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bkudria 26 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite

I wonder if he was there at the invitation of the Iraqi government or not.

The Politico piece shows the significance of this:

A former U.S. official who dealt with the Middle East said the strike was especially notable because it targeted the leader of a state apparatus, as opposed to a non-state actor.

“We need to be prepared that we’re now at war,” he said.[1]

This isn't like your typical drone strike on a militant terrorist. It's roughly the equivalent of Iran killing the head of the CIA or of a branch of the US Military or someone else with the full backing of a major state behind him.

Traditionally countries have not engaged in assassination of leadership (with the notable exception of North Korea). It's a dramatic escalation and hard to see how it doesn't lead to another ground war in the Middle East.

The Saudis will be happy though..

[1] https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/02/soleimani-trump-ira...

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