But there are fears Trump may have just laid the groundwork for a new conflict.
A US air strike near Baghdad airport on Friday killed Soleimani, the deputy commander of an Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary group and several others.
Now, armed groups have pledged to avenge the deaths and all US citizens are being urged to leave Iraq immediately.
The Pentagon is sending an extra 3,000 troops to the Middle East in case of reprisal attacks.
Presenter: Halla Mohieddeen
Hillary Mann Leverett – CEO of political risk consultancy Stratega and a former US diplomat
Andreas Krieg – Assistant professor in Defence Studies at King’s College London and co-author of Surrogate Warfare: The Transformation of War in the Twenty-First Century
Adolfo Franco – Republican strategist and former adviser to Senator John McCain