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The U.S. government killed an Iranian general. They killed him in Iraq on January 3, 2020. President Trump told the army to kill him. The general was the second most powerful man in Iran. He was the leader of Iran’s international military. The Supreme Leader of Iran says they will get revenge. Iran and other countries are very angry the general has died.

Recently, the U.S. and Iran have not had a good relationship. There have been attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq. The U.S. believes Iran did these attacks. Donald Trump said the general was planning more attacks soon. However, others have said there is little evidence of the planned attacks.

Many people believe there could be a war soon. Iraq has now banned all U.S. soldiers from the country. There are about 5,000 military workers in Iraq.

Difficult words

General (n): A leader in the army.

International (adj): Describing two or more countries.

Revenge (n): Hurting someone because they hurt you.

Relationship (n): Feelings between people.

Evidence (n): Something that shows something is true.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

 1. General  A. Proof
 2. International  B. Hurt because of hurt.
 3. Revenge  C. Army leader.
 4. Relationship  D. Countries
 5. Evidence  E.  Feelings

True or False?

1. The U.S. government killed an Iraqi general. T / F

2. Donald Trump said to kill the man. T / F

3. The Supreme Leader of Iran is glad the man is dead. T / F

4. The U.S. and Iran have had a great relationship for many years. T / F

5. Iraq has banned all U.S. soldiers. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. him / kill / President / DonaldTrump / people / to / told

2. and / Iran / are / other / angry / very / countries

3. been / There / U.S. / have / bases / attacks / on

4. the / attacks / believes / The / U.S. / did / Iran

5. be / a / war / people / there / Many / believe / could

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

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Powerful Attacks Killed
Workers Planned Soldiers

The U.S. government (1)_________ an Iranian general. They killed him in Iraq on January 3, 2020. President Trump told the army to kill him. The general was the second most (2)___________ man in Iran. He was the leader of Iran’s international military. The Supreme Leader of Iran says they will get revenge. Iran and other countries are very angry the general has died.

Recently, the U.S. and Iran have not had a good relationship. There have been (3)__________ on U.S. bases in Iraq. The U.S. believes Iran did these attacks. Donald Trump said the general was planning more attacks soon. However, others have said there is little evidence of the (4)____________ attacks.

Many people believe there could be a war soon. Iraq has now banned all U.S. (5)___________ from the country. There are about 5,000 military (6)__________ in Iraq.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. What do people in your country think about this situation?
5. What should Iran do in response?
6. Should the US be angry if Iran does respond?
7. Was it right for the US to do this?
8. Should other countries support Iran or the US?
9. Do you think a war is likely?
10. What do people in your country think about President Trump?
11. What do people in your country think of Iran?
12. Will this make the US untrustworthy in the future?
13. Has the US military ever helped your country?
14. Has the US military ever caused harm in your country?
15. What is the reputation of the US military in your country today?
16. Has your country been involved in any middle eastern wars?
17. How will your country be affected if a war occurs?
18. Has anyone in your country ever been assassinated?
19. How do you think your country would respond if this happened?
20. Has your country’s leader commented on this situation? What did they say?