These last few months, Stratas Advisors has been closely following the situation in the Middle-East and in particular the growing tensions between Washington and Tehran. What was originally a war by proxy has dangerously become a direct confrontation.

On Jan. 3 in the middle of the night, an American drone bombed two cars coming out of Baghdad’s airport. Qassem Soleimani, the architect of Iran’s Middle East strategy, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were both killed instantly.

Tehran has promised “harsh revenge” for the death of its most popular general whom everyone in the Middle East thought was absolutely untouchable. That revenge will be carried out “in the right place and at the right time,” added Iran, heightening fears in Iraq that the country would be used as a battlefield for its two allies, Tehran and Washington.

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