The Jury Talks Back

1/8/2020

Iran Fires Missiles At US Forces In Iraq, President Trump Says “All Is Well!”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 8:02 am

[guest post by Dana]

Because everything is in a state of flux with regard to Iran, and there is a tremendous amount of speculation and disinformation going around, I’m just going to stick to the basics of what is being reported this morning. With that, President Trump will deliver a statement on Iran later this morning.

First:

Iran launched missile strikes late Tuesday against two Iraqi military bases housing U.S. forces in retaliation for the airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani last week. More than a dozen ballistic missiles targeted the Al Asad and Erbil military bases, the Pentagon said, and U.S. officials were assessing the damage.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif defended Iran’s attack, tweeting that Tehran “took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense.” He added that “we do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.”

President Trump responded on Twitter:

The Pentagon is reportedly considering the possibility that Iran was careful in their attack and that they “deliberately aimed to miss U.S. troops on the ground.” Additionally:

It appears Iran launched a “carefully calibrated” attack on the Iraqi bases, said retired Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff…He said… that the ballistic missiles Iran used appear to have been fairly accurate weapons, suggesting that if they had wanted to inflict severe casualties, they could have.

Also, the report notes that there was enough of a warning given that American troops had time to take cover before the missile launch.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke about the attacks:

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, said on Wednesday that his military had dealt the United States a “slap in the face” when it unleashed missiles at American forces stationed in Iraq.

In a televised address from the holy city of Qom, Ayatollah Khamenei said incremental military actions against the United States alone were “not sufficient.”

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“What matters is that the presence of America, which is a source of corruption in this region, should come to an end,” he said to a hall filled with imams and others.

“Death to America!,” the crowd chanted. “Death to Israel!”

Ayatollah Khamenei said that “sitting at the negotiating table” with American envoys would open the door to greater American intervention in the region and that such negotiations therefore must “come to an end.”

“This region,” he said, “does not accept the U.S. presence.”

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani also discussed the attacks with ministers:

[He] detailed his country’s larger regional goal in comments directed at the Americans. “You cut off the hand of Qassim Suleimani from his body and we will cut off your feet from the region.”

There have been no reported casualties as a result of the missile strike.

–Dana

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