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Iran’s Retaliation Is More Conventional Than Expected

The death of Soleimani may cause the regime to pause its strategy of waging war though terrorist proxies.

How will Iran avenge his death?

How will Iran avenge his death?

Photographer: ATTA KENARE/AFP

After a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani last week, America braced itself for the unexpected: The Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory warning that Iran may launch cyberattacks against critical infrastructure. New York’s governor deployed the National Guard to New York City’s major airports.

Those precautions are wise and understandable. But Iran’s missile attacks on bases hosting U.S. troops in Iraq on Wednesday shows that the regime’s retaliation may be more conventional than expected.