The history behind the Iran Drone Strike

The history behind the Iran Drone Strike


Welcome back to a special “This Week in History.” On the heels of a military strike by US Forces that killed an Iran military leader,
Welcome back to a special “This Week in History.” On the heels of a military strike by US Forces that killed an Iran military leader, we look at the current situation and the roots of the relationship of the two countries. Keep in mind, we’re glossing over many of the events. There’s much more depth we could get into but think of this as your US-Iran cheat sheet.
Keep in mind, we’re glossing over many of the events. There’s much more depth we could get into but think of this as your US-Iran cheat sheet. We’re going to start after WWII, that’s when Iran became one of the biggest political/economic targets of both the US and Soviet Union. In 1952, Iran democratically elected its Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. But within a year, British and American counterintelligence teams started a coup that overthrew him.
In 1952, Iran democratically elected its Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. But within a year, British and American counterintelligence teams started a coup that overthrew him. The reason behind the intervention was reportedly because the prime minister had become close with the Soviet Union and tried to nationalize the nation’s oil industry. In his stead the US backed the monarch of the country,
and tried to nationalize the nation’s oil industry. In his stead the US backed the monarch of the country, the Shah of Iran.
In his stead the US backed the monarch of the country, the Shah of Iran. Up to that point he’d been a figurehead, but with the US’ backing he was able to consolidate power. The Shah’s government was known for western policies that allowed Iran’s economy to grow. But the Shah’s government was also know for corruption, wealth disparity, and its secret police force that kidnapped and assassinated enemies of the government. This became an explosive point because people began to protest Iran and took to the streets.
and its secret police force that kidnapped and assassinated enemies of the government. This became an explosive point because people began to protest Iran and took to the streets. As support for the Shah dwindled, he escaped the country and fled to the US where we gave him refuge. That only further angered Iranian revolutionaries. At that point Iran’s religious and deeply anti-US leader Ayatollah Khomeini declared the country a republic.
That only further angered Iranian revolutionaries. At that point Iran’s religious and deeply anti-US leader Ayatollah Khomeini declared the country a republic. Students and revolutionaries stormed the US embassy and held American staff hostage for 444 days.
Students and revolutionaries stormed the US embassy and held American staff hostage for 444 days. By 1988 tensions reached another boiling point when a US naval cruiser
for 444 days. By 1988 tensions reached another boiling point when a US naval cruiser shot down an Iranian passenger plane killing 290 people. For a time in the 90s the Clinton administration referred to Iran as a rogue state, and accused if of being a state sponsor of terrorism.
For a time in the 90s the Clinton administration referred to Iran as a rogue state, and accused if of being a state sponsor of terrorism. So the administration began a series of incredibly harsh sanctions that hindered economic growth in Iran. By the 2000s there was enough evidence that showed Iran had developed nuclear weapons. So the US, European Union and United Nations all further sanctioned the country.
By the 2000s there was enough evidence that showed Iran had developed nuclear weapons. So the US, European Union and United Nations all further sanctioned the country. 2015 was sort of a turning point.
So the US, European Union and United Nations all further sanctioned the country. 2015 was sort of a turning point. Relations with Iran began to improve under President Obama.
2015 was sort of a turning point. Relations with Iran began to improve under President Obama. As the two nations reached a nuclear agreement and sanctions on Iran began to get lifted
Relations with Iran began to improve under President Obama. As the two nations reached a nuclear agreement and sanctions on Iran began to get lifted and the economy began to grow… which in 2018 President Trump undid the nuclear agreement, which again turned up the heat on relations with Iran. Since then tensions have continued to escalate with Iran. As Iranian taxes have happened on US compounds and US allies throughout the middle east.
Since then tensions have continued to escalate with Iran. As Iranian taxes have happened on US compounds and US allies throughout the middle east. That all leads up to the most recent event, a US-lead drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq. That strike killed the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Suleimani. It’s hard to predict what could happen next. This could just be the latest escalation in almost a century long proxy battle between the United States and Republic of Iran.
It’s hard to predict what could happen next. This could just be the latest escalation in almost a century long proxy battle between the United States and Republic of Iran. Or it could be something else… A prelude to an organized military action against Iran, which we haven’t seen.
Or it could be something else… A prelude to an organized military action against Iran, which we haven’t seen. But before we go forward, it’s critically important to understand how we got here in the first place.
A prelude to an organized military action against Iran, which we haven’t seen. But before we go forward, it’s critically important to understand how we got here in the first place. Thanks for watching “This Week in History.” We hope you tune in for other episodes going on throughout the year.

Eugene Islam

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