President Trump tweeted out a statement assuring Americans that “all is well” after Iran launched over one dozen missiles into Iraq hitting military bases housing American troops. It’s being reported by US officials that there are no American casualties :
“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.”
Is Iran backing down? The Foreign Minister of Iran tweeted out that Iran does not seek “escalation or war”:
It’s being reported that this could have been an intentional miss by Iran so that the missiles didn’t hit American troops. It’s reportedly to appease the extremist Iranian factions.
Iran took & 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.
We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 8, 2020
For those who don’t know why General Soleimani was killed by the US:
GOOD NEWS: America has killed one of the world's leading terrorists.
— PragerU (@prageru) January 7, 2020
The statement on the attack from the Pentagon:
At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil.
We are working on initial battle damage assessments.
In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our personnel and partners. These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region.
As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend U.S. personnel, partners, and allies in the region.
Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, we will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Earlier tonight, missiles were fired from Iran:
There are reports that numerous short-range ballistic missiles or cruise missiles have been fired (video below) into Western Iraq in the Anwar Province where American airbase Al Asad is located. The base houses American and coalition troops. There are 5,000 American troops in Iraq.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham: “We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq. The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.”
It’s unusual that these are missiles being fired on American bases in Iraq. A very serious situation and escalation by Iran. David Lauter of the LA Times calls this a “big escalation”:
“Iran’s missile attack on a U.S. base marks a major shift. In the past, U.S. officials have accused Iran of attacks on US forces, but it’s always been through cutaways — proxy militias. This is direct and traceable — a big escalation.”
It is being reported that Iran has named this attack “Operation Martyr Soleimani,” and Iranian state TV has cited IRGC saying this is the first response for the death of General Soleimani.
The translation from Iran’s Fars News Agency describes the attack as “Hard revenge”:
“Hard revenge / Some sources report that Iranian ballistic missiles were fired at the US base in Iraq.”
🎥 «انتقام سخت» آغاز شد/ حملات سنگین موشکی سپاه به پایگاه آمریکایی عینالاسد pic.twitter.com/sbw0cwGH6B
— خبرگزاری فارس (@FarsNews_Agency) January 7, 2020
Iran has been warned, so there is no doubt that President Trump will respond.