Thursday, January 09, 2020 staff

Though tensions between the U.S and Iran go back decades, the events of the past week have worsened the nearly non-existent diplomacy between both countries. Tensions escalated Dec. 27, when a U.S. military base in Iraq was attacked and resulted in wounded servicemen and the death of a U.S. contractor. Two days later, Dec. 29, the U.S. decided to carry out airstrikes against Iranian militias that resulted in the death of 25 of its members. In retaliation pro-Iran protestors attacked the U.S embassy in Baghdad Dec. 31, no casualties resulted but after these events over 700 American troops were deployed to the area. On Jan. 3 the U.S. carried out a drone strike at Baghdad’s International airport which led to the killing of General Qasem Soleimani, the strategist and operational chief of Iran’s militant network.

Soon after Soleimani’s death, many of Iran’s prominent political and military figures promised revenge against the U.S. On Jan. 7 Iran fired 22 missiles at two bases in Iraq that housed both Iraqi and American soldiers. No casualties resulted due to warnings from American intelligence agencies. President Donald J. Trump briefed the nation on Jan. 8 and stated that the U.S. would not strike back, but would place sanctions on Iran and would try to renew diplomacy between both countries.

So how did we get here? Let our collection take you back in time and teach you about Iran, the relationship it has with the U.S. and what will happen if tensions continue to escalate.

Books

Movies

  • Argo
    • On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped, and a mid-level agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.
  • American Sniper
    • U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield. However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.
  • Wag the Dog
    • When the President is caught in a scandal less than 2 weeks before the election, "Mr. Fix-it" decides they need a war to distract the public's attention and he calls on Hollywood's top producer to create it.
  • Saving Private Ryan
    • In the last great invasion of World War II, a squad of American soldiers embark on a special mission ... to find Private Ryan. Faced with impossible odds, surrounded by the brutalities of war, each man searches for his own answer and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency, and courage.
  • Black Hawk Down
    • A group of United States special forces get trapped in the city of Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993 when fighting the warlord Mohammed Farah Aideed.