the very risky bet of Donald Trump

DECRYPTION – By deciding to kill the senior Iranian official, the American president caused an earthquake with very serious consequences in the Middle East.

Donald Trump, December 31, 2019.
Donald Trump, December 31, 2019. JIM WATSON / AFP

Donald Trump has decided to strike loud and clear. Even if it means exposing the United States to bloody reprisals. By deciding to kill the senior Iranian military official Qassem Soleimani, the American president “Threw a stick of dynamite in a powder magazine”, former Vice President Joe Biden reacted quite rightly. Soleimani’s death indeed constitutes an earthquake with very serious consequences in a Middle East where he had become one of the most powerful men.

The graying beard general was the head of al-Quds Force. Linked to the Revolutionary Guards, this elite unit was the armed wing of Iran in the Middle East. That which gave him, thanks to militias sometimes at his command, a power: from Lebanon to Yemen, passing through Syria to Iraq, where he was shot dead by an American strike at Baghdad airport.

As Iran weakened within its borders, al-Quds Force succeeded in making the Islamic Republic powerful

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