It may only be eight days into the first year of a debatable new decade, but two countries are already battling heads-on for dominance. The world's top search engine giant Google reveals that U.S Iran tension is one of the top 10 searches and it has over 2 million daily searches. Twitter has also become a useful communication channel for promoting Iran vs. US war. Likewise, #worldwar3, #IranAttacks, #IranVSAmerica, etc are also trending.
On the other hand, people from different nations of the earth have sat on the sidelines and wondered, "What is the conflict between Iran and the US?" "Did Iran declared war on the US?" "Why did the US sanction Iran?" and much more. Nonetheless, we'll throw more light on these to the best we can.
So, What's the Big Bone of Contention Between Iran and the US?
It was the year 1988 when the US launched Operation Praying Mantis against Iran. According to the country, the attack is retaliation for the Iranian mining of areas of the Persian Gulf as part of the Iran–Iraq War. While the controversy over the United States attack of 1988 is still brewing, the US alleged that Iran is the force behind the 2019–20 attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, even though the Middle East nation denied the allegation.
And more recently, U.S president Donald Trump reportedly ordered the killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani, a leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. In response, Iran vowed to seek revenge on the U.S. for the General's execution, meanwhile, Donald Trump responded that the U.S. is more than ready with an arsenal of weapons.
Iran Carries Out on Threat, Launches Missiles at American Troops
Just when the world taught Iran was all talk and no action, the country launched 20 ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases. The choice of location was no mistake since these bases house American troops. In line with that, Iran owned up to the attack claiming that it was in retaliation to the killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani.
While US and Iraqi officials revealed that there were no deaths as a result of the attack, a local media outlet reported that 80 soldiers were killed and almost 200 maimed. Nonetheless, President Trump seems unperturbed by the outcome of the attack since he may be cooking something even more deadly.
In a statement issued on Twitter on January 8, 2020, President Trump said:
"All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well-equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning."
Based on this encrypted message, it is still uncertain what President Trump or the U.S. might do, given the President's warning in the past that America is not to be threatened.
Iranian President Reveals U.S Forces Must Leave Iran
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has also made comments on Twitter regarding the attack and what could follow. According to the President, Major General Qassem Soleimani fought against several jihadist groups and Europe was safer as a result of his efforts.
"Our final answer to his assassination will be to kick all US forces out of the region," he said
Similarly, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian foreign minister stated that the launch of ballistic missiles on American troops was only in self-defense. However, Iran does "not seek an escalation of the war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression."
Gold, Silver, and Bitcoin Spikes Despite Iran US War
The Iran US war seems to be doing a lot of good to the prices of assets like Gold, Silver, and Bitcoin. Gold and Silver have surged in price by almost 8% within the past 72 hours. Bitcoin, on the other hand, spiked by over 6% in less than 24 hours. Google Trends also shows that the search term "Bitcoin Iran" has surged by 4,300% within the past seven days.