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U.S. Airstrikes Kill Senior Iranian Official in Retaliation for Proxy Attacks

January 3, 2020

Episode Notes:

Yesterday the U.S. struck and killed Qasem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, head of Kata’ib Hezbollah, in retaliation for recent Iranian proxy attacks on U.S. assets and personnel in Iraq. Ariane Tabatabai of the RAND Corporation joins us to talk about what these attacks signify, what might happen next, and how to understand Soleimani’s internal influence in Iran.


[0:44] What happened?
[2:52] Is the rest of the world likely to buy U.S. arguments attributing recent attacks in Iraq to Iranian proxies?
[4:20] What is Iran’s likely response?
[5:53] Could this escalate beyond contained, reciprocal attacks?
[8:32] What are we not talking about here that we should be?

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