Two military bases in Iraq, where U.S. forces and their allies, came under rocket attack from Iran. Tehran said that it was revenge for the murder of General Soleimani. About it writes BBC.
The main representative of the Pentagon, the assistant head of the Department of defense for public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman said that us bases in al-Assad and Erbil was released more than a dozen ballistic missiles.
“Obviously, these missiles were fired from Iran’s territory and was targeted at least two Iraqi military bases that are hosting military and coalition personnel in the U.S. al-Assad and Erbil,” said Hoffman.
The Iranian press says that us bases were fired more than 30 missiles. According to RIA “news” the attack of Iran on us bases in Iraq, killed 80 people.
That says Iran
The Islamic revolutionary guard corps (IRGC) announced that the American base fired in retaliation for the assassination of General Soleimani. After by order of the President of the United States Donald trump was killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, Iran promised a harsh response to Washington’s actions.
The head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Iran Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter that Iran was acting in self-defense.
“Iran has taken proportionate measures in self-defence in accordance with article 51 of the UN Charter by attacking a base, which was launched a cowardly attack on our citizens and high-ranking officials, wrote in a tweet the Iranian Minister. — We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend against any aggression”.
Iran state television gave a statement to the IRGC warning to US allies that they will be attacked if their countries will be used for an attack on Tehran.
“We warn all the allies that provided their base of terrorist army that any territory which will be the starting point of aggressive action against Iran will be attacked,” — said in a statement, the IRGC.
Tehran has urged the United States to withdraw its troops from the region, to prevent the death of soldiers. Stationed in Iraq 5 thousand American soldiers.
The IRGC has warned that any aggression against Iran will receive a “crushing response”.
What happens in Washington
The White house held a meeting with participation of the head of the Department of defense Mark Esper and Secretary of state Mike Pompeo. However, as reported, trump decided not to speak to the nation, though earlier it was announced by leading TV channels. In his Twitter the President of the United States has promised to issue a statement on Wednesday.
“All is well! Rockets fired from Iran at the two military bases located in Iraq, wrote trump in a tweet. — Now there is an assessment of casualties and damage. Everything is going fine! We have the most powerful and well equipped army in the world! Tomorrow morning I’ll make a statement”.
The Federal aviation administration (FAA) issued a injunction prohibiting the U.S. civil aircraft flights in the airspace of Iraq, Iran, the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.
The reaction in the world
The British foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned the Iranian attacks, calling on Tehran to refrain from repeating “such dangerous actions.” A further increase in military tension in the middle East plays into the hands of banned terrorist group “Islamic state”, writes RBC.
The speaker of the U.S. house of representatives Democrat Nancy Pelosi urged to stop provocations against Iran. She said that watching the situation closely after the missile strike on military bases in Iraq. “We must ensure the safety of our troops by ending unnecessary provocation on the part of the administration, and to demand from Iran to stop the violence,” she wrote on Twitter. Pelosi added that the United States and the international community “cannot afford war”.
“These attacks were a “slap” US,” said Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The Prime Minister of Iraq Adil Abdul-Mahdi said that he sees the threat of a “devastating total war” not only in Iraq but throughout the middle East and even worldwide.
As previously wrote ForumDaily:
On the night of 3 January, the US launched a missile attack on the Baghdad international airport in Iraq, which killed the commander of Iran’s elite division “al-Quds” Islamic revolutionary guard Corps, major General Qasem Soleimani. The Pentagon said that the elimination of Soleimani was held by order of the President of the United States Donald trump. The US believes the IRGC a terrorist organization, and Soleimani – involved in attacks on the American Embassy and US military bases in Iraq.
In Iran threatened the United States “harsh revenge” for the death of General Soleimani. January 5, Tehran announced a complete withdrawal from the agreement aimed at limiting Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting of sanctions.
The US President said that “the death of innocent people was a painful passion Soleimani”. “We acted to stop the war. We have not taken action to start a war,” said trump. He noted that the United States will strike 52 targets in Iran if Tehran attacks the United States.
The foreign Ministry of Iraq murder Soleimani called a violation of sovereignty and the Parliament on 5 January voted for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country. On the same day, a coalition led by the Americans stopped the operation “Unwavering commitment” against ISIS in Iraq.