Claiming Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the chief of Iran's elite Quds Force, was "actively developing plans" to attack American troops and diplomats, U.S. forces launched an airstrike on Baghdad's airport Friday to kill him. The Pentagon announced that President Donald Trump authorized the early morning drone attack, which targeted one of Iran's most powerful leaders during a time of deep regional turmoil. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has promised "a harsh retaliation."
What's next? According to OZY columnist and former CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin, a "fine touch strategy" — the kind neither Washington nor Tehran has shown — will be required to prevent regional tensions from escalating to alarming new heights.