A funeral procession for the assassinated general, Qassem Soleimani, on Monday. Trump’s surgical strike has drawn Iran and Iraq closer, rejuvenated support for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s regime and sparked anti-US protests from Pakistan to the Philippines. Photo: Reuters A funeral procession for the assassinated general, Qassem Soleimani, on Monday. Trump’s surgical strike has drawn Iran and Iraq closer, rejuvenated support for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s regime and sparked anti-US protests from Pakistan to the Philippines. Photo: Reuters
A funeral procession for the assassinated general, Qassem Soleimani, on Monday. Trump’s surgical strike has drawn Iran and Iraq closer, rejuvenated support for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s regime and sparked anti-US protests from Pakistan to the Philippines. Photo: Reuters
Brian P. Klein
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Brian P. Klein

Trump’s impulsive strike on Iran’s Qassem Soleimani lays bare America’s dangerously incoherent Middle East strategy

  • The strike, which achieved no strategic purpose, emboldens hardliners, destabilises the region and greatly raises the risk of war. Meanwhile, officials in Trump’s administration are already contradicting each other. This is how countries stumble into war

A funeral procession for the assassinated general, Qassem Soleimani, on Monday. Trump’s surgical strike has drawn Iran and Iraq closer, rejuvenated support for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s regime and sparked anti-US protests from Pakistan to the Philippines. Photo: Reuters A funeral procession for the assassinated general, Qassem Soleimani, on Monday. Trump’s surgical strike has drawn Iran and Iraq closer, rejuvenated support for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s regime and sparked anti-US protests from Pakistan to the Philippines. Photo: Reuters
A funeral procession for the assassinated general, Qassem Soleimani, on Monday. Trump’s surgical strike has drawn Iran and Iraq closer, rejuvenated support for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s regime and sparked anti-US protests from Pakistan to the Philippines. Photo: Reuters
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Brian P. Klein

Brian P. Klein

Brian P. Klein (@brianpklein) is a geopolitical and economic strategist and former US diplomat.