Was US killing of Iranian general an act of war or self-defence?

There have been reports of a fresh US air strike in Iraq, after the strike that targeted and killed top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on Friday.

The incident has increased tensions between Iran and the US, although President Donald Trump asserted that Soleimani was killed "to stop a war, not to start one".

RELATED: Is the US going to war with Iran?

Trump said the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force was plotting "imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel".

Iran has vowed "severe" revenge to avenge his death.

The question is what form this retribution will take, says Daily Maverick associate editor and US foreign policy expert Brooks Spector.

What this means is that we're now caught on this ladder of escalation. Do the Iranians respond with cyber attacks? Do they respond, for the sake of argument, with a bomb attack on an American senior official somewhere or an attack on an embassy or a military base?

Brooks Spector, Associate editor - Daily Maverick

Spector also speculates about the worrying option of an attempt to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, an essential transport channel for the Gulf's oil exporters.

Listen to the full conversation on Weekend Breakfast with Refiloe Mpakanyane:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Africa needs activists, not leaders: Meet SA's AU youth council member

Africa needs activists, not leaders: Meet SA's AU youth council member

Listen to insights from Shakira Choonara - award-winning, internationally recognised youth and healthcare activist.

Me-time, partner time and parenting - finding the right balance

Me-time, partner time and parenting - finding the right balance

Parenting expert Nikki Bush has advice on balancing everyone's needs amid the demands of busy family lives.

The secret to coaching pageant winners: 'I help them realise their own power'

The secret to coaching pageant winners: 'I help them realise their own power'

Miss SA creative director Werner Wessels has coached five entrants to Miss South Africa success. He shares his secrets.

'Children crave olives - they need the fatty acids. Their brains are growing'

'Children crave olives - they need the fatty acids. Their brains are growing'

Expert Fotini Balassis has the lowdown on the health benefits of olives and how to choose an olive oil.

Student climate activist challenges Dept of Environmental Affairs

Student climate activist challenges Dept of Environmental Affairs

Raeesah Noor-Mahomed has joined schoolkids around the world by embarking on a Friday school boycott over climate inaction.

Is the US going to war with Iran?

Is the US going to war with Iran?

Afro-Middle East Centre researcher Ebrahim Deen explains the history between the two countries.

Popular articles
E-hailing drivers block Joburg roads in protest over safety and high commission

E-hailing drivers block Joburg roads in protest over safety and high commission

The group says they have been attacked by taxi drivers in the East Rand and say they have been charged a high commission.

'Toddler (Boy) Mamabolo is behaving like a toddler who is at nursery school'

'Toddler (Boy) Mamabolo is behaving like a toddler who is at nursery school'

Eusebius McKaiser gives his opinion on the behaviour of politicians in Parliament during the Sona debate.

Possibility of Wednesday load shedding has increased, warns Eskom

Possibility of Wednesday load shedding has increased, warns Eskom

The power utility has warned that the system remains vulnerable and load shedding can be implemented at short notice.

[WATCH] SANDF tank crashing through crowd goes viral, is this another Mabena?

[WATCH] SANDF tank crashing through crowd goes viral, is this another Mabena?

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

[WATCH] Camera falling from plane into pig pen has social media in stitches

[WATCH] Camera falling from plane into pig pen has social media in stitches

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

Who actually owns this house, some social media users say it belongs to them

Who actually owns this house, some social media users say it belongs to them

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

'If  Statistics SA Council is destroyed it will leave country at disadvantage'

'If Statistics SA Council is destroyed it will leave country at disadvantage'

Former statistician-general Dr Pali Lehohla says if the agency doesn't receive more funding, citizens will be denied information.

'Extreme concerns' about coronavirus making landfall in Africa

'Extreme concerns' about coronavirus making landfall in Africa

The coronavirus has made landfall - and apart from obvious dangers, its effect on the Chinese economy will also hit Africa hard.

An Allan Gray advertisement hits home and a golf resort gets lost

An Allan Gray advertisement hits home and a golf resort gets lost

Andy Rice, branding and advertising expert, tells us what ads caught his fancy and which ones baffled him.

Why EY thinks it's time to start dropping SA’s corporate tax rate

Why EY thinks it's time to start dropping SA’s corporate tax rate

If the corporate tax rate in South Africa gets lowered, would it lead to higher tax collections?