A Snapshot into the US-Iran Conflict


(West Asia News Agency) Via Reuters

An Iranian holds up an image of Qasem Soleimani

Kaylee DeWalt, Staff

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Tension between the US and Iran has been present since the 1970s after the Iranian Revolution. The new decade has only seen these tensions skyrocket as a war between the US and Iran looms overhead. 


January 3, 2020

Qasem Soleimani was killed in an airstrike at the Baghdad Airport in Iraq. Soleimani was a known leader within the Iranian government, often named the second most powerful man in Iran, just following Iran’s President, Hasson Rouhani. He was allegedly connected to many different terrorist organizations, including ISIS. He also acted as Major General of the Quds Force, an organization that has been labeled as a terrorist group by the CIA since 2007. Regarding the airstrike, President Trump releases a statement claiming that “Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel.” 

Iran, however, rebutted President Trump’s claim. President Rouhani writing that Soleimani “fought heroically against ISIS, Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al. If it weren’t for his war on terror, European capitals would be in great danger now.” President Rouhani also wrote that Iran would remove “all US forces out of the region.” 


January 4, 2020

Soleiamni’s funeral begins. Thousands of Iranian civilians gather in Kerman, Soleimani’s hometown, to mourn his death.


January 7, 2020

Just a few days after releasing an official press statement made by President Rouhani regarding his sadness and anger towards Solimani’s death, the Iranian government launches a ballistic missile attack on two Iraqi military bases that house US troops. There were no casualties. This day also marks the last day of Soleimani’s funeral.


January 9, 2020

The House of Representatives passes a resolution to limit the amount of military power President Trump has in the Middle East without congressional approval. This comes days after many congresswomen and men argued that President Trump overstepped his executive power by allowing the airstrike without congressional approval. Some even argued that airstrike was a political ploy to improve President Trump’s image, which had been damaged weeks prior by his impeachment. 


President Trump rebutted these claims, saying that he ordered the airstrike due to the fact that “somebody died, one of our military people died, people were badly wounded just a week before. And we did it.” He said this in reference to an incident on December 27, 2019, where an American soldier was killed by Kataib Hezbollah, a Shia militia group who, according to the CIA, is backed by Iran. 


January 10, 2020

Iran admits to unintentionally shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing all 176 people aboard, 57 who were Candian. Regarding the incident, President Rouhani writes that the missiles that took down the plane were “fired due to human error” and that it was a “great tragedy and unforgivable mistake.”

January 11, 2020

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, speaks on behalf of Canada, asking Iran for “closure, transparency, accountability, and justice.”  

Thousands of Iranian anti-government protesters, many of which are university students, gather in front of the gate of AmirKabir University, to protest the downing of the Ukrainian plane. They are met with direct shooting from the police. 


January 13, 2020

Iran announces that there have been arrests made regarding the downing of the Ukrainian passenger plane. 


January 14, 2020

Video footage of two Iranian missiles hitting the Ukrainian plane is leaked to the public. The Iranian government has allegedly taken the people who took the video into their custody. 


Overall, the past two weeks of the new year have been jammed packed continuous updates about the US-Iran conflict, and it will most likely continue to grow as the year progresses.