Following Iran’s missile attacks on a two US airbase, one outside Baghdad and the second near Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, US President Donald Trump almost triumphantly announced that Iran is now standing down in their the two countries’ intensified conflict following the killing of Quds Force commander, General Qassem Soleimani, in an American drone attack on January 3. Dire predictions in the media, including from this observer, warned of hell to pay after Soleimani’s death. Indeed, Iranian officials and the public alike demonstrably called for severe acts of revenge.

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