Soleimani’s Killing Could Change the Middle East for the Better

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Soleimani’s Killing Could Change the Middle East for the Better

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Posted on: 7th January 2020
Kasra Aarabi
Senior Analyst, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Soleimani’s Killing Could Change the Middle East for the Better

In recent years, high-profile assassinations have been more political theater than practically important. This one could be different if followed up with the right strategy.

From the killing of al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, assassinations of high-profile U.S. enemies have been hugely symbolic in recent years. Their practical importance, though, has often been overstated.

But the strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, an elite unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), is different. It has the potential to change the Middle East in fundamental ways—and, if followed through with the right strategy, for the better.

Read the full article at Foreign Policy

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