What to Know About the Escalating U.S.-Iran Conflict

While the U.S. and Iran have lived in a state of hostility for decades, the past two years have brought an escalation of tensions. U.S. President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy aims to cripple Iran’s economy; Iran has responded by exceeding limits it agreed to on its nuclear program. In the most provocative move yet, the U.S. killed a top Iranian commander in an airstrike in Baghdad in January. Now the conflict threatens to plunge the United Nations Security Council into a crisis with