Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush smile while on the first tee during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
On Thursday evening, the Pentagon confirmed that at the direction of President Donald Trump, U.S. forces killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in an air strike near Baghdad's airport, the most drastic step towards conflict with Iran of the 21st century.
Soleimani had been one of the most important and highly-regarded military figures in Iran for decades, playing a pivotal role in shaping Iranian foreign policy and the politics of the Middle East today.
The killing of the high-level commander Soleimani, first reported by Iranian state TV and later confirmed in a statement by the Pentagon, is the United State's most significant escalation of tensions against Iran yet and is likely to further inflame conflict in the region and provoke severe retaliation.
In the immediate aftermath of the strike on Suleimani, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that "harsh retaliation" would be waiting for the U.S., with another military official, Moshen Razae, vowing to "take vigorous revenge on America."
Law enforcement intercepted two "suspicious packages" sent to the offices of President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, the Secret Service announced on Wednesday.
It's the 17th birthday of the post-9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which gave President George W. Bush and every president since a blank check to deploy U.S. military personnel anywhere in the world in the name of going after terrorists.
The Iranian military went from harassing the bejesus out of U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf during the Obama administration to effectively keeping its distance since the early months of the Trump administration, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose
Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence soldier jailed for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. reports and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks in 2010, was recently denied entry into Canada, The Intercept reports.