Iran can capitalise on Soleimani's legacy in the short-term, but the Islamic republic has no replacement on the horizon.
Four armed groups loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani have broken away from the Popular Mobilisation Forces over concerns that Iran wields disproportionate influence over the umbrella group of militias.
The origins of the attacks in the Gulf of Oman remain a mystery, but the message behind the attack is as clear as day.
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