A photo provided by Iranian state TV from June 2017, depicting an IRGC missile launch from western Iran targeting ISIS forces in Syria. Photo: Handout/IRIB TV Iran fired ballistic missiles at U.S. military targets in Iraq early Wednesday morning, following through on its vow to retaliate against the U.S. after President Trump ordered the assassination…
Iran fired ballistic missiles at U.S. military targets in Iraq early Wednesday morning, following through on its vow to retaliate against the U.S. after President Trump ordered the assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad last week. According to a U.S. official who spoke with CNN, the strike did not result in any U.S. casualties; according to an Iraqi official who spoke with the network, there were no Iraqi casualties either, despite earlier reports that suggested otherwise.
Hours after the attack, Iranian Foreign Minister Javid Zarif stated that has “concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched,” adding that “We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.” Presidential advisor Hesameddin Ashena added: “Any adverse military action by the US will be met with an all out war across the region.”
Los AngelesTimes, U.S. personnel were able to track the missiles while they were in flight, and able to take cover before they struck the two bases. Four of the missiles reportedly failed while in flight; 10 hit the Al Asad Air Base about 100 miles west of Baghdad, and one hit a base in Erbil, in the Kurdish-controlled region of northern Iraq. Officials are awaiting daylight to fully assess the damage. #Iranian missiles in #Erbil rural. pic.twitter.com/1RyUK1DscK— Barzan Sadiq (@BarzanSadiq) January 8, 2020 said the U.S. was ready to retaliate against any attack, explaining that the U.S was “not looking to start a war with Iran, but we are prepared to finish one.” That followed Trump’s repeated threats to strike back at Iran over the past several days, though the president’s initial public response to the strike was unusually measured: January 8, 2020 noted that “Iran taking responsibility for a conventional attack on US forces is a big deal and not necessarily the end of their retaliation.” The missile attack is reportedly the first time that Iran has targeted and attacked U.S. forces — at a base that Trump appeared at in December 2018, in his first visit to troops stationed in a combat zone. January 8, 2020 January 8, 2020 called for the U.S. to withdraw “all their soldiers back home to prevent more damage,” while the Iranian government reportedly warned Gulf countries that U.S. bases on their territory are targets for further strikes. NBC News’ Tehran bureau chief Ali Arouzi did provide fuel for the hope that this will remain a limited conflict, reporting that Iran will not further escalate tensions if the U.S. does not respond to the strike. #BREAKING: #Iran IRGC statement:
“We warn all allied countries of the US that if attacks are launched from bases in their countries on Iran, they will be a target of military retaliation.”#AlAssadBase #Iraq— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) January 7, 2020 #Iran has notified all regional countries that allow their territory to be used to attack Iran, that they will be targeted. This is primarily a warning to UAE & the Saudis. https://t.co/8yPNoC0iaZ— Sina Toossi (@SinaToossi) January 7, 2020 said that Trump needs to “restore deterrence.” One dissenting voice on the network, Geraldo Rivera, was slated to appear as well, but was cut for reasons that are unclear: pic.twitter.com/TrUIaICFyD— jordan (@JordanUhl) January 8, 2020
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Iran Launches Missile Strikes Against U.S. in Iraq