The killing of Soleimani Put Middle East Friends and Foes on Edge

By Khalil Ahmed

Middle East friends and foes were watching the entire situation since the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Because Middle East friends and foes were at stack due to increasing tensions in the region. They kept a close watch at every news, statement, and event to assess their future strategy. Speech of U.S. President Mr. Donald Trump brought a sigh of relief for someone and worries for others.

Middle East friends and foes were wowing their serious concerns. Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman took the president’s address as an immediate stoppage toward war threats.   Although, Saudi Arabia remained against Iran in the past. However, they urge de-escalation. They were also feeling threats of becoming a target in the conflict. As they are maintaining allies with U.S. and tensions with Iran. Saudi Arabia also remained part of the anti-Iran campaign. Saudi Arabia was doubtful about the U.S. role if they are struck by Iran. It would lead them to involve in another civil war along with the Yemen war. That is why they stressed the diplomatic solution to avoid the war threat.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu also vowed his concerns toward possible Iran attacks and U.S. response after the killing of Iranian General. Iran also threatened Israel to be a soft target in revenge vow. Israel took the killing of Iranian General Soleimani as their win. Israeli forces stated they were no longer alone against Iran. They thanked the U.S. for getting rid of their top enemy.

Iraq is also burning in the fire of others as U.S. drone and Iran’s rockets attacks targeted Iraqi soil. Iraq’s efforts to maintain balanced relations with the U.S. and Iran were destroyed with the killing of Qasem Soleimani. Iraq’s foreign ministry reacted against both countries to use Iraq as their battleground. The ministry also summoned U.S. and Iran ambassadors as well. The Iraqi government is sitting in the hot seat to maintain relations with both countries. In Iraq, demand for U.S. troops’ fall out from Iraq increasing day by day. On the other end, the U.S. is not going to do so. Iraqi President stated that is the last way otherwise, we will go for confrontation.

Now the role of Hassan Nasrallah is also vital in the region. How he leads the issue in the future? He might be thinking to carry out killed General mission in the same or different way. How he would handle all the internal and external pressures.  Syrian President Bashar al-Asad and the position of his forces are also on the edge. Even the support of Russia along with an alliance of Iran is questionable after the death of General Qasem Soleimani. Syrian civil war has forced Syria and its government in the worst crises. Support and involvement of different countries like Russian, Iran, Turkey, and the U.S. have worsened the country’s situation.

Although U.S. – Iran did not go for direct war but they are still to face consequences. Iran is still vowing revenge and the U.S. is imposing new sanctions. How Iran would be supporting Syria after sanctions and the death of Qasem Soleimani, the situation is still being deeply viewed by Middle East friends and foes to step forward. However, the main concern in the region is the role of the U.S toward its allies and enemies.

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