A Timeline of the US-Iran conflict


Iran mourns the loss of General Quasem Soleimani, vowing "Death to America".

Bilal Azzam and Geoffrey Dean

The beginning of 2020 has not been exactly ideal. As many people were excited for a new and exciting decade, they were met with a series of escalating global issues. The most significant one being an escalation of problems between the US and the Middle East. This severe escalation, although sudden, is the result of years of back and forth arguments and ruined treaties. Listed below are the most significant turning points of the US-Iran conflict over the past years.

July 14, 2015 – The US, Iran, and other world superpowers form the Nuclear Arms Deal.

The deal was intended to form strict regulations on the amount of nuclear warfare made and tested. In the grand scheme of things, the formation of the Nuclear Arms Deal meant that, for the time being, there would be some existence of peace.


May 8, 2018 – The US pulls out of the Nuclear Arms Deal

During his presidency, Trump made it obvious that he disagreed with the deal made during Obama’s presidency. As of May 8, 2018, Trump made a decision to back out of the deal. This meant that there would be more US sanctions in Iran. This was a significant point in the conflict, as it showed Iran that the US no longer had as many means of maintaining peace in the Middle East.


June 20, 2019 – US drone shot down by Iran

Further escalation occurred on June 20, 2019 when Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down a US military drone. Iran justified their actions by claiming that the drone had been trespassing on Iran’s territory. America and Iran had an argument over whether the drone was actually on Iran territory or international territory.


January 3, 2020 – General Quasem Soleimani is assassinated in a drone strike

Looked at as a severe escalation point during the US-Iran conflicts, January 3rd marked the death of General Quasem Soleimani. The drone strike was approved by Donald Trump without the approval of congress. Not only did this cause issues overseas, but many people in the US debated weather Trump’s decision here was constitutional or not.