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U.S. killing of top Iranian general stokes worries over wider conflict

As tensions ratchet up following the U.S. killing of Iran’s second most-powerful man, we talk with national security expert Heather Hurlburt about what could happen next.
Iranian demonstrators react during a protest against the assassination of the Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, who was killed in an airstrike in Baghdad, on January 3, 2020. (Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency via Reuters)

In the days since the Trump administration ordered a lethal drone strike in Baghdad on Iran's second-most powerful man, Qassem Soleimani, Iranian officials have promised "vigorous vengeance" against the U.S. and chants of "death to America" were heard in the Iranian parliament.

On Sunday, as anti-war protests broke out across the United States, a funeral for Soleimani brought thousands of mourners to the streets in the Iranian city of Ahvaz.

Today on Front Burner, as tensions ratchet up, we talk with national security expert Heather Hurlburt about what could happen next.

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