On 7 January, Iran attacked US military forces at the Ayn Al-Asad Air Base and a facility in Erbil in Iraq with ballistic missiles in retaliation for the assassination of the commander of the country’s elite Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, in a US drone strike. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the attacks were carried out in self-defence and were in line with the UN Charter. No casualties were confirmed in the attack.
Following the incident, US President Donald Trump, in an address to the nation on 8 January, stated that the United States would never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. But he said Washington was still prepared to make peace with Tehran if its leadership “changed its behaviour”, indicating that there would be no immediate US escalation in the conflict.
US Ambassador Kelly Craft wrote a letter to the UNSC on Wednesday, saying that the United States stands "ready to engage without preconditions in serious negotiations with Iran," media reported.
As US President Donald Trump declared “all is well” and turned his attention to the US economy and sanctions on Iran following that country’s ballistic missile strike on US forces in Iraq, a bevy of experts weighed in Wednesday on Radio Sputnik’s Loud and Clear about what could lie ahead in the tense conflict between Washington and Tehran.
NEW YORK (Sputnik) - Shares on Wall Street mostly hit record highs the first time since the US-Iran conflict heightened from last week’s killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike.
NEW YORK (Sputnik) - US crude oil prices closed five percent lower as President Donald Trump refrained from escalating the United States’ conflict with Iran after Tehran launched rocket attacks on US-Iraqi airbases which did not kill anyone.
US military facilities in Erbil and the Ayn al-Asad Air Base became targets on early Wednesday in what was dubbed as Operation Martyr Soleimani, an act of "revenge" conducted by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force for the killing of Iran's top military figure Qassem Soleimani.
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Rania Khalek, a journalist who produces videos at In The Now and is on Twitter @RaniaKhalek, and Mike Prysner, the producer of The Empire Files and a co-host of Eyes Left, a military podcast hosted by two anti-war Army veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
A day after Iran fired dozens of missiles at US forces in Iraq in retaliation for the assassination of a top Iranian general, US antiwar protesters took to the streets to demand the Trump administration leave Iraq and cease provoking Iran. The protests follow massive anti-war demonstrations over the weekend.
US President Donald Trump earlier said that he would make a statement regarding Iran's Wednesday attacks on two US military facilities in Iraq, which house American and coalition military personnel.
Iran has gone through with its promise to retaliate for the death of Quds Force commander General Qasem Soleimani by launching a massive missile attack on American military facilities in Iraq. While the US has not confirmed sustaining casualties, Iranian media reported that the strike claimed the lives of 80 people.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Iran launched an attack on US targets in Iraq on Wednesday by firing dozens of missiles to avenge the assassination of its top military commander General Qasem Soleimani by the US. Iraqi Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi has warned the US that the ongoing crisis "threatens a devastating all-out war" in Iraq, the region, and the world.
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A top trend on social media has come amid fierce criticisms of the US president's actions in the Middle East, following the assassination of Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani by US forces.
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The Turkish president's comments follow Wednesday's airstrikes on American military bases in Iraq by Iran. The bases house US military personnel.
At approximately 10:30 p.m. (GMT) on 7 January Iran launched ballistic missile strikes against US military and coalition forces in Iraq, the Pentagon reported later in the day. US military veteran and security analyst Mark Sleboda has outlined the possible scenarios in the wake of the attacks.
TOKYO (Sputnik) - The confrontation between the United States and Iran does not affect Tokyo's plans to send a warship to patrol the Gulf of Oman, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday.
On 8 January, Iran carried out airstrikes against American military bases in Iraq housing US-led coalition forces, which was preceded by last week's assassination IRGC Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani.
Washington regarded the late top general as a terrorist and claimed Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of US troops stationed in the Middle East. “He was a monster”, said President Trump defending the US decision to kill Soleimani. "He was planning a big attack, a bad attack for us. I don't think anyone can complain about it".
In the early hours of Wednesday, Iran launched two missile attacks on American targets in Iraq in response to the assassination of its top military commander, General Soleimani by the US. There is no official information on the number of casualties among US troops yet, while the Iraqi command has noted there were no fatalities among their ranks.
On 8 January, two waves of missile strikes were carried out by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) against US military facilities in Erbil and Ayn al-Asad Air Base in Iraq.