MENA Salon: The Assassination of Qassem Suleimani

Workshop | January 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

On 3 January, Major General Qassem Suleimani of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Corps Guard was assassinated by a U.S. drone strike upon his arrival at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. The next day, President Trump ordered the deployment of 3,500 U.S. troops to the Middle East. The Trump administration’s killing of Suleimani broke with the decades-long U.S. policy of not assassinating foreign government officials. The aftermath of Suleimani’s death included days of mourning and protests in Iran and Iraq, anti-war protests across the United States, and a vote in the Iraqi Parliament to expel U.S. forces from the country. On 8 January, hours after Iran launched missiles at U.S. military bases in Iraq, an Iranian missile struck down a Ukrainian commercial aircraft, killing 176 people. The Iranian government stated that the strike on Ukraine Flight 752 was due to human error, and thousands of Iranians took to the streets in anti-government protests. In this week’s Salon, we will discuss the implications of Suleimani’s assassination for U.S.-Iranian relations and its impact on the region.

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