The escalating tensions between Iran and the U.S. have drawn the world’s attention after the U.S. killed Iran’s top General Qassem Soleimani on Friday, and Iran later vowed a “severe revenge”.
The U.S. killed Qassem Soleimani, a high-profile commander of the Quds Force of Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, with an airstrike near Baghdad’s international airport on Friday morning, sparking outrage in Tehran.
Some consider the airstrike constituted a dangerous escalation that could ignite a devastating war in Iraq, while Dr. Ahmed Al-Sharifi, an Iraqi security and strategic expert, said that the situation is unlikely to result in a war.
“It will be safe and stable in Iraq. There may not be operations in Iraq, because both sides of the conflict consider the specialty of this incident and the political, security or military situations that Iraq is going through. Thus, for Iraq, things will be normal. There might be some limited operations, but it will not push towards war,” the expert said in an interviews with China Global Television Network (CGTN) in Baghdad on Saturday.
In a separate interview with the CGTN on the same day, Adnan Al-Sarraj, a political analyst, called for a political settlement and a restraint on all sides to avoid more tensions.
“We hope that the event is progressing in a political direction. If the U.S. can withdraw its forces or the activities of the American embassy are limited, this itself will be a good gain. But things might go into different directions. The Iraqi government wants to suppress the crisis and give the U.S. forces some political restraint,” said the analyst.