes.
That's why for two days mr. trump and mr. pompeo have not been bothered to say that \"killing mr. sulimani would cool the situation in the middle east rather than heat up\" and \"we are stopping the war rather than provoking it \".
The problem is that mr sulimani's position is so important, and his reputation so prominent, that he is not on a destructive mission in iraq, but rather on a \"normal business trip \"(at least as the iranians and iraqis would have interpreted it) to be killed by a u. s.-based\" uninvited passengers in the air \"cooling\" and \"negotiating \".
Over the past two days, Pompeo and France, China, the United Kingdom, Russia, German Foreign Minister, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Iraqi President Barham Saleh, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and other exchanges of views, trying to gain more understanding or support from the international community, but the results are clearly not satisfactory.
United nations and world leaders have voiced concerns about the fallout and the situation in the Middle East, and even the other two corners of the "iron triangle "that Trump relies most on in the Middle East – Israel and Saudi Arabia – have not been as aggressive as they have been since the US imposed a high pressure on Iran.
The saudis remained silent; israel's cabinet demanded for the first time that cabinet members \"speak carefully in public on the matter \", so as not to stimulate lebanon's hezbollah or palestinian militant group to\" provoke fire \".
Though Trump and Pompeo have just thanked Israel for its \"support since the U.S. embassy crisis in Iraq.\" It is clear that, while the world has different positions on Iran, it does not agree with the argument that the assassination of Suleimani would ease the situation in the Middle East.
Iran's de facto "spiritual "and secular administrations have swiftly condemned the US, vowing to "reproach Suleimani "– as can be seen from America's demands for the withdrawal or security of its Iraqi citizens and its threats to increase its forces in the Middle East in a few days,3000-3500, even if the US itself does not believe that the killing of Suleimani is indeed a "good gospel of peace in the Middle East ".
Just hours after declaring that \"the united states is not pursuing war or escalating the situation \", iraqi state television said the u.s. air strikes in baghdad had killed six people and seriously wounded three. Iraq's police say the U.S. may target Iraq's Shiite leader, Hachd Al-Chaabi, as a new \"targeted removal\" target, and the U.S. is unbothered.
There are signs that allowing the consequences of the Sulaimani affair to widen, both internationally and domestically, the Trump administration is "loud,"and that the deteriorating situation in the Middle East could lead to serious economic consequences (oil prices have risen) and to a renewed erosion of Trump's stated strategy of "out of the Middle East.”
On January 4, Iran's top religious leader, Ali Khamenei, appointed Brigadier-General Esmail Qaani to take over as commander of the Al-Quds Brigade, hours after the Iraqi People's Mobilization Organization also appointed a new Vice-President, Hadial-Amiri.
This series of rapid personnel arrangements suggests that iran and its regional allies are re-establishing the \"shia arc\" chain of command and personnel to fill the gap between the deaths of the two cadres at a much faster pace and efficiency than expected, and that their counter-attack may soon begin.
As stated earlier, what Trump seeks is to minimize the military presence and all kinds of investment in the Middle East, while ensuring US hegemony and control over local strategic points, is clearly against the original intention.
Iran is hurting by a series of sanctions and could suffer more serious consequences if it escalates hastily, and \"eggs and stones \"do not conform to the strategic principle of \"weak resistance \", that is,\"no uncertain battles \".
Many analysts believe that iran will continue to retaliate with a familiar \"proxy approach \", such as its own powerful presence in syria and iraq, as well as a\" home court \"of american targets such as garrisons, which could be a\" quasi-special war \"like the\" drone strike \"or a\" soft war \"like the\" sit-down \"around american embassies and consulates\" on a larger scale.
Think of the suleymani affair as one of the \"war valves\" in the middle east, but know one thing: any valve can be screwed in both \"open\" and \"closed\" directions.