A Summary Of The Iran-U.S. Conflict


The U.S. and Iran relationship has recently further deteriorated with the launch of a U.S.  airstrike that killed Iranian military officials, one of which was known as Qassem Soleimani, a powerful figure in Iranian military operations who exercised great influence over certain parts of the Middle East. Consequently, tensions between Iran and the U.S. have escalated, with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claiming responsibility for a barrage of missiles at Al Asad Airbase; the barrage brought no casualties. It is possible that Iran launched the missiles with the intention to avoid further escalating the conflict; the intention may have been either a display of force or a mock retaliation to please Iranian officials and save face. Although Soleimani’s assassination predictably escalated tensions between the U.S. and Iran, it remains true that he was responsible for or at least connected to the deaths of around 600 americans and thousands of others.

With news of the rising tensions reaching nearly every american household, there is growing concern of a potential war between the U.S. and Iran; with most every world power having allies, people have begun referring to this potential war as “World War 3” primarily through social media. Much of the content referring to World War 3 is intended to be humorous; many jokes surrounding the idea of a draft have surfaced on platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Youtube, and more.

Although a war with Iran remains possible, the chances of a draft being used by the U.S. government is unlikely. The U.S. military has consistently been ranked the most powerful military on the planet, and retains other world powers as allies.

Iran has had poor relations with the U.S. and other countries over the past few decades; U.S. relations with Iran have fluctuated since the U.S. and British intelligence agencies’ contribution toward the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mossadeq in 1953. The assassination of Soleimani has been one of many acts of aggression in the violent relationship between the U.S. and Iran since the 50’s.


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