January 16, 2020
This report from the UK think tank The Foreign Policy Centre looks at the US decision to assassinate Qasim Soleimani and the impact for Iraq and the wider Middle East.
Following the United States (US) assassination of Qasim Soleimani – the erstwhile commander of the Quds Force, the elite wing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, – close to Baghdad airport, Iraq’s parliament passed a non-binding bill calling for the US to leave the country. The strike against Soleimani has serious implications for a range of areas including: Iraqi politics; Iranian activity across the region; the fight against Da’ish (ISIS); and more. In this piece, scholars working with SEPAD (the Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation project of the Richardson Institute for Peace) share their thoughts on the decision and the impact for Iraq and the wider Middle East.Read Full Report