The U.S Iran Conflict


Metztli Estrada, Online Editor, Features Editor

On Friday January 3, 2020 the entire nation held its breath as it was announced that Donald Trump, The President of the United States had ordered the killing of Major Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani. It is said that what pushed President Trump to attack was an American contractor by the name of Nawres Hamid, was killed by an Iranian-backed militia attack on December 27, 2019.

The murder of 33 year old Hamid sparked outrage that led to U.S. retaliation, and President Trump later went on to explain his reason behind the decision stating,“Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him,” in his official remarks.

This decision however, did not go without repercussions. Iran went on to retaliate this attack claiming that there would be “severe revenge” and “death to America.” A series of riots and protests broke out and even a bounty on the president’s head by an Iranian legislator.

This revenge came in the form of 22 missiles directly at two U.S bases in Iraq. The good news is that these attacks resulted in no casualties, but with this revenge not as severe as they had stated, who knows what else will come our way. Reports have surfaced that the Iranian response was never intended to really kill any US personnel but done as a means of saving face to its citizens.

President Trump himself believes that “Iran appears to be standing down…” and adamant that his intentions were to stop a war, not to start one. Many people disagree, they believe that his actions were reckless and that this could further affect the American people and begin a war with Iran and possibly other nations in the world.