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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.

 

Sources:

 

New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/03/world/middleeast/us-iraq.html
A Shocked Iraq Reconsiders Its Relationship With the U.S.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/30/world/middleeast/iraq-airstrikes-us-iran-militias.html

American Airstrikes Rally Iraqis Against U.S.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/05/world/middleeast/Iran-us-trump.html

Iran Shifts on a Landmark Nuclear Deal: Live Updates

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/world/middleeast/qassem-soleimani-iraq-iran-attack.html

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

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/01/05/world/middleeast/ap-ml-iraq-us.html

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/01/world/middleeast/us-embassy-baghdad-iraq.html

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

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/03/world/middleeast/iraq-embassy-baghdad-airport-attack.html

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

 

The Economist:

https://www.economist.com/leaders/2020/01/02/america-shows-how-not-to-tame-iran

America shows how not to tame Iran

https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2020/01/02/the-conflict-between-america-and-iran-intensifies-in-iraq

The conflict between America and Iran intensifies in Iraq

 

The AP:

https://apnews.com/cde30d5913e29ad7aa067fd09e84909e

Iran-backed Iraqi militia vows revenge to US strikes

https://apnews.com/5597ff0f046a67805cc233d5933a53ed

US kills Iran’s most powerful general in Baghdad airstrike

https://apnews.com/2fd2efad28f41f82f8204d4d3ae05ba6

The Latest: Baghdad residents say 3 blasts hit Green Zone

 

NPR:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/04/793364307/timeline-how-the-u-s-came-to-strike-and-kill-a-top-iranian-general

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

 

Business Insider:

https://www.businessinsider.com/pence-incorrectly-links-iran-to-911-justify-killing-of-soleimani-2020-1

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

 

The Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/in-war-weary-baghdad-fears-that-us-and-iran-showdowns-could-leave-iraq-caught-in-the-middle/2020/01/04/6378f87a-2f09-11ea-bffe-020c88b3f120_story.html

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

 

Politico:

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/05/iran-abandons-nuclear-deal-killing-soleimani-094197

Iran abandons nuclear deal over slaying of general

 

USA Today:

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/world/2020/01/03/iran-iraq-trump-soleimani-assassination/2803733001/

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

 

The Intercept:

https://theintercept.com/2019/11/18/iran-isis-iraq-kurds/

IRAN’S SHADOW WAR ON ISIS

 

Congressional Research Service:

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/pres-aumf.pdf

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:

https://govinfo.library.unt.edu/911/report/911Report.pdf


Protect The Oil: Trump’s New Syria Strategy



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President Trump has engaged in a new and controversial strategy in Syria. He’s stationing US troops to protect the oilfields in Syria. Some are calling it pillaging, while others are saying it’s just a bargaining chip. Here is exactly what’s going on with this new strategy.


The End of the Syrian Civil War: How We Got Here and What’s Next



Bashar al Assad is on the verge of winning the Syrian Civil War with rebels making a last stand in Idlib. This episode goes over the major characters in the Syrian Civil War, how we got here, and how this is probably going to work itself out.