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Iranians tear up a US flag during a demonstration in Tehran on January 3, 2020 following the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Major General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike on his convoy at Baghdad international airport. - Iran warned of "severe revenge" and said arch-enemy the United States bore responsibility for the consequences after killing one of its top commanders, Qasem Soleimani, in a strike outside Baghdad airport.

Trump’s assassination of Soleimani is a shocking use of a leader ‘decapitation’ strategy that has rarely worked in the past

Decapitation strikes generally only offer short-term gains while failing to address root problems. Soleimani's killing is poised to be no different.
President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran flanked by U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Vice President Mike Pence and military leaders in the Grand Foyer at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2020.

Trump is stepping away from the brink of war with Iran after a missile attack, but the roots of their dispute dangerously persist

Iran and the US have stepped away from the brink of war, but harsh sanctions, Iranian proxies and nuclear weapons make the road to peace fraught.
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowning Empress Farah at their coronation ceremony in 1967.

25 photos show what Iran looked like before the 1979 revolution turned the nation into an Islamic republic

From 1941 to 1979, Iran was ruled by King Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah. On February 11, 1979, the Islamic Revolution swept the country.
Iranians tear up a US flag during a demonstration in Tehran on January 3, 2020 following the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Major General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike on his convoy at Baghdad international airport. - Iran warned of "severe revenge" and said arch-enemy the United States bore responsibility for the consequences after killing one of its top commanders, Qasem Soleimani, in a strike outside Baghdad airport.

The showdown between Trump and Iran, explained in 60 seconds

Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani's assassination on President Trump's order came after a series of escalating attacks between Iran and the US.
President Donald Trump before signing an executive order in the Oval Office, June 24, 2019.

Trump said Iran killed 2,000 Americans, but a Pentagon report contradicts him

In April, the Department of Defense reported that Iran is responsible for the deaths of over 600 US service members in Iraq from 2003 until 2011.
In a statement Monday, Trump named a long deceased Iranian leader as target of new US sanctions

In his sanctions announcement, Trump accidentally named the wrong supreme leader of Iran, who has been dead since 1989

The mistake rests on the one-syllable difference between Ayatollah Khomeini — who died 30 years ago —and Ayatollah Khamenei, who is in charge now.
President Donald Trump listens as his National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks during a presidential memorandum signing for the "Women's Global Development and Prosperity" initiative in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 7, 2019.

The White House burns the intelligence community again with a threatening message to Iran

National security adviser John Bolton has long advocated bombing Iran, and he delivered another address on Monday warning the country's regime.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The US is charging 9 Iranians with hacking major American universities on behalf of the Iranian government

The US charged nine Iranians with orchestrating cyberattacks against more than 350 entities, mostly universities, on behalf of the Iranian government.
Students wave Iranian national flags during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution in Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square February 10, 2009.

After mass protests, Iran bans English in schools to fight Western ‘cultural invasion’

The Iranian government has blamed its Western "enemies" for provoking recent protests.
People protesting in Tehran.

The price of eggs in Iran went up 50%, and 21 people were killed in the protests that followed

Prices well beyond double the normal helped crystallise dissatisfaction in Iran with the government, and has led to a spiral of violence and recrimination.