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Iran launched missile strikes aimed at US troops in Iraq in what it said was retaliation for the killing last week of top Iranian general Qassem Suleimani.
Al-Asad air base in Iraq’s Anbar province, which hosts a US contingent, was hit at least six times, the US military confirmed.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, of which Suleimani was a member, issued a statement saying: “In Operation Martyr Suleimani in early hours of Wednesday, tens of ground-to-ground missiles were fired at the US base and successfully pounded the Al Assad base.”The Guardian:
“We are warning all American allies, who gave their bases to its terrorist army, that any territory that is the starting point of aggressive acts against Iran will be targeted,” The Guard said. It also threatened Israel.
If US retaliates, Iran will attack Dubai and Haifa
Iran announces ending to attacks
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2020
“We have to start on a very sober note,” Warren said at the event in Brooklyn. “For any of you who haven’t been able to follow it, within the last hour, the Iranian government has announced that it has sent missiles to attack our military bases in Iraq.”
“This is a reminder of why we need to de-escalate tension in the Middle East. The American people do not want a war with Iran,” she continued.
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Nancy Speaker Pelosi speaks out:
Closely monitoring the situation following bombings targeting U.S. troops in Iraq. We must ensure the safety of our servicemembers, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence. America & world cannot afford war.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 8, 2020