Deceptive calm in West Asia

Print edition : February 14, 2020

U.S. soldiers at the site of Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad airbase, in Anbar, Iraq, on January 13. Photo: Qassim Abdul-Zahra/AP

Demonstrators light candles for victims of the Ukraine International Airlines flight that was shot down by Iran, in Tehran, on January 11. Photo: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg

After the precise counterstrike by Iran on U.S. bases in Iraq, the two countries have avoided further drastic action although there is a scaling-up of rhetoric.
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