Rumors of World War III Rage Throughout the Media

Rumors of World War III Rage Throughout the Media

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Gabby Laurente, Staff Writer

Rumors surfaced of a possible World War III after President Donald Trump threatened to wage war against Iran following the attacks on the U.S. embassy housed in Iraq. Violent ongoing attacks between the U.S. and Iran have occurred consecutively after Iranian protesters breached a military compound.

The U.S. militia retaliated by assassinating Iran’s top military commander Gen Qasem Soleimani through a drone strike on the third of January, 2020. Trump took to Twitter and retweeted The White House, justifying the death as “decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.”

Rumors have surrounded these tweets, speculating that this is the start of another destructive world war, and many have become worried of the reinstitution of the draft, abolished in 1973 post-Vietnam. ”

Iran countered the attack by threatening “severe revenge” for the death of their military commander prior to pulling out of the 2015 nuclear accord the following day. This accord was put into place in order to limit Iranian nuclear activity and implement proper international inspectors for the promise of economic support.

Trump warned Iran through Twitter that same day that the U.S. has prepared and “targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran &  the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD.”

Rumors have surrounded these tweets, speculating that this is the start of another destructive world war, and many have become worried of the reinstitution of the draft, abolished in 1973 post-Vietnam. 

Iran responded to the U.S. by advising that they do not seek any escalation, but will react appropriately to any attacks. An Iranian cleric called for an end to all attacks from Iran, but recently Iranian President Hassan Rouhani indirectly threatened troops from the U.S. and EU stationed in the Middle East during his speech, televised live.