World War III is beginning to trend on
social media and the U.S. killing of Iran’s general, Qasem Soleimani, has brought tensions in the Middle East to a new level. Soleimani was the leader of Iran’s Quds Force: an elite military group of about
10,000, whose purpose is to train and organize militias across the region in
what’s known as a proxy network. It’s part of Iran’s strategy to achieve
security, especially against enemies like the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia,
which Iran alone would never be able to fight. The proxies include Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Shia militias in Iraq and the National Defense Force in Syria. The proxies get funding, training and weaponry from Iran in addition to political indoctrination. In 2018, President Donald Trump broke the
Iran nuclear deal. “That’s a deal to hurt the world, that’s not a deal for the United States.” Backpedaling on President Barack Obama’s efforts and escalating tensions in the region, Trump then reinstated financial and economic
sanctions on Iran and labeled Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a
terrorist organization. Iran attacked U.S. allied oil tankers and
infrastructure in the Gulf region, among other things, and the tit-for-tat battles continued. But those tensions pale in comparison to
the U.S. killing of Soleimani. Experts say neither nation wants an all-out war,
but this killing could be a tipping point. Hey, thanks for watching.
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