U.S and Iran conflict



Trump addressing the United States of America.

Steven Ward

In a very escalated and tight situation between the U.S. and Iran, there is finally a moment of peace. President Trump has announced on Wednesday that the U.S. would take a peaceful way of doing things by backing down following the Iranian airstrike. 


There were obviously a series of events that lead to the tension that is occuring right now between the two countries. These events didn’t just start in recent years. There has been some sort of tension between them since the late 80’s. 


The Trump Administration was taking more of a “not backing down” approach. This approach was due to many of the following incidents that lead to the tight tensions. 


The tensions between the U.S. and Iran has gotten worse since the 80’s. In the late 80’s the U.S. shot down an Iranian airline plane.


In the 90’s the U.S. had tightened sanctions against Iran. But, 9/11 was what really sparked tension between the two countries; President Bush placed Iran in the “Axis of Evil”, which was a list of countries in the Middle East that the U.S. considered “evil.” 


The U.S. delayed helping Iran with nuclear enrichment until President Obama worked on the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). The JCPA was a plan that would enrich Iran with nuclear power.


Trump took the U.S. out of the deal because he, like Bush, considered Iran evil and felt that we should not be supplying them with money for nuclear power, which upset Iran very much. Tensions have grown to be even tighter because of Trump taking the U.S. out of the deal. Iran needs the U.S. to be apart of this program in order to make the program work. The U.S. was a large contributor in the deal, thanks to President Obama. 


On June 13, the U.S. blamed Iran for attacking two of their oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran denied any allegations. 


On June 20, Iran shot down a U.S. military drone. U.S. said it was an unprovoked attack.


What started the very tight tensions recently was the ordering and killing of Iran top general Qassem Soleimani. The U.S. Pentagon made the announcement on January 2


President Trump sent an additional 3000 troops to the Middle East after the U.S. airstrike attack. 


On January 7, Iran sent a ballistic missile strike on two military bases in Iraq. This attack killed no U.S. troops.


Trump yesterday, in his address to the nation, said that the U.S. would be taking a step back and hopefully create some sort of peace.