Two airbases housing US troops in Iraq have been hit by more than a dozen ballistic missiles, according to the Pentagon. The attack, as stated by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, is an act of retribution for the killing of its commander Qassem Soleimani. Meanwhile, a Ukraine International Airlines flight with 176 people on board crashed in Iran soon after takeoff. The cause of the crash isn’t yet known although the circumstances raise suspicions if there is a link with Iran’s retaliatory action. With both the US and Iran taking hard positions, could the world be staring at a full-scale war in West Asia?