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A Perilous Turning Point in the U.S.-Iran Confrontation

With the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the U.S.-Iran standoff has shifted from attrition toward open conflict.

Tehran will retaliate – the only question is how – prompting another response from Washington.

  • Robert Malley
  • ICG

Allies of both should intercede to stop the exchange from spinning out of control.

The killing by the U.S. of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, marks a dramatic turning point.

Soleimani had been in Washington’s crosshairs for many years, and successive U.S. presidents could likely have ordered his…

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