2020-01-06 12:05:34

Soleimani’s Death Could Galvanize Shia Coalitions Against One “Foreign Aggressor” — The U.S.

Fallout continues to mount following the U.S. assassination of Iran’s top military commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad last week.

Iranian media reports that over a million mourners took to the streets of Tehran today for the funeral of Soleimani, who headed Iran’s elite Quds Force.

On Sunday, Iran announced it would suspend its commitments under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, which the U.S. pulled out of in 2018.

Trump has also threatened to target 52 locations in Iran, including cultural sites, if Iran retaliates against the U.S.

The targeting of cultural sites is widely viewed as an international war crime. Meanwhile, Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has revealed he had plans to meet with Soleimani on the day he was killed to discuss a Saudi proposal to defuse tension in the region.

From Washington, D.C., Democracy Now! speaks with Narges Bajoghli, a professor of Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University and the author of Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic.

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