After the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, Iran has responded with protests, turning the General into a martyr, and bombing housing that hold U.S. troops in Iraq. While the Iraqi military has made strides against the Taliban and continues to conduct joint anti-terrorist missions with the U.S, they may not be able to withstand their country being used as a battleground. Their armed forces operate under a multifaceted infrastructure that is designed to keep the military ethnically diverse. This is good in theory but has created problems within the high-ranking officials. Many men from terrorist-occupied areas also attempt to join the armed forces but are often unsuccessful.