Following the U.S. killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, Brookings expert Suzanne Maloney lays out how Iran may choose to retaliate and the potential repercussions for the U.S., Iraq, and the broader Middle East. She also warns that the cycle of escalation may be moving beyond either the U.S. or Iran’s control.
Thanks to audio producers Gaston Reboredo and Colin Cruickshank, Chris McKenna, Fred Dews, and Camilo Ramirez for their support.
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For the past year, you've seen that perhaps no leverage that the US and the West thought it had — aid, sanctions, the freezing of Afghanistan's reserves — has really had an effect on Taliban behavior. The Taliban has essentially done what they had always done. The Afghan people have been in a humanitarian crisis because the Taliban hasn't budged.