US-Iran crisis: a Middle East war risks drawing in China and Russia, too

America’s assassination of Iran’s second-most powerful commander, Major General Qassem Soleimani, has sparked fears of a war in the Middle East.But it is not just the United States that risks getting drawn into a conflict, given the emerging Moscow-Beijing-Tehran axis.Days before the US strike on January 3 – which also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of Iraq’s Kataib Hezbollah militia group – China and Russia completed unprecedented joint military drills with Iran. Further evidence of…


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