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Gary R. Bunt

Updated: Suleimani Assassination & Aftermath

Selected coverage on General Qassem Suleimani and the aftermath of his assassination, focusing on online issues.

A range of perspectives are presented here for academic purposes (posting does not imply endorsement):

Press TV, Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran's retaliation against US only 'a slap' "Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran’s early Wednesday missile attack on US bases in Iraq following the American assassination of a top general was just “a slap”."

Al Jazeera, Soleimani Assassination News rolling coverage, regularly updated.
Press TV, Coverage of the Homage (MP4)

Press TV, Millions pack Tehran streets to pay homage to Gen. Soleimani including Ali Khamenei's comments

Khamenei's Official Twitter includes:
BBC, Trump says US ready to strike 52 Iranian sites if Tehran attacks "President Trump has warned the US is "targeting" 52 Iranian sites and will strike "very fast and very hard" if Tehran attacks Americans or US assets."

BBC, Shadow Commander documentary "The extraordinary story of General Qassem Suleimani with first-hand accounts of his secret deals and shifting alliances across Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. " First broadcast in March 2019.
Independent, US government website hacked to show pro-Iranian messages and bloodied image of Trumpiran-
ZD Net, DHS: Iran maintains a robust cyber program and can execute cyber-attacks against the US ""Iran maintains a robust cyber program and can execute cyber attacks against the United States," the DHS said. "Iran is capable, at a minimum, of carrying out attacks with temporary disruptive effects against critical infrastructure in the United States.""
Soufan Center, IntelBrief: U.S. Kills Qassem Soleimani in Major Escalation of Conflict with Iran"Based on past patterns, Iran is almost certain to retaliate for the killing of Soleimani, although in the past Tehran has sometimes waited for long periods before striking. One possible course of action would be to mobilize pro-Iranian Shia elements, the core of which are the Iran-backed Shia militias such as KAH – collectively known as Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) – that successfully beat back the so-called Islamic State, in an all-out attempt to drive U.S. forces out of Iraq. "

New Yorker, The Shadow Commander [essay from 2013]

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