January 03, 2020
Qasem Soleimani, a major general in the Iranian army and head of its elite force Al Quds, was killed in a U.S. airstrike a few hours ago.
This airstrike was ordered directly by President Trump, and ever since it was announced people started fearing this may lead to further escalation and may even lead to a third world war. And that it might have been not necessary.
Now before we entertain this idea let’s put everything into context; A few days ago the American embassy in Baghdad was stormed by Iranian-backed militants
This got a lot of headlines but what didn’t get so many headlines is that, most likely, these militants were overseen by Soleimani himself; He wasn’t just a regular general he was the one directing all Iran’s proxies in the region.
The U.S. response in this context seems to be very logical; Iran can’t simply attack a U.S. embassy and get away with it.
Now, will Iran retaliate and start a third world war? Not likely, like can they attack the U.S. directly? That’s virtually impossible for them.
Of course, what everybody is thinking, is that they will respond using their proxies in the region to attack American interests, but these have limitations too.
A very similar, but not well-known, incident happened in 1988. Operation Praying Mantis, as it was named, was an operation carried out but the American navy in retaliation to Iran placing explosive mines in the Persian Gulf which resulted in sinking a U.S. military ship.
And the results were
Link to Wikipedia article here Operation Praying Mantis
I also found a video about the incident here
What most likely is gonna result from killing Qasem Soleimani is that Iran will know its place and not to miss around further because the consequences will be severe.