America, Iran, and Iraq: The Last Week in Middle East Politics Explained

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Starting December 27th, we saw an escalation in hostilities between America and Iran. It started with a rocket attack on an American base in Idlib and by the end of the week America had assassinated Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The battlefield for this escating tit for tat was the streets of Iraq. Here’s what happened and what it means.




New York Times:
A Shocked Iraq Reconsiders Its Relationship With the U.S.

American Airstrikes Rally Iraqis Against U.S.

Iran Shifts on a Landmark Nuclear Deal: Live Updates

U.S. Strike in Iraq Kills Qassim Suleimani, Commander of Iranian Forces

U.S. Troops in Middle East Come Into Focus Amid Threats

Pro-Iranian Protesters End Siege of U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Maps: How the Confrontation Between the U.S. and Iran Escalated


The Economist:

America shows how not to tame Iran

The conflict between America and Iran intensifies in Iraq


The AP:

Iran-backed Iraqi militia vows revenge to US strikes

US kills Iran’s most powerful general in Baghdad airstrike

The Latest: Baghdad residents say 3 blasts hit Green Zone



Timeline: How The U.S. Came To Strike And Kill A Top Iranian General


Business Insider:

Pence incorrectly links Iran to 9/11 while trying to justify America’s assassination of the country’s top general


The Washington Post:

In Baghdad, fears that U.S.-Iran showdowns could leave Iraq caught in middle



Iran abandons nuclear deal over slaying of general


USA Today:

7 days in Iraq: How US-Iran conflict led to general’s death


The Intercept:



Congressional Research Service:

Presidential References to the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Publicly Available Executive Actions and Reports to Congress


The 9/11 Commission Report: