For the moment, an eerie silence reigns in the Middle East. By lobbing a few missiles at US installations in neighbouring Iraq, Iran appears to have exacted its revenge on the United States for the killing of Major-General Qassem Soleimani, its top military commander.
Iran's admission that it has accidentally shot down a civilian airliner may also act as a damper on future anti-American operations. And the US, for its part, has signalled its desire to avoid a tit-for-tat cycle of violence with Iran.
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