Tensions Between US, Iran Rise to ‘Terribly Dangerous’ Levels as Soleimani Death Anniversary Nears

Tension between the US and Iran has been high since the US assassinated top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force, in Iraq on January 3, 2020.

Relations between Washington and Tehran took a turn for the worse this week as the US imposed terrorism sanctions on Iran’s envoy to the Houthis on Tuesday, which may be an attempt to pressure the Islamic political and armed movement to negotiate a halt the five-year civil war in Yemen, according to Reuters. 

Relations between israel and Iran have also been particularly poor after top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed east of Tehran on November 27. According to Iran’s Supreme National Security Agency, Israeli spy agency Mossad and the People’s Mujahedin Organization, an Iranian political-militant organization, were involved in Fakhrizadeh’s killing. Israel, however, has not claimed responsibility for the scientist’s death.

Agnes Callamard, the United Nations Human Rights Council special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, told Newsweek recently that the coming weeks may be “terribly dangerous for the region and beyond” as tensions between the two countries rise and the anniversary of Qasem Soleimani’s assassination quickly approaches.

Last week, Politico reported, citing two US officials, one of whom works for the State Department, that US President Donald Trump is pulling out as many as half of…

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