Iran and the United States: World War III?

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Iran and the United States: World War III?

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Tensions between Iran and the United States have been dangerously high over the past few days. It all started when Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani was assassinated via drone strike, authorized by President Donald Trump. The assassination was in response to Soleimani’s multiple Americans within Iran. Since the assassination, Zeinab daughter of Qasem Soleimani threatened U.S. soldiers in the Middle East, and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, vowed vengeance. Soleimani had the largest funeral in history, with millions showing up, not all by choice. The Iraqi parliament voted to remove U.S. troops from Iraq. Trump has promised strong sanctions if this does indeed happen. Tensions quickly rose, and immediately, Americans’ hearts were stricken with the fear of yet another endless war. This was not helped when Iran fired missiles at U.S. military bases stationed in Iraq. This attack killed two U.S. soldiers, but the Iranians said they did not intend to kill anyone. Furthermore, on January 9, a jet full of people was shot by missiles, killing all 176 passengers and crew onboard. Evidence seems to point to Iran as a culprit, but only time will tell. As tensions increase, and new fears arise, we must remain vigilant  and hopeful that peace will be a viable solution.