War Begins? Iran fires missiles on US troops in Iraq

War Begins? Iran fires missiles on US troops in Iraq

The question on whether Iran will retaliate on the US or not regarding the killing of the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was lingering all these days and today, Iran has indeed fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles against two Iraq airbases where the US and coalition forces are based.

Qasem Soleimani was killed by US troops in Baghdad last week and as retaliation, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq on 5.30 pm on 7 Jan. Also, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi military network, was killed in the US drone strike who was a "godfather" of Tehran's proxy network across the region.

Assistant to the Secretary of Defence for Public Affairs, Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement "It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil." Currently, President Donald Trump is "monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team. Also, the Pentagon was working on initial battle damage assessments following Tuesday's airbase attacks ."

It is reported that at least nine rockets had slammed into the Ain al-Asad airbase, the largest of the Iraqi military compounds where foreign troops are based. Iran's Revolutionary Guards Commander said, "the missile attacks today were just the first step". Therefore, the US has planned to take all precautionary and indispensable measures to protect US personnel, partners, and allies in the region.

The Federal Aviation Administration is barring the US pilots and carriers from flying in areas of Iraqi, Iranian and some Persian Gulf airspace.  Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives said the US "must ensure the safety of our service members, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence."

"America and world cannot afford a war," she added. Since there were no casualties reported, US is speculated to not respond and if Iran is satisfied with the retaliation, people are hoping the situation to calm down gradually.

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