- United States assassinated Iran’s top general on 3 January 2020 in Iraq. The incident caused tensions between the two countries to an unprecedented level.
- Iran retaliated by targeting two US military bases in Iraq on 8 January 2020. No casualty was reported.
- It was widely believed that Iran intentionally avoided the casualties.
- US president Donald Trump’s cautious response to Iran’s retaliation alleviated the current situation.
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