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Is Iran’s threat of revenge too much for Trump’s fragile presidency?

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10.01.2020

Opinion |

The assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on January 3 has set in motion a series of horrifying scenarios.

The staggering scale of the outpouring of public feeling within Iran during Soleimani’s funeral makes it 100% certain that with the mourning period ending on Tuesday, Tehran will begin fulfilling Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s vow to take “severe revenge” against the United States.

What form it takes remains to be seen after US President Donald Trump ordered the drone strike that killed Soleimani.

Iran does not seek a war with the US but may leverage the “Axis of Resistance” – Iran, Syria, and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The targets will be US military assets and personnel regionally and worldwide.

We will conduct these operations during hours of darkness to help alleviate any perception that we may be bringing more Coalition Forces into Iraq

We will conduct these operations during hours of darkness to help alleviate any perception that we may be bringing more Coalition Forces into Iraq

As of now, Iran has no intention of taking on Washington’s regional allies, especially Israel. Importantly, not a single Iranian official has pointed a finger at Israel for involvement in Soleimani’s murder.

The Gulf Arab regimes have independently sought assurances from Iran, which explains the hurried trip to Washington by Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khalid, brother of Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh has let it be known that it is urging restraint on the part of the Trump administration. Two days ago, Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, who is a member of the ruling royal family, was in Tehran and was received by President Hassan Rouhani.

The Gulf Arab states nonetheless have concerns about collateral damage in the event of Iranian........

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